Jane Karker, president
Jane Karker, president and founder, comes to publishing after over 20 years in the printing and publishing industry. In 2005, when digital, short-run printing and binding technology took a huge leap in quality and affordability she founded Custom Museum Publishing Inc. which has grown to be New England’s premier producer of art catalogs and coffee-table quality historical books. In keeping with the tremendous change in the publishing business, and to meet the marketing and distribution needs of independent authors, she looks forward to leading the way into a totally different approach. Jane is a long time resident of Maine and lives with her family in South Thomaston. She spends summer weekends at her north woods camp on Pearl Pond in Maine’s unorganized territory and loves to kayak.
Nikki Giglia, managing editor
Nikki graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a B.A. in English and a minor in Philosophy. Her extensive work with the campus newspaper and interning at a cooperative poetry press cemented her passion for seeing the written word progress through the stages of editing, layout, and finally, print. Born and raised in Maine, Nikki is happy to be able to look out the window from her desk and see the beauty of the Maine coast every day.
Wendy Higgins, art director
Wendy has a true passion for books. She is an avid reader and is skilled in design, proofreading, and technical writing. Wendy is an honors graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, with a B.A. in English. Early on, in pursuit of post-graduate studies to become an editor, Wendy attended the prestigious Denver Publishing Institute. There, she discovered an affinity for paste-up and graphic design which completely altered her career path. For over 30 years, Wendy has lived in the midcoast, working with Maine writers, artists, businesses, and non-profits to translate their vision to the printed page.
Dan Karker, distribution & editing supervisor
Dan is responsible for coordinating all shipments to authors, customers, and bookstores, including managing the book warehouse. Dan will continue to work as a copyeditor and proofreader for MAP, which he did prior to becoming the shipping manager.
Dan graduated from Hampshire College in 2011, where he studied economic development and regional integration. He recently relocated from western Massachusetts back to his home state of Maine. He interned for United States Senator Angus S. King, Jr. in 2014. Dan is an avid musician, as well, and has played guitar, drums, or bass in several rock bands over the years.
Michelle Hodgdon, graphic designer
Michelle has had a love for art, photography, and reading her entire life. Moving from Connecticut to Maine in 2010 to pursue this passion, she obtained an Associates degree in Graphic Communications: Graphic Design, as well as a Bachelor’s of Applied Science: Business Management. Before working at MAP, Michelle found herself working in the printing industry, which has engrained a complete understanding of proper design process. Now, she loves being able to live her dream every day, creating beautiful works of art through book design. She lives in Union overlooking Seven Tree Pond with her
Christina Kosch, publishing coordinator
Christina is an alum of Washington and Jefferson College, graduating cum laude with a BA in English and psychology, and a minor in religious studies. She is working toward a Master of Arts in English literature from Villanova University and is a published poet. At Maine Authors Publishing, she is the Publishing Coordinator, who welcomes and works with most incoming authors.
Lee Karker, business manager
Lee is a retired non-profit administrator and Episcopal priest. He is blessed to live with his wife Jane in a house in South Thomaston overlooking the St. George River. He enjoys working with the talented, mostly much younger, staff of Maine Authors Publishing. He loves to ride his bicycle on the St. George peninsula and spending time with his family, which includes a grandson and grand-dog.
Genie Dailey, editorial consultant
Genie heads our proofreading and editorial department. She is the owner of her own editorial services company and works as an editorial consultant year ’round for Maine Authors Publishing. With over 40 years of experience in the publishing and printing arenas, and a writer herself, Genie acts as a consultant to our authors for manuscript preparation, editing, proofreading and copyright issues. She is the author of one of our best sellers, Mind Your P’s and Q’s, a very handy guide for writers. She lives in Jefferson with her husband, Jim, and enjoys photography, traveling and the outdoors.