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2017 News & Events

September 9, 2017, Book Launch - Calef's Country Store - Sixty Years of Cuttin' the Cheese... READ MORE


2016 News & Events

October 15, 2016, Boston Book Festival - Deidre Randall Presenting... READ MORE


2015 News & Events

November 5, 2015, Celebrate 45 Years of Independent Publishing With Us!

Peter E. Randall Publisher will celebrate 45 years of Independent Publishing, at Book & Bar in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. READ MORE...

Sept. 25-26, 2015, IPNE Fall Conference

Deidre will be presenting at the fall IPNE conference in Portsmouth, NH. More information available at


2014 News & Events

Dec. 3, 2014, 7pm, Getting into Print: Understanding Publishing Options. Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton MA. Deidre Randall provides an overview into the different types of publishing. Contact: 978-468-5577, Email:, Website:


2013 News & Events

Nov. 3, 2013, Boston Public Library South End Branch, 2pm, Boston Boy to Visit (CHARLEY)


Nov. 19, 2013, 7pm, Getting into Print: Understanding Publishing Options, Portsmouth Public Library


Sat. Oct. 26, 2013, White Birch Books to Host Living History Event (CHARLEY)


Sept. 1, 2013, Charley Book Premiere at Strawbery Banke Museum


2011-2012 News & Events

Uncertain Journey by James Rouman nominated for Book of the Year Awards for Literary Fiction and Multicultural Fiction

Uncertain Journey, James Rouman's novel about the "ubiquitous societal phenomenon" of illegal immigration, continues to resonate with critics, being nominated for two separate Book of the Year Awards (BOTYA) from ForeWord Reviews.
BOTYA winners will be announced and presented Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the American Library Association (ALA) 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibition to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

Deidre Randall will be appearing at the New Hampshire Writers' Project Writers' Day on March 31, 2012 at SNHU at the following times:

"Meet the publisher;" from 1:45-2:45PM. The format will be a panel, with general Q&A from the audience.

"Agents and Editors panel;" from 3-4:15PM. The panel will focus on traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.

Visit NH Writer's Project for more info.

"Peter E. Randall Publisher's Winnipesaukee Children's Book Wins First Prize at 2011 New England Book Festival"

Peter E. Randall Publisher has captured First Place for Children's books from the 2011 New England Book Festival. The winning book, The Witches: A Winnipesaukee Adventure by Andy Opel and illustrated by Karel Hayes, was among six new titles from the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based publisher to be honored by the festival this year.

The New England Book Festival awards recipients in sixteen categories based on a book's general excellence, the author's passion for telling a good story and the potential of the work to reach a wider audience. The Witches: A Winnipesaukee Adventure is a classic tale of kids "messin' around in boats" that captures the timeless magic and mystery of New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, where generations come together to renew ties each year.

The publisher's Satchi and Little Star, by Donna Seim and illustrated by Susan Spellman, also won on honorable mention in the Children's book category. Other winning titles from the Portsmouth publisher were honorable mentions in General Non-fiction for Wayne Soini's Porter's Secret, about Civil War General Fitz John Porter's statue located in Portsmouth; in Biography/Autobiography for Richard Daniel O'Leary's rags-to-riches life story, One with the Sea; and two wins in the General Fiction category for Scott Alarik's Revival: A Folk Music Novel and James Rouman's Uncertain Journey. Rouman's novel was also recently named by Kirkus Reviews to its "Best Indies of 2011" list.

Peter E. Randall Publisher CEO Deidre Randall said, "It is so gratifying to see our titles recognized in so many categories this year! These six, diverse titles show our publishing range. I personally love publishing children's books, as it draws on my former career in early childhood education. It also gives me a chance to read one of our books to my young children."

The award ceremony will be held January 14, 2012 at the Omni Parker House in Boston.

Local publisher wins 4 book awards for 2 titles

New York City, May 2011 Read the Portsmouth Herald article

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2010 News & Events

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Peter E. Randall Publisher Receives Four Awards at 2010 New England Book Festival!

Portsmouth, NH (January 3, 2011) -- The 2010 New England Book Festival has named four Peter E. Randall Publisher titles as award-winning! "We are proud to have been consistently recognized for the quality of our titles. This is exciting for our authors as well as for us. For this 2010 festival, we submitted four titles and all were recognized! I think this speaks well for our ability to screen titles and then, once accepted for publication, to produce a high quality book. We truly love publishing history and photography," says Deidre Randall, CEO. Two of these titles are from Jetty House, an imprint from Peter E. Randall Publisher, which was launched in 2008. Jetty House titles are known for New England history and photography.

Selected for first prize in the Photography/Art Category is A Space for Faith: The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England, by Paul Wainwright (Jetty House), with a runner-up in the same category going to Light Fading: Reflections on the Imperiled Everglades, by Joel Curzon (Peter E. Randall Publisher).

Recognized as a runner-up in the General Non-fiction category is The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, by Tom and Ellen Zappala (Peter E. Randall Publisher), with Life In Newburyport 1950-1985, by Jean Foley Doyle (Jetty House), receiving an Honorable Mention in the same category.

The winners, runner-ups and honorable mentions will be honored at a ceremony to be held Saturday, January 15, 2011 at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston.

Read about more award-winning books published by Peter E. Randall Publisher.

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Authors of The T206 Collection Help Raise Funds for Cure for Juvenile Diabetes

November 2010: We are pleased to announce that and ATS Communications are partnering with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help find a cure for Diabetes.

Finding a cure is close to the Zappala's hearts as two children in the family have Type 1 Diabetes. Because of this, the Zappalas will be donating $10.00 from each purchase of the award-winning first edition baseball book, The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories.

