2018 New England Authors Expo

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Doors were open to the public: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Danversport Yacht Club
161 Elliott St, Danvers, MA 01923

This event was free to the public!


Sponsors for 2018


See below for:
Basic information
New for 2018
List of people and groups attending

Basic information:

This event was held at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA on Wednesday, July 25. Author setup started at 10:00 am, and the doors opened to the public at 4:00 pm. The event ran till 9:00 pm.

The New England Authors Expo is the largest grassroots literary event in New England. The NEAE has over 2,000 authors, illustrators, publishers, printers and other publishing professionals on its contact list. By working together we organize book sales and other book-related events throughout the year. We try to keep our fees as low as possible so that every author will be able to attend our events. This event is free to the public.


New for 2018:

During the setup/networking time (from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm), we had panels, lectures and workshops for the attending authors and illustrators in the lower ballroom. These speeches featured authors, publishers and companies and focused on topics that are important to New England authors and illustrators. During public viewing time (4:00 pm to 9:00 pm) we had lectures given by special guests and celebrities.



10:00 AM – Doors open for set up*

11:00 AM – Doors open for librarians, bookstore owners and TV & radio guests

11:30 AM – Doors open for people interested in attending the panel discussions

12:00 Noon – Panel #1:  “Say it. Sell it.” (How to get on TV and Radio.)
Getting free publicity is not rocket science.

With: Mike Morin

1:00 PM – Panel #2: Book cover design.
With: Joseph McGeeLaurel Ostiguy, Satin Russell

2:00 PM – Panel #3: Navigating the Convention Circuit: An Author’s Guide.
With: Richard Keenan, Elsa KurtStephen LomerChris Paniccia

3:00 PM – Panel #4: Book Printing in the 21st Century.
With: Tom CampbellSteven R. Porter and Frank J. Romano

4:00 PM – Panel #5: Book marketing using social media.
With: Mandi Lynn

4:00 PM – Doors open to the public – BOOK SALE BEGINS!

5:00 PM – Special Guest #1 – Derek Nikitas 
Writing Novels (and working with James Patterson and movie producers.)

6:00 PM – Special Guest #2 – Frank J. Romano
Frank Talk About Publishing – Frank’s 60+ books have been published by major and minor publishers and some even self published.
Hear Frank recount his experiences of over half a century in the world of book publishing.

9:00 PM – Doors are closed to the public, break-down begins

10:00 PM – Doors close to all


Special Guest Stars:

Derek Nikitas

Derek Nikitas
The author of the thriller novels Pyres and The Long DivisionPyres was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America, and The Long Division was a Washington Post Book World Best Book of 2009. He’s also written Extra Life, a science fiction novel for young adults, and he has co-written several “Bookshot” novellas with James Patterson, including Diary of a Succubus and You’ve Been Warned – Again. He teaches fiction writing and screenwriting at the University of Rhode Island.

Frank Romano

Frank J. Romano
Frank Romano is Professor Emeritus at RIT and has spent 60 years in the printing and publishing industries. He is the author of 60 books, including the 10,000-term Encyclopedia of Graphic Communications (with Richard Romano), the standard reference in the field. His books on QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, and PDF workflow were among the first in their fields. He has authored most of the books on digital printing. One of his books is the 800-page textbook for Moscow State University. He has founded eight publications, serving as publisher or editor for TypeWorld/Electronic Publishing (which ended in its 30th year of publication), Computer Artist, Color Publishing, The Typographer, EP&P, and both the NCPA and PrintRIT Journals. He has consulted for major corporations, publishers, government, and other users of digital printing and publishing technology. He wrote the first report on on-demand digital printing in 1980 and ran the first conference on the subject in 1985. He is president of the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, MA where his 6,000-book library now resides. He is passionate about preserving the rich history of typesetting and printing. He continues to teach courses at RIT, CalPoly, and other universities and works with students on unique research projects.


2018 NEAE Offical Charity:


TV Special

Stephen Lomer, author and host of the YouTube show Tell Me About Your Damn Book, will be on hand at the New England Authors Expo, interviewing authors in attendance for a special edition episode of TMAYDB. Sit-down interview segments will run approximately 10 minutes and will give authors an opportunity to plug whatever they’re working on.

