Mill Park Publishing of Eagle, Idaho was created in 2003 by author Elaine Ambrose.
The company facilitates fee-based book publication and marketing for local authors
and organizes writer's retreats.

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  • Elaine Ambrose Mill Park Publishing Closes Final Chapter
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
     

    Mill Park Publishing Closes Final Chapter

    Released May 2, 2018 by Mill Park Publishing, Eagle, Idaho

    Mill Park Publishing of Eagle will sponsor the reception for the Idaho Writers Guild Conference on Friday, May 4. The event will be the final official event for the business. After 10 years, 16 books, 15 writing retreats, multiple national and local awards, and thousands of dollars donated to local charities, owner Elaine Ambrose says she’s ready for another chapter in her life.

    Ambrose created the publishing company as a way to survive the winter when she lived in the mountain town of McCall. She named the company after Mill Park, a community park in front of her home on the lake. She moved the company to Eagle in 2008.

    The Books

    A list of books issued by Mill Park Publishing and can be found online and on Ambrose’s author page. For information about books by other authors published by the company, click on the links. Gretchen AndersonAnne BardsleyPatti Murphy, and Judith McConnell Steele.

    Anthony Doerr and Alan Heathcock speak at the Write by the River retreat.

     

    Write by the River Retreats

    In 2008, Ambrose offered the first writing retreat at her cabin in Garden Valley. New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Basye Sander spoke about the publishing world. Subsequent retreats included speakers Anthony Doerr, Whiting Award winner Alan HeathcockNew York Times bestselling author AK Turner, and acclaimed writer and filmmaker Ken Rodgers. Other speakers included social media expert Christy Hovey, wellness coach Emily Nielsen, and international marketing executive Stephanie Worrell.

    Ruth Knox and Christy Hovey discuss writing goals.   
    Emily Nielsen and Elaine Ambrose created the Wellness and Writing Retreats.
     
    Donna Beckman Tagliaferri and Anne Bardsley enjoy serious discussions before the writing retreat.
     

    Support for Local Authors and Artists

    Alan Heathcock and Elaine Ambrose were named two of the Top Ten Authors in Idaho.
     

    Mill Park Publishing maintains a strong advocate for local writers. Ambrose is a founding member of the Idaho Writers Guild and is an annual sponsor of the conference. She hosted Alan Heathcock in her home for the official release of his award-winning book VOLT, and hosted Ken and Betty Rodgers when they premiered their documentary, Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor.

    Ambrose also produced and funded a musical CD for student Andrew Coba and hired him to perform at several events at her home.

    Mill Park Publishing created a fun writing experience with cowboy poet and performer Ernie Sites. The company produced four live comedy shows titled “Life Sucks Laugh Hard” and included funny women AK TurnerJen Mann, Laurie Notaro, and Stacy Dymalski.

     

    Mill Park Publishing donated proceeds from book sales to various local charities and civic organizations, including $2,000 to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights so 200 area school students would see the documentary He Named Me Malala.

     

    Other donations were awarded to the Women’s & Children’s Alliance, the Cabin’s Writers in the School Program, and Dress for Success. Last New Year’s Eve, Mill Park Publishing created a writing challenge and gave cash awards for students in conjunction with the Idaho Potato Drop.

    Ambrose has been a keynote speaker at several national conferences and often shares her publishing knowledge. At the prestigious Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, she spoke about how writers can turn their blogs into books.

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    Though Mill Park Publishing is closing, Ambrose will continue to sell the remaining books through online and local sources. For future plans, Ambrose will focus on her new charity, Cycling Without Age, develop the Ambrose Storytelling Endowment at the University of Idaho, and prepare promotional events for her memoir, Frozen Dinners, to be released in the fall by Brown Books Publishing. She can be found playing with her delightful grandkids, traveling on creative adventures, and romping with her sweetheart Studley.

