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 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 800 times
  • Elaine Ambrose 5 Years, 14 Books, 16 Awards
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  • Elaine Ambrose One Potato, Two Potato - Two New Children's Books!
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    Written on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 05:11 in Elaine's Blog Read 291 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 250 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 275 times
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Moving your Novel from your Head to your Hand

A Workshop at The Cabin

Judith McConnell Steele, author and poet, and Elaine Ambrose, author and publisher, will present a three-hour workshop on writing and publishing a novel. The workshop will be Saturday, November 16 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm at The Cabin located at 801 S. Capitol Blvd. in Boise.

The cost is $35 – or $30 for Cabin members – and includes an autographed copy of The Angel of Esperança, written by Steele and published by Ambrose’s Mill Park Publishing.

Steele will facilitate short writing exercises for participants, and she also will describe her journey from writing her manuscript to holding the finished book. Ambrose will discuss format, designs, reviews, promotion, and costs of publication.

The workshop is open to writers beginning a novel as well as those with completed manuscripts. Participants should bring a few pages of their novel they want to rework, their writing instrument of choice, and a willingness to explore. Space is limited, so please complete the registration form and mail before November 8. There will be registration at the door if space is available. The workshop is sponsored by The Cabin and Mill Park Publishing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the novel will be donated to the Writers in the Schools Program sponsored by The Cabin.

Name________________________________________________________________________

Email address_________________________________________________________________

Enclose check for $35 – or $30 for members of the Cabin – made payable to Mill Park Publishing. The cost covers the speakers, materials, light refreshments, and an autographed book.

Mail to: Mill Park Publishing, PO Box 1931, Eagle, ID 83616

Questions? Email Elaine Ambrose at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

                      Write by the River”

Writer’s Retreat

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Garden Valley, Idaho

Only $60

Writers are encouraged to register now for limited spaces available at Mill Park Publishing’s fifth annual retreat in Garden Valley.

“How to Write and Market a Blog”

Featuring National Bloggers Stephanie Worrell, Ken Rodgers, Liza Long, and Elaine Ambrose

The guest speakers will explain the joys, challenges, and potential success associated with writing a blog. Key topics will include: How to write a blog. Identify your audience. Focus on your platform. Attract readers and sponsors. Increase speaking engagements. Promote through social media. Develop your web site. Convert your blog into a book. What happens when a blog goes “viral” and you’re a guest on national media with a book contract.

9:30 am – Registration and Welcome

9:45 – “Your Blog as Witty Diary”     Speaker: Stephanie Worrell

Stephanie Worrell has enjoyed a successful 25-year career as both a freelance writer and public relations professional. A highlight of Stephanie’s career is starting Red Sky Public Relations in 2008 and building it into one of the top public firms in the country. She managed blog content creation that resonated with target audiences, along with guiding clients with the “ins and outs” of blog development with the goal of amassing followers in alignment with their brands. In conjunction with releasing a new novel this winter, she will be launching a new blog entitled Skunk River Living.

11:30 Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm – “Your Blog as Worldwide Forum”     Speaker: Ken Rodgers

Ken Rodgers is a writer, teacher and filmmaker from Boise. He has published three books of poetry and recently published an e-book of short stories available on Kindle. Ken Rodgers writes and manages two blogs, one at www.kennethrodgers.com and one at www.bravotheproject.com. With his wife Betty, Ken is in the final stages of producing and distributing a documentary film about his company of United States Marines at the Siege of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, in 1968. To find out more about the film, titled Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor, visit www.bravotheproject.com.

2:30 “When a Blog Goes Viral”

Liza Long is the Student Services Coordinator at Carrington College in Boise and also a writer, editor, designer, and single mother of four children. Last December, she wrote “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother” for her blog The Anarchist Soccer Mom in response to the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut. Her blog was picked up by a national online source and viewed more than one million times. Then she appeared on several national television news shows and received a national book contract to write about her experiences with mental health issues.

3:30 – “Your Blog as Your Identity”     Speaker: Elaine Ambrose

Elaine owns Mill Park Publishing and is an author of nine books including Menopause Sucks and Drinking with Dead Women Writers. She writes a blog titled The Midlife Sage for Annie Jennings PR and a blog titled Midlife Cabernet for her web site at www.elaineambrose.com.

