Table of ContentsDIRECTORY BADGE-LITERARY

» Book Design, Illustration + Photography

» Copy Editing + Proofreading

» Literary Publicists

» Manuscript Critique

» Publishers

» Website Design + Services

» Writing Instruction + Learning Opportunities

» Writing Sanctuaries

» Writing Schools

» Writing Services

» Submitting a Listing


Book Design, Illustration + Photography

The Blue Collar Painter
Dawna Gardner is a portrait artist with a passion for painting what people love the most, be it their family, pets, or favorite places. She is dedicated to helping her clients realize their vision, and is willing to work closely with them from the big picture down to the smallest detail so that the result is a “joint collaboration” between client and artist. She works in both oil and watercolor.

Dawna Gardner
207.685.3613
bluecollarpainter@roadrunner.com
www.bluecollarpainter.com


Russ Cox (Smiling Otis Studio)

Cox is an author/illustrator specializing in the children’s book, game, and licensing markets. His debut book as author and illustrator, Faraway Friends, is published by Sky Pony. His clients include Penguin Random House, Capstone,Highlights Magazine, Oxford University Press, Gamewright, and many other national/international clientele.

Russ Cox
207.951.5009
russ@smilingotis.com
www.smilingotis.com


Ashley Halsey
Ashley is a designer, illustrator, and painter. After working as a book designer in New York City for over six years, first on cookbooks and lifestyle books at HarperCollins and then on children’s books at Macmillan, she decided to move to Portland, Maine where she is continuing her book design work, but also expanding her work as an artist. Ashley is experienced in a wide range of book formats and can offer art direction, page layout, pre-press production and digital art editing, as well as various illustrative needs.

Ashley Halsey
860.367.1035
ashley.p.halsey@gmail.com
www.ahalsey.com


Michael Heiko Photography
Heiko is a trained still-life and conceptual photographer who has shot for such prestigious publications as The New York Times, Outside, Fortune, and Men’s Journal. He is available for jobs in photography, photo editing, and image research.

Michael Heiko
646.932.3722
www.mheiko@gmail.com
www.michaelheiko.com


Genevieve Monks Keller
Keller is an illustrator and painter, primarily working in watercolor and acrylic. Illustrations range from single botanical renditions, to quirky takes on old tales for picture books. Her work typically has a strong sense of light, and is very colorful and highly realistic. She is a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators member.

Genevieve Monks Keller
207.441.5814
snowdaystudio@gmail.com
www.snowdayartist.blogspot.com


Hazel Mitchell
Mitchell is an illustrator specializing in children’s books and commercial and licensing design. Her clients include Charlesbridge, Kane and Miller, Beacon, and Freespirit Publishing.

Hazel Mitchell
207.257.2312
hazel-mitchell@hotmail.com
www.hazelmitchell.com


Jennifer Muller Design
Specializing in creative direction, editorial and book design, my work has been recognized by The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), the Type Directors Club, the Society of Publication Designers, Print magazine, Graphis New Talent, Communication Arts, and the 2011 Broderson Awards. My clients have included AIGA, Artisan Books, Bloomsbury Publishing, Blue Q, Callisto Media, Chronicle Books, Creative Portland, Designtex, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Houghton Mifflin, Little, Brown & Co., Maine College of Art, Meredith Publishing, Pop! Tech, Quince & Co., Rabelais Books, Rizzoli Publications, Roost Publications, Rosemont Markets and SPACE Gallery. My published book designs include Sourdough by Sarah Owens, Summerland by Anne Stiles Quatrano, Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook by the Mast Brothers, The Whole Hog Cookbook by Libbie Summers, Sweet & Vicious by Libbie Summers, Heartlandia by Adam and Jackie Sappinton, The Food of Taiwan by Cathy Erway, Real Maine Food by Ben Coniff and Luke Holden, The Real Food Cookbook by Nina Planck, Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys by Lucinda Scala Quinn and My Family, My Journey by Zoe Francesca.

Jennifer S. Muller
info@jennifermullerdesign.com
www.jennifermullerdesign.com


The Memoir Network
The Memoir Network, formerly known as the Soleil Lifestory, has been helping people write personal and family stories since 1988. They provide editing, coaching, co- authoring (ghostwriting), and book publication services as well as self-paced memoir writing packages. Their flagship book Turning Memories into Memoirs: A Handbook for Writing Lifestories is now in its seventh printing and third edition. They provide authors with step-by-step assistance through the process of writing and publishing an interesting, meaningful, and attractive book of memoirs. They also offer jumpstart packages for writing professionals wishing to launch their own memoir business and free consultations for first-time clients. Free e-newsletters (The Lifewriter’s Digest and The Memoir Professional) and other free material can be found on their website.

Denis Ledoux
207.353.5454
info@thememoirnetwork.com
www.thememoirnetwork.com


North Wind Design and Production
North Wind Design and Production has over 20 years of book production and design experience, providing text and cover graphic design, book layout, art editing, art research, image indexing, and project-management services for any individual or company for a fee. Quotes will be provided after review of the project. Clients include the McGraw-Hill Companies, Pearson Education, Quarasan!, Tilbury House Publishers, United States Power Squadrons, and Golden Child Publishing.

Janet Robbins
207.922.8435
contactnwdp@gmail.com
www.nwdpbooks.com


Editing, Copy Editing + Proofreading

Elsa van Bergen
Elsa van Bergen began her career with 13 years at Doubleday, specializing in backlist practical nonfiction, from crafts to gardening to travel and heavily illustrated books. She is currently working freelance, and has broad experience in acquisitions and development. Her main client relationship is now with college texts, especially English, rhetoric and literature (her AB cum laude from Mount Holyoke and MA from NYU were in the latter), and social sciences. She also works with individuals on their memoirs and has facilitated a small writing group.

Elsa van Bergen
207.967.2150
evanbergen@maine.rr.com


Perri Black
Perri Black has been a freelance writer, editor and proofreader for more than twelve years. She has written and edited copy for a wide range of books, reports, articles, and marketing materials, in addition to working for national publishers, news agencies and international organizations in Asia. Based on her extensive experience editing English written or translated by non-native speakers, Perri has gained expertise in focusing on clarity and accuracy while maintaining the author’s individual style and voice. She also worked for an independent bookstore in Maine for more than thirteen years. Her specific interests are related to art, design, literature, culture, food and travel.

Perri Black
207.647.8272
perrilb@gmail.com


Pamela B. Blake
Blake has worked for many years as professional copy editor and proofreader for
such companies as Allyn & Bacon and Little, Brown, as well as freelance work for J. Weston Walsh. She has also worked with several authors to prepare their manuscripts for submission.

Pamela Blake
207.865.4935
pamblake@aol.com


Paige Katharine Brown
Schooled in Classical Literature and Art History, Paige has much experience in the analytics of literary texts. As a freelancer, Paige has excelled at copy editing and proofreading for both fiction and non-fiction works. She assists in achieving success with the writer in all proposed requests in a timely manner with poise and efficacious completion. She believes in harnessing and nourishing creativity.

Paige Katharine Brown
207.649.4128
paigekbrown@gmail.com


Cathie A. Bucci
Cathie graduated summa cum laude from St. Joseph’s College of Maine. She has a B.A. in English, with a concentration in writing and editing.  She is currently self-employed as a freelance editor and proofreader based in Standish, Maine. Cathie has begun work on her own novel and writes a blog for her editorial website. She is currently working with three local Maine authors who are also members of the MWPA, and is looking forward to doing more to contribute to Maine’s literary legacy.

Cathie A. Bucci
207.232.3543
Redpeneditorial36@gmail.com
www.redpeneditorialmaine.com


Lee E. Cart
Cart holds a BFA in creative writing from the University of Maine Farmington. She has worked for several years doing proofreading, copy editing, and translation and interpreting work in both Spanish and English. She is also available to assist in ghost writing manuscripts.

