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January, 2013- Vol 3, Issue 1
In This Issue
Bookstore and Website Sales
Kendall Merriam - Traveling Troubadour
New Book Arrivals
Maine Literary Awards
It's Tax Time!
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New England Book Festival 
Heather and Jane at New England Book Festival

We were very pleased to be at the New England Book Festival in Boston. The event was hosted at the Omni Parker House Hotel on January 19th where many authors and exhibitors gathered for a full day. Jane Karker was an active speaker on a panel discussion about "The Future of Publishing." Twelve Maine Authors Publishing authors won awards from the festival, and several authors were present to receive their awards. We look forward to the friendly competition next year!


Some of the New England Book Festival Winners
(photo compliments of Kathleen Fox)


Maine Authors Publishing winners include:

Runner Up

Children's Books:

Island Friends by Jeff Bowman and Jennifer York, illustrated by Dawna Gardener


Honorable Mentions

General Fiction:

Matinicus: An Island Mystery by Darcy Scott

Two Men Ten Suns by Jeff Foltz

The Summer of the Disco King by Jane Harvey Meade



The Box of Daughter: Healing the Authentic Self by Katherine Mayfield


General Nonfiction:

Heart Hound Stories: Living with the Big Dogs by Cheryl Anne Lampshire

Nets Through Time by Jacqueline Davidson



Journey Beyond God by Peter Tufts Richardson

Glimpses by Jane Harvey Meade



Beowulf of Maine by Kathleen Fox



Reaching for Quiet by Roland Labrie


Young Adult:

Tapestry: Strands of Yellow and Blue by Cady Elizabeth Arnold



The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas by Thomas B. Dowd III


Congratulations to all of our authors!



Bookstore and Website Sales for 2012

We are pleased to report our Bookstore and MAP Website sales for 2012 have increased by 37% over 2011.  We are working hard to become an important resource for the local bookstores. If you know of any bookstores that would like to receive one of our catalogs filled with books by independent authors, please let us know.

Kendall Merriam - Traveling Troubadour
 Kendall Merriam was featured in a short documentary by the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, entitled, "The Salt Series: The Traveling Troubadour of Rockland, Maine" by Kristin Moe. Jane Karker, president of Maine Authors Publishing is also shown in the video talking about Kendall (and his poetry). "One day, this man who was like Mark Twain, showed up at my door," says Jane. View the video to hear why "Kendall Merriam is the Johnny Appleseed of poetry in this town by the sea." Kendall has published many poetry books the latest of which is titled, Light Relaxes into Evening.  
New Book Arrivals December, 2012 and January, 2013 by Authors in our Cooperative Plan

The Pool Beneath the Waterfall by Jane Robinson. A shy and withdrawn, young Sarah Moran lives in two worlds. They intertwine and eventually collide.


Hauntings from Wayne by Cathy Cook.Collection of spooky ghost stories and other paranormal tales that will make you consider the possibility that ghosts really do exist.


The Kid in Me: A Personal Account of My Teen Pregnancy by Margaret Thayer Paige

 is an honest account of the emotional journey a teenager travels when hiding her pregnancy from everyone.


House at the Edge of the World by Darby Fleming. A delightful insight to rural island Maine life. Via poems and ruminations, Fleming provides the reader with detailed observations. 


New Book Arrivals December 2012 and January, 2013 by Authors in our Independent Plan
RV Cat: The travelling adventures of a cat named Phoenix by Penelope Doan. Phoenix, a comical cat, and her companions cross country in a motorhome in search of warm winters. Join Phoenix in this heart-warming adventure.  
2013 Maine Literary Awards Deadline February 1

Have you signed up for the Maine Literary Awards from Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance? The deadline is February 1. Click here for more information and to download the nomination form. If you are a MAP author, feel free to contact Heather.
It's Tax Time!
If you are a self-published author in Maine, you are responsible for collecting sales tax on any books sold. Be sure to keep accurate records and send the payment to the State when requested. To find out how to apply, go to the Maine State Revenue page. You can download the application as a pdf file here. If you sell more than $3,000 of books, you can apply for a resale certificate so you don't pay sales tax when you print books.

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