4:30 – Networking and Book Signing.   Retreat ends at 5:30 pm

Retreat activities will be at the cabin of Elaine Ambrose in Southfork Landing next to the river in Garden Valley. It’s approximately one hour’s drive from Boise. Directions: Drive north of Boise on Highway 55. Turn right at Banks onto State Highway 21. Go about 12 miles, turn right at Alder Creek Road and go over the bridge. Turn right on Freedom Ranch Road into Southfork Landing, right on Southfork Lane. For overnight accommodations, contact Cabin Keepers of Idaho. Telephone (877) 322-2467. Email – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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“Write by the River”

How to Write and Market a Blog

Registration Form Due Sept. 5

Space is Limited

 

Name_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

City, State and Zip _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Email________________________________________

Vegetarian meals preferred? Circle Yes or No

Complete, copy and send with $60 check payable to Mill Park Publishing to:

Mill Park Publishing

PO Box 1931

Eagle, ID 83616

Cost of $60 covers speakers, materials, lunch, and snacks. No refunds after Sept. 10.

Questions? Need to use a credit card? Call Elaine at (208) 890-8122 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Past speakers have included acclaimed writers Tony Doerr, Gretchen Anderson, Alan Heathcock, Jennifer Basye Sander, Lance Olsen, Stacy Dymalski, and Amanda Turner.

                      Write by the River”

Writer’s Retreat

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Garden Valley, Idaho

Only $60

Writers are encouraged to register now for limited spaces available at Mill Park Publishing’s fifth annual retreat in Garden Valley.

“How to Write and Market a Blog”

Featuring National Bloggers Stephanie Worrell, Ken Rodgers, Liza Long, and Elaine Ambrose

The guest speakers will explain the joys, challenges, and potential success associated with writing a blog. Key topics will include: How to write a blog. Identify your audience. Focus on your platform. Attract readers and sponsors. Increase speaking engagements. Promote through social media. Develop your web site. Convert your blog into a book. What happens when a blog goes “viral” and you’re a guest on national media with a book contract.

9:30 am – Registration and Welcome

9:45 – “Your Blog as Witty Diary”     Speaker: Stephanie Worrell

Stephanie Worrell has enjoyed a successful 25-year career as both a freelance writer and public relations professional. A highlight of Stephanie’s career is starting Red Sky Public Relations in 2008 and building it into one of the top public firms in the country. She managed blog content creation that resonated with target audiences, along with guiding clients with the “ins and outs” of blog development with the goal of amassing followers in alignment with their brands. In conjunction with releasing a new novel this winter, she will be launching a new blog entitled Skunk River Living.

11:30 Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm – “Your Blog as Worldwide Forum”     Speaker: Ken Rodgers

Ken Rodgers is a writer, teacher and filmmaker from Boise. He has published three books of poetry and recently published an e-book of short stories available on Kindle. Ken Rodgers writes and manages two blogs, one at www.kennethrodgers.com and one at www.bravotheproject.com. With his wife Betty, Ken is in the final stages of producing and distributing a documentary film about his company of United States Marines at the Siege of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, in 1968. To find out more about the film, titled Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor, visit www.bravotheproject.com.

2:30 “When a Blog Goes Viral”

Liza Long is the Student Services Coordinator at Carrington College in Boise and also a writer, editor, designer, and single mother of four children. Last December, she wrote “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother” for her blog The Anarchist Soccer Mom in response to the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut. Her blog was picked up by a national online source and viewed more than one million times. Then she appeared on several national television news shows and received a national book contract to write about her experiences with mental health issues.

3:30 – “Your Blog as Your Identity”     Speaker: Elaine Ambrose

Elaine owns Mill Park Publishing and is an author of nine books including Menopause Sucks and Drinking with Dead Women Writers. She writes a blog titled The Midlife Sage for Annie Jennings PR and a blog titled Midlife Cabernet for her web site at www.elaineambrose.com.

4:30 – Networking and Book Signing.   Retreat ends at 5:30 pm

Retreat activities will be at the cabin of Elaine Ambrose in Southfork Landing next to the river in Garden Valley. It’s approximately one hour’s drive from Boise. Directions: Drive north of Boise on Highway 55. Turn right at Banks onto State Highway 21. Go about 12 miles, turn right at Alder Creek Road and go over the bridge. Turn right on Freedom Ranch Road into Southfork Landing, right on Southfork Lane. For overnight accommodations, contact Cabin Keepers of Idaho. Telephone (877) 322-2467. Email – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

“Write by the River”

How to Write and Market a Blog

Registration Form Due Sept. 5

Space is Limited

 

Name_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

City, State and Zip _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Email________________________________________

Vegetarian meals preferred? Circle Yes or No

Complete, copy and send with $60 check payable to Mill Park Publishing to:

Mill Park Publishing

PO Box 1931

Eagle, ID 83616

Cost of $60 covers speakers, materials, lunch, and snacks. No refunds after Sept. 10.

