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Jim Cox Report: September 2021

Dear Publisher Folk, Friends & Family:

I'm still going in and out of the hospital every couple of weeks for various medical consultations, medication adjustments, and pre-surgery procedures leading up to a major operation now scheduled for October 22.

Once that's done (and a couple of weeks in recuperation), I should be back to my old self and happily returning to my editorial chores here at the Midwest Book Review.

But for now the Jim Cox Report will have to once again be minimal. But here is a definite and useful book that deserves to be drawn to the attention of all aspiring (and experienced) authors wanting their projects to be published:

Tips to Writers from a Book Publisher
John Schmidt
Path Publishing
9781891774959, $9.99, PB, 143pp

Synopsis: Comprised of hundreds of 'real world' practical tips based on and drawing directly from author/publisher John Schmidt's fifty years of experience and expertise, "Tips to Writers from a Book Publisher: Making Book Publishing a Fun Adventure" is no ordinary 'how to' compendium of 'tips, tricks & techniques'. Rather it is a impressively informative combination of instructional and instructive insights into writing, publishing, and getting published.

The subjects covered are as practical and they are informative, ranging from General Advice about the Publishing Business; Submissions; Marketing; and Self-Publishing; to Computers and Tech Support People; Encouraging Other Authors and Yourself; and an Appendix (Definitions of Poem Forms) -- along with so much more!.

Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Tips to Writers from a Book Publisher: Making Book Publishing a Fun Adventure" is impressively 'reader friendly' in tone and commentary style -- making it an especially and unreservedly recommended reading for any and all aspiring writers and novice publishers -- as well as community, college, and university library Contemporary Writing/Publishing collections.

"The Midwest Book Review Postage Stamp Hall Of Fame & Appreciation" is a monthly 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 to our postage stamp fund this past month:

Ryan Petty
Blue Spruell -- "Taro"
Lisa Towles -- "Ninety Five"
Erin Kaiser -- "Racing with Aloha"
Raphael Sebastian Bennett -- "The Final Yen"
Steven Burgauer -- "Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou"
Kathy Gereau -- "Serious Little Catholics: A Memoir"
Lorraine Ash -- "Corona City: Voices from an Epicenter"
Anna Knight -- "They Get Your Highs (I Get Your Lows)"
Lynn Johanson -- "Havana Brown: A Joe Erickson Mystery"
Ameya Pandit -- "Impressions: Short Letters by Ameya Pandit"
Susan Hagen -- "Shall We Dance?: Poems of Desire and Meditation"
Kelly Wallace -- "Shadow Work: Understanding and Making Peace With Your Darker Side"
Caleb Mason -- Publerati
Gabrielle David -- 2 Leaf Press
The Experience Maker, LLC
Elizabeth Waldman Frazier -- Waldmania!
Barbara C. Wall -- The Barrett Company, LLC

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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