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Independent Publishing News from Maine 

June, 2013- Vol 3, Issue 2
In This Issue
Kirkus Reviews
Author Conference
Author Updates
Office Updates
New Book Arrivals
Book Trailers
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Jane Karker, President
David Allen, Art Director
Morgen Benz, Bookkeeper
Genie Dailey, Editorial Consultant
Lindy Gifford, Graphic Designer
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Molly Lesher, Distribution Supv.
Cheryl McKeary, Marketing & Media Specialist
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Welcome to Summer in Maine
Lubec Harbor

The "Lazy Days of Summer" may be finally here in Maine but it hasn't stopped us from working with authors and getting their books published. So, if you're looking for some great books to read on your vacation, we have many to choose from for all ages.


Our 2013 Spring catalog has over 90 books and you'll find many more new ones listed below.


Maine Authors Publishing Award Winners

Being an independent author doesn't mean you can't win awards. See the many nominations and awards our authors have received in the past few months.

  • New York Book Festival: Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide by Thomas Dowd - honorable mention
  • MWPA Winner for 2013 Maine Literary Awards: Short Works Competition, Fiction: Deborah Cummins
  • MWPA Finalists for 2013 Maine Literary Awards: Speculative Fiction: Jeff Foltz Two Men Ten Suns; Memoir: Darby Brown Fleming, The House at the Edge of the World; Katherine Mayfield, The Box of Daughter; Nonfiction: Deborah Cummins, Here and Away; Children's: Angela Nickerson and Robert Magnus, Hector: The Adventures of a Little Bird Who Needs Glasses
  • IPPY Award Winner: Matinicus by Darcy Scott - bronze prize winner for best North East regional fiction
  • Paris Book Festival: My Teddy Bear Says by Kathleen Fox, honorable mention; Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide by Tom Dowd, honorable mention  
  • 2013 Axiom Business Book Award Gold Medal in the Business Reference category: Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide by Tom Dowd
  • 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards - Finalist Matinicus by Darcy Scott
  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards First Place in the mystery category Matinicus by Darcy Scott
  • Roland Labrie's poetry chosen for May Poets Corner in Republican Journal   
Kirkus Reviews

We have recently developed an affiliateship with Kirkus reviews. Kirkus is a world-renowned review service, and is respected by major media and other publishers. A Kirkus review on your book cover can often help to sell the book! Our publicist, Heather Goss, is happy to send your book in for a review. The standard rate is $425 for a 7-9 week turnaround; express service is $575 for a 4-6 week turnaround. Once you've received the review from Kirkus you can choose to use it anywhere, from your book jacket, to your website, even on bookmarks. Don't miss out on this!


Ebooks - Kindle, iPad, Nook, Sony
Is your book available as an ebook? In 2012 ebooks accounted for 11% of all book spending, according to a recap in Publishers Weekly of Bowker's findings on consumer book-buying trends. That's up from just 7% in 2011. In units, ebooks comprised 22% of last year's sales. If you want to learn whether your book would be appropriate as an ebook, email Cheryl McKeary.

Author Conference
Authors attending one of the marketing sessions during the conference. 


On April 20th more than 30 self-published authors gathered in Rockland for the Maine Authors Publishing & Cooperative Spring Author's Workshop and Conference. This conference offered several new workshops, all dedicated to training the author to become their own publicist. This training proved to be a valuable tool for marketing these independently published books.


Author Updates

Beth Harmon (Chimney Pond Tales) was interviewed by John McDonald on WGAN. Listen to the interview and learn about the history of the book. 



  • Susan Wuorinen - Hold on There Sadie Coggins! Saturday, June 22 at Ellsworth Public Library, 10:30 am.
  • Kathryn Olmstead and Philomena Baker - Flight to Freedom: June 25, 4-6 pm, Caribou Public Library, Caribou; June 26, 3-5 pm, Swamp Buck Restaurant, Fort Kent; June 27, 4-6 pm, The Whole Potato Cafe & Commons, Presque Isle; June 28, 11 am.-1 pm, Yorks' Bookstore, Houlton  
  • Jeff Foltz - Birkebeiner and Two Men Ten Suns: Saturday, June 22 - 11 am to 3 pm; Bangor; Saturday, July 6th - 11 am to 3 pm Auburn
  • Terri ParadyRed Crucible: June 29, 5-7 pm Zanji Studio, Bangor


Stellarella! It's Saturday! by Deborah Dykes, illustrated by Christina Mattison Ebert-Klaven was recently reviewed favorably by Publishers Weekly



Office Updates


In May, we said goodbye and happy retirement to our long-time Business Manager, Tom Jordan. Tom was responsible for all our bookkeeping and account operations. He has been with the company for over five years and has been a part of the growth of both Custom Museum Publishing and Maine Authors Publishing. We wish Tom well in his retirement years and will miss him in the office.




We are pleased to welcome two new staff members to the company.


Molly Lesher is responsible for coordinating all shipments to authors and bookstores as well as creating author book trailers. Molly received her BFA in Photography and Creative Writing from the Kansas City Art Institute and has been working hard in pursuing her creative passions ever since. She also has years of experience working with dogs, and loves that she's able to bring her own dog, Leo, into the MAP office every day!






