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Subj: [Pub-Forum] Incorporating Jim Cox material into your websitesI'll leave the "sageness" of my wisdom to others to judge (although it was very nice to hear!). The reason for my bringing Debbie and what she did to your attention is that it is a perfect example of what I've always encouraged folks to do when the come across something I've written, and have a website that would benefit from being informationally enhanced in ways appropriate to their publishing or writing enterprises.
Dear Publisher Folk:
Debbie Thurman (Cedar House Publishers) is a long time cyberspace pen pal of mine and subscribes to my "Jim Cox Report". In the Report for May, she came across my comments on POD publishing and found it to be very germane to her work at Cedar House in general -- and her Cedar House website in particular.
She requested permission to incorporate my little commentary into her website and I cheerfully granted my consent. She then worked her webmaster magic and when she was done, sent me the following:
Your POD comments from the latest MWBR newsletter are up on our web site. Here is the link to the "For Authors" page: www.cedarhousepublishers.com/authors.html. You can click through quickly to your comments using the link in the third paragraph.
Thanks again for letting me use your sage wisdom.
Cedar House Publishers
Subj: How The Book Review System WorksThis is another example of how the articles and commentaries I write can be employed by publishers, editors, and writers to enrich the informational content of their online operations and websites.
From: Carmen@writerspeaker.com (Carmen Leal)
It's been a while since I've been in touch with you but I have a question.
I am in the process of writing a book specific ally slanted for the Christian market. The Book Marketing Workbook: is blueprint for selling your published book. It's filled with "proven strategies and case studies guaranteed to get your book to the people who need it."
I have a section on book reviews and remembered your excellent article posted on BookZonePro. I would like to consider featuring all or part of that in my book. What I'm doing is inviting industry professionals to submit topical information of interest to my readers. Your article, "How The Book Review System Works" would make a wonderful addition. In exchange I can give you a bio and of course a Web site link. I'd also send you a copy of the book and add you to my links page.
Please let me know if this works for you. If you'd like to write something else on book reviews I'd be happy to consider that instead.
I look forward to hearing from you, Jim.
Touching Hearts; Changing Lives
Subj: Book ReviewsI get such requests as this from time to time. Over the past couple of years it has not been uncommon to get these requests from pretty much anywhere around the world. So far India, Egypt, Ireland, Britain, France, Singapore, Japan, Italy, and Canada have made such requests, quite often from academia.
I am writing to you from the editing and publishing department of the commentary pages section of the "Al-Ittihad Newspaper" from Abu-Dhabi, U.A.E. Going through your website, we found that we were really interested in various book reviews you listed, therefore; we have a few inquiries regarding republishing those book reviews in the Arabic Language and would be glad if you could respond as soon as possible.
We would like to know all about the terms and conditions of republishing some of those book reviews according to our choice in the Arabic Language in our pages. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Below is a list of our contact details:
The Emirates Media Incorporation
Al-Ittihad Newspaper "Wajhat Nazar" Department
POBox: 6879 Abu-Dhabi
The United Arab Emirates
Tel: 00 971 2 44 50 200
Fax: 00 971 2 44 55 332
Thank you so much for your consideration.
Rashed Al-Oraimi, Head of Department
Subject: Verbatim use of press releasesThis is why your press release accompanying your review copies should always contain a one paragraph descriptive summary of your book, written so that you would be pleased to find yourself reading it in the pages of Publishers Weekly or the New York Times Review of Books.
In a message dated 02-05-17 05:33:59 EDT, Shel Horowitz writes regarding how promotional copy he creates is often utilized by reviewers when framing their review commentaries:
> This is not all that unusual. In fact, the one time I saw a New York
> Times story covering a book I'd written about, I was amused to see
> that this bylined article by a well-known columnist (no, I won't
> mention names!) took several entire paragraphs straight out of my
> release. And Jim Cox has publicly stated that many MWBR reviews draw
> heavily from the accompanying press release.
> That's OK! That means that *I* did my job right and the journalistThis is in fact a key and critical element in the job description of the Publicist. To write promotional copy that is so well-constructed and presented as to be ideal for editors or reviewers or columnists looking for "filler" to complete their magazine or newspaper or newsletter based assignments when under deadline pressures.
