Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year from Just Write Books

As we welcome the New Year, we also remember the past.

Looking back over the years since Just Write Books was founded in 2005, I think about authors, poets and others who have trusted Just Write Books with the care of their stories. My life would be rather empty without the addition of the clients turned friends that are a part of our work here.

To celebrate the New Year, I extend a hearty thank you to each of you and your businesses that have had a part in our success. Thank you for your warm thoughts, holiday greetings and your many kindnesses in the past year.

The year ahead looks to be filling up with events, books and business development. Keep your eye on this blog and our website for additional details as the year progresses. Below is a brief introduction to our plans for the year.

Town of Topsham Celebrates 250 Years
Androscoggin Swinging Bridge
This year marks the sestercentennial of the founding of the Town of Topsham. There are activities planned throughout the year and Just Write Books is proud to be part of the celebration. Robert Williams, author of Lovewell’s Town, recently relocated to Topsham and we will be working with him on a history of Topsham.
Additionally, we will be working on a small booklet of about the history of the Androscoggin Swinging Bridge. This will be available for purchase with all profits going to the Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org Maintenance Fund.
To see other events that are being planned throughout the year, check out the Town of Topsham’s website.
JWB Offers Simple Author Websites
It’s important in today’s ever connected world that authors have a presence on the internet and Just Write Books would like to help our authors make this possible. Starting this year we will be offering simple website set up including five basic pages About the Author, Book(s) page, Contact, Blog and Events). Norma Salway and Paul Betit have already taken advantage of this service. Ask about our website packages.
Upcoming Releases
Currently, there are four planned books for the beginning of 2014.
Excuse for Being Here: Life Among Thoreau's Reflections by Robert M. Chute. This book combines Chute's memoir, poems and his account of his connection with Thoreau since a child in a Maine one-room school house.
Paul Betit's New Cover
Watch for Paul Betit’s sequel to Phu Bai and Kagnew StationMan in the Canal. In the summer of 1971, Army CID investigator John Murphy goes undercover to find a murderer hiding among the U.S. military deserters who have taken refuge in Sweden during the Vietnam War. At the same time, Swedish police inspector Magnus Lund tries to learn the identity of a body found floating in the historic Göta Canal. The two investigators work independently until the thread of clues bring them together for an exciting climax.
The People & the Idiots by "Daniel" Phillip Hawes will be published this year. This book tells the story of Hawes childhood with the Synergists. Without formal education Hawes lived being programmed to be a part of the system. His survival is amazing. Retaining his humanity—a miracle.
And finally, watch for Mainely People: Short Stories and Tall Photos by Paul Cunningham. Using his original stories previously published in The Times Record, Cunningham combines his photographs, some also previously published in The Times Record, producing a book of a series of photo essays featuring Maine people at their finest.
This blog is a great way to keep apprised of what is happening with Just Write Books. We hope to bring you important and relevant information related to writing, publishing and other topics.

Nancy E. Randolph operates Just Write Books, a publishing business with the tag line: Maine books by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Randolph quickly developed a reputation as a publisher of quality Maine books. An active community member along with two others she founded and serves as a member of the board of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org to ensure the maintenance of the historic Roebling designed and built bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick. She co-chairs with Cathy Lamb the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk project--building a 2K walking/biking intown loop. To contact her directly: jstwrite@jstwrite.com

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