 Morgen Benz is our new bookkeeper. After having her first child, she decided to leave the banking and retail world to become a certified bookkeeper. Morgen will graduate from UMA with an accounting degree in January, 2014.





New Book Arrivals February, 2013 to May, 2013 by Authors in our Cooperative Plan
All books in the cooperative plan are available for purchase on our website.



2014 Calendar - Fishermen of Coastal Maine by Kathleen Fox - seventh in a series of calendars celebrating the local fishermen of coastal Maine.


A Skeptic's Luck by A.D. Morel - Adventure, mystery, and consternation abound in coastal Maine.


Billy Big Ears and Bob the Bully, by Francine McEwen - Children's story of a jug-eared, eyeglass-wearing klutz who encounters a big, angry bully.


Chimney Pond Tales, Revised Edition with Elizabeth Hall Harmon - Revised edition of yarns told by Leroy Dudley about Pamola, The Penobscot thunder god.    



Flight to Freedom by Kathryn Olmstead and Philomena Baker - Recollection of World War II through the eyes of a child.


Happy Days Along the Kennebec by William S. Webb - Combination memoir and social history of "growing up" in the '40s and '50s in a small city in Maine.


Hauntings from Wayne and Beyond by Cathy Cook - A collection of local, true Maine ghost stories and other paranormal tales, told by real people in their own words.


Hold on There, Sadie Coggins, by Susan Wuorinen - In 1873, fifteen-year-old Sadie Coggins struggles with a series of disasters which turn her once bright future to ashes.   


A Journey Through the Marsh, by David Jewett - A children's tale about a happy group of animals that search for a missing friend in Scarrwater Marsh.



Maine - Beyond the Usual by Marisue and John Pickering - Essays and photographs take travelers to 50 of Maine's "beyond the usual" locations.


My Teddy Bear Says by Kathleen Fox - A children's book that encourages children to report sexual abuse - features a teddy bear who finally realizes that "I'm Gonna Tell."


Not One Thing by Carolyn Locke - Weaving photographs, diary entries, and poems, the author takes readers on a haunting journey to Japan.


Red Crucible by Terri Parady - Several days after her high school band concert Jessie has been informed that the world will end as she knows it. She trains with her father, a war veteran, in survival. Young adult, action and adventure.



Reese's Leap by Darcy Scott - Sequel to the award-winning Matinicus, five women on a Maine island retreat are forced to host the bachelor botanist, Gil Hodges, stranded there in the fog.


Stellarella, It's Saturday! by Deborah W. Dykes - Children's story - Stellarella and her bulldog, Tank, go on an imaginary trip to the local farmer's market where they meet a cast of vibrant and diverse women. .


The Fine Art of Murder by John Noel Chandler - A murder is committed in an art gallery by someone using the same manner, technique and materials used by the artist whose sculpture is on display.


The Young Marine Engineer's Coloring Book by Peter S. Zimmerman - The first in a series of coloring books (ages 8+) about ships and boats aimed to inspire a child's interest in the field of engineering.


New Book Arrivals February to May, 2013 by Authors in our Independent Plan

Civilization and Violence by Imbesat Daudi - Facts, myths and conventional wisdom on Islam, the West and the Rest. Available on Amazon.


Goldilocks, Gretel, and Gail by Gail Gilroy - A memoir describing a young girl faced with rejection and a difficult sibling, rising out of the ashes of her environment. Available on Amazon.


Inspirational Tales of the Tykes by Travis Smith - Collection of subversive, sing-song, darkly funny children's poetry for adults. Available on Amazon.


Share With Me: Cross Country Skiing, Quilt Making, Strawberry Picking, Woodcutting by Ellen Chamberlain Groleau - A series of four books for senior adults with memory loss. A delightful discovery for families, caregivers and activity leaders. Available on Amazon. 


The Next Act by Jim Jesson & Pete Jesson - Twenty detective stories in unusual settings and circumstances. Available on Amazon.


The Quadrant Volume II: At the Crossroads of Anjier by Kim Ridenour Raikes - second in a three-volume narrative journey set in 19th century New England and on the high seas. Available on Amazon.


Under Any Sky by Jim MacEachern - A collection of poems displaying the compassion and wisdom of life. Available on Amazon.


Vern and Me by H. Coval Conant - Young adult story of growing up and working on a farm with parents and extended family. Available on Amazon.


Book Trailers

A book trailer for authors is similar to movie trailers. It allows the author to promote their book as a video in a short period of time. Molly Lesher has been busy creating books trailers for some of our authors. You can add these trailers to your website, YouTube and even embed them on your Facebook page. Check out these trailers:

Upcoming and Past Events

Getting the word out on what independent publishing is and specifically how the cooperative is a different model of publishing is the focus of the events and classes we attend. 


Editing and Self Publishing (Boston Writers Publishing) June 27, 7-9 pm Newton Community Education, Newton, MA.


Some recent sessions we have attended include:

  • Jane Karker attended the Mass Poetry Festival on May 4th representing Boston Writers Publishing.
  • Heather Goss attended a panel discussion about self-publishing at the Falmouth Public Library on June 8th.
Happy Summer!

If you haven't been to Maine in a while, now is the time to discover all that Maine has to offer. If you live in Maine, be sure to explore some new places.

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

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


Jane Karker, owner
Maine Authors Publishing