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.


    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 5350 times
  • Elaine Ambrose Winners announced for the Idaho® Potato Drop Children’s Writing Challenge
    Written by Elaine Ambrose



    idaho potato drop logo  

    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.


    Magic  Potato front cover



    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.

    best gators  taters audio cover


    Written on Friday, 15 December 2017 14:46 in Elaine's Blog Read 8786 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 4303 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 4424 times
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Thursday, 23 April 2015 20:54

Writing and Wellness Retreat Inspires Women

Mill Park Publishing of Eagle has sponsored “Write by the River” writing retreats since 2008, and the quarterly events are scheduled in two deluxe cabins near the mountain town of Garden Valley, Idaho. Previous faculty for the retreats includes Pulitzer Prize Winner Anthony Doerr, Whiting Award Winner Alan Heathcock, and New York Times bestselling authors AK Turner and Jennifer Basye Sander.
In 2015, a women-only option was added to include a focus on wellness in addition to writing. The weekend is organized and hosted by Elaine Ambrose, Mill Park Publishing owner and author, and Emily Nielsen, a wellness coach and owner of Balance Family Fitness. Activities include healthy meals, gentle yoga, writing workshops set to music, fireside chats, and free time to write or explore. Attendees have arrived from four states, and the retreats usually are sold out.
The next Women’s Wellness and Writing Retreat is May1-3, and details are on the website at The costs begin at $250 for two night’s lodging, all meals, healthy snacks, speakers, writing materials, and individual coaching. The Saturday-only option is available for $100.
Mill Park Publishing produces books written by women. The books have won 14 prestigious awards, including a Silver Medal and a Bronze Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards program. The company has produced 26 published authors, and two more books are in production. Mill Park Publishing donates a portion of books sales to various local charities, including Treasure Valley Dress for Success, the Cabin Writers in the School Program, and the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.
Monday, 20 April 2015 20:18

Congratulations, Tony Doerr


Congratulations to author Anthony Doerr for winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel All the Light We Cannot See. Finalists for the acclaimed prize included Joyce Carol Oates. Doerr’s best-selling book tells the captivating story of a blind French girl and a young German soldier during World War ll.

At the book’s premiere party last year in Boise, Doerr explained how he took several years to research and write the novel. He researched, traveled, wrote, and reworked sentences for more than a week just to complete one particular paragraph. His attention to detail, character, setting, and story sets him apart as one of the world’s great writers.

Doerr was a speaker at the 2010 “Write by the River” writer’s retreat sponsored by Mill Park Publishing. At the retreat, he spoke about the writing process, and he visited with each attendee. We are honored to have him in our area.

The next writer's retreat is May 1-3 in Garden Valley.




Monday, 02 March 2015 23:37

Call for Submissions: Midlife Anthology

Mill Park Publishing is announcing a "Call for Submissions" for a new anthology to be published in paperback and e-book format in early 2016.
The working title is Feisty after 45 - The Best Blogs from Midlife Women
Women bloggers over the age of 44 are encouraged to enter a favorite blog to be considered for the anthology. 
•Paperback and e-book due in early 2016
•1200 words maximum
•Deadline June 1, 2015
•Selected entries receive $25 and one book
Mill Park Publishing of Eagle, Idaho offers award-winning books written by women. A portion of the sales proceeds goes to charity. Mill Park Publishing also organizes and offers writing retreats for women. The company is owned by author Elaine Ambrose.
Mill Park Publishing features award-wining books written by women. The anthology Little White Dress featured 26 women writers and won the Bronze Medal for Womens Issues from the Independent Publisher Book Awards Program in 2012. This new anthology Feisty after 45 will include blogs written by women over the age of 44. Categories will be humor, inspiration, grandchildren, eldercare, travel, and personal growth.
We're seeking positive stories that will appeal to middle-aged women. Please don't send any articles about religion, politics, home-based businesses, or rants. Recipes are accepted, but should be correct. 
Mill Park Publishing follows the First North American Publication Rights (FNAPR). By submitting your piece to Mill Park Publishing, you are verifying that Mill Park Publishing has the right to be the first in North America to publish the material once. Then, unless you've granted other rights or licenses as well, all copyright to that material reverts back to you. If your submission is not accepted, all copyright to that material remains with the author. By submitting you piece, you are verifying that Mill Park Publishing has the right to publish this submission in media platforms known and yet to be discovered. Selected entries will receive $25 and one book after publication. Additional books and e-books will be available for purchase.
Complete and paste this form into an email. Attach proposed entry. Email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Name (first and last as it will appear in print): ___________________________________________________________________________
Address (street, city, town, zip): _____________________________________________________________________________________
Email: ___________________________________________________________________________________________
Name of Blog or website: __________________________________________________________________________________________
Circle appropriate category: humor - inspiration - grandchildren - eldercare - travel - personal growth
(One submission per person, please.)
100-word Biography:
Complete entry form and email with attached word document to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by June 1, 2015. 