Lee E. Cart
207.683.5585
lee.e.cart@gmail.com
www.leecart.blogspot.com


Amy Chamberlain
Amy is an established full-time copy editor and proofreader with a 15-year-old freelance editorial business. She polishes text electronically using Word Track Changes and Acrobat Professional and through hard-copy markup. She is experienced, meticulous, perceptive, and timely. Amy specializes in the final stages of a wide variety of nonfiction trade books, including cookbooks; books on health, Buddhism, and spirituality; and specialty books on topics from Japanese robot toys to skateboarding icons. She has edited textbooks in the fields of service learning, language development, Latin, and more. Current clients include Maine Home+Design magazine, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Shambhala Publications, The Experiment, and Pearson Education.

Amy Chamberlain
207.443.4718
chamberlain_edit@yahoo.com


Michele Cheung
Cheung’s policy is to determine what degree of editing each client requires, from style to consistent formatting, and work with them from there. She works with journalism, creative writing, creative nonfiction, marketing, grant proposals, and charges hourly fees. Michele is a freelance writer and educator who regularly sacrifices her dignity to improve life as we know it. She teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern Maine and has a master’s degree in Celtic languages and literatures from Harvard University.

Michele Cheung
207.272.2406
mjcheung@maine.rr.com

 


Joe Crescente
I am a professional editor and writer that has significant experience writing and editing articles, speeches, press releases, and social media posts and content for authors, businesses, universities, and non-profit-organizations. I also specialize in fact-checking and proofreading novels, stories, and articles. I am an independent contractor and offer much more reasonable rates than firms and publishing companies. Based in Portland, ME.

Joe Crescente
jjcresce@gmail.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-crescente-552ba170


Little House Word Shop
Karen P. Thompson learned the art of copyediting at Down East magazine as a new editorial assistant, and later as copy editor, after graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 1981. Since then, she has freelanced mostly for New York publishers such as Warner Books, Hachette Book Group, and St. Martin’s Press, working on a variety of fiction and nonfiction trade, self-help, and business titles. She is known for tactful handling of first-time authors and of personal stories and sensitive subjects. Her trademarks are a gentle, classic approach and respectful interaction with an author as she aims always to honor and appreciate the process of crafting fine words for the world to enjoy. Word Track Changes, The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition, are Karen’s main tools, and she has also been copyediting long enough to work comfortably on any hard-copy manuscript. She is a published essayist, and she and her husband own a nearly one-hundred-year-old family business.

Karen P. Thompson
207.677.3787
littlehouse@tidewater.net


Mainly Words
Jennifer Caven, a seasoned editor with a dual degree in journalism and English literature, strives to ensure that each client presents the best possible manuscript for publication. She has worked with new and established authors, publishers, and grant writers, editing fiction, nonfiction, and technical material. In addition to standard proofreading, her editing addresses matters of style—smoothing out awkward phrasing, honing sentence structure, realigning misplaced modifiers, and making suggestions to improve clarity, consistency, and readability. Jennifer is pleased to offer a 10% discount to MWPA members.

Jennifer Caven
207.865.2104
jlcaven@comcast.net
www.MaineEditing.com


Elizabeth Nunes
My name is Elizabeth Nunes, and I am an editor. After receiving my master’s degree in Book Publishing from Portland State University in the spring of 2017, I came home to California to begin my own editing company and now work with multiple authors whose books are publishing in 2018. My company, Final Edition, is new, and it is growing, and I am looking for more authors to work with. My website, https://elizabethnunes.com/, has information on some work I’ve done, papers I’ve written, and how to get in touch with me. You can feel free to contact me via this email address or by telephone—at (209) 499-5430—I would love to chat! Programs like the one I graduated from are rare, especially on the west coast, and therefore it is difficult to find an editor whose education was targeted specifically for this job, as mine was. I provide both copyediting (fiction and nonfiction) and developmental editing (fiction only). If there are any questions about me or my editing services, feel free to get in touch.

Elizabeth Nunes
207.499.5430
elizabethenunes11@gmail.com
www.elizabethnunes.com


Elizabeth Pierson
Liz has 35 years of experience as a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. Although much of her writing focuses on natural history, the environment, and sustainability issues, she has also written two bird-watching books (Down East Books, 1981 and 1996) and more than 200 magazine, newspaper, and journal articles. Her editing clients are located throughout the United States and around the world and include nonprofit and government organizations, corporations, magazine and book publishers, and individuals. She critiques, copyedits, and proofreads both fiction and nonfiction trade books and has worked on everything from college biology textbooks and field guides to children’s books, cookbooks, novels, and an international planning guide for the United Nations. She also writes and edits technical and corporate materials. She is good with technical language, has excellent research and reporting skills, and is adept at translating an organization’s work or research for the general public. Liz strives to bring a fresh eye to her clients’ work, makes quick turnarounds, and always meet deadlines. Her resume is available upon request.

Elizabeth Pierson
207.729.4473
liz.c.pierson@gmail.com


Pink Eraser Editorial Services
Pink Eraser offers development editing, copyediting, proofreading, book proposal writing, and query letter writing services. A full-spectrum editorial process ensures that each manuscript gets what it needs, whether an overhaul of the narrative or grammatical fixes. Authors also receive consultation about the publishing business so that their books land in the right place, whether in the hands of a few loved ones or facing out on a bookstore shelf. Pink Eraser’s managing editor Molly McGrath has been a professional editor for over fifteen years. After working as a development editor for Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press, she took her projects with her and contracted new editorial work while finishing an MFA in creative nonfiction at Goucher College in 2001. In addition to her work with Pink Eraser, she is The Telling Room’s publications director.

Molly McGrath
molly@pinkeraser.com
www.pinkeraser.com


Sheila Polson
Sheila Polson has more than thirty years of experience as a professional editor and writer. Give her a book manuscript, short story, creative essay, or other piece of writing and she will make it strong, clear, consistent, and correct in language and style. She enjoys working with both beginning and seasoned writers and can help guide them in focusing their work for the intended target audiences. Sheila has edited numerous book manuscripts, both fiction and nonfiction, for leading publishers and independent authors. She has also worked with individuals, businesses and organizations to draft and finalize all kinds of other copy, including short stories, literary journal submissions, student essays, magazine articles, brochures, and website text. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and German from Colby College and a master’s in communications and natural resources from the University of Michigan.

Sheila Polson, Editor
207.319.4520
info@sheilapolson.com
www.sheilapolson.com


Dawn Potter
Dawn Potter offers copy editing and substantive editing, manuscript critique, writing workshops, and college-essay coaching. Her clients have included Merrill/Prentice Hall, Rutgers University Press, University of Massachusetts Press, CavanKerry Press, and many others. She directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching and is the author of numerous books of prose and poetry.

Dawn Potter
207.683.2414
ironduke@tdstelme.net
www.dlpotter.blogspot.com


Literary Editorial Services
Penelope Schwartz Robinson holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast Program and a BA in English language and literature from the University of Michigan. She has taught nonfiction writing and literature at the University of Maine Farmington and Southern Maine Community College, and has worked in publishing and provided editorial services for many years. She will read through manuscripts to ensure they are clear, correct, concise, and consistent with CMS (The Chicago Manual of Style) formatting. Professional attention will be paid to spelling, punctuation, terminology, jargon, and semantics, and all changes will be made in Track Changes for the client’s convenience. The rate for manuscript critique varies according to the length of the manuscript and the complexity of the material. One-two dollars per page is a rough estimate, or $50 an hour for copyediting.

Penelope Schwartz Robinson
207.741.9175
probins2@maine.rr.com


Laurel Robinson Editorial Services
Laurel Robinson has more than 30 years’ experience copyediting and proofreading fiction and nonfiction books, magazine and newspaper articles, newsletters, brochures, and business pieces. Her areas of interest and expertise include memoir, novels, short stories, travel, self-help, spirituality, and GLBT themes. Her clients range from individual authors to large publishing houses. She holds a master’s degree in English with a writing and editing concentration.

