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Welcome to Independent Publishing with Maine Authors Publishing
First Friday of every month
3:00-4:30pm, Maine Authors Publishing, Thomaston
Free, but registration is required. Space limited.

Have you written a book and are considering publishing independently? Maine Authors Publishing is a local, affordable, and professional option. Learn in this free 1-hour orientation class how we guide local Maine authors from a written manuscript to printed books and the services we offer to support every author’s individual goals. A Q&A segment will follow the presentation. Kristine Wagstaff is the MAP publishing coordinator and has guided many writers through the publishing process.

Call (207) 594-0091 or email us to register!


The Gradual Yes Method of Sales (for authors) with Jane Karker
November 4th
12:15pm-2:00pm, Maine Authors Publishing Office
Free, but registration is required. Space limited.

Promoting a book is a marathon, not a sprint, and authors can often get overwhelmed before they even begin. Instructor Jane Karker combines her fifteen years of corporate sales experience with the best practices she has learned from working with over two hundred authors to publish and market their books. She will touch on the challenges and benefits of independent publishing and statistics in the independent publishing industry. This workshop will give an overview of traditional and internet book marketing and focus on ways to avoid burnout by using tools to break down marketing tasks into realistic steps. Attendees will receive live marketing links for internet marketing, as well as a digital workbook to list, schedule, and implement their marketing tasks. These tools are used in conjunction with the “Gradual Yes Method” of sales—a technique consisting of ten basic sales truths developed specifically for authors. This workshop is open for published authors as well as writers who have not yet published.

Jane Karker lives in Maine and is the founding president of Maine Authors Publishing & Cooperative. She had over 15 years of experience in corporate printing sales before beginning her decade-long career in publishing and book marketing. Her expertise focuses on ways to affordably and effectively produce, publish, and market books for independently published authors. She is a frequent presenter at events and in the media throughout New England, including The Boston Globe, MPBN, WERU, Grub Street, the Boston Public Library, and the International Women’s Writing Guild.

 

Call (207) 594-0091 or email us to register!


Local Libraries: Market, Present, Sell with Deborah Gould
Contact us for more information about schedule.
Looking for marketing and sales venues? Don’t overlook the obvious: You want readers, and libraries have readers–lots of them! Join a discussion about the possibilities libraries have to offer, from readings and signings to author talks and book clubs. Let’s talk about ways we can successfully turn libraries into marketing and PR opportunities; bring your ideas to the table and take away a few more! Award-winning author of The Eastern Deborah Gould will share her expertise in working with local libraries.


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Creating an Author Platform with Lee Heffner
Maine Authors Publishing Office
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Marketing a book isn’t what it used to be. A new definition has emerged; book marketing is now called the Author’s Platform. Technology has created a new reality, readers don’t depend on the Today Show or the feature pages of the New York Times to find a new book. Readers seek multiples sources online in search of a more direct path to a favorite or yet-to-be-discovered author.

There are many choices so many that identifying the platform best for you can feel overwhelming. Join our class to help identify the best marketing platform strategy for you and your work.Class size is limited to ensure individual attention.


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Getting to Know Goodreads with Kristine Wagstaff
Maine Authors Publishing Office
Contact us for more information about schedule.

Goodreads is a social network for readers and authors. Members can add books to their virtual bookshelves, marking what they’ve read, want to read, and are currently reading. Members can rate books, write reviews, create online book clubs, and interact with authors and other readers. As an author, these are all avenues to spread the word about your book. You can host Q&A’s, list your books, list upcoming events, giveaway books, join various groups, and more. In this hour and half course, Kristine will give a brief introduction to the benefits of Goodreads and an overview of how to create and manage your own Goodreads account.

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Secrets of a Bookstore Sales Rep with Kelly Brooks-Bay
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Ever wonder what it’s like meeting with a book buyer? Kelly will give you the inside scoop on how books make it on the shelves and tips for getting your foot in the door. Kelly Brooks-Bay is your MAP sales representative and events coordinator on staff. She is also the author of The Rainbow Pants.

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The Memoirist’s Dilemma with Lee Heffner
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A one-time three-hour class designed to help the memoir writer identify story, scope, time frame, and truth. Whose truth? Your truth! You’ve lived an interesting life–let’s get it on the page. Class space is limited.


Write to Finish with Lee Heffner (Class limit 6)
Maine Authors Publishing Office
Contact us for more information about schedule.
A class designed for writers of all genres.We will identify and set goals to help you achieve a finished manuscript and strategies to meet your goals.