New website promotes Maine’s writers

Dec 15, 2013

Portland — The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance has launched a new website devoted to profiling and promoting the state’s many writers and authors. The Find Maine Writers site (find.mainewriters.org) currently features more than 75 writers and their work; and new writers, authors and editors are being added every week.

“Maine has a remarkably vibrant literary community,” said MWPA Board President Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, adding that in the past few years, the organization has become a source of leadership and advocacy in the state, helping writers at all stages of their careers take their work to the next level and engage with their audience.

“Find Maine Writers will deepen that engagement and direct more attention at the wide range of amazing writers that Maine can claim as its own,” she said.

The site allows visitors to search for writers across 19 categories — 14 genre categories and five for-hire categories. Each profile includes a writer photo, book-cover image, biography, contact information, website addresses and social-media connections. Additional features and functionality will be added in the near future.

All writers featured on Find Maine Writers are members of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance at the $55 or above level, which is $10 above the organization’s basic annual membership fee of $45. The additional annual contribution helps offset the costs associated with hosting, improving and maintaining this site.

Each profiled writer contributes a small amount, and then everyone gets to benefit from the collective investment, said Stephen Abbott, assistant director of the MWPA.

“We are always working to add new benefits for our members, particularly benefits that help our entire statewide literary community, not just individuals. In this case, we’re leveraging small contributions to create a promotional vehicle that can reach a global audience,” he said.

Founded in 1975, the MWPA is a nonprofit membership organization that works to enrich the literary life and culture of Maine. It is the only statewide organization solely devoted to supporting and promoting Maine’s writers, publishers, booksellers and literary professionals.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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