Mission Statement

Encircle Publication’s mission is the brisk and continuous growth to a robust catalog of trade fiction mystery titles, and other popular genres, including poetry. We seek to craft a diverse catalog from established successful authors in a variety of formats that readers will want to return to and select from again and again.

We believe in a culture that encourages independent growth through education and training, and we provide the support to help foster that environment. We affirm our commitment to maintaining a culture where the thoughts, personal goals, and ideas of all employees are heard and respected. We also affirm a commitment to our authors as partners in our success.

We believe in building a company that always engages our sense of excitement for great stories and great writing. We seek to preserve our love of challenge and growth so that we’re always delivering quality books by authors that people love to read.

Core Staff

Eddie Vincent

Eddie Vincent
Eddie Vincent, co-owner of Encircle Publications LLC, has been in the publishing and graphic design field for over thirty years. His expertise is in complete book production. Eddie serves on the board of Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE). Along with the duties of Encircle Publication’s book publishing arm Eddie is also available to consult with publishers and independent authors, helping them with all their design needs and all facets of bringing a book to life.

Cynthia Brackett-Vincent

Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, publisher/editor of the Aurorean poetry journal since 1995, is enrolled in a MA program in English with a concentration in Creative Writing/Poetry at the University of Southern New Hampshire, and holds a BFA in Creative Writing with a minor in Psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington and an AA in Social Sciences (Quincy College, MA, where she served as an editor of Stepping Stone and a member of Phi Theta Kappa). As well, she studied English at Bridgewater State College in MA. Cynthia serves as Managing Editor for Encircle Publications.

A Pushcart Prize nominated and award-winning poet, Cynthia has had over 100 poems published in such journals as Avocet, Decanto (United Kingdom), Yankee, and Ibbetson Street; in her chapbooks, Questions About Home, and the 95 Poems; and in the online journals, Mannequin Envy, The Orange Room Review, The Penman Review, Pirene’s Fountain and others. Her nonfiction and poetry appear abroad. In 2001, she co-founded the Tidepool Poets of Plymouth, MA. Cynthia has judged poetry locally, regionally and nationally for such contests as the Writer’s Digest annual writing competition. Her co-edited anthology, Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012) was named “One of 100 Best Books for Writers” by Poets & Writers magazine.

Devin McGuire

Devin McGuire

Devin joined us in 2007 as an intern from the BFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Maine at Farmington. He is now with us full-time as Editor, Co-Editor, Marketing Representative, Book Cover Designer and Website Developer.

Devin’s poetry has been published in several online and print publications including the Aurorean, the Beat, Napalm and Novocaine, Sandy River Review, and Zygote In My Coffee . His articles and reviews have appeared various places including, Mung Being, NYQ Reviews, Publishers Weekly Select, and The Review Review. His favored stomping ground is the Western Maine foothills, where in summers he enjoys, camping, fishing, and hiking. In winter he grows a beard and hunkers down. Devin’s first chapbook of poetry After the Hunt was published by Encircle Publications in October 2013. Visit his website at: riverdevin.com

Elizabeth Berry-MacKenney

Elizabeth Berry MacKenney has been designing book covers for 14 years, and has been in the design field for several more. She earned her BFA in Photography at the Portland School of Art (now MECA) in 1991, and her MFA in Media Design at Full Sail University in 2010.

Beth has held many in-house design positions, and is the owner/operator of berrygraphics – graphic design services.

She’s a Maine kid who’s lived in some cool places (like the U.P. of Michigan and Juneau, Alaska), a Mom to two extraordinary people (Connor and Maddie), Wife to one extraordinary Scott MacKenney, BFF to her chocolate lab Molly, and Landlord to six cats.

Beth is also a licensed Maine Whitewater Raft Guide, a part time treeworker with Second Nature Tree Service, a self professed aquaholic, and an otherwise hyperactive person who prefers to be outdoors.

Our story

The seeds of Encircle Publications were sown in the State of Massachusetts. Our owners Cynthia Brackett-Vincent and Eddie Vincent are originally from Falmouth, and Plymouth, respectively. Cynthia began her journey by starting a poetry journal there. Twenty years later the Aurorean is now known and hailed as “New England’s premier independent poetry journal.” Eddie started out in a family newspaper business, and parlayed that into becoming an art director for a small publishing house. Fifteen or so years ago when that publishing house was sold to Thorndike Press of Waterville, Maine, the Vincents packed their bags and made the move north. After a few years of working for Thorndike Press as their art director, Eddie became an independent contractor to Thorndike press and other smaller publishers. Quickly realizing that their talents, experience, and collaborative efforts might come together beautifully the Vincents joined forces and built a flourishing poetry publishing house, and continued to grow the publishing service side of the company to include service to independent authors. In 2010 Devin McGuire came on board full time with Encircle Publications. He has been dynamic in providing editing expertise, serving as webmaster, marketing, communications, doing cover design, and author website development.

In late 2016 Encircle Publications discovered an opportunity to work with an established group of successful published mystery authors and started the process of re-branding itself to reflect a new venture into trade fiction publishing with a focus on the mystery and historical fiction genres.

Even with all of our experience and the volume of work we produce on any given month, Encircle Publications is still a bit of a mom-n-pop operation. Believe it or not we run this whole thing from our home on a dirt road deep in the woods outside of Farmington, Maine. Our Internet comes four miles in on half of a T1 line. We love that we can manage this company from our little place deep in the woods, but we’re realists. Encircle Publications is a growing company. Along with our recent expansion into trade fiction Encircle will retain its services arm and continue to be a complete one stop shop for an independent author who needs the full package—editing, layout and cover design, printing, marketing materials, basic author website development. We’ll probably always be in Maine but the allure of growth from mom-n-pop in the woods to real brick-and-mortar storefront office space remains. If and when the time comes that we open a “storefront office,” we’ll always remember to keep things open and friendly with our customers just the way we’ve always been.