Publishing Newsletter for Independent Authors

May, 2015 - Vol 5, Issue 3
In This Issue
Book Publicity and Markting Conference
Marketing Plan
Welcome News
Maine Literary Awards
Upcoming Classes
Author News and Awards
Join Our Mailing List!
Contact Information

Publicity and Marketing Conference Sunday, May 31st



If you haven't registered yet for Maine Authors Publishing Publicity and Marketing for Independent Authors at the Sebasco Harbor Resort on Sunday, May 31st time is running out. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 15th. 


The conference is open to the public and will focus on teaching authors how to market their book successfully. Keynote speaker, Crystal King will talk about the best social media practices, and panelists Bob Newman and Emily LaBeaume will discuss what exactly a publicist does and how to work with one. Breakout sessions throughout the day will give authors the opportunity to learn about everything from social media to having a successful book signing to how to write an effective grant!  

The cost for the conference is $75 per person (which includes a nice meal overlooking the ocean) or $25 if you are a coop member and have published a book through Maine Authors Publishing. For more information or to register, visit: email:,  or call 207-594-0091.


Top Seven Tips for Writing Your Marketing Plan


So you have a great idea for a book. You have spent five years writing it and you expect it will be the next best seller. Have you given any thought to who will buy your book? How you will market it? What the cost for marketing will be? If you haven't thought about writing a marketing plan and determining where to from'd best get started.


Believe it or not, the best time to do a book marketing plan is at the time the book idea is in its infancy stage. At this time you can determine who the audience will be, how it will serve its readers, and how you want to sell and market your next best seller.


Typically book planning is a process for determining the marketing direction over a specific period of time. The plan needs to include goals and objectives along with action and timing for the items outlined. When you start writing your plan, it is best to jot down any and all ideas you have for marketing your book. After reviewing these ideas, it will be necessary for you to determine the best course of action to take based on recommendations given, your time and your budget. Once this first plan has been established, an ongoing review of what works and what needs to be changed is also important. Generally, you should estimate spending at least two years marketing your book to obtain the desired results.


Here is a list on how to get started with your plan:


1. Write a summary of what your goals and objectives for this plan are:

    • Describe your book in 60 words or less. Much like your elevator speech you want to be able to briefly describe your book.
    • Summarize your marketing strategy. Will you do mostly online marketing? Will you do book signings? Knowing where you are headed will help in your strategy.
2.  Determine your Target Audience.
    • What are the demographics of your ideal readers (age, gender, ethnicity, geographic region, etc.)?
    • Are there other groups of potential buyers you should target (such as a children's author targeting teachers and parents rather than just trying to appeal to the children)?
    • How is your book different from the competition?
    • Why should the reader buy your book?
    • Once you discover your ideal target audience or market, you must define them in a way that is very easy to understand. You can then begin to communicate this definition to those you network with so that they can clearly understand who might benefit from your services.

3.  What is your Marketing Budget?

    • If you have a large budget, perhaps you want to consider working with a publicist?
    • If your budget tends to be on the small side, can you do much of the work yourself through social media, local stores, libraries, other events?

4.  Determine your competition.

    • If you don't feel you have any competition, think again. There are not many books on the market that don't have some sort of competition.
    • How is your competition marketing their book? Can you get ideas from them and try these ideas for your book?

5.  What social media and online sources will you use?

    • What social media does your audience use? Each social media site has specific gender, age groups, eduction and salary. Find the one or two sites that work for you and your book and concentrate on those.
    • Website - If you don't have a website for you and your book, now is the time to determine what you should have.
    • Blog/Guest Blog - Many writers do not want to have their own blog but it can be more than you want to do. If you fall into that category, it can be beneficial for you to find guest blogs where you can be interviewed and get some publicity for your book.

6.  Research. 

    • The key to  having an effective marketing plan and implementing it is to research. You can use search engines on the Internet to find answers, get ideas, and learn about your competition.