Laurel Robinson
207.255.0104
laurel@laurelcopyeditor.com
www.laurelcopyeditor.com


Kathryn Robyn
Kathryn Robyn is a writer and editor of business, literary, and theatrical works. She has developed, produced, and performed in live theater and musical events, including a New York City production of her own musical, Eclipse (Listen!); worked in editorial departments in the music, publishing, and trade magazine industries; and published poems, articles, short stories and film reviews in numerous journals and anthologies. She is also the author of two self-help books that have been translated in over ten countries, both published by New Harbinger Publications. Kathryn is presently copyediting, consulting with authors, and writing plays, poems, songs, and prose.

Kathryn Robyn
207.930.9145
kathrynrobyn@gmail.com
www.kathrynrobyn.com


Savage Indexing Services
Cynthia Savage is freelance back-of-the-book indexer, member of the American Society of Indexing (ASI), and has her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. A quality index enhances the readability and saleability of your book. Indexing areas include: K-12 education, children’s nonfiction, social sciences, cinema history and studies, biography, nonprofit management, public policy, libraries/information sciences, New England studies, history and culture. Please contact her with any inquiries you might have and to receive a rate quote based on the specifics of the title. Previous clients include the University of California Press, Columbia University Press, Edinburgh University Press, University of Illinois Press and University of Hawaii Press.
Cynthia Savage
207.749.2517
csavage@savageindexing.com

Ariette Scott
Are you spending far too much time wrestling with the technical demands of your computer? Does your frustration level mount as you try to navigate the sea of technical requirements in today’s publishing world—leaving you feeling creatively stymied and wondering if you will ever bring your work to completion? Writing/Publishing Project Coordinator, Ariette Scott, can relieve these frustrations so that your energy is freed for your creative work. Ariette brings an ideal balance of multiple technical skills (as your project requires) from manuscript formatting to book design to copy editing to proofreading to acting as a publisher liaison. Her expert organizational ability allows her to work quickly and effectively, helping you to meet the technically specific—and often overwhelming—demands of publishing and self-publishing. Ariette has spent many successful years as a project manager and has the varied background that answers your diverse technical needs. Excellent references available upon request.

Ariette Scott
207.650.8661
ariettemaine@gmail.com


Laura S. Uhl
Laura Uhl was an English teacher and counselor in public schools. She is now a
freelance copy editor, including developmental and substantive editing.

Laura S. Uhl
207.353.3190
jewellu851@comcast.net


Manuscript Critique

Michelle Cacho-Negrete
Cacho-Negrete’s work has appeared in a number of magazines, including The Sun, Psychotherapy Networker, Silk Road, Solstice Magazine, Persimmon Tree, and Contrary. She works with students both online and in-person, and a number of her students have gone to publish their work and win awards. Her rates are $50 per hour and include an extensive critique of theme and structure as well as line-editing.

Michelle Cacho-Negrete
207.646.4770
mcacho@maine.rr.com
www.michellecacho-negrete.com


Mark Chimsky
“I want to help you edit and refine your book project so that it has its best chance for success in today’s marketplace,” says Mark Chimsky, president of his own editorial consulting business, Mark Chimsky Editorial Services Unlimited, based in Portland, Maine. As a high-level publishing executive, Mark ran top imprints at HarperCollins (where he was Johnny Cash’s editor on his memoir, Cash), Little, Brown, and Macmillan. For almost six years, he was the editor-in-chief of the book division at Sellers Publishing. He has edited a number of national best-sellers and created the award-winning book, Creating a Life You’ll Love, and developed and edited 65 Things to Do When You Retire, which The Wall Street Journal called “[one] of the year’s best guides to later life.” Mark has been on the faculty of NYU’s Center for Publishing and was director of the book section of their prestigious Summer Publishing Institute. He has also taught in Emerson College’s Writing, Literature, and Publishing Department. For the MWPA, he leads the popular seminar “Book Proposal Boot Camp.” In addition, Mark is an award-winning poet whose recent work has appeared in the online literary magazine, Wild Violet. Mark’s areas of expertise include editing and critiquing nonfiction and fiction manuscripts, helping authors create and shape marketable book proposals, and developing content for authors’ press kits, book trailers, websites, blogs, and press releases. He also offers media coaching for authors, and consultations and editorial evaluations either in person or by phone.

Mark Chimsky
207.632.8418
markchimsky@yahoo.com
markchimskyeditorial.com


Janet Clement
Beginning poets, Janet will critique your work and mentor you, as you try out your wings and strengthen them as a poet. She is a poetry reader for College Guild, a non-profit in Brunswick, Maine providing free courses for the incarcerated. Janet is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) facilitator and a five-year and ongoing participant in a Writing Circle using the AWA method of writing prompts, and astute and nurturing feed back. She has written a six-unit poetry course for the Guild. She participates in MWPA’s Give & Take, has self-published a book of 34 poems, and was published in Yankee Magazine. She has worked as a high school English teacher, journalist, freelance writer, advertising copy writer, and in corporate public relations in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in the U.S. Navy Reserves. She has a BA in English from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Masters of Theological Studies from Bangor Theological Seminary, and is working on her MFA in poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Rates are $25 an hour.

Janet Clement
207.737.4646
jcsophias@gmail.com


Elizabeth Kirschner
A highly experienced poet and teacher of more than 35 years, Ms. Kirschner is
available to skillfully, thoroughly, and deftly critique your poetry manuscript for $65.00 an hour. All levels welcome. She is the author of five volumes of poetry, including My Life as a Doll, which was nominated for the Lenore Marshall Prize and awarded her the 2011 Literary Arts Fellowship from the state of Maine. Currently she is part of the faculty at Fairfield University’s low residency MFA program in creative writing, before which she taught at Boston College for many years.

Elizabeth Kirschner
207.439.7380
e.kirschner1@gmail.com
www.elizabethkirschner.com


Literary Editorial Services
Penelope Schwartz Robinson holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast Program and a BA in English language and literature from the University of Michigan. She has taught nonfiction writing and literature at the University of Maine Farmington and Southern Maine Community College, and has worked in publishing and provided editorial services for many years. She will read through manuscripts to ensure they are clear, correct, concise, and consistent with CMS (The Chicago Manual of Style) formatting. Professional attention will be paid to spelling, punctuation, terminology, jargon, and semantics, and all changes will be made in Track Changes for the client’s convenience. The rate for manuscript critique varies according to the length of the manuscript and the complexity of the material. One-two dollars per page is a rough estimate, or $50 an hour for copyediting.

Penelope Schwartz Robinson
207.741.9175
probins2@maine.rr.com


Mainly Words
Jennifer Caven, a seasoned editor with a dual degree in journalism and English literature, strives to ensure that each client presents the best possible manuscript for publication. She has worked with new and established authors, some of them literary award recipients. Her detailed written critique addresses matters of clarity, voice, cohesiveness, characters, and plot. Jennifer is pleased to offer a 10% discount to MWPA members.

Jennifer Caven
207.865.2104
jlcaven@comcast.net
www.MaineEditing.com


Katherine Mayfield
Mayfield is a developmental editor with many years of experience helping authors prepare their work for publication. Her services include manuscript critique and developmental editing for both fiction and nonfiction works. She is also a published author, familiar with the complex process of taking a book from conception to publication. Resume and references are available upon request.

Katherine Mayfield
207.361.4750
dev.editor@maine.rr.com
www.katherine-mayfield.com


The Memoir Network
The Memoir Network, formerly known as the Soleil Lifestory, has been helping people write personal and family stories since 1988. They provide editing, coaching, co- authoring (ghostwriting), and book publication services as well as self-paced memoir writing packages. Their flagship book Turning Memories into Memoirs: A Handbook for Writing Lifestories is now in its seventh printing and third edition. They provide authors with step-by-step assistance through the process of writing and publishing an interesting, meaningful, and attractive book of memoirs. They also offer jumpstart packages for writing professionals wishing to launch their own memoir business and free consultations for first-time clients.

