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May, 2014 - Vol 4, Issue 3
In This Issue
Spring Author Conference
Author Events
New Books
Made in Maine
Donated Books
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Happy New Year 2014

Spring in Maine is a Beautiful Sight.

Maine Rainbow

The birds are singing, the flowers are popping out of the ground and here's hoping you find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. 


Spring 2014 Author Conference
Authors are intent on the discussion by Nikki Giglia (far right) on how to sign up for the MAP author forum.


Twice a year our authors gather in Rockland to meet fellow authors, share ideas, and learn how to market their books more effectively. This year's conference was well attended with over 35 authors. Workshops included Top 10 Ideas for Marketing Your Book on the Internet, How to Sell to Stores, Working with a Public Relations Firm, and Success Stories in Social Media. A new session called "Author's Marketplace" was introduced at this conference. Attendees had the opportunity to learn what is involved in putting together a media kit, signing up for a book review exchange and author signings as well as getting overall questions answered. 


The keynote speaker, Joshua Bodwell, executive director of Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, enlightened the audience with many interesting facts and figures from the publishing industry.

Josh Bodwell (right) shares his stories with Jim Mitchell, Betsey Anderson,
and Kathryn Olmstead.


Author Events


May 21, 10:00 am to Noon, Jeff Foltz, Birkebeiner and Two Men Ten Suns meets with The Rangeley Book Club, Rangeley.


May 24, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Jeff Foltz book signing of his novels, Birkebeiner, and Two Men Ten Suns at Sherman's Books, 49 Exchange Street, Portland.


May 24, 9 am to 11 am and 3 pm to 5 pm, Marisue and John Pickering will sign copies of Maine: Beyond the Usual at 101 Miles of Maine, Winterport.


May 25, 5 pm to 8 pm, Christopher Lockwood booksigning The Tennis Ball Trees and Kathleen Fox art opening, Slates Restaurant, Hallowell.


May 29, 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm, David Weiss, A Heart on Fire, Poems from the Flames, reading and booksigning, Walker Memorial Library in Westbrook.


May 31, 2 pm, Carolyn Locke reading of Not One Thing, Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor.


June 4, 7:00 pm, David Weiss, reading and book signing, The Hive, Kennebunk, ME.


June 6, 6:00 pm, Mark Hathaway, World Locked In, Mark will be speaking about his experience and Jeff Foltz will be reading excerpts from Mark's book, Rockland Library, Rockland. 


June 10, David Weiss, Workshop: "Learning to Sing our Spirit-Song: Poetry as the Teacher" Colby College, Waterville, ME.


June 13, 7 pm, Carolyn Locke reading of Not One Thing, Liberty Library, Liberty.   


July 7-11, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Poetry Writing Workshop with Kathleen Ellis, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME.




MAP's Jane Karker participated in  "The Business of Writing" discussion panel on April 19 as part of the MWPA's Maine Crime Wave conference.




New Book Arrivals April 2014 by Authors in our Cooperative Plan
All books in the cooperative plan are available for purchase on our website or from your local bookstore.



Parker's New Friend - Martha Couture, Children's. Second book in the Parker the Pig series about a pig that goes to visit his blind friend.


Gabe and the Mystery Light - Joy Cameron, Young adult mystery about a young boy searching for the answers to unusual lights and strange noises occurring in an uninhabited place.  


New Book Arrivals April 2014 by Authors in our Independent Plan

Shh...Please Listen to Me - Kim M. Lane, PhD. Inspirational stories and life journeys collected by the author to offer support, education and inspiration to individuals facing hardships. Available on Amazon.


Cutting the Grass with Scissors - Judy Ponturo, Poetry. Monhegan Poems.


Writing on the Pages of History - Kathy Walker. A history of a well-known rape crisis center.


Piloting and Navigations - Peter A. Hutchinson. Poems/prose with a Down East flare that sailors, farmers, fishermen and all will enjoy. Available on Amazon.


Kind Regards - Marcel E. Sammut - A historical account of a multi-faceted and talented man written by his daughter, Lega Medcalf. 


Book Awards


The National Indie Excellence Book Awards have been announced for 2014 and we are proud to congratulate: Jan Gilley, Light on Jib Island, winner, pre-teen fiction; Jayne Rowe Jones, Retsbol Rises winner in action-adventure and finalist in youth adult fiction; and Carol Manchester, a finalist in the biography category for Joseph K. Manchester Northern Son in the South.  



Congratulations also goes to James Andrew Mitchell, Beyond the Cross for becoming a Finalist in the religious non-fiction category of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.








Mark Hathaway (World Locked In: Six Weeks in Coma and Beyond) has been selected a finalist in the 2014 Maine Literary Awards from Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, May 29 at USM's Glickman Family Library in Portland. Congratulations and Good luck Mark!  







Maine Authors Publishing is now a member of the Made in Maine Program. See our listing on the Maine Made site. Authors of MAP can use the Made Maine Logo to identify their books as being made in Maine.


Books Donated by Authors to Worthy Cause



Over 40 books were donated by children's authors to the Midcoast Maine Community Center (Lincoln County) to be used in the Read with Me Program which encourages young children to read. Authors donating books included Erika Lewis, Can Elephants Hear Our Secrets?; Deborah Dykes, Stellarella, It's Saturday and Stellarella Seashells on the Seashore; Christopher Lockwood, The Tennis Ball Trees; Betsey Anderson, Maggie Goes to Maine; Jan Gilley, Light on Jib Island; Peter Zimmerman, Young Marine Engineer's Coloring Book; Paige Pendleton, Star of Wonder; and Martha Couture, Parker's Busy Day and Parker's New Friend


 The expression on the faces of the children as they read these books is priceless. Thank you to these generous authors.   


For MAP Members Only 



For MAP Authors that are currently in the Cooperative, Independent, or Memoir Plans a new forum has been set up. This forum is for our authors, to ask questions of other authors who have "been there, done that," share successes with the marketing of their book and build a more "cooperative style" communication. If you haven't received information about this forum and how to register, email


Maine Authors Publishing, located in Rockland, ME produces and markets books for independent authors. Maine Authors Cooperative is a program within the company that offers catalog and fulfillment services to get independently published books into Maine bookstores.  


Boston Writers Publishing, located in Waltham, MA offers the same services as Maine Authors Publishing for authors and bookstores in Massachusetts. 

Please contact me today if you'd like to learn more about independently publishing your own book.


Jane Karker, owner
Maine Authors Publishing