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.

Monday, 07 March 2011 21:55

Mill Park Publishing – A Brief History

Written by  Elaine Ambrose

After my children grew up to become wonderful adults, I decided to leave Boise and move to the mountains to write.  In 1996, I built a cabin on the east shore of Payette Lake in McCall.  The location was over the former site of a lumber mill, and near the house was a small area called Mill Park.  (That’s a clue.)

I loved to sit on my deck and watch weddings at the park and hear the laughter from the playground.  And, walking through the park was the shortest distance to Bistro 45 Wine Bar.  Life was grand for those first few years.  Then the winters seem to get longer, and the snow piled up six feet high on my roof, and I feared that I was turning into the female version of Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining.  I would sit at my computer trying to write when all I could imagine was an ax smashing through the door.  It was time to save my sanity.

In the winter of 2003, I decided to create a publishing company – something I could do without leaving my home but that would still require brain activity.  What to call my company?  I was gazing out the window at the frozen lake and saw a brave little sign peeking out of the snow:  Mill Park.  That’s when Mill Park Publishing was born.

I wrote and published two books in 2003 and one in 2004.  Through these books and by attending writer’s conferences in McCall, I was able to sign with an agent who helped me get a national contract to write Menopause Sucks for Adams Media. I moved back to Eagle in 2006, leaving Mill Park but not the company.  Mill Park Publishing is still going strong – Daily Erotica and Gracie were published in 2010, and The Backyard Chicken Fight and Mother Knows Best appeared in 2011. The company also organizes an annual writer’s retreat in Garden Valley.

Mill Park Publishing has been a grand adventure in turning words into books.  And, that’s so much better than turning me into a hermit.

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