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September 2011

News from the Home Office


Things are happening at Maine Authors Publishing--a promotion for a valuable team member and a new face in the office!


Recognizing her expertise and the rapid expansion of her duties, Maine Authors Publishing has promoted Cheryl McKeary to the position of Marketing and Media Specialist. Cheryl meets with authors on how to market and promote their book, writes marketing plans, creates websites to help authors connect with readers and bookstores, uploads ebooks, and manages the team of freelance copyeditors. Cheryl has been with MAP since 2010 and can be reached at


We've recently hired Colleen O'Neill Conlan as our Publicity & Co-op Coordinator. Colleen served an internship with Maine Authors Publishing during her final semester at University of Maine at Augusta. She graduated in May, and did freelance copyediting for MAP before joining the team. She will help coordinate author events and will do fee-based publicist work for co-op members. You can email her at


New books published Summer 2011

We've been busy this summer producing many new books. Here are just a few that have debuted:




   John Bird - Rockland, Maine's Tidal Turn, stories of local heroes who helped renew a coastal community.

   John Bradford - The 1607 Popham Colony's Pinnace VIRGINIA, Maine's First Ship, features an in-context design for reconstructing VIRGINIA for those interested in the history and skills that made it happen.

   Benjamin Brill - Words Across a Wire, poetry about pre-dawn chaos and the dark socialization of Hollywood.

   Barbara Buza - The Twelve Days of Christmas as Scene in Maine, a beautiful picture book that presents the classic Christmas carol with a Maine flair.


   Marnie Crowell, Ann Flewelling - Shorelines, view of Deer Isle, Maine, images and poems.

   Bruce Davis - Ramblings on Deer Hunting and other Outdoor Misadventures in Maine and Beyond, short stories based on actual happenings in the Maine woods and other areas.

   Christopher Fahy - Branching Out, 15 years of Tenants Harbor Poetry Readings

   George Grimes - Water Under the Keel, a lifetime of adventures and experiences upon and around the sea.



   Jack Kennedy - Matchbox: Collected Poems 1998-2010

   Jean Ann Pollard - The New Maine Cooking previously published by Downeast Books and back by popular design is a collection of 280 recipes offering tasty and nutritious excitement.

   Peter Richardson - Journey Beyond God describes the complex situation of religion today and draws out a proposal for Humanist Naturalist religion going forward. (

   George Rosol - This Island Life, musings about the doings and un-doings of fellow Peak islanders and the antics of summer dwellers and day trippers.



   Sharon Stedman - Being Now, thought provoking collection of 35 beautifully paired words and fine art photographs by Audra Medunitza Welton.

   Howard Waxman - Venceremos, Vietnam War hero turned deserter, has fled to a commune in Canada. Aching to get back home he gets his shot at redemption in the form of a Faustian bargain: He can have a full pardon if he'll go to Cuba and assassinate an American radical (; also on Kindle.




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Self-publishing for Maine Writers
Adult Ed courses throughout Maine - sign up today!


One of our pleasures is connecting with not-yet-published authors and letting them know how self-publishing works. Every year we teach classes through local adult-ed programs. Below is this year's schedule. Please pass this information on to your friends that would like to learn more about self-publishing.


10/6/11            6:30-8:30        Camden

10/20/11          5:00-7:00        Bucksport

10/27/11          6:30-8:30        Mt. Desert

11/3/11            6:30-8:30        Waldoboro

11/17/11          5:00-7:00        Damariscotta

12/8/11            6:30-8:30        Rockland


Register online here. 

Author Events

Author events abound! Our authors are busy doing signings at events all over Maine. By the time you read this, the Lobster Festival and the Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors Show will already be behind us, with MAP authors appearing for signings at both.


MAP will have a table at upcoming events. Any participation fee is noted:


Common Ground Fair

 September 23-25

$12.50 table fee


Bangor Book Festival

September 30 and October 1

Bangor Public Library

Jane Karker will speak at this conference on
Friday, Sept. 30 3:30-4:30.



Fall Author Co-operative Meeting

Saturday, October 15, 9:30-3:00


Mark your calendars for this fall's co-op meeting. After the success of the spring meeting, we are again gathering at the Granite Inn to meet, greet, network, and learn.


Here's the chance to meet face-to-face with other co-op members, to share your successes and questions, and to learn more about promoting your books.


We have two workshops planned. Cheryl and Colleen will talk about using social media to promote your book. Your online presence goes a long way in promoting your book beyond your local area. Do you have a website? Do you blog? You might have a Facebook account, but what about Twitter? Are you LinkedIn? We'll sort it all out.


Speaking of social media, have you considered creating a book trailer to post on YouTube? Dean Gyorgy is a videographer who will show a book trailer he produced and discuss options for using this wildly popular medium to promote your book.


To reserve your space, email


Maine Authors Publishing Appears on MPBN


Did you catch MAP on Maine Watch on MPBN? Co-op members Jeff Foltz (Birkebeiner) and Tom Block, illustrator (Togus: A Coon Cat Finds a Home) spoke eloquently about their self-publishing experiences. MAP President Jane Karker and colleague Josh Bodwell, from Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, discussed publishing in general and the growing trend toward self-publishing. You can stream the show online at

Find us on FacebookJoin the conversation!

Facebook and other forms of social media are also a fantastic way to connect with readers, yet some of our authors are reluctant to be on Facebook, fearing an invasion of privacy. Understandable, but keep in mind, you decide on the level of privacy in the settings section of Facebook. You can also set up a gmail account through Google to create another level of privacy.


If you're not a fan of Maine Authors Publishing on Facebook, you're missing out! We encourage conversation and questions on our page. 

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 Jane Daugherty Karker. 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 produces and markets books for self-publishing authors is located in Rockland. Maine Authors Cooperative is a program within the company that offers catalog and fulfillment services to get self-published books into Maine book stores. Unlike traditional publishing companies, authors in the cooperative retain 100% of the royalties of their book sales.

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

Tom Jordan, Business Manager

Cheryl McKeary, Marketing & Media Specialist