We love those who dream by day, and even more so, those who can translate those dreams into words. As a publisher of fiction and creative nonfiction, we are constantly searching the sea of voices to find stories that explore and celebrate our vast cultural and ethnic diversity; stories that serve as both a window and a mirror for our readers–a window for readers to see into another world, and a mirror for those who are underrepresented in literature. What we look for are character-driven narratives that allow readers to experience other worlds.
We don’t tie ourselves to genre. We believe that a young adult novel or a mystery can be as much of a piece of literature as an historic novel. We simply look for good, well-written stories.
We are particularly interested in new and previously unpublished writers, and giving voice to those writers. We have nothing against previously published writers and invite your submissions as well.
We prioritize quality both in content and form. In form, our books are carefully crafted with attention paid to how they feel in the hand. Print runs are modest, and all efforts are made to create beautiful paper objects in a sustainable manner.
Trap Door Books is our imprint through which we publish stories for young readers.
Publisher & editor
Ernie has been a professional writer for over forty years. A former reporter and editor with the Lewiston Daily Sun and Bristol Press, he received his MFA in Writing (Fiction) from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has also studied fiction writing at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, Grubb Street in Boston, and the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill in Truro, MA. In 2015, he was awarded a fiction writing residency by the Outer Cape Artists Residency Consortium. His short story The Kitchen Window was recently published by everydayfiction.com.
Ernie also spent over thirty years as a civil rights lawyer and is the author of more than a dozen books in the field of employment discrimination law, including a treatise that is currently in its thirty-first edition. In addition to the Vermont College of Fine Arts, he attended Bates College and Antioch School of Law.
He moved to Lunenburg from Cape Cod with his wife, Annie, three cats and a dog, whom he spends his spare time walking; the dog that is, not the cats.
Annie fell in love with Atlantic Canada as a child reading Anne of Green Gables. Through out her life, reading has provided Annie with an introduction to, and escapes into, other views and worlds. She is a graduate of Bates College and Antioch School of Law. Her eclectic background includes working with writers and visual artists at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill in Truro, MA, in public schools, an AIDS support group, doing legal research and editing, archaeology and museum work, cooking and raising children and cats. Before moving to Lunenburg, Annie washed ashore at the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Jayme has been designing and producing printed material for arts, culture, and queer communities across Canada for the last twelve years. Her interest in language and typography has long influenced the paths she has followed as a designer, and in 2015, she received a Master of Design degree from NSCAD University where she focused on the ways typographic emphasis influence the content of printed matter. Following a decade of art school and working in the industry in Toronto, she spent a couple of years living in Montreal; in the summer of 2017 she came to visit friends in Lunenburg and never left. She has a cat named Dandylion, who, despite all efforts, refuses to go on walks with her.