Maine Authors Cooperative is a program within the for-profit company, Maine Authors Publishing (MAP). MAP is a legal DBA of Custom Museum Publishing, Inc. This program is designed to allow self-publishing authors/customers of MAP to be included in our catalog and distribution services, to pool resources and support in order to lower costs, to enhance the quality of marketing and publicity, and to increase the sales of the self-published books that are produced at MAP. The Membership Plan options are available to self-published authors and is at the discretion of the company.
The Maine Authors Publishing Trade Catalog is distributed to Maine bookstores twice a year.
Having a full color listing of your book in our cooperative catalog, along with fulfillment services is now available to all author customers whose books qualify (well-written, professionally edited and appropriate for sale in Maine bookstores). Co-op members receive a listing their first season with us. The Maine Authors Publishing catalog is limited to self-publishing authors only. The deadline for inclusion in the fall/winter holiday buying season catalog is September 1st and the deadline for inclusion in the spring/summer tourist buying-season catalog is February 1st.
We have learned that it takes much more than a simple listing for books to actually sell. Books have to actually be shown* to bookstore buyers and/or promoted to niche markets. Maine Authors Cooperative has been formed to address these needs.
*You must participate in the Maine Authors Cooperative to have your books shown to bookstores (by our staff and other participating authors and bookstores throughout Maine.) This is key to the success of your local Maine bookstore sales.
Qualified authors can join the Maine Authors Cooperative and are included in the catalog. Authors who participate in the Maine Authors Cooperative have the opportunity to attend meetings with other authors for support, education and training. Co-op members also benefit from updates of the co-op e-newsletter highlighting the latest on self-publishing, book awards, events, success and strategies. Co-op members have opportunities to pool resources for special speakers and training and shared book-signings, niche marketing, sales events and trade shows such as our Common Ground Fair booth.