Monthly Archives: November 2013

Editors Are Not Always Predators

As it is in nature, so it is in the hearts of human beings. Editors are not always Predators. This is a grave misconception that writers need to clear from their minds if ever most of them wish to see their words (perfectly) in print.

As writers multiply and flourish in their desire to express themselves in the angst and tension of the modern world, to be creative and original, so also have their opportunities blossomed. What was once a closed door except for a lucky one in a hundred is now a gathering room with many open doors.

Industries shift according to needs.

Just because an author pays for publishing services, that does not imply that his/her words are not worthy of reading. (It is ego and vanity that assume the worth of words according to who publishes them.) It only implies that he/she doesn’t have time to wait for that one-in-a-hundred chance, or that his/her words are worthy of sharing regardless of publishers’ opinions or judgments.

Let’s judge our own words firstly and act according to personal will. Let’s sweep that dark cloud to the wayside and focus on the silver lining of opportunity that comes by way of small publishers who aim to remove the clouds entirely and expose the light of the sun.

(Middle Island Press is the poetry publisher to prove the common misconception wrong. I’ve been known to edit free of charge simply because I care about how a friend presents himself/herself. By the way, we at Middle Island press are writers, too, and I am not embarrassed to say that I publish my own words.)

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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in Musings & Other Things


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Rancho de Fortuna: A Bit of Nostalgia

Rancho de Fortuna - Kallima HamiltonA Middle Island Press recommendation for those who enjoy taking trips down Memory Lane: Rancho de Fortuna by Kallima Hamilton. This sprightly poetry collection is available at the Middle Island Press website as well as at

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Posted by on November 20, 2013 in Literary News


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There’s Nothing Quite Like a Chapbook.

The tech craze saddens me. Everyone wants to buy more, more, more; to upgrade more, more, more, even when it results in faulty communication of programs inserting the wrong words and making a mess of the sender’s thoughts and intentions. I hope to continue to get by without even a basic cellular phone. I also hope to continue to get by without a Kindle or any other reader of e-books. I’m just fine with paper. I don’t think Mother Earth takes quite the loss in paper production that she suffers with waves of technology bouncing all over her surface.

It is possible that Middle Island Press will offer e-book publishing up the timeline, but I just don’t see that yet. I enjoy specializing in chapbooks. There’s a certain sense of nostalgia in “sticking to the old ways” – ways that remain superior in many ways…

There’s nothing like actually holding a book and turning pages.
There’s little as personal as receiving a book as a gift.
There’s nothing like the look, smell, and feel of a library of books both old and new.

The only thing that I find missing in chapbooks is a sort of hollowness, an emptiness, a “lack of” that I can only imagine would be present in reading from an electronic pocket device of some sort. In that, I miss nothing and gain everything in my craft of setting words to paper, in publishing and printing actual books that don’t require frequent “recharges” to guarantee a good read.


(Middle Island Press specializes in chapbook publishing. We make some of the finest chapbooks in America.)

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Posted by on November 3, 2013 in Musings & Other Things


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