Monthly Archives: August 2013

Book Promotion: Success Is Not Measured in Numbers

(by Christina Anne Taylor)

I just read an article about book promotion that got me thinking. It was an encouraging article overall, but I got hung up on the word “failure.” Let’s consider this:

Firstly, failure and success are relative and subjective measures, and while dreaming big draws the blueprint of possibility, dreaming big more often than not results in disappointment. If we always measure ourselves against the nearly impossible, then where is contentment? Take that dream property, for instance. We can fill in the visual details and hope that wishful thinking (perhaps “The Secret”) really does bring results, or we can spend life wanting that which the Fates have not woven into our life tapestry.

Secondly, is it about winning the race, or getting the prize? I suppose it depends on where our heads are. Materialists or people in need of money or recognition want the prize. Others are contented with simply winning their own personal “race” which is just fine at any pace. We can do extraordinary things without someone handing us a prize for it.

Thirdly, many of us feel the impulse to strive toward both quantity and quality in deeds, but we cannot always expect quantity or quality in results. Stuff happens. Life has its own zillions of agendas. An author might be doing a book-signing at one store when there is a big book sale down the street that swallows the crowd, or perhaps an author chooses a genre that isn’t popular and writes not for sales but for the love of expressive imagination. Maybe we just smile at the wrong people sometimes. There are countless external factors involved in all of life, and that includes book “success” (again, success being relative)…

Let’s try and settle more often for simply getting words in print, because “success” might come a hundred years from now when “the right person” is dusting an old library or sorting through boxes of books. Regardless, a published author’s mama is always proud.


Posted by on August 27, 2013 in News & Reviews


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Cold Case Cowboys, a Poetry Chapbook by Jack Phillips Lowe

Cold Case Cowboys, a Middle Island Press poetry chapbook by Jack Phillips LoweAnyone who enjoys an escape back into the Old West will surely laugh while reading Cold Case Cowboys by Jack Phillips Lowe (newly released by Middle Island Press).

Cover reviews:

“Lowe is a poet in touch with people and the realities of the human condition. His poems are a mirror of the roads and streets. . .and deliver a sharable human experience which is what a capable poet can do.” —Ray Foreman, editor, Clark Street Review

“Jack Phillips Lowe writes narrative poetry with a contemporary consciousness and soul. His introspection is rare, and to have his work in book form is to have a literary surprise package, and treat.” —Gene McCormick, author, An Ice Axe at Dusk

“Lowe displays a remarkable talent to capture a situation with a minimum of words. . .” —Maurice Williams, reviewer,

Copies of Cold Case Cowboys can be purchased through the Middle Island Press website and

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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in News & Reviews


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MIP Poetry Chapbook Release: Observations by Dale Neuman

Middle Island Press Poetry Chapbook: Observations by Dale NeumanKansas City poet Dale Neuman has recently published his second chapbook of poetic verse with accompanying photos through Middle Island Press. From the MIP website: “Precisely as the title implies, Observations is a poetic record of Dale Neuman’s perceptions as he observes and absorbs through the senses settings ranging from autumn leaves to ladies lunching in town. Undertones are benign, punctuated with peace and acceptance, and strengthened with an occasional complimentary photo. 45 pages; a gem to read on a quiet morning or as the sun sets.”

Dale Neuman’s chapbooks are available for purchase at and the Middle Island Press website (where both titles can be purchased as a set).

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Posted by on August 21, 2013 in News & Reviews


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