    Written on Wednesday, 02 May 2018 18:56 in Elaine's Blog Read 2993 times
  • Elaine Ambrose Winners announced for the Idaho® Potato Drop Children’s Writing Challenge
    Written by Elaine Ambrose

     

     

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    Mill Park Publishing of Eagle sponsored the Children’s Writing Challenge in conjunction with the 5th Annual Idaho® Potato Drop on December 31, 2017. The judges chose the top ten winners after reading more than 100 clever and creative entries from local children. The original essays included robot potatoes, spuds with glitter and unicorns, fighting bakers that shoot French fries from their eyes, and tubers from outer space.

    First Place - Megan B., age 10, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "Potato Invasion" - Reads at 3:45 pm

    Second Place - Belle T., age 11, Crimson Point Elementary, Kuna, for "A Potato Named Jeff" - (Can't attend)

    Third Place - Alexis W., age 8, Riverside Elementary, Boise, for "The Magic Flying Potato" - Reads at 3:00 pm

    Fourth Place - Noah C., age 9, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "Cat and Bunny in the Potato Patch" - Reads at1:46 pm

    Fifth Place - Noah W., age 9, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "Jerry and Barry" 

    Sixth Place - Josie R., age 10, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "The Potato Story"

    Seventh Place - Evelyn A., age 9, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "The Invasion of Potatoes"

    Eighth Place - Adelie C., age 9, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "Runaway Potatoes"

    Ninth Place - Jeremiah P., age 9, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "Me the Potato"

    Tenth Place - Paia C., age 9, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "The Long Journey"

     

    The top 10 entries each will receive a certificate, $25 from Mill Park Publishing, and a copy of the award-winning book Gators & Taters: A Week of Bedtime Stories and The Magic Potato – La Papa Mágica. The top 10 winners will be introduced during a special program on the Main Stage at on December 31.

     

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    The top four winners will read their winning entries at a special ceremony on the Main Stage in front of the Capitol on December 31.

    The Idaho® Potato Drop is a free and charitable community event that supports local arts, business, and charities. Activities feature a fireworks show, a Family Tent, Rail Jam, and live music at the state capitol for New Year's Eve. The "drop" of the gigantic, lighted potato at midnight is now a worldwide attraction.

    Mill  Park Publishing is an official vendor for the event. The company was created by bestselling author Elaine Ambrose to promote and publish books for all ages, create motivating writing retreats, and sponsor writing challenges.

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    Written on Friday, 15 December 2017 14:46 in Elaine's Blog Read 5966 times
  • Elaine Ambrose 5 Years, 14 Books, 16 Awards
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
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  • Elaine Ambrose One Potato, Two Potato - Two New Children's Books!
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
    Written on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 05:11 in Elaine's Blog Read 2704 times
  • Elaine Ambrose One Potato, Two Potato - Two New Children's Books!
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
    One Potato, Two Potato - Two New Children's Books!

     

     

    Bestselling author Elaine Ambrose offers two new children’s books featuring Idaho potatoes, creative stories, and vibrant illustrations.

     

     

    Gators & Taters is available in paperback, eBook, and audiobook as read by the author. The week of bedtime stories features seven original stories with four in prose and three in metered rhyming poetry. The book is one of 50 children’s books selected for Bowker’s National Recommended Reading list.

    The Magic Potato is available in paperback and eBook. The book is a creative, educational, bilingual story book that was approved by the Idaho State Board of Education for the statewide curriculum. The read-out-loud story describes in English and Spanish the adventures of children who ride around Idaho on a magic flying potato.

    Purchase online, from local book stores, or from the author.

    Written on Monday, 13 November 2017 22:14 in Elaine's Blog Read 2794 times
Thursday, 04 August 2011 14:45

We're Writing a Book in One Day

We’re looking for local writers to write a book in one day and have it published in time for holiday sales. And, we’ll donate a portion of the proceeds to charity. All we need are provocative, poignant, and enlightening essays about “The Dress.”

