Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Idiom Magazine’s Pushcart Prize Nominations

Every year the Pushcart Prize accepts nominations from small presses and publications to be anthologized in their annual publication.

This year The Idiom Magazine has chosen:

  • Mark Brunetti “The Museum of the Past
  • Mike Noordzy “Work” or “With Lying Anything is Possible”
  • Ann Malaspina “Horse Bones”
  • Alexandria Savastano “So They Told Me That the Girl You Dated Before Me had no Voice Box”
  • Michael Jemal “The Baker”

Also sent out to get our proof copies for Piscataway House Publication’s newest book “I Keep Going” by poet Joshua Ballard…more information on that to come soon….

Nothing happens if yer not doin nothing

Haiku Poets 11/10/12 Reading

Piscataway House Publications released a book this past year consisting of a collection of Haiku from six Central Jersey Poets, 5, 7, then 5.  The book is available to purchase at the Idiom Website
This past Saturday on November 10, 2012, four of the poets, Keith Baird, Ink, Dogmatic, and Jason Portizo read some of their Haiku at The River Read Poetry Series at the Red Bank Library.

Here are some pictures of the reading

and here is a link to the youtube page to see a small video of them…..if theres anything we learned from this, its that we need a real camera and not an iphone to record our readings….

‘The Indie Author Guide’ Recommendation….

The Indie Author Guide by April L. Hamilton

As the storm hit in New Jersey and our power went out I was able to catch up on some of the books that littered my floor….after 8 years of publishing The Idiom out of my basement and using a Print-On-Demand (POD) service to publish my books I decided to read a book about all the work I’ve been doing.
‘The Indie Author Guide: Self-publishing strategies anyone can use” answers a lot of the questions I had when I first began creating Piscataway House Publications.

  • How to use a Word Processor to create your books?
  • What services are out there and what are the positive and negative traits of each path?
  • How to advertise myself and distribute my name 0n my own
  • The different parts of a book and why they are important (ISBN numbers, bar codes, price tags…etc)
  • E-book publishing
  • Designing your book cover
  • and a final chapter titled: Making the Transition from Indie to Mainstream

April L. Hamilton goes into great detail and step by step process in formatting your books through Microsoft Word and is very knowledgeable about the independent publishing scene.

She not only knows a lot about the production of the business but is also in tune with the differences between the main stream publishing industry and the underground.  She is aware that many traditional aspects of printing books are starting to become outdated and it is up to the independent publisher to rise up and become more creative and inventive in their ideas in writing and publishing their books.  April introduces her book by saying,

“The indie author must fervently believe in the indie movement, because she may face episodes of prejudice, ignorance, and possible even mockery from those in the mainstream who cling to the publishing model of yesteryear… indie author doesn’t need the establishment’s approval, or anyone else’s.  He/She will market their books directly to the reading public, and history has shown that the public is a pragmatic and open-minded lot.”

Have you read this book or can you recommend a book similar to this one?  Let us know in  the comments section….