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February 2012

February News from the Home Office



We would like to dedicate this newsletter to one of our authors, Douglas M. Norwood, who died on January 23, 2012. The writer of Letters to Lauralee, Douglas was a kind, religious man. He was 85 years old. You can read the full obituary here 




Springtime Preparations


We are in the midst of organizing our Spring 2012 catalog, which will be sent to bookstores in Maine and beyond in March. All hands are on deck: gathering book blurbs, designing the catalog, contacting our bookstores, and more.


We are sending a letter to all our book buyers to let them know our catalog will be in their hands next month, and we're setting up appointments to show them our books. We've gotten a few chuckles when we ask for an appointment in April, but we want to meet with them well before they are making their book buying decisions for what we all hope will be a busy summer.


We're also offering all our booksellers free bookmarks with their logo and design on the front and ours on the back, as a way to thank them for their orders and support. In addition, we will be taking out an ad in the Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, and Village Soup listing all of the book and gift stores we work with and thanking them for supporting independent Maine authors. We value our relationship with these book stores and are doing what we can to build on that relationship.



The Secrets to Online Marketing in the 21st Century


A Social Media for Authors Webinar Series is being offered by veteran writer, editor, and graphic designer Jen Blood. This 5-week program provides an in-depth, simplified approach to social networking in today's complex marketing world. All aspects of social media for independent and traditionally published authors will be discussed, with each week focused on a specific aspect.


If students are unavailable during the time scheduled for the webinar, they may download a recording of the class at any time. All that's needed to attend is a high-speed Internet connection and a headset or telephone. Time will be allowed at the end of each class for Q&As, and each student who enrolls in the entire series will receive a personalized analysis of their social media performance to date and an overview of areas to work on going forward. Webinars air live Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. EST from March 6th to April 3rd.


Students enrolling before February 16th receive an early bird special price of $35 per webinar or $120 for the entire 5-week series. Beginning February 16, the cost is $50 per webinar or $200 for the series. Contact to sign up.



New England Book Festival Awards



We are pleased to announce that three of our authors received Honorable Mentions from the New England Book Festival Awards. The ceremony was held at the Omni Parker House in Boston, Massachusetts. They are Don Carrigan (and Thomas Block, illustrator) for Togus: A Coon Cat Finds a Home, Kathleen Fox for The Good: How I Found Peace in a Chaotic World and Jeff Foltz for Birkebeiner: A Story of Motherhood and War. Congratulations! For a limited time, each book ordered will be shipped with the New England Book Festival Honorable Mention Medal on the cover. 

Mid-Winter New Publications

 Ann Flewelling - A Moment of Water, a book of Maine waterscape photographs accompanied by journal notes. This title is also available as a beautiful 2012-2013 calendar (



Jane Harvey Meade - Glimpses, an evocative novella relating true and uplifting stories about everyday people's spiritual experiences (



Travis Smith -The Garbage Men*, a novel where unremarkable high-school student David Slate must confront his new neighborhood's mysterious and homicidal garbage men (




Hannah Wirth - Piano Notes on Pavement*, a whimsical medley of summertime memories from a passionate middle-school poet (


*Also available as e-books for Kindle and/or Smashwords. 



Upcoming Awards

Visit our private Author Pod page on Facebook or contact our book awards coordinator, Andrew Maxcy, for submission information. Be aware that some have February deadlines. As always, be sure to visit the provided websites for specific entry information. You can submit books yourself or have us, for a small fee, submit your books for you. Good luck!

February and Early March Events

Saturday, February 25th, 12:30-4:00 p.m.: We are sponsoring a February Blues Book Bash in the Morell Meeting Room in the Curtis Memorial Library, located at 23 Pleasant Street in Brunswick, Maine. Independent authors will read, sign, and sell their works, and offer information about writing and self-publishing.


On the slate for the event are Paula Benoit (Baxter in the Blaine House), Benjamin Brill (Words Across a Wire), Carol Glover (Loving Hannah: Childhood Cancer Treatment from the Other Side of the Bed), Patricia Goodspeed (Pieces of the Dream), Deborah Gould (Father is Here...He's as Fat as a Pig), George Grimes (Water Under the Keel: Memoirs of a Seagoing Life), Elizabeth Harmon (Chimney Pond Tales), Katherine Mayfield (The Box of Daughter), Jack O'Mara (Whitewater Opera: Death Comes to the Allagash), Steven Powell (Patch Scratching), Travis Smith (The Garbage Men), and Howard Waxman (Venceremos).


Saturday, March 3rd & Saturday, March 17th, 1:00-4:30 p.m.: The Wabi Sabi Poetry two-part workshop will be taking place in the Board Room of the Bangor Public Library, located on 145 Harlow Street in Bangor, Maine. Carolyn Locke, one of our authors in addition to being a Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance member, will be exploring the ancient Japanese aesthetic, which is the focus of the workshop. For more information, including registration instructions, visit 


Spring Conference for MAP Authors


Save the date! Our Maine Authors Publishing Spring Conference will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Old Granite Inn in Rockland.