7.   Set Realistic Goals.

    • Once you have finalized your plan, don't try to do everything at once. Do one to five things a day/week to market yourself and your book. Keep yourself on track with your marketing efforts and stay in the marketing "zone" by refining your activity list that lets you complete your goals--one at a time.


Having a good marketing plan is essential. Just as important is not only following through with your plan but be open to other ideas. As mentioned above, the Internet is really your most important and influential marketing tool available. You can reach a much wider audience by learning how to effectively market on the Internet.


A marketing plan should be reviewed continuously and you need to be willing to "tweak" it constantly. New opportunities will present themselves. You may be going in one direction and suddenly someone mentions a totally new market that wasn't available in the past or that you hadn't thought of. This is the time to be flexible and try new directions. Review your plan at least every three months and make changes as needed.


For more information about writing your marketing plan, email



Welcome Kristine Wagstaff to MAP staff

We are pleased to welcome Kristine Wagstaff to Maine Authors Publishing as a Publishing & Marketing Coordinator, Kristine is currently a student at UMA where she is completing her BA in English. In the spring, she was the student editor for the UMA Scholar. After traveling to Cuba with the university, she designed a book of her photography and writings, which ignited her passion for publishing. Prior to joining us at MAP, she worked a few retail jobs and as an online writing tutor for the University College system. She believes deeply in the importance of the stories that people have to tell, which makes her excited to help authors through the publishing process. She also helps organize and manage the many different classes that Maine Authors Publishing offers. Born and raised on the Maine coast, Kristine is happy raising her son on the edge of a blueberry field and working with a fine view of the ocean.





New Book Arrivals April - May 2015 by Authors in our  MAP Cooperative Plan
All books in the cooperative plan are available for purchase on our website or from your local bookstore.

All For Love, Dorothy Nyman. Biography. Biography of Annie Benson Muller, Artist & Scholar written by her granddaughter.


Can a Frog Fly?, Don Denico, illustrated by Christina Mattison Klaven. Children's.  A moose and a frog become friends. Children learn that friendships come in all shapes and sizes.


Destiny, Carl Howe Hansen. Fiction. A doctor's effort to resolve an environmental threat evolves into a global catastrophe, a rescue, and a family reconciliation.







From Nana's Window, Margaret Gousse, illustrated by Esther Safford. Children's. Learn to identify birds in the backyard, their sounds and colors.


Halley's Gift and Eight Other Extraordinary Tales, Carey V. Azzara. Fiction. Short stories that explore the lives of extraordinary characters.


Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess, Kathy Eliscu. Fiction. Humorous story following a middle-aged woman having a midlife crisis.






Provocations, Mel Howards. Essays. Ideas, insights, musings and opinions that include a wide range of issues and subjects.


Rescued Recipes From My Grandmother's Trash Can, Lisa Canino. Cookbook. Tried and true recipes culminated from one woman's grandmother including photographs.


Sadie's Winter Dream, Judith Burger-Gossart. Nonfiction. Fishermen's Wives & Maine Sea Coast Mission Hooked Rugs, 1923-1938 recounts the early years of the mission and work of Alice M. Peasley.



MWPA announces finalists of Maine Literary Awards


The Maine Literary Awards is an annual competition sponsored and coordinated by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. The winners of the 2015 awards will be revealed on Thurday, May 28 at SPACE Gallery in Portland. Doors open at 6 pm and ceremony is a 7 pm. Maine Authors Publishing is awarding two scholarships at the ceremony in the Youth Fiction and Youth Nonfiction categories.


Voting Down the Rose by Anne B. Gass (MAP coop member) has been nominated for the John N. Cole Award for Maine-themed Nonfiction.


Island Voices II by Poets of Monhegan has received a nomination for Book Award for Anthology (Printed at MAP and designed at MAP by David Allen.)