Click on the link above for details about the retreat scheduled for May 1-3, 2015.

Click on the link above for details, cost, and tickets. Space is limited.


Garden Valley
Women’s Wellness
and Writing Retreat

May 1-3, 2015
Garden Valley, Idaho

"This retreat changed my life! I was meant to be here."

Please join us for our quarterly wellness and writing retreat. The cost begins at $250 and includes healthy meals, accommodations for two nights at two deluxe cabins in the Idaho mountains, materials, speakers, writing workshops, gentle yoga, fireside chats, individual readings, and wellness workshops. The retreat is located in Garden Valley, Idaho, approximately one hour's drive north of Boise. Limited spaces are available, and tickets are non-refundable after April 15. This retreat is sponsored by Mill Park Publishing of Eagle and Balance Family Fitness of Meridian, Idaho.

Friday, May 1

4:30 – 6:00 pm - Check in – Cabin 1
Unpacking/settling in (Cabin 2)
Nature actives and intention setting, explore the grounds
6:00 pm - Dinner – Cabin 1 - Baked wild-caught salmon with kale and pineapple
Mango-chickpea – cucumber salad, Quinoa pasta with tomato sauce
Balsamic-glazed strawberries with coconut gelato
8:00 pm - Fireside Chat - Cabin 1

Saturday, May 2

7:00 – 8:00 am Sunrise Yoga & Meditation – Cabin 2
8:30 am - Breakfast - Vegan green smoothies (vegan protein powder option)
Fresh fruit and nuts, coffee and tea
9:30 am - Writing Workshop: What Inspires You? – Cabin 1
12:00 pm - Lunch - Sweet & Crunchy Salad Bar
1:00 pm - Hike & hot springs OR relax & write
3:30 pm - Snack
4:00 pm – Self-Worth Workshop – Cabin 1
5:00 pm - Free time – read, write, relax
6:00 pm Dinner - Vegan chili, Quinoa, Garbanzo bean blondies
8:00 pm - Fireside Chat, poetry slam, conversation starters, sharing – Cabin 2

Sunday, May 3

7:00 – 8:00 am - Sunrise Yoga & Meditation – Cabin 2
8:30 am - Breakfast - Vegan green smoothies (vegan protein powder option)
Fresh fruit and nuts, coffee and tea
9:30 am - Workshop: Why Your Story Matters – Cabin 1
11:00 am - Sharing, open mic
12:00 pm - Safe travels!!

Retreat is facilitated by:

Elaine Ambrose, Author, Syndicated Blogger, Motivational Speaker

Emily Nielsen, Personal Trainer, AFAA. Group Fitness Instructor, ACE


Sponsored by Mill Park Publishing, Eagle, Idaho and Balance Family Fitness of Meridian, Idaho.


Imagine a fun weekend in the Idaho mountains with other women who want to focus on fitness and writing while having fun! Click on the above link for details and registration form. Space is limited.

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