This optional event is for new and returning members of Maine Authors Publishing Cooperative only and the cost is $25 per person. Space is limited and reservations are needed. Email Colleen Conlan and send a check (payable to Custom Museum Publishing) to reserve your place.





Self-publishing for Maine Writers
Adult Ed/Library courses throughout Maine














Auburn Public Library

(call 207-333-6640 to register)






Mt. Desert



Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library

(call 207-324-4714 to register)



We will start at 10 a.m. and break in the late afternoon.The event will include The Old Granite Inn's usual elegant lunch, presentations, and small group and marketing workshops to support your book sales. Details to follow.

Bookstore & Library Appreciation

We would like to thank the following bookstore and library customers for ordering our books and supporting independent Maine authors. Without you, our authors would have a very difficult time spreading their written works both state-wide and nationally.


Alice L. Pendleton LibraryMaine Lighthouse Museum Gift Shop
Alpine ShopMaine Made and More
American BirkebeinerMerrill Memorial Library
American Textile MuseumMilitary History Bookshop
Amherst BooksMr. Paperback (Augusta)

Annie's Book Stop (Freeport)

Annie's Book Stop (Portland)

Mr. Paperback (Belfast)
Apple Valley BooksMr. Paperback (Waterville)
Christmas SurpriseMr. Paperback (Ellsworth)
ArchipelagoMr. Paperback (Skowhegan)
Artisan Books and BinderyNew Moon Ski & Bike
Bangor Ski RackNMCC Bookstore
Bartash Gift

Nonesuch Books & Cards


Bath Book ShopNorth Gift Shop
Bear Pond BooksNorwich Bookstore
Belfast Free LibraryOld Professor's Bookshop
Beyond the SeaPersonal Book Store
Bicycle Dr. Nordic ShopPolitics and Prose (D.C.)
BlueJacket ShipcraftersPorter Square Books
Bookmarks BookstorePortland Museum of Art
Books n Things (Norway)Purple Baboon
Books n Things (Bethel)Rabelias Books
BookstacksRangeley Public Library
BookwormRedbery Books
Boothbay Harbor LibraryRiver Run Bookstore
Bridgeton BooksRockland Public Library
Brooksville Free LibraryRoyal River Books
Calais Free LibrarySamoset Resort Gift Shop
Casablanca ComicsScythe Supply
Children's Discovery Museum in AugustaShermans Bookstore (Bar Harbor)
Children's Book CellarShermans Bookstore (Boothbay)
Common Ground Fair Shermans Bookstore (Freeport)
Craftsbury Outdoor CenterShermans Bookstore (Camden)
Devaney Doak and GarrettSLG Books
Dockside BooksSwedish Country Inn
Eastern Book Co.The Book Review
EcopelagiconThe Briar Patch
Falmouth Memorial LibraryThe Bristol Area Library
Farnsworth Museum ShopThe Corner Shop
Fogler LibraryThe Grasshopper Shop
The Book NookThe Green Store, Inc.
Gibson's BookstoreThe Maine Bookhouse
Gulf of Maine BooksThe Owl and the Turtle
hello hello booksThe Periwinkle Shop
Hope LibraryThe Reading Corner
KennebooksThe Toadstool Bookshop
Left Bank BooksThomaston Library
Lewiston-Auburn College BookstoreUM Bookstore
Lisa Marie's Made in Me.UMA Bookstore
LL BeanUNH Bookstore
Longfellow BooksUSM Bookstore
Maine Coast BooksVermont Book Shop
Maine Historical Society Gift ShopVinal's News Stand
Maine Historical Society LibraryWhite Birch Books
World Eye Bookshop


Find us on FacebookJoin the conversation!

Have you joined our Author Pod Group? This is a closed group, for co-op authors only. Our co-op members are using this group to organize book signings and other author events. Social networking at its best! To join the group, first send a friend request to Cheryl McKeary. She will invite you to join the group. Feel free to post your own events and ideas here--it's your group!


Do you have questions or knowledge you'd like to share? 
 Become a fan and join the conversation!


About Maine Authors Publishing
Maine Authors Publishing, located in Rockland, 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 and Custom Museum Publishing
(207) 594-0091
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Maine Authors Publishing & Cooperative
& Custom Museum Publishing Inc.

558 Main St. Rockland, ME 04841
Fax 207-226-2015


Contact us today to learn how you can self-publish your own book! 


Jane Karker, President


David Allen, Art Director


Colleen Conlan, Publicity and Co-op Coordinator


Genie Dailey, Editor/Consultant

Lindy Gifford
Graphic Designer

Tom Jordan, Business Manager

Andrew Maxcy
Distribution Supervisor

Cheryl McKeary, Marketing & Media Specialist