It all started when my friend, Liza Long Walton, wrote a message two weeks ago on Facebook about seeing used wedding dresses in thrift shops. The response came faster than a nervous flower girl. We all have stories about wedding dresses (and some of us have multiple stories.)

So, Liza and I met over coffee and decided to publish a book of essays from women who want to explore the myth and meaning of the wedding dress. Thanks to the magic of social media and the Little White Dress Facebook page, we already have volunteer (meaning: unpaid) writers who want to contribute to the book. They include married, divorced, never married and gay women. We even have liberal, conservative, and lactose intolerant writers!

To make it even more interesting, we decided to write and compile the book in one day. (Liza and I are co-authors of Daily Erotica, and Mill Park Publishing is the publisher, so we’ve been around the writer’s block on publishing books.)

After another cup of coffee, we settled on the “Rules of Engagement” (pun intended) for our contributing writers:

  1. 1.  Must be female (Yes, it’s sexist but it’s our book.)
  2. 2.  Must have previous experience with a wedding dress
  3. 3.  Submissions must be under 2,000 words
  4. 4.  Submit on one day – August 8, 2011
  5. 5.  Gather at my house from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (email me for directions)
  6. 6.  Those out of state (or out of the country) can email only during that time frame
  7. 7.  Submission does not guarantee inclusion; writers will be notified by Aug. 31
  8. 8.  We reserve the right to edit all accepted entries
  9. 9.  Each included writer must try to sell at least 20 books to help cover production costs
  10. 10. Net profits will be donated to a local charity as determined by the contributing authors
  11. 11. Genre can include poetry, short stories, and essays

 

Just think about that dress delicately packed in white acid-free tissue paper, wrapped in unbleached muslin, and sealed in a box with a view window that’s stored in the attic. Why do we save them? Or, are they destined to hang empty and forgotten in some thrift shop, waiting for another chance at the dream wedding? What’s your story?

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Exciting Publishing News: In the past two weeks, Amazon.com has ordered 25 copies of Mother Knows Best – Wit and Wisdom from Idaho Moms.

Flunking "Business 101" News: Mill Park Publishing lost $50.75 on the transactions.

Having a book on Amazon.com is great for publicity and national exposure, but it’s punitive for a small publishing company. Mill Park Publishing paid $5.28 per copy to cover the cost of printing, shipping, cover design and layout design. We set the retail price at $8.99 in hopes of making a small profit. Amazon.com pays only 45% of the retail price, so Mill Park Publishing receives $4.05 per book – a loss of $1.23 on each book. As a result, the recent order to Amazon for the 25 books cost us $30.75 plus $20 shipping. That’s a total loss of $50.75. Ouch.

Local book stores pay 60% of the retail price on consignment, so we receive $5.39 per book – a profit of 11 cents. We make our most profitable sales through direct contact and through intimate, local events.  

Mother Knows Best by author Patti Murphy enjoyed a fun debut on May 6 at Berryhill & Co. Many factors contributed to the successful sale of 100 books: The book is a creative compilation of interesting tidbits, the cover is attractive, the debut was right before Mother’s Day, and Patti is a dynamite promoter as well as an excellent writer. We sold the book at the full retail price of $8.99 plus Idaho sales tax, so Mill Park Publishing was able to cover the costs of the books, the food, the room rental, and have money to apply toward the production costs.

Though it’s a definite thrill to produce and introduce a quality book, it’s a sobering fact to realize that neither the author nor the publisher has earned one penny from the sales of this book. We still haven’t recovered the total printing costs, but that is a goal to reach by September. And, after all the books are sold, it is our intention to have a small profit and still be able to make a donation to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.

To end on a positive note, we can rejoice in the astounding success of The Backyard Chicken Fight. Author Gretchen Anderson has sold enough books to pay for the printing costs in record time because she is everywhere! She teaches classes, organizes book signing events, and creatively generates her own publicity. She’s in Costco, which is a huge accomplishment in the publishing business. Gretchen is proof that with excellent writing talent and powerful promotion ability, a writer actually can make a profit.  It's a great story! 

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