> thought it was good enough. I am long past the need to see my own
> byline attached to my words, especially in this sort of situation
> when my work doesn't carry a byline in the first place. (Though I
> wouldn't be in a rush to hire that reporter for anything where
> plagiarism would be an issue!)
> So what's the lesson here?Amen. Amen, and again I say AMEN!
> When sending out book press releases, always send your best work. Not
> only does it increase the chances of coverage, but it may be used
> essentially as is. Lesson 2: never send anything you'd be ashamed of
> if it landed in print.
Subj: On the sending of tear sheets to publishers.We aim to please! -- I start sending out tear sheets accompanied by our fairly standard "publisher notification letter" about the second or third day of the month (spending about 3 hours a day on them because there's a whole of other stuff that demands my time as the editor-in-chief of the Midwest Book Review) -- and I'm still at it here on the 17th -- and it looks like it's going to be another three days before they are all mailed out.
In a message dated 02-05-16 20:30:53 EDT, C. G. Kase writes:
> Oh... and a special note to Jim Cox... and the Midwest Book Review... Thank
> you sooooooo much for the review of my book. It was waiting for me when I
> returned and it was an ego brightener.
Subj: Can I use your reviewThis is still another variation on the theme of "can I have your permission to..."
From: AmbrosR@mail.amc.edu (Robert Ambros)
Hello, Midwest Book Review reviewed my book (The Brief Sun) in its May 2002 issue. Many sites allow you to submit a book review. Do you have anything against me submitting your review to such sites?
Subj: Re: [ReviewersChoice] Reviewers?There is a section called "Other Reviewers" on the webpage "Book Lover Resources" on the Midwest Book Review website at:
Date: 02-05-19 17:29:47 EDT
In a message dated 02-05-19 13:17:20 EDT, Ted Wilkinson writes:
> I am looking for a list of the physical addresses of book reviewers.
> (I am about to come out with a with of mystical philosophy/scientific
> theory) Could anyone here steer me in the right direction?
Subj: Librarian gathering places?Browse through the "Libraries & Universities" section of the Midwest Book Review website at http://www.midwestbookreview.com
In a message dated 02-05-20 17:14:49 EDT, Susan D. Goland writes:
> Anyone know of message boards, forums like this etc. that librarians read?
> I know they exist; my question is where to find them.
Subj: A question about Pub-ForumGo to the Midwest Book Review website and click on the "Publisher Associations" link you'll find on our home page. This calls up all the PAs we know about and deal with -- including the online groups Pub-Forum and Publish-L (and a third one, SPAN).
In a message dated 02-06-11 14:09:41 EDT, you write:
> I continue to learn from your site, and I'd like to follow your advice
> and learn more by joining Pub-Forum and Publish-L. I just can't quite
> figure out where to find them so that I can sign up. If you could
> mention this in your next newsletter, I'd appreciate it!
Subj: terrific website!This is my last MBR website notation for this time around. I just thought it a nice way to conclude this Report's segments about the virtues of the Midwest Book Review website by way of an "unsolicited testimonial". But be warned, as a writer or a publisher, while the MBR website will become your new best friend -- it is also addictive! Many's the time someone dropped into visit for 10 or 15 minutes, only to look up at their clock and find that an hour or two had passed by -- and there was so much more to study!
From: email@example.com (kathy sue dorey-pohrte)
Mr. Cox: I just came across your website and haven't left it in about 3 hours. What an informative website. I am embarking on book publishing and am about to publish my first children's book. Your website has been so informative and will probably be bookmarked forever more! I am by no means done perusing it and can't wait until I can get back to it. I have been researching book publishing for about 2 years. I first started by thinking I would sell my children's book to a major book publisher but then realized that I didn't want such an important endeavor entrusted to anyone but myself. That's when I bought my self-publishing book by Marilyn and Tom Ross. It is absolutely a wonderfully instructional book on how to become self-published. I have since also purchased the book entitled "Guerrilla Publicity" by Levinson, Frishman and Lublin. It too, seems to be a very good book. However, your website seems to wrap it all together and is probably by far the most useful tool I've come across to date. And, I just had to thank you for all your years of research it must have taken you to put together such an informative and up-to-date website.