Denis Ledoux
207.353.5454
info@thememoirnetwork.com
www.thememoirnetwork.com


Elizabeth Peavey
Award-winning author Elizabeth Peavey has taught, coached and critiqued writing for over 20 years. From full-length books to mash notes and everything in between, she will help punch up your prose and make your message or manuscript sparkle. She can help you get started, dislodge you if you’re stuck, and show you how to pare away the flab. She works one-on-one, as well as with groups. Her strong suits are memoir, first-person essay, and humor—“Oh, and sad stuff. I really like sad stuff.”

Elizabeth Peavey
info@elizabethpeavey.com
elizabethpeavey.com


Elizabeth Pierson
Liz has 35 years of experience as a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. Although much of her writing focuses on natural history, the environment, and sustainability issues, she has also written two bird-watching books (Down East Books, 1981 and 1996) and more than 200 magazine, newspaper, and journal articles. Her editing clients are located throughout the United States and around the world and include nonprofit and government organizations, corporations, magazine and book publishers, and individuals. She critiques, copyedits, and proofreads both fiction and nonfiction trade books and has worked on everything from college biology textbooks and field guides to children’s books, cookbooks, novels, and an international planning guide for the United Nations. She also writes and edits technical and corporate materials. She is good with technical language, has excellent research and reporting skills, and is adept at translating an organization’s work or research for the general public. Liz strives to bring a fresh eye to her clients’ work, makes quick turnarounds, and always meet deadlines. Her resume is available upon request.

Elizabeth Pierson
207.729.4473
liz.c.pierson@gmail.com


Dawn Potter
Dawn Potter offers copy editing and substantive editing, manuscript critique, writing workshops, and college-essay coaching. Her clients have included Merrill/Prentice Hall, Rutgers University Press, University of Massachusetts Press, CavanKerry Press, and many others. She directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching and is the author of numerous books of prose and poetry.

Dawn Potter
207.683.2414
ironduke@tdstelme.net
www.dlpotter.blogspot.com


Bruce Pratt
Novelist, short fiction writer, poet, essayist, and playwright Bruce Pratt offers one-time manuscript critiques for fiction writers at any stage of their careers, as well as long term mentoring services. Critiques include face-to-face meetings (where feasible), email correspondence, and extensive written notes and comments. Rates available upon request. Pratt’s novel The Serpents of Blissfull was published by Mountain State Press in 2011. His poetry collection Boreal, is available from Antrim House Books, and his short story collection The Trash Detail is forthcoming in Fall 2018 from New Rivers Press. Pratt’s short fiction, poetry, and drama have appeared in dozens of journals in the United States, Canada, Europe, and won numerous awards. Pratt teaches creative writing at the University of Maine, and has taught seminars for the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, the Stonecoast Summer Writer’s Conference, and The Ocean Park Writer’s Conference, Pratt is the editor of American Fiction, and won the Gold Medal for short fiction from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association as editor of Volume 14. This is the first time an anthology has won this award.

Bruce Pratt
207.843.7502
obdriveway@aol.com
www.bepratt.com


Frank O Smith
I tailor my writing services to clients’ needs, from close, line-by-line editing, to manuscript critique, and full story developmental editing. I’m a writer, ghostwriter, teacher, and writing coach. My novel, Dream Singer, was a finalist for the prestigious Bellwether Prize, created by Barbara Kingsolver, and was named a Notable Book of the Year in Literary Fiction in 2014. I’ve ghost written four books, including a children’s book. I am also a regular book reviewer for the “Maine Sunday Telegram.” Additionally, I teach writing at the Maine College of Art, and through MWPA.

Frank O Smith
207.767.1060
frankosmith27@gmail.com
www.frankosmithstories.com


Brenda Sturgis
Children’s book author Brenda Sturgis critiques up to 1,000 words in either rhyme or prose for $40.00 for one manuscript. Her forte is rhyming picture books, but she critiques prose as well. 10 percent of royalties are donated to Reading is Fundamental.

Brenda Sturgis
bsturgis@metrocast.net
www.brendareevessturgis.com


Publishers

Alice James Books
Alice James Books was founded in 1973 with the intent to provide women with a greater representation in literature. The mission of Alice James Books as a cooperative poetry press remains to seek out and publish the best contemporary poetry by both established and beginning poets, with particular emphasis on involving poets in the publishing process.

Carey Salerno
207.778.7071
info@alicejamesbooks.org
www.alicejamesbooks.org


Beloit Poetry Journal
Since 1950, the Beloit Poetry Journal has been publishing poetry that matters. It is distinguished for the extraordinary range of its poetry and its discovery of strong new poets. Among those whose first or very early publication was in the BPJ are Galway Kinnell, W.S. Merwin, Anne Sexton, Sharon Olds, Philip Levine, Charles Bukowski, A. E. Stallings, Susan Stewart, Susan Tichy, and Sherman Alexie. More recently, work by Bei Dao, Lucille Clifton, Albert Goldbarth, and Sonya Sanchez has appeared in its pages alongside that of younger poets such as Michael Broek, Jessica Goodfellow, Jenny Johnson, Douglas Kearney, and Mary Molinary. The journal’s website features a full- text 63-year archive searchable by author, selections from the current issue, and the Poet’s Forum, a blog where poets discuss their work and invite comments from readers.

Melissa Crowe
Rachel Contreni Flynn
bpj@bpj.org
www.bpj.org


Cider Mill Press Book Publishers
Where good books are ready for press. From seed to harvest, Cider Mill Press strives to bring fine reading, information and entertainment together between the covers of our creatively crafted books. We publish an innovative selection of products for the gift market, from cookbooks and quote books to stamp kits, gift sets, parodies and much more. Our children’s imprint, Applesauce Press, includes a vast assortment of children’s classics, board books, activity kits, joke and trivia books, health and educational guides, and now five unique formats of our #1 New York Times best-selling title, The Night Before Christmas.

John Whalen
207.967.8232
johnwhalen@cidermillpress.com
www.cidermillpress.com


Down East Books
Down East Enterprise is a multimedia company based in Rockport, Maine, devoted to celebrating “Maine at its Best.” Founded in 1954, Down East now delivers not only coverage of lifestyle, destination, and “good curiosities” in Maine, but also zooms in on hot topics for Mainers and for those who love the Pine Tree State. Since 1977, Down East has also published books by the state’s best authors and artists, with a list of more than 800 books published to date. Recent titles include The Maine Lobster Book by Virginia M. Wright, Interventions by Richard Russo, and Moxie: Maine in a Bottle by Jim Baumer. Always strong in the area of children’s books, Down East’s popular picture books include The Summer Visitors, written and illustrated by Karel Hayes, and Lost Trail, the graphic novel rendition of Donn Fendler’s story. Two other magazines are also published from the company’s Rockport offices. Our website offers travel information, videos, pictures, blogs, real estate listings, an on-line store, and more.

Michael Steere
207.594.9544
msteere@rowman.com
www.downeast.com


Eric’s Hysterics
Eric’s Hysterics is a webzine that publishes humorous fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Any genre or style is considered, so long as the work is humorous. They particularly appreciate humor that is used to illuminate a greater truth. Eric’s Hysterics buys first online and anthology rights. Payment is $5.00 per published piece. See website for complete guidelines.

Eric Bosarge
207.751.8683
ericshysterics@gmail.com
www.erics-hysterics.com


Goose River Press
Goose River Press is a traditional full-service publishing house that ensures their clients’ works will achieve the placement and prominence they deserve. Their editors, typesetters, designers, and production specialists will work with clients to achieve this objective. For those who wish to self-publish, Goose River Press can help avoid costly mistakes and provide extra benefits not available from a printer alone. If work is accepted for publication, it will be issued under the imprimatur of Goose River Press. Alternately, for those who wish to self-publish under another press name, Goose River Press can provide fee-based editing and printing services at competitive rates. Goose River Press works with Ingram, Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and many other markets in the United States and internationally to make your title available.

