Jane Karker (firstname.lastname@example.org) – 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. and Maine Authors Publishing. Custom Museum Publishing 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 self-publishing authors, she looks forward to leading the way into a totally different approach.
David Allen – Art Director. David Allen received his M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in 2006 and his B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Maine, Orono in 2000. He is a practicing artist and shows regularly. David’s Fine Arts background is a great compliment to his design experience, creating a graphic artist with a diverse technical skill set and critical eye. Formerly an Adjunct Professor at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, David continues to exercise his expertise in Graphic Design and Multimedia as our Art Director. David lives on his farm with his wife Ruth and daughters, Elana and Izraelle.
Nikki Giglia – Customer Service Representative and Publicist. 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 helped her realize how much she loved publishing. Interning for a semester at a cooperative poetry press cemented her passion for seeing the written word progress through the stages of editing, layout, and finally, print.
Dan Karker, distribution supervisor 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 disribution supervisor. 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
Kristine Wagstaff, Publishing & Marketing Coordinator. She works with authors to get their books published and also helps organize and manage the many different classes that Maine Authors Publishing offers. She 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 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. 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.
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 for Boston Writers 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 enjoys the outdoors with her husband, Jim, and enjoys photography and traveling.
Tom Block – Freelance Illustrator. Tom has a degree in art education from the University of Southern Maine. He was a teacher for over 37 years and has exhibited watercolors, sculpture, oils and mixed media in various locations in Maine. Tom’s most recent book illustrations include Maggie Goes to Maine by Betsey Anderson, Togus, A Coon Cat Finds a Home by Don Carrigan and Baxter in the Blaine House by Paula Benoit.
Cheryl McKeary – Consultant – In 1987 Cheryl started a desktop publishing and graphic design business creating brochures, catalogs and newsletters for the business community. In 2000 she moved to Washington, Maine and expanded her business to create websites and write marketing plans for small businesses. She joined Maine Authors Publishing in 2010 to develop marketing plans for self-publishing authors’ books, design websites and create ebooks. Cheryl enjoys traveling with her husband, John. They have taken trips in their truck camper where Cheryl has had the opportunity to photograph spectacular scenery across the United States and Canada. Some of her favorite photographs are of the coast of Maine. Cheryl retired in 2015 from MAP but continues to consult and assist with the creation of websites.
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