Good luck to you in all your current and future self-publishing endeavors!
Kathy Sue Dorey Pohrte
Dorey Pohrte Publishing Inc.
917 Maple Road Williamsville, NY 14221
In a message dated 02-06-21 05:43:59 EDT, Darlene Turner writes:There are many variables to consider in selecting a font, and then in selecting an appropriate font size. Is it a picture book or a non-illustrated novel. What age range is the intended readership, etc.
> Do you know the standard font and size for children's books?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jerry Smith)Jim Cox: I put in a good 40+ hours a week here. Some of the best and personally most rewarding of those hours are the ones devoted to sending out tear sheets and publisher notification letters. This is because they generate such pleasant and motivating responses as Jerry's, and a lot of snail-mail cards and letters with similar expressions. As to professionalism, well that's pretty much a function of the job. Remembering that if it wasn't for the writers and the publishers sending me books to review, I'd probably have to go out and get honest work! :-)
Dear Mr. Cox,
I certainly appreciate the sensational book review that you did for me on my book, Boom Towns & Relic Hunters of Northeastern Washington. It was extremely kind of you to take the time out of your busy schedule to consider reviewing my book for Midwest Book Review "Reviewers Choice."
Again, thank you for your time and professionalism.
From: email@example.com (Marotta)Jim Cox: There is no doubt in my mind that a well written review can be used to springboard additional publicity/promotional opportunities such as those to be found in local newspapers, regional magazines, and specialized journals. And then there is the review's motivational boost factor to keep striving to get the word out about a book and why it is of value to its intended readership. Incidently, it's little thank you notes like that from Terry that continues to motivate me to do my best in my little corner of the publishing world.
I wanted to thank you James - Mr. Cox - Sir - for writing such lovely things about my book. Your review came a week ago Friday and I have not found a minute until now to thank you for it and to say what a difference it will make in this small publisher's life (for I am the author and the publisher.)
I just feel as if I'm on my way now! And, I've now learned, both the Boston Glove AND the Palm Beach Post will print a whole chapter from it, and that's no doubt at least partly thanks to you too..
Again bless you for giving me this early boost, this gift, this piece of pure goodness, descending, like grace, from the heavens
Terry Marotta -
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob Swartzel)Jim Cox: This is the other (and major) reason to capitalize on positive reviews. They actually help to sell copies of books to people who might otherwise never know of the book's existence nor why it might appeal to their particular interests.
June 2, 2002
The Midwest Book Review
James A. Cox
278 Orchard Drive Oregon, WI 53575
Dear Mister Cox:
I would like to thank you and The Midwest Book Review for your kind review of my novel "Diverting The Buddha". The review is already helping generate keen interest in the book.
Again much thanks.
Best regards: Bob S.
Subj: To Jim Cox, From Dana De Zoysa, Re. Afton Press referralJim Cox: Dana is one of our 76 volunteer reviewers and has his own book review column in our "Reviewer's Bookwatch". What he is referring to here is another little known aspect of what I do as an Editor-in-Chief. Every now and then someone somewhere (very often a librarians or a bookstore retailers having been approached by a patron or a customer) will have read a review but can't find the book. So I put them in touch with the author and/or publisher whenever I can. It's no big deal and (because my database of publishers is so monumentally huge) usually quite quickly accomplished.
Cheerio, Jim ...
My friend, you utterly amaze me. Here you are, in charge of one of the most productive websites in the book world, fielding Lord knows how many hopeful publisher and author queries, popping off informative notes to various self-publishers and heaven knows how many other interest groups ... and you *still* find the time to track down a reviewer on behalf of a superb but tiny local press like the Afton Historical Society. Has anyone ever nominated you for a MacArthur?
I m glad you did track me down, because that tiny little press has done some truly superb work. Their photography books "Death of the Dream" and "American Ruins" (sepulchral titles notwithstanding) are paeans to a time long gone but a powerhouse when it lived in the hearts and sweat of anonymous thousands who made the Midwest. Would that there were jillions more like the Afton folks.
Cheers ... Dana
James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575-1129
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