Deborah Benner
207.832.6665
gooseriverpress@roadrunner.com
www.gooseriverpress.com


Islandport Press
Islandport Press is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England. They strive to capture and explore the grit, heart, beauty, and infectious spirit of the region by telling tales that can be appreciated by readers, dreamers, and adventurers everywhere. In addition to their own titles, Islandport Press also distributes a small number of select books, CDs, and DVDs produced by other publishers that are deemed a good fit with their overall catalog and mission. They are also committed to reviving and reissuing out-of-print classics or out-of-print books that should be classics. They always welcome suggestions on any out of print book set in or about Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont that readers think should be reprinted.

Dean Lunt
207.846.3344
info@islandportpress.com
www.islandportpress.com


Maine Authors Publishing & Cooperative
Maine Authors Publishing and Cooperative supports authors who want to publish independently by offering printing and cooperative-style publishing services. Membership provides inclusion in our full color trade catalog, our online catalog, Maine bookstore distribution, and fulfillment services. Additional products and services available for authors include editing, proofreading, cover design, page layout, printing, distribution, Amazon, eBook uploads, author websites, website hosting, personal marketing plans and sales, and cooperative marketing support groups. They also offer free cost estimates and publishing proposals.

Jane Karker
207.594.0090
info@maineauthorspublishing.com
www.maineauthorspublishing.com


The Memoir Network
The Memoir Network, formerly known as the Soleil Lifestory, has been helping people write personal and family stories since 1988. They provide editing, coaching, co- authoring (ghostwriting), and book publication services as well as self-paced memoir writing packages. Their flagship book Turning Memories into Memoirs: A Handbook for Writing Lifestories is now in its seventh printing and third edition. They provide authors with step-by-step assistance through the process of writing and publishing an interesting, meaningful, and attractive book of memoirs. They also offer jumpstart packages for writing professionals wishing to launch their own memoir business and free consultations for first-time clients. Free e-newsletters (The Lifewriter’s Digest and The Memoir Professional) and other free material can be found on their website.

Denis Ledoux
207.353.5454
info@thememoirnetwork.com
www.thememoirnetwork.com


Moon Pie Press
A small poetry press based in Westbrook, Maine, since 2003, Moon Pie Press has published 58 books, including six anthologies, by poets from all over the country. Full catalog, sample poems, poet biographies and more are available on the website.

Alice Persons
207.776.1045
moonpiepress@yahoo.com
www.moonpiepress.com


North Wind Publishing
Recently published books include A Bird Lover’s Reflections by Patty Mondore, A Secretly Handicapped Man by Norbert Nathanson and NOAA Tide and Current Tables. We also provide custom publishing solutions for your memoir, family genealogy, milestone anniversary for your business, etc. Custom publishing is done for a fee and can be private, or made available to the public. Recent custom publishing books include a memoir Finding my Wings and a family genealogy This is my Story, The Whitaker Family.

Janet Robbins
207.922-8435
info@northwindpublishing.com
www.northwindpublishing.com


Off the Grid Press
Off the Grid Press was founded in the fall of 2005 to provide a forum for older, previously published poets who are sometimes overlooked by the current marketplace. They have successfully published five books, two of them prize winners. Off the Grid recently became a nonprofit, and they will now finance publication with contests and grants. Tam Lin Neville and Bert Stern, life-time poets with rich editorial experience, are dedicated to ensuring the quality and distinct identity of the Off the Grid imprint. They are looking for work by poets over sixty, ripened in craft and vision, and sufficiently sprightly to promote their work through readings and networks.

Lin Neville
Bert Stern
offthegridpress@gmail.com
www.offthegridpress.net


Penobscot Books
Penobscot Books is a division of Penobscot Bay Press in Stonington, Maine, which publishes three weekly newspapers covering ten towns in and around Penobscot Bay. The book division is the publishing arm of the company, providing full book printing and prepress services, including editing, proofreading, page layout and design. Special interest is held for manuscripts with a focus on the local area, Down East region and Maine culture and history. The company also publishes its own titles on a regular basis. All books are available for viewing at penbaypress.me. Coming in Winter 2017-18: Full services to help preserve family legacy, whether as a memoir, diary or family history. Charges are dependent on the size and style of the book, the services needed or requested to produce it, and the number of books printed. Please enquire via email or the form on our website.

Caroline Spear, Editor and Project Manager
207.367.2200
books@pbp.me
www.penbaypress.me


Picton Press
Picton Press is a publishing company located in Rockland, Maine, which specializes in publishing genealogical and historical manuscripts, whether long out of print or never before published. They particularly seek transcripts of original church records, tax lists, court records, town vital records, tombstone inscriptions and early military records, and thus in doing so emphasize research tools. They specialize in genealogical and historical research material of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries tracing descendants of early immigrants. The Penobscot Press imprint offers a full range of services with the same high quality presentation used for Picton Press to authors and societies who are financing their own books. Their services include making text camera- ready from a disk, typescript, or even hand-written manuscript, book layout and design, and all other services needed to produce the finished book. Contact them before beginning your final typing!

Lewis Rohrbach
207.596.7766
sales@pictonpress.com
www.pictonpress.com


Raven House Publishing
Raven House Publishing is a small, unique publishing house located in southern Maine. Their goal is to make publishing a reality for writers and artists and to provide resources to promote their work. They provide consumers with the opportunity to purchase interesting books, unique art and unusual “must-have” items. They have graphic designers, editors, and staff to make your book available online in both hard print and ePub.

Clay Hurtubise
207.838.4652
clay@ravenhousepublishing.com
www.ravenhousepublishing.com


Sellers Publishing
Sellers Publishing, Inc. is an award-winning publisher of books, calendars, greeting cards, and journals. For four consecutive years, the company was named by Publishers Weekly as being among the fastest-growing independent publishers in the country. Sellers Publishing publishes a wide diversity of nonfiction books, including 500 Cupcakes: New Edition by Fergal Connolly & Judith Fertig, and 500 Cookies: Second Edition by Philippa Vanstone & Carole Beckerman (part of the popular “500 cookbook” series); 50 Things to Do When You Turn 50 edited by Ronnie Sellers (part of the popular series that also includes 60 Things to Do When You Turn 60—all royalties from the sale of books in this series are donated to benefit cancer research and prevention); The Bride’s Year Ahead: Revised and Expanded Edition by Marguerite Smolen and Claudia Copquin, Photography by Carol Ross; Cat Naps; Pooped Puppies; Gluten Free and Easy by Robyn Russell; and 65 Things to Do When You Retire edited by Mark Evan Chimsky, which The Wall Street Journal called “[one] of the year’s best guides to later life” (all royalties from the sale of this book are donated to benefit cancer research and prevention).

Robin Haywood
207.772.6833
rhaywood@rsvp.com
www.sellerspublishing.com


Shanti Arts Publishing
Shanti Arts Publishing is an independent publisher of books focused on art, nature, and spirit. They also publish an art and literary magazine, Still Point Arts Quarterly. The company is located in Brunswick, Maine.

Christine Cote
207.837.5760
publisher@shantiarts.com
shantiarts.com


Sheltering Pines Press
Sheltering Pines Press is a New England–based small press publisher of poetry and the sponsor of an annual poetry chapbook competition. Currently, they are considering work that is submitted to their chapbook competition only.

Annie Farnsworth
staff@shelteringpinespress.com
www.shelteringpinespress.com


Tilbury House
Tilbury House is a book publisher with national distribution. They publish award-winning children’s picture books, usually for children in grades 2–6, about cultural diversity, social justice, nature, and environmental issues. They also publish regional nonfiction for adults: history, maritime, cultural, and environmental. Tilbury House asks that writers visit their website to get a sense of what they publish before submitting a query or manuscript. They sometimes co-publish books with organizations, and they offer production services for self-publishers.

