Our story

I (Maia) am the author of the books, and my husband Allan is the designer of the books. I’m 42 years old. Allan and I have been married for 14 years, and we have three children. Our kids are 10, 5 and 2 years old, so they keep us busy! Our first son was the inspiration for “My Very Own Name.” Allan and I received a personalized book for our son as a gift, but we thought there was an opportunity to create a much higher quality, more customized book. While I was on maternity leave strolling our son around a lake in Minneapolis, I thought of the concept for “My Very Own Name.” My husband, who’s a graphic designer and an extremely creative person, found the illustrator Mark Mille and he led the process of getting the book illustrated. Allan developed the animal characters for the book and designed it, while I wrote the business plan. We were off to publish our first book!

I wrote “My Very Own Fairy Tale” after seeing so many little fairy princesses come to our door one Halloween. My goal was to show girls that being a princess or a leader is about one’s inner character traits, not how one looks on the outside. I also wanted to write a book that shows each girl how uniquely special she is. Allan developed all the beautiful fairy costumes for the book, worked with the illustrator Joyce Patti to bring the book to life, and designed the book.

“My Very Own ABC’s” came to life after hearing customers ask for a book for babies and toddlers with pages that wouldn’t rip. We now have fun reading that book to our 2-year-old girl who loves hearing the sounds of the animals. She flips the pages so fast we can hardly read the words on the page!

We have a fabulous team that works on our business. Every person in our company is focused on how we can create the best experience possible for our customers. Please let us know how we can keep improving!

We have to talk about one legal thing. Since we’re a new product development company and we have a significant number of new books and products under development, we have to clarify that if you share a product idea in this blog, you will not have entitlement to that idea if it is launched by our company. There’s a high likelihood that we were already barking up the same tree. That being said, we REALLY appreciate your comments and we’d love to hear from you!

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. maiahaag  |  August 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Dear Anonymous,
    Best of luck with your new book company! I would suggest that you speak with your attorney about any legal questions that you may have. Regards, Maia

  • 2. Anonymous  |  August 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Dear Maia,
    I found an old Good Housekeeping article with your dream of being an author in it. You inspired me to try and finish some of my children’s stories. I would also like to know how to start my own little book company like you did. II would like to use the letter names of children to personalize my stories too, but in a different direction-is that okay to do? or is it somehow illegal? Ii know you got your idea from seeing others who had as you stated “Stamped a name in a book and called it customized” Quote from Good Housekeeping. I have a great idea and would like to pursue it and feel children would absolutely love it. I just want to do the right thing.
    I hope you will respond to this note positively and let me know where and how to start a small book company of my own. I want so much to believe that I can do it too. Thanks for listening-Anonymous

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