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Good things coming…

Cranking WheelDuring the week of July 14 through July 18, we’ll be cranking out some revisions and updates to both books. Small People–Big Brains will be getting a couple of minor revisions and a new author photograph. The Maine Real Estate License Law and Rule Handbook is being updated to reflect recent law changes–and getting a new cover in the process! While these updates are happening, customers ordering through Amazon and their subsidiaries may receive a “temporarily out of stock” notice. Barring something unexpected, this should not last more than a few days at most… sorry for any inconvenience! If you have any questions, please let us know!


Three Small People

Sabrina Hamele, Maddie Taylor, Anna Fagan

Sabrina Hamele, Maddie Taylor, Anna Fagan

Meet three small people with really big brains, a creative ability, and some genuine drawing talent. There are, of course, lots more at P.C.E.S. and the judges had a tough time selecting three winners from ads drawn by fifth graders for the book “Small People — Big Brains.” Each of the three winners received an autographed copy of the book along with their certificate of advertising excellence. Sabrina’s first place ad will appear in the 2013-2014 PCES Yearbook. (By the way, there was a lot going on at school the day the winners were announced–including a celebration of “Crazy Hat Day” which might explain Sabrina’s headgear!) Thanks to all the fifth graders who participated!



Congratulations, Sabrina!

Advertisment created by Sabrina Hamele

Advertisment created by Sabrina Hamele

Abbot Village Press is a proud participant in the sixth annual Newspapers In Education contest held at Piscataquis Community Elementary School. With the welcome support and encouragement of PCES Art Teacher Mrs. Daniels, fifth graders were challenged to create an advertisement for “Small People — Big Brains.” An independent panel of judges selected three ads as winners. The first place ad (featured here) was drawn by Sabrina Hamele and will be featured in the PCES 2013 – 2014 Yearbook.


Get Some Facts!

computer booksWell, that is if you consider survey results facts… a safer term might be information. A recent Pew Research Report suggests that “e-reading” is on the rise. I’ll confess I was a bit surprised to learn that 50% of Americans have a dedicated electronic device for reading (a tablet, Kindle, Nook, etc.). That seemed high. Also,”Overall, 76% of adults read a book in some format over the previous 12 months. The typical American adult read or listened to 5 books in the past year, and the average for all adults was 12 books.” What might be sad is that number hasn’t changed significantly over the past several years. One could hope that the electronic aspect would be increasing adult reading.



Real Estate Law and Rule Handbook Released

BookCoverImageAbbot, ME – The recently formed company Abbot Village Press has released a handbook of Maine Real Estate Law and Rules designed as a reference and study aid for students taking licensing courses and practicing licensees. The handbook reprints most applicable statues and rules with the added feature of an extensive table of contents that facilitates locating information.

Walter Boomsma, an instructor for the Arthur Gary School of Real Estate, edited and produced the book with the goal of making it “student friendly.” He explains, “The book includes a detailed table of contents that will allow students to locate information quickly. We are also using the capabilities of print-on-demand publishing to produce an actual paperback book. This means no more photocopying and stapling to make a copy that quickly falls apart and gets shabby. This is a book that is easily carried and readily referenced.”

The exact text of all statues and rules has been included with the intent of creating an educational tool more than a legal reference book. Included are MRS Title 32, Chapter 114—the Real Estate Brokerage License Act and the rules adopted by the Maine Real Estate Commission. Additionally, MRS Title 5, Chapter 341 and MRS Title 10, Chapter 901 are included as reference to laws pertaining to all professional licensing in Maine.

The handbook has application to all three licensing courses currently offered in Maine: Sales Agent, Associate Broker, and Designated Broker as well as many continuing education programs. In addition, real estate licensees and companies will find the handbook a handy guide to their daily practice of real estate brokerage in Maine.

Boomsma has been teaching real estate courses for over a decade and is a member of the Real Estate Educators’ Association. He is a licensed broker with Mallett Real Estate in Dover Foxcroft. He writes a blog of “brain leaks and musings” and last year wrote and published “Small People – Big Brains: Stories About Simplicity, Exploration and Wonder.”

The Maine Real Estate Law and Rule Handbook will be distributed through Abbot Village Press, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. For more information, please visit or contact Boomsma at 207 343-1842.


Law/Rule Book at Proofing Stage

stick_figure_holding_book_above_his_headReal Estate Students and designated brokers will be pleased to hear that our “Maine Real Estate Law and Rules Handbook” is in the proofing stage. That means it should be available in time for spring licensing courses.

In addition to being professionally bound, the handbook is cleanly formatted and has an extensive table of contents to facilitate finding topics quickly. Watch for the official release before the end of January!


Your WordPress Blog/Website

WordPress is one of the most popular free and open source blogging and website publishing platforms available today. In this “user friendly” and hands-on course you’ll learn the basics of building a blog or website for your business or pleasure—in fact, you’ll have your site up and running by the end of the class. Depending on enrollment and interest, this may become an ongoing course. You should have some basic computer skills and a basic understanding of the Internet.  The class is not designed for advanced users!

Tuesday, February 4 and Tuesday February 11 (two sessions) at PVAEC in Dover Foxcroft from 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM

Taught by Walter Boomsma. Contact PVAEC at 564-6525 or visit the PVAEC website for more information or to register.


Is There A Book In You?

Book LogoPublishing technology and the industry has changed dramatically in recent years. It’s no longer impossible or expensive for new authors to get published thanks to “Indie Publishing” and POD (print on demand) technology. Join local author “Mr. Boomsma” to learn how he published and distributes his recent book “Small People — Big Brains” using readily available resources.

Two spring classes are scheduled to be taught by Walter Boomsma:

Tuesday, May 6, 6:30–9:00 at SeDoMoCha, Dover Foxcroft
Contact PVAEC at 564-6525 or visit the PVAEC website for more information or to register.

Tuesday, April 29th, 6:30–9:00 PM at Nokomis High School, Newport
Contact RSU 19 at 368-3290 or visit the RSU 19 Adult Ed website for more information or to register.


About this site…

This site is a wee bit “technical” offering some news about publishing projects and resources.

Remember you can always visit:

Mr. Boomsma, author of the book Small People – Big Brains offers a number of Brain Leaks and Musings. (That’s where the real action is!)

Mr. Boomsma’s Facebook Page… (Students, please note that school policy prevents me from accepting friend requests from students.)

Real estate students will want to visit my Real Estate Blog.

The Abbot Village Press online store where you can order books by Mr. Boomsma. (Note that PCES Yearbooks must be ordered from the school.)


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