800.582.1899
tilbury@tilburyhouse.com
www.tilburyhouse.com


Website Design + Services

First Pier Technology Partners
Based in Portland, Maine, First Pier Technology Partners provides a wide array of custom services and solutions to create or modernize your website, build a solid technical infrastructure for your growing business, or improve the way you currently operate with modern web-based software. First Pier aims to take the confusion and stress out of the equation for their clients, and to bring the same high-quality technology consulting that large businesses enjoy to a personal, more local level.

Steve Pogson
207.518.8390
info@firstpier.com
www.firstpier.com


Writing Instruction + Learning Opportunities

Artful Writing Collective
This writers group gives its members a regular but flexible venue for company, collegiality, motivation, discipline, fresh perspectives, and constructive feedback. Whether you want to write more or work on what you have written, this forum balances activities that foster better and sometimes daringly different writing. From fiction to nonfiction and all those fuzzy areas in between, we explore tools that spark your imagination, sharpen your eye and ear for language, reflect on your practices, shape space for writing in your life and discover your work’s natural audience. All genres and forms are on the go here. The group runs about 10 writers at a time with a fruitful history of long-term memberships and publication in a wide range of media. Meets twice a month on Tuesdays from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine’s Glickman Library. Visits are encouraged to see if we suit each other.

Michele Cheung
mjcheung@maine.rr.com


Barbara Baig
Barbara Baig, writer and veteran writing teacher, is the author of How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play and Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer’s Guide to Achieving Excellence and Captivating Readers (both from Writer’s Digest Books.) She offers focused, skills-based writing workshops for writing groups and organizations (via Skype), and one-on-one coaching via e-mail and phone. Barbara’s private coaching sessions, like her workshops, are designed to build skills, competence, and confidence. Coaching sessions are $50/hr., with a sliding scale in cases of real financial hardship. Fees for workshops are negotiable.

Barbara Baig
barbara@wherewriterslearn.com
www.wherewriterslearn.com


Bill and Dave’s Cocktail Hour
Wednesday is Bad Advice Day at Bill and Dave’s. Every week, Bill Roorbach and David Gessner offer advice for writers, readers, and others, answer your questions, take your suggestions, and often discuss the writing life. Free of charge.

Bill Roorbach
bill@billroorbach.com
www.billanddavescocktailhour.com


Michelle Cacho-Negrete
Cacho-Negrete’s work has appeared in a number of magazines, including The Sun, Psychotherapy Networker, Silk Road, Solstice Magazine, Persimmon Tree, and Contrary. She currently works with students both online and in-person, and a number of her students have gone to publish their work and win awards. Her rates are $50.00 per hour and include an extensive critique of theme and structure as well as line-editing when needed.

Michelle Cacho-Negrete
207.646.4770
mcacho@maine.rr.com
www.michellecacho-negrete.com


Fifth House Lodge
Fifth House Lodge is a writers’ retreat in Bridgton, Maine. The lodge and its housekeeping cabin sit on a high hill with views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. It is a place of extraordinary beauty, simplicity, and peace. Director Joan Lee Hunter is a writing coach and expressive writing teacher who leads personalized writing retreats and group writing workshops at Fifth House Lodge throughout the year.

Joan Lee Hunter
207.647.3506
joan@fifthhouselodge.net
www.fifthhouselodge.net


Maine Illustrators’ Collective
The Maine Illustrators’ Collective is an informal collective of illustrators from around the state who meet in Portland, Maine, on a regular basis. Meetings include critique time, sharing and discussing work in progress, and supporting each other in marketing and promotional efforts. The MEIC also organizes events, talks, and shows.

Leticia Plate
meillustratos@aol.com
www.maineillustratorscollective.org


Frank O Smith
I tailor my writing services to clients’ needs, from close, line-by-line editing, to manuscript critique, and full story developmental editing. I’m a writer, ghostwriter, teacher, and writing coach. My novel, Dream Singer, was a finalist for the prestigious Bellwether Prize, created by Barbara Kingsolver, and was named a Notable Book of the Year in Literary Fiction in 2014. I’ve ghost written four books, including a children’s book. I am also a regular book reviewer for the “Maine Sunday Telegram.” Additionally, I teach writing at the Maine College of Art, and through MWPA.

Frank O Smith
207.767.1060
frankosmith27@gmail.com
www.frankosmithstories.com


The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating in the fields of children’s and YA literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. The annual New England conference is held each spring and includes workshops on craft, marketing, and industry trends for authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals. Information on current critique groups, news, and more is available on their website.

Anna J. Boll
northernnera@nescbwi.org
www.nescbwi.org


The Telling Room

The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine, dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, The Telling Room builds confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provides real audiences for our students’ stories through the provision of free creative writing, literacy, and arts programming, and the publication of multiple youth-written books each year. They offer youth programs year round including field trips, in-school writing residencies, summer camps, and year-long leadership and publishing programs.

Celine Kuhn
207.774.6064
writers@tellingroom.org
www.tellingroom.org


Writing Sanctuaries

Boothbay Cottages
Looking for some time to hide out and write? MWPA members will receive an extra 10 percent off of low-season rates on two waterside cottages in Boothbay. The cottages offer tranquil settings and fantastic water views. When your writing is done for the day, grab your spouse, friend, or dog, and hike the eighteen Boothbay Land Trust Trails—there is a trail right outside our door! Or paddle Appalachee Lake in one of the kayaks, and walk into Boothbay Harbor for fresh seafood and local bars. Enjoy spring blossoms at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens with discount tickets. Relax in the evenings with the extensive DVD collection and large wall-mounted televisions. The cottages also include free Wi-Fi and unlimited long-distance calling on the landline.

Susan Morris
207.633.4328 or 202.257.9241
boothbaycottages@gmail.com
www.boothbaycottages.com


Maine Post-and-Beam
A unique retreat experience, Kherrie offers the perfect environment for focus and productivity. A classic post-and-beam home set on 94 acres of fields and woodlands offers writers, researchers, and academics a quiet place to work without distractions. You’ll stay in a 24 x 32 separate-entry extension with natural light pouring into the sitting area, a writing room with wireless broadband, a bedroom with double bed, and a private full bathroom. Dinner is provided and may be taken privately or shared with your host, Patrick Cowan. For your convenience, there are teapot, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, and small refrigerator in the retreat space. Kherrie is in Sweden, Maine, a small community of 200 with magnificent views of the eastern foothills of Maine and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It’s only a 15-minute drive to Bridgton, where you’ll find a charming village with a vibrant health-food store and cafe, an independent bookstore, and a renowned massage therapy institute. The town also has a Hannaford and several informal restaurants.

Patrick Cowan
207.647.2954
pic@megalink.net


Writing Schools

The University of Maine Farmington
The University of Maine Farmington’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is the only such degree in the state of Maine, and one of only three in New England. The BFA is a very selective program that offers a strong combination of writing and literature courses in the context of study in the liberal arts. Classes are small, apprenticeships are mandatory, and guest writers come in throughout the year to give free readings and talk with students.

Gretchen Legler
207.778.7425
gretchen.legler@maine.edu
www.creativewriting.umf.maine.edu


The University of Maine at Machias Book Arts Program
Housed in the English and Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Program, the Book Arts Program offers classes in book design, printing, typesetting and production, and copyediting and proofreading. They also publish small editions of poetry and short stories; recent publications include Child by Richard Miles and The Work at Hand and Other Poems by Leonore Hildebrandt.

Bernard G. Vinzani
207.255.5142
bvinzani@maine.edu
www.machias.edu/book-arts.html


The University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program
The University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing combines the energy of a forward-thinking, low-residency program with the solid educational excellence of the very best creative writing programs in the nation. Stonecoast offers a two-year program with emphases in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and popular fiction, as well as elective work in cross-genre, script writing, translation, performance, and an exciting new focus in writing nature. The low-residency structure offers students the advantage of maintaining their present occupations and living arrangements while participating in a full-time graduate program. Students may enter the program twice a year, matriculating in summer or winter. Each semester begins and ends with an intensive ten-day residency, which includes readings, social events, workshops, classes, and presentations. The Stonecoast in Ireland residencies located in Dingle (summer) and Howth (winter) provide students with the opportunity to write and learn at another magnificent coastal location.

