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Jim Cox Report: April 2018

Dear Publisher Folk, Friends & Family:

One of the perks of my job as editor-in-chief of the Midwest Book Review is getting to make new cyberspace friends who support what we try to accomplish here in behalf of the publishing community. This often takes the form of bringing to my attention useful resources on the internet for writers and/or publishers. Here's an example of this from Kiryl Travulka:

This is a link to an Online Word Counter. If you've written something you would like a quick and accurate word count on, just do a simple "copy & paste" of your document into this word counter and immediately know how many words it consists of. This is very handy information if you are working on something that would have a word length minimum or maximum requirement.

The Midwest Book Review web site, which was launched back in 1980, was specifically created to help fulfill our commitment to promote literacy, library usage, and small press publishing. Over the past 38 years it has grown to be a truly massive site of information and resources of particular value to authors and publishers -- as well as librarians and the general reading public.

Every month it grows a bit larger and every once in a while undergoes the addition of new categories of resources, most of which, like that Online Word Counter site, are brought to my attention by fans and supporters of the Midwest Book Review in appreciation of what we try to accomplish every month in behalf of the publishing community.

I long ago handed over the daily maintenance and direct responsibility for the our web site to my daughter Bethany, who in addition to being the Managing Editor of the Midwest Book Review is also our web master. Here is what she's done with her latest 'update and expansion' of our Midwest Book Review web site as explained in her latest email to me:

Subject: From Beth - recent additions & revisions to the MBR website
Date: 3/30/2018 1:19:18 AM Central Standard Time

This month, I've updated our web site to include:

1. "Book Publishing Attorneys: A Contact List" at

2. Added a hyperlinked "Book Review Magazines Used by Librarians" section to our "Periodicals" links collection at


3. Added the Advice for Writers and Publishers articles:

"Book Marketing: Signings and Readings" by Peter Blaisdell at

"Book Reviewer's Role in Self-Publishing" by Peter Blaisdell

"Copyrighting Your Work" by Wikipedia

4. And I've added testimonials to the Interviews & Testimonials section of our website at

Finally -- Here is "The Midwest Book Review Postage Stamp Hall Of Fame & Appreciation" roster of well-wishers and supporters. These are the generous folk who decided to say 'thank you' and 'support the cause' that is the Midwest Book Review by donating postage stamps this past month:

Ruth Lopez-Yanez
Sever Bronny -- "Riven"
Jerry Labriola -- "Discovery"
Jeffery J. Boyle -- "Nam World"
Arthur J. Rawl -- "Buying Brazil"
Roger E. Carrier -- "Cicada Dreams"
Sherrill S. Cannon -- "My Little Angel"
Stephen Shender -- "Once There Was Fire"
Shelby Stephenson -- "Paul's Hill, Homage to Whitman"
Lisa Blair -- Belly Song Press
Clive Johnson -- Labyrinthe Press
Peter Blaisdell -- Blaisdell Literary Enterprises
Barbara C. Wall -- The Barrett Company
Elizabeth Waldman Frazier -- Waldmania!

In lieu of (or in addition to!) postage stamp donations, we also accept PayPal gifts of support to our postage stamp fund for what we try to accomplish in behalf of the small press community. Simply log onto your PayPal account and direct your kindness (in any amount and at your discretion) to the Midwest Book Review at:

SupportMBR [at]

(The @ is replaced by "[at]" in the above email address, in an attempt to avoid email-harvesting spambots.)

If you have postage stamps to donate, or if you have a book you'd like considered for review, then send those postage stamps (always appreciated, never required), or a published copy of that book (no galleys, uncorrected proofs, or Advance Reading Copies), accompanied by a cover letter and some form of publicity release to my attention at the address below.

All of the previous issues of the "Jim Cox Report" are archived on the Midwest Book Review website at If you'd like to receive the "Jim Cox Report" directly (and for free), just send me an email asking to be signed up for it.

So until next time -- goodbye, good luck, and good reading!

Jim Cox
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI, 53575

James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575-1129
phone: 1-608-835-7937

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