Tell Me About Your Damn Book has featured authors like Rob Watts, Artemis Crow, Kari Lemor, Lorenzo Petruzziello, Laurel Ostiguy, and Stacey Longo. Future episodes will feature Satin Russell, RF Keenan, John McIlveen, Guntis Goncarovs, and more!

If you’re interested in participating in an interview, email portninepublishing@gmail.com.


List of Authors attending:

Natalie Alder

Tim Baird

Scott M. Baker

Florence Bennett

Barbara F. Berenson

Ann Biese

Liberty Blake

Martha W. Brandt

James Bruner

Sally M. Chetwynd

Louise Coleman

Ceara Comeau

Karen Creamer

Artemis Crow

Robert Cruess

Catheryne Draper

Heather Dubnick

Bridget Finnegan

Katrina Fiorella

Dana Gambardella

Donald Germain

Michele Gibeau Cronin

Guntis Goncarovs (NEAE Team)

Patricia Hale

Barb Harrold

L.E. Hastings

Steve Hobbs

Joseph G. Kalil

Richard Keenan

Linda Kepner

L.S. Kilroy

Elsa Kurt

Lisa Lelas

David Liscio

Stephen Lomer

Marilyn C. Long

Jessica Lucci

Mandi Lynn

K.D. Mason (NEAE Team)

Joseph McGee

John McIlveen (NEAE Team)

Cathryn McIntyre

Patricia Menton

David Moore

Lindsay Moore

Mike Morin

Olga R. Morrill

Kara Newcastle

Christopher Obert (NEAE Team)

Nancy Obert (NEAE Team)

Maura O’Leary

Laurel Ostiguy

Anita Oswald

Gail Ward Olmsted

Terry Crawford Palardy

Chris Paniccia

Lorenzo Petruzziello

Steven R. Porter

Joe Ross (Sponsor – NEAE Team)

Satin Russell

Lois Sargent

Colleen Sgroi

Katherine Silva

Jane Sloven

Janice E. Spina


M.R. Tighe

Marty Thornley

Robert Uttaro

Mary Vieira

Rob Watts

Jenessa Zurek


New Hampshire Writers’ Project:

Nikki Andrews

Irene Buchine

Lisa Bunker

Joseph Carrabis

Sue Coletta

Joan Doran

Mark Eddy Smith

Amy Evans

Caroline Fairless

Bonnie J. Fladung

Dorothea Jensen

Shelby June

Charles Kellogg

Kerry Kellogg

Mary Marchese

Rodger Martin

Wendy Thacher Jensen

John Tuohey

Dianalee Velie


List of Publishers and Groups attending:

Association of Rhode Island Authors (NEAE Team)

Books & Boo’s Press

Brass Castle Arts

Crefftwr”s Trees

Haverhill House Publishing (NEAE Team)

Jason Harris Promotions (NEAE Team)

King Printing (Sponsor)

Memory Imprints

The Museum of Printing (Charity/Sponsor)

Pear Tree Publishing (Sponsor – NEAE Team)

Rosstrum Publishing (Sponsor – NEAE Team)

Stillwater River Publications



Audrey Byerley


*List and schedule is not complete and could change without notice.


If you have any questions on the 2018 NEAE or any other concerns please feel free to contact us today.

New England Authors Expo
C/O Chris Obert
20 South Porter Street
Bradford, MA 01835-7646
(978) 372-5825

Legal Info: Payment must be made in full and accompanied by your registration form before you are allowed to set up on the floor. No exhibitor will assign, sublet or share the space allotted. By agreeing to exhibit at this event, the exhibitor agrees to protect, keep and save New England Authors Expo, Christopher Obert, Pear Tree Publishing and the Danversport Yacht Club and their representatives forever harmless from any damage, loss, theft, cost, liability or expense that arises from exhibiting at this show. This agreement covers full setup, run of the show and teardown.



Additional Sponsors:

King Printing

Danversport Yacht Club

New England Authors Expo










Rosstrum Publishing


Pear Tree Publishing




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