For other Maine Literary Awards Finalists, go to  Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance




Upcoming Events


  • May 15, Jane Karker will be attending and exhibiting at the Mass. Coalition for Adult Education conference, workshops to help adult basic education practitioners meet their on-the-job challenges, Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, MA. FMI
  • May 15, Susan Starr, Memoirs of a Mad Innkeeper, The Muffin Recipes Revealed!, book signing Ellsworth Public Library, 10:30 am.
  • May 16, Susan Starr, Memoirs of a Mad Innkeeper, The Muffin Recipes Revealed!, book signing Jesup Memorial Library (with co-host Sherman's Book and Stationery Store), 34 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, 10:00 am.
  • May 16, David C. Weiss, A Heart on Fire, workshop on how to listen for and through poetry., 9:30-12:30 pm., Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main St., Westbrook. Registration required.
  • May 23, David Estey, "Whoop and Drive 'er!" - Growing Up in Aroostook County, Maine  gives a PowerPoint presentation about his life's work in art and his new memoir, 1 pm, 4-day Senior College Festival of Art, UMaine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue, Route 3, Belfast.
  • June 5, Roberta S. Kuriloff, Everything Special, Living Joy. Reading and book signing, 11:30 am, the Beth C. Wright Cancer Support Center at 23 Commerce Park, Ellsworth.
  • June 6, Kathy Eliscu, Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess. Book signing and, of course, a bit of chocolate, 2 pm - 3:30 pm Letterpress Books, Northgate Shopping Center, 91 Auburn St., Portland.
  • June 17, Deborah Eve Freedman, The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt - Stories from Maine, 12-1 pm, Brown Bag Lecture, and The Heart of the Story 6 pm, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland.
  • June 18, Roberta S. Kuriloff, Everything Special, Living Joy. Reading and book signing, 1 pm, Friends in Action Senior Center, 125 State Street, Ellsworth.
  • June 25, Mel Howards, Provocations. Reading and Signing, 6-7 pm, Ugly Dog Books, 75 Union St., Attleboro, MA.
  • June 27, Deborah Eve Freedman, Moments from Portland, Maine. Book signing,  2-4 pm, Coffee By Design, 1 Diamond Street, Portland.


Upcoming Classes



Introduction to Book Marketing - Classes held at Maine Authors Publishing, 558 Main Street, Rockland. Class includes a broad range of information and answers question you may have about marketing as an independent author. The workshop is free to coop members and $20 for non-members. Refreshments and materials are provided! Reservations required by calling 207-594-0091.

  •   Tuesday, June 9, 2:30 pm-5:30 pm
  •   Saturday, June 13, 11:00 am-2:00 pm
  •   Tuesday, June 30, 2:30-5:30 pm
  •   Tuesday, July 14, 2:30-5:30 pm

Independent Publishing for Maine Writers classes by Jane Karker being offered for the Spring-Summer seasons of 2015 include:

  • August 5, 6:00-8:00, Belgrade Library, Tel. 495-3508

To sign up for classes, contact the individual schools or library.



Author News and Awards


Kathy Eliscu, Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess, featured May 11, 2015 on American Journal

Congratulations to Alice Ingraham, Edgar Allan's Murder   who won an Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival.






Have you seen the new banner?


If you have driven by our offices, you may have seen our new banner.
Watch for new banners throughout the year.

"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit" - Richard Bach




MAP Spring Catalog


If you haven't seen our Spring 2015 catalog yet, be sure to take a look at all the new books for this season. You can download a pdf from our 
website .




For MAP/BWP Members Only 



For MAP and BWP Authors that are currently in the Cooperative or Indie Author Warehouse plans, we offer two private author forums. We have recently set up a new PRIVATE Facebook page available by invitation only. The other author forum is also a private forum but is for authors who may or may not use Facebook. It includes information on upcoming awards you can apply for and book sales for the previous month along with questions you can ask other authors.


If you haven't joined the forum or the private Facebook page, email Nikki at for information on how to join.     


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, President
Maine Authors Publishing
Boston Writers Publishing