Justin Tussing
207.228.8393
jtussing@usm.maine.edu
www.usm.maine.edu/stonecoastmfa


University of Southern Maine Stonecoast Writers’ Conference
At the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference, students have the chance to work closely with a distinguished faculty composed of award-winning writers. They offer workshops in each of four genres: poetry, short fiction, novel, and nonfiction/memoir. Daily lectures and nightly readings give students the opportunity to meet other writers and to explore work that expands and challenges their understanding of literature. Students who prefer a more formal structure are encouraged to consider the traditional workshops, which offer three hours of class time each day, plus access to the conference’s eclectic afternoon programming. Self-guided students are encouraged to consider our intensive afternoon workshops, which feature a focused two hour class in your genre each afternoon; mornings are left open so you can do your own writing. The Stonecoast Writers’ Conference is open to students of all experience levels.

Justin Tussing
207.228.8393
jtussing@usm.maine.edu
www.usm.maine.edu/summer/stonecoast-writers-conference


Writing Services

Barbara Baig
Barbara Baig, writer and veteran writing teacher, is the author of How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play and Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer’s Guide to Achieving Excellence and Captivating Readers (both from Writer’s Digest Books.) She offers focused, skills-based writing workshops for writing groups and organizations (via Skype), and one-on-one coaching via e-mail and phone. Barbara’s private coaching sessions, like her workshops, are designed to build skills, competence, and confidence. Coaching sessions are $50/hr., with a sliding scale in cases of real financial hardship. Fees for workshops are negotiable.

Barbara Baig
barbara@wherewriterslearn.com
www.wherewriterslearn.com


Michelle H. Brown (Island Transcription Service)
Michelle has been working as a professional transcriptionist for over four years from her home on Peaks Island providing time-saving transcription services to busy professors and students at such institutions as Oklahoma State University, Northwestern University and the College of Holy Cross (Massachusetts), and as a contractor performing medical and court proceedings transcription services for established transcription companies. Among the benefits of using her services are a fast turnaround, accurate and thorough typing, competitive rates, and a “satisfaction guaranteed” commitment. Please visit her website at www.islandtranscriptionservice.com for more information on her background, education, and client commitment policy. Michelle would also be happy to meet with you in person to discuss your personal and business transcription needs.

Michelle H. Brown
Island Transcription Services
207.272.6578
brownmichh4@gmail.com


Paige Katherine Brown
Schooled in Classical Literature and Art History, Paige has much experience in the analytics of literary texts. As a freelancer, Paige has excelled at copy editing and proofreading for both fiction and non-fiction works. She assists in achieving success with the writer in all proposed requests in a timely manner with poise and efficacious completion. She believes in harnessing and nourishing creativity.

Paige Katharine Brown
207.649.4128
paigekbrown@gmail.com


Polly Bennell
Life coach Polly Bennell specializes in support for writers and others undertaking creative projects, helping to close the gap between where your work is and where you want it to be (which frequently involves closing a gap between where you, yourself, are and where you want to be). Writer Monica Wood said: “Coaching with Polly Bennell profoundly changed the course of a critical juncture of my life. I had suffered a devastating professional setback. Through Polly’s compassionate, wise, structured coaching I embarked on a new project, and finished a book in 15 months. I cannot thank Polly enough for her guidance and insight.” A writer, editor and teacher herself, Polly has publication credits in radio, film, journals, and textbooks.  She has taught narrative nonfiction (as Director of the writing track at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, 2001-2006), documentary (USM and MECA) and screenwriting (Ohio U) and has been trained and certified in therapy by the University of New England and as a professional life coach by Coaches Training Institute.  Polly has been coaching writers and others since 2005.

Polly Bennell
207.749.4474
pbennell@gmail.com
www.thewriterslifecoach.com


Michele Cheung
Cheung’s policy is to determine what degree of editing each client requires, from style to consistent formatting, and work with them from there. She works with journalism, creative writing, creative nonfiction, marketing, grant proposals, and charges hourly fees. Michele is a freelance writer and educator who regularly sacrifices her dignity to improve life as we know it. She teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern Maine and has a master’s degree in Celtic languages and literatures from Harvard University.

Michele Cheung
207.272.2406
mjcheung@maine.rr.com


Joe Crescente
I am a professional editor and writer that has significant experience writing and editing articles, speeches, press releases, and social media posts and content for authors, businesses, universities, and non-profit-organizations. I also specialize in fact-checking and proofreading novels, stories, and articles. I am an independent contractor and offer much more reasonable rates than firms and publishing companies. Based in Portland, ME.

Joe Crescente
jjcresce@gmail.com
www.linkedin.com/in/joe-crescente-552ba170


Martha Fenton
Martha Fenton has been writing professionally for the better part of three decades. She began her career in advertising in New York, moved to Hong Kong, and wound up in Maine, where her work ranges from writing tag lines to institutional histories. Flexible, fast, and fastidious, her portfolio and blog can be found at marthafenton.com.

Martha Fenton
207.773.3703
mae@maine.rr.com
marthafenton.com


Sherry B. Hanson
Sherry began teaching others how to get their work published through a continuing education program at Sauk Valley College in Illinois. Upon moving to Maine in 1992, she started teaching for several adult education programs and the University of Maine system. She is available to consult on an individual basis or to conduct small group programs to teach people how to go about finding and approaching markets for their work. Sherry Hanson has published hundreds of articles and essays in magazines, newspapers, newsletters and web publications. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and she has participated in many poetry readings. She has also worked on special projects for Fodor’s Gold Guides, State Farm Insurance Company, General American Insurance Company, the Maine Tourism Bureau, and other businesses.

Sherry B. Hanson
207.721.0955
hanson-sherryb@comcast.net
www.sherryhanson.com


David Kuchta
David Kuchta specializes in historical fiction and non-fiction. He works with both fiction and non-fiction writers in every stage of the process, from conducting research to getting words on the page to copy-editing and proof-reading. With a Ph.D. in history, he was for nine years Assistant Director of an academic writing program at the University of California, San Diego, and is currently the Director of the Creative Writing programs at the Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England, where he has taught creative writing since 2004. He is the author of The Three-Piece Suit and Modern Masculinity: England 1550-1850 (University of California Press) and currently has an agent representing his recently-completed historical novel, Author of Myself: Being the Diary of a New-York Slave.

David Kuchta
david.kuchta@maine.edu


Mary Lyons
Mary Lyons offers experienced promotional and feature writing and rewriting. Her specialties include travel and tour, hospitality industry, personality profiles, business, and psychology and counseling. She has written hundreds of features about Maine and New England topics, as well as brochures, reports, press releases, and speeches on a variety of subjects.

Mary Lyons
207.590.8687
margyph@gmail.com


The Memoir Network
The Memoir Network, formerly known as the Soleil Lifestory, has been helping people write personal and family stories since 1988. They provide editing, coaching, co- authoring (ghostwriting), and book publication services as well as self-paced memoir writing packages.Their flagship book Turning Memories into Memoirs: A Handbook for Writing Lifestories is now in its seventh printing and third edition. They provide authors with step-by-step assistance through the process of writing and publishing an interesting, meaningful, and attractive book of memoirs. They also offer jumpstart packages for writing professionals wishing to launch their own memoir business and free consultations for first-time clients. Free e-newsletters (The Lifewriter’s Digest and The Memoir Professional) and other free material can be found on their website.

