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Middle Island Press: Poetry Publishing

Middle Island Press

The early days of Middle Island Press looked a lot like this relaxing picture: lots of collating, folding, trimming that I took pride in and hope to return to soon, but for now, I’m enjoying the benefits of perfect-bound poetry publishing. I’m focusing on layout and design, feeling a bit less like a hands-on craft-person and a bit more like a publisher, but it’s all good.

It wasn’t so long ago that I reached timidly out to my first “stranger” who has become one of my greatest supporters over the years, and a fantastic poet and flash-fiction author (Salvatore Buttaci). One referral led to another and projects grew from quarterly to monthly, and sometimes two or more in a month, but one thing that hasn’t changed over these past seven years is the gratitude that I feel for the poets who have trusted me with their words, built me up with their praise until my head was swelling and my heart was glowing, and – I’ll say it again – kept the coffee flowing in this house.

Thank You, Poets. Your words are both my business and my pleasure!

Christina Anne Taylor

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Posted by on September 5, 2015 in News & Reviews

 

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Editors Are Not Always Predators

As it is in nature, so it is in the hearts of human beings. Editors are not always Predators. 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 the time or desire to wait for that one-in-a-hundred chance, or that his/her words are worthy of sharing regardless of others’ opinions or judgments.

Why not simply judge our own words firstly and act according to personal will? Let’s not focus on the dark clouds but on the silver-lined clouds that come by way of small publishers who aim to usher in the light of opportunity.


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(By the way, I’m a writer, too, and I’m not embarrassed to say that I publish my own words.)

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in News & Reviews

 

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Poetry Publishing: Getting It Together for a Smooth Process

(By Christina Anne Taylor of Middle Island Press)

Opportunities for poetry publishing are more promising than ever for poets who are interested in subsidy contracts or other methods of taking matters into their own hands, so to speak. This article is for those who are intimidated by the process.

Firstly, consider that poetry publishers are neither gods nor robots, but human-beings just like you. When a writer pays a publisher (micro-, subsidy, or otherwise) to put his/her words in print, the publisher is a service-provider, and the process requires a partnership of equality. Words cannot be delivered without publishers, and publishers can find another job without writers and readers, so there should be mutual respect in poetry publishing ventures. (If a publisher is busy enough to turn down work, then a respectful poet is going to get a lot further than an arrogant one, so show respect, and a respectable publisher will reciprocate and then some.)

There is also the matter of preparedness and presentation of manuscripts. Tying in with the issue of respect, manuscripts should not look like they were thrown together in fifteen minutes with some poems centered, some flushed, and varied fonts throughout. They should look neat and tidy – especially if it is your first time dealing with a particular publisher, or you will not be taken very seriously as a professional writer. Furthermore, cover images as well as biographies and all other constituents should be sent simultaneously, if possible, to avoid complicating matters that should be fairly simple.

Beyond politeness and presentation in the poetry publishing process, it is wise to respond promptly to inquiries or you just might find your project bumped as a less bumpy project sails to the finish line. Also, if you have special requests for your project, do take it upon yourself as much as possible to facilitate them without placing undo burden upon your publisher. Though you might be paying for proofreading, design, listing and so forth, you probably are not paying extra to watch your publisher jump through hoops – but back to the first point made, a little bit of respect goes a long way.

What you can expect, in turn, is that all promises made on a website that enticed you to a particular publisher in the first place are fulfilled. You can also expect ongoing support, enthusiasm in future poetry publishing contracts, and a partnership of mutual growth.

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(Middle Island Press, one of the best poetry publishers on the Internet, has been publishing chapbooks since 2008.)

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in News & Reviews

 

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