This is the perfect holiday gift for every fan of baseball, even the casual baseball fan. It is a beautiful hardcover coffee table book with colorful images and captivating stories of the men responsible for our National Pastime.

Please go to our website to order your book online or call 978-346-9496 for more information. Authors Tom & Ellen Zappala will personally sign each and every first edition book.

Please note that this applies only to books bought on the website or directly from ATS Communications.

Help us find a cure!

We thank you for your support,
Tom & Ellen Zappala

Past News & Events

Sept 16, 2010, 7:00-8:30pm

Peter E. Randall Publisher Celebrated 40 Years of Publishing

Riverrun Bookstore, Market Square, Portsmouth NH

Portsmouth, NH--"Independent publishing of printed books is alive and well," says Deidre Randall, CEO of Peter E. Randall Publisher, a forty-year-old independent publisher based in Portsmouth, NH. There is something special about a printed book; the feel of the pages, the scent of ink and paper, the sound the binding makes the first time it's opened up. Randall feels this despite's recent announcement that their e-books outsell hardbacks. In celebration of forty years of publishing, Peter E. Randall Publisher will host a party on September 16, 2010 at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. "I am a regular customer at my local bookstore and I consider it a real treat to bring home a new book -- better than Christmas! We know there are many readers who love to hold real books in their hands," says Randall.

Peter E. Randall Publisher has been publishing hardcover and softcover volumes since the 1970s. Peter founded the book publishing house in 1970 following ten years as the editor of New Hampshire Profiles magazine, and two years as the editor of the Hampton Union. He wanted to offer a quality service for authors because he loves books. Today that mission still holds true and the subjects they publish are expanding beyond local history and photography to include new topics, such as green living, finance, and illustrated sports history.

Peter's daughter Deidre Randall joined him in 1998, assuming ownership of the company in 2007 and launching her own new imprint, Jetty House in 2008. Jetty House titles tend to have a special connection to New Hampshire, such as A Space for Faith: The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England by Paul Wainwright. "My experience has been very positive. Unlike other publishers, at Randall I had complete control over the book’s design, which was very important to me. Randall’s 'complete package' approach gave me access to a publicist, and their in-house support for publicity has exceeded my expectations," says Wainwright.

Another change, in addition to the new imprint, is the option to have books available in both print and ebook formats, to satisfy the need to meet the undeniable growing trend of readers who do want to relax on the couch with their e-readers.

Says Deidre, "We publish because we love books and we find authors to be interesting people. I feel, as my father does, that authors need to be treated fairly and that they have a right to high quality publishing process with all the necessary services, such as professional editing, design and printing. We offer several different marketing and sale options as well. Our books win awards and the authors accomplish their goals for publishing. That is the success we aim for when we choose a title to publish."

The company began by specializing in the production of individual and regional history books. Most of these books are heavily illustrated with black and white photographs, maps, and ephemera. Titles are printed on long-lasting acid-free paper and use rugged Smyth sewn binding for clothbound volumes. Depending on the client's needs, titles are produced with jackets, full color inserts, foldout maps, and printed end leaves. That foundation is still in evidence today, with the recent publications of Life In Newburyport 1950-1985 by Jean Foley Doyle and Toppan's History of Hampton by author/editor Lori W. Cotter.

Beginning in 1970, with a history of Hampton, as the first volume to carry the Peter E. Randall Publisher name, the company has published more than 400 titles, many of them histories, photography, memoirs, biographies or poetry. The 40th anniversary party on September 16th will feature many authors such as; Paul Wainwright (A Space For Faith), Jean Doyle (Life In Newburyport 1900-1950 and Life In Newburyport 1950-1985), Mike Bonacorsi (Retirement Readiness), Lindsey Carmichael (Greening Your Family), Richard Winslow (Portsmouth-Built, The Piscataqua Gundalow, Constructing Munitions, and more), Harold Whitehouse (Home By Nine, The Real South End), J. Dennis Robinson (Wentworth by the Sea and Strawbery Banke, A Seaport Museum 400 Years in the Making), Helen Goransson (Views from Rosemary Hill), Laurence Keenan (The Best of Intentions and Big Jim) and Peter E. Randall (New Hampshire: A Living Landscape, New Hampshire: Then and Now, Ghana: An African Portrait Revisited). A visit to the book catalog page offers a listing of books by author, title or ISBN.

The event is open to the public, but RSVPs are appreciated to plan for refreshments. There will be a print from Peter Randall given away in a drawing at the end of the event and several books given away as door prizes. Authors will be signing books and available for questions about their process. Paul Wainwright will bring his large format camera for a demonstration. Peter and Deidre will speak briefly about the pleasure they share in working with authors to publish quality, award-winning books. Sign up for an email invitation, or offer an RSVP and to learn more about the publishing process, or call 603-431-5667.


Responsible Subsidy Publishing
Part 1: When is POD a Vanity Press?

Spring 2010 NH Writers' Project article by Deidre Randall
"Many presses print books for a fee, but responsible publishing services are less easily found. How does an author select a responsible service?" Read more (PDF)

Responsible Subsidy Publishing
Part 2: When and How to Find a Good Publisher

Summer 2010 NH Writers' Project article by Deidre Randall
"Are you a writer who could use subsidy publishing to good advantage? If so, how can you be sure to choose a reputable publisher? Remember, reputable publishers provide services for all aspects of a book, using experienced professionals: editors, indexers, designers, printers, and distributors. For a high-quality book that will be competitive in the marketplace, you need guidance from a seasoned publisher. In-person or phone meetings, conducted throughout your project, should be standard practice for your publisher." Read more (PDF)

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