Denis Ledoux
207.353.5454
info@thememoirnetwork.com
www.thememoirnetwork.com


Elizabeth Peavey
Award-winning author Elizabeth Peavey has taught, coached and critiqued writing for over 20 years. From full-length books to mash notes and everything in between, she will help punch up your prose and make your message or manuscript sparkle. She can help you get started, dislodge you if you’re stuck, and show you how to pare away the flab. She works one-on-one, as well as with groups. Her strong suits are memoir, first-person essay, and humor—“Oh, and sad stuff. I really like sad stuff.”

Elizabeth Peavey
info@elizabethpeavey.com
elizabethpeavey.com


Elizabeth Pierson
Liz has 35 years of experience as a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. Although much of her writing focuses on natural history, the environment, and sustainability issues, she has also written two bird-watching books (Down East Books, 1981 and 1996) and more than 200 magazine, newspaper, and journal articles. Her editing clients are located throughout the United States and around the world and include nonprofit and government organizations, corporations, magazine and book publishers, and individuals. She critiques, copyedits, and proofreads both fiction and nonfiction trade books and has worked on everything from college biology textbooks and field guides to children’s books, cookbooks, novels, and an international planning guide for the United Nations. She also writes and edits technical and corporate materials. She is good with technical language, has excellent research and reporting skills, and is adept at translating an organization’s work or research for the general public. Liz strives to bring a fresh eye to her clients’ work, makes quick turnarounds, and always meet deadlines. Her resume is available upon request.

Elizabeth Pierson
207.729.4473
liz.c.pierson@gmail.com


Pink Eraser Editorial Services
Pink Eraser offers development editing, copyediting, proofreading, book proposal writing, and query letter writing services. A full-spectrum editorial process ensures that each manuscript gets what it needs, whether an overhaul of the narrative or grammatical fixes. Authors also receive consultation about the publishing business so that their books land in the right place, whether in the hands of a few loved ones or facing out on a bookstore shelf. Pink Eraser’s managing editor Molly McGrath has been a professional editor for over fifteen years. After working as a development editor for Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press, she took her projects with her and contracted new editorial work while finishing an MFA in creative nonfiction at Goucher College in 2001. In addition to her work with Pink Eraser, she is The Telling Room’s publications director.

Molly McGrath
molly@pinkeraser.com
www.pinkeraser.com


Dawn Potter
Dawn Potter offers copy editing and substantive editing, manuscript critique, writing workshops, and college-essay coaching. Her clients have included Merrill/Prentice Hall, Rutgers University Press, University of Massachusetts Press, CavanKerry Press, and many others. She directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching and is the author of numerous books of prose and poetry.

Dawn Potter
207.683.2414
ironduke@tdstelme.net
www.dlpotter.blogspot.com


Bill Roorbach
MWPA member Bill Roorbach offers the highest quality private study, manuscript consultation, and editorial services, as well as group workshop and retreat packages on a custom basis. Will work with clients on the best approach for them or their group.

Bill Roorbach
bill@billroorbach.com
www.billroorbach.com


Frank O Smith
I tailor my writing services to clients’ needs, from close, line-by-line editing, to manuscript critique, and full story developmental editing. I’m a writer, ghostwriter, teacher, and writing coach. My novel, Dream Singer, was a finalist for the prestigious Bellwether Prize, created by Barbara Kingsolver, and was named a Notable Book of the Year in Literary Fiction in 2014. I’ve ghost written four books, including a children’s book. I am also a regular book reviewer for the “Maine Sunday Telegram.” Additionally, I teach writing at the Maine College of Art, and through MWPA.

Frank O Smith
207.767.1060
frankosmith27@gmail.com
www.frankosmithstories.com


Kitty Wheeler
Kitty Wheeler is a freelance writer. She written for Coastal Journal, Portland Press Herald/The Sunday Telegram, and Working Waterfront. Some previous subjects include midcoast Maine people who are making an impact on their communities, camping at Hermit Island, attractions and scenic road trips, the importance of back-up generators, the working waterfront at Cundy’s Harbor, the Puffin Project in Rockland and Bigelow Labs.

Kitty Wheeler
207.443.5712
kittywheeler@comcast.net


Taylor Write
Taylor Write provides global business, corporate communications, and meeting facilitation services to firms and individuals looking to enhance business performance. Principal Kate Taylor has 25 years of corporate experience (including 20 in Asia), holds an executive MBA, and speaks Mandarin. Global business specialties include strategic business planning, targeted distribution, management introduction to Asia and the United States, and custom sales, marketing, and publicity initiatives. Corporate communications specialties include editorial articles, marketing copy, press releases, annual report and newsletter stories, product and service descriptions, speeches, and related photography. Meeting facilitation specialties include vision and mission statements, uncompromisingly win-win agreements, meeting goals, action plans, schedules, and tools for success.

Kate Hotchkiss Taylor
207.701.8111
kate@taylorwrite.com
www.taylorwrite.com


The Writing Group
Frank Smith critiques memoirs, novels, and screenplays. He has also written features for local, regional, and national publication. Stories have focused on life in a Trappist Monastery, travels with Civil Rights legend Julian Bond, the filming of The Great Santini, the Challenger space shuttle disaster, walking in the footsteps of an early American explorer, and riding freight trains coast to coast, as well as other subjects. His philosophy is that no matter the genre or project, it’s all about story, and he applies this both in his own work and while helping companies craft compelling company stories that can be applied to all of their marketing initiatives and collateral materials. His novel Dream Singer was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize. His portfolio can be viewed on his website.

Frank O Smith
207.767.1060
fosmith@thewritinggroup.com
www.thewritinggroup.com


Gregory A. Zielinski
Greg Zielinski is available to assist in the proper use of environmental facts in manuscripts, particularly weather, climate, and geological phenomena, and guide clients to appropriate places to obtain pertinent data. He has published books on the weather and climate of Maine, and New England as a whole, as well as taught many university courses in these disciplines. Greg is also available to write grant proposals and to advise and edit proposals clients may want to submit. As a research professor for almost 20 years, he made a living and generated almost all of his salary through grants, as well as served on many national and international review panels responsible for deciding which proposals would be funded. During this time, he boasted a more than 60 percent success rate for his proposals.

Gregory A. Zielinski
207.907.4103
gazielinski@gmail.com
www.gazielinskibooks.com


Submitting a Listing

The MWPA Guide to Literary Professionals is available for free to MWPA members. (Printed copies will be available on-demand for a modest fee.) The Guide will remain a living, breathing document that’s updated several times a year.

If you are interested in submitting an entry yourself in any of these categories, please send your information to info@mainewriters.org with the subject line “MWPA Guide to Literary Professionals.”

Select a category: Book Design, Copy Editing, Illustration, Manuscript Critique, Photography, Printer, Proofreader, Publisher, Retreats, Typesetting/Production, Web Design, Workshops, and Writing Services.

Include: Your Name, Telephone, Email, Website, Listing Category, and up to 200-words describing your services.

Format: Please use the formatting of the entries above as a guide.

Note: This is a directory of the support staff for writers, not a directory of writers. If you’d like to be a part of a directory of writers and other Maine artists, we suggest you visit the Maine Arts Commission and fill in their directory.


 

DISCLAIMER
This publication is an open listing service provided the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Listings in the directory are offered free of charge to all literary businesses and professionals in Maine. All descriptions were submitted by the listed business or individual. The listings have been edited for basic stylistic consistency only, and any inaccuracies, misrepresentations, or grammatical errors are the exclusive responsibility of the authors. The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy of the profiles or the quality of the listed services. No endorsement or recommendation of any business, individual, and service mentioned in this publication is intended or should be inferred.

When contracting for any service, the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance recommends that its members (1) request and check references, (2) ask for and review a variety of work samples, and (3) discuss, determine, and document in writing all contractual parameters and obligations.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
We are sincerely grateful to Hannah Morgan Perry for the all the hard work she put in to launch this project. We also want to thank Molly Antonio, Micheal Frier, Brianna Gigelow, and Shiobhan Smith for their assistance in compiling the directory.