Questions? Need to use a credit card? Call Elaine at (208) 890-8122 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Past speakers have included acclaimed writers Tony Doerr, Gretchen Anderson, Alan Heathcock, Jennifer Basye Sander, Lance Olsen, Stacy Dymalski, and Amanda Turner.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 23:30

Life Sucks. Laugh Hard.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:17

Life Sucks. Laugh Hard.

                      Write by the River”

Writer’s Retreat

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Garden Valley, Idaho

Writers are encouraged to register now for limited spaces available at the fifth annual “Write by the River” Writer’s Retreat in Garden Valley, only one hour north of Boise.

This Year’s Theme:

“How to Write and Market a Blog”

Featuring International Bloggers Stephanie Worrell, Ken Rodgers, and Elaine Ambrose

Cost: $60.00

Sponsored by

Mill Park Publishing

Eagle, ID

You Can be a National Blogger

Guest speakers Stephanie Worrell, Ken Rodgers, and Elaine Ambrose will explain the joys, challenges, and potential success associated with writing a blog. Key topics will include:

  • How you can write a regular blog
  • Identify your audience
  • Focus on your subject and platform
  • Attract readers
  • Attract paying sponsors
  • Increase exposure through speaking
  • Promote your blog through social media
  • Convert the blog into a web site and book

Saturday, October 5, 2013

9:30 am – Registration and Welcome

 

9:45 – “Your Blog as Witty Diary”

            Speaker: Stephanie Worrell

 

Stephanie Worrell has enjoyed a successful 25-year career as both a freelance writer and a public relations professional. A highlight of Stephanie’s career is starting Red Sky Public Relations in 2008. Red Sky is one of the top public firms in the country and recently established an office in San Francisco.

One of the many services offered to Red Sky clients is blog content creation that resonates with their target audiences, along with guiding clients with regard to the “ins and outs” of blog development with the goal of amassing followers in alignment with their brands. Stephanie has attended a wide-variety of blogging conferences, is a regular blogger and social media lover. In conjunction with releasing a new novel this winter, she will be launching a new blog entitled, Skunk River Living.

11:30 Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm – “Your Blog as Worldwide Forum”

Speaker: Ken Rodgers

Ken Rodgers is a writer, teacher and filmmaker who lives in Boise, Idaho. He has published three books of poetry and recently published an e-book of short stories available on Kindle.

Ken Rodgers writes and manages two blogs, one at www.kennethrodgers.com and one at www.bravotheproject.com. In addition he has guest blogged at a variety of sites.

With his wife Betty, Ken is in the final stages of producing and distributing a documentary film about his company of United States Marines at the Siege of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, in 1968. To find out more about the film, titled Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor, visit www.bravotheproject.com.

2:30 - BREAK – Network and Write

2:45 – “Your Blog as Your Identity”

Speaker: Elaine Ambrose

Elaine owns Mill Park Publishing and is an author of nine books including Menopause Sucks and Drinking with Dead Women Writers. She writes a blog titled “The Midlife Sage” for Annie Jennings PR and a blog titled “Midlife Cabernet” for her web site at www.elaineambrose.com

4:00 – Networking and Book Signing

5:00 – Retreat Ends

Retreat activities will be at the cabin of Elaine Ambrose in Southfork Landing next to the river in Garden Valley. Directions: Drive north of Boise on Highway 55. Turn right at Banks onto State Highway 21. Go about 12 miles, turn right at Alder Creek Road and go over the bridge. Turn right on Freedom Ranch Road into Southfork Landing. Turn right on Southfork Lane.

“Write by the River”

Registration Form Due Sept. 5

Space is Limited

 

Name_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

City, State and Zip _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Email________________________________________

Vegetarian meals preferred? Circle Yes or No

Complete, copy and send with $60 check payable to Mill Park Publishing to:

Mill Park Publishing

PO Box 1931

Eagle, ID 83616

Cost of $60 covers speakers, materials, lunch, and snacks. No refunds after Sept. 10.

Questions? Need to use a credit card? Call Elaine at (208) 890-8122 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Past speakers have included acclaimed writers Tony Doerr, Gretchen Anderson, Alan Heathcock, Jennifer Basye Sander, Lance Olsen, Stacy Dymalski, and Amanda Turner. 

Elaine Ambrose recently appeared as a guest on live television in Phoenix, Arizona. Elaine spoke about her national blog "Midlife Sage" on www.JenningsWire.com.

 

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