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Sending books to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Sara Pearce is the only person at the Cincinnati Enquirer who should be receiving books.  Although they no longer run book reviews, there are opportunities for features (in some cases).  She took the time to explain in a little more detail:

“We now write about books of local-local interest only, which means it is:

– by an author/illustrator who lives here now

– by an author/illustrator who lived here for a long time (which means at least four or five years) and/or has long-time ties to Cincinnati (grew up here)

– by an author/illustrator coming here on tour

– set here or about here/the area

– something HUGE – like Harry Potter huge – that I could develop a local angle for

I do not review books – no one on our staff does. Staff book reviews were dropped a few years ago in favor wire reviews. I do, however, write a weekly notes column, briefs, features and interviews.

I would like to continue to receive catalogs to look for books meeting our criteria. But please remove us from your mailing list for publicity, galleys and books that do not fall within the parameters above. If you could spread the word around your offices, I’d appreciate it.

Also: I should be the only person at the Enquirer on your mailing list at this point. If a book falls outside my realm, I pass it along to the beat reporters and editors. We’re trying to cut back on the massive amount of mail from publishers and time we spend handling it.

Other people whose names you may have on your mailing list but who should be removed are:

– Jennifer Schwertman (copy editor who was filling in when books beat was empty)

– Margaret McGurk (now a reporter in Local News)

– Paul Clark (A&E editor, passes the books to me, so no point sending them to him)

– Ann Haas (Deputy Features Editor, passes the books along)

– Jim Knippenberg (he stopped covering books years ago)

– Laura Schwed (she left the paper about 6 years ago)

– Pamela Fisher (she left the paper last summer)

– John Wolfe (he compiles calendars, does not need to receive books for touring authors – it duplicates what I get)

– John Johnston (family reporter who does not write about books on his beat and asked me to add him to this note)

– Lauren Bishop (also does not cover books and also asked that I include her name here).

Also II: We no longer have a movie critic (that was McGurk), so please refrain from sending those titles to us if there is no local connection because we are not writing about them.

Important PS: Want a book(s) to come directly to me, please please please ask for it to be marked “special request” or “requested material” or something like on the envelope. Otherwise, our news aides open the books and I’m finding that – sadly – books are getting borrowed/lost/misplaced/stolen.”


May 12, 2008 - Posted by | Update Your Database |


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  2. How do you expect to cultivate readers to your newspaper if you do not encourage people to read -particularly to read books? Book reviews make sense. Cultivating what Carl Bernstein calls the “idiot culture,” only means a falling newspaper circulation, in fact, a newspaper industry in free fall. But as one West Coast editor put it, “Don’t expect newspapers to stop dumbing themselves down. So be it!

    Comment by Michael Reardon | June 1, 2008 | Reply

  3. A book just published by Rowman & Littlefield–“The End
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    Comment by Richard Mason | November 4, 2008 | Reply

  4. I was born in and raised in Cincy. I graduated from Aiken High School and attended UC. Also, I served in the military. My family continues to reside in Cincy. I come home four times a year to visit.

    The title of my book is The Bumps In The Road poems by Robert Swain Lewis. It is currently on-line through Barns & Noble,, and

    A book review from my home city would go a lony way in asisting me in promotion throughout the state of Ohio. Thank you for your time.

    Future Pultizer Prize Winner
    Robert Swain Lewis

    Comment by Robert Lewis | March 12, 2011 | Reply

  5. I am an author that has lived in Cincinnati for over forty years and I have been writing since I was sixteen, more than forty years. I have published thirty of my novels under the Green Hat Publishing imprint that I created to publish my own books. I did take on one other author and his books have been doing quite well. You will find my books everywhere online as paperback and in every electronic format. My electronic books are selling better than the paperbacks. The electronic age of publishing has come. I write horror, science fiction, mysteries, romance, westerns, suspense, thrillers and even computer books. I worked for Macmillan, Sybex, Pierce Education and many other major computer book publishers for over ten years as an editor, technical editor and author. I worked on over four hundred books. I also wrote dozens of technical articles and sold them. You can find my books on Barnes and Noble,,,, and a thousand other sites. It would be wonderful if my local paper would do a review of some of my books. That would have helped a local author make more sales and help a lot. Unfortunately, that is not the case and many papers are doing the same thing. Getting a good review is one of the most important marketing things an author can do. I wouldn’t call myself an author if I had only self-published, except I have exceed all that. With my own publishing concern, I am author, editor, publisher, marketer and many more things. Perhaps the Enquirer is better off reviewing reality television or something else more important such as sports.

    Comment by Dallas Releford | February 16, 2012 | Reply

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  8. I have just released a fictional novel called “THE NEW RECRUIT” which tells the realities of becoming (being) an urban American cop in Cincinnati. It is 266 pages and sells for $24.95.

    Comment by R. Barry Andrews | February 23, 2016 | Reply

  9. Dear Yen,
    I have tip for your excellent blog. My name is Robert Sturdevant and I am the Coalition Coordinator for The Cincinnati Educational Justice Coalition. In September, we are offering the first in a series of book discussion forums. We have dubbed ourselves The CEJC Literary Circle. The CEJC is an educational advocacy group, I have included our mission statement below. We meet regularly on the second Thursday of every month at the Cincinnati Fire Museum, 315 West Court St., near City Hall. One of our organizations most active members, Sarah Stitzlein, has written a book on Educational Philosophy entitled: “American Public Education and the Responsibility of its Citizens” The book was published by Oxford University Press. Our group could purchase fifty books from the publisher and now have sold and distributed all fifty copies. In August, we had a “Meet the Author Night” which was well attended. On Thursday September 14th, we will convene our initial discussion group. We hope it will be well received and plan to hold two discussion groups at the same time if needed. The object of our discussion series is to help concerned citizens turn political thought into political action. To accomplish this end, we plan to let the participants/activists drive the CEJC agenda with concrete examples from the book as filtered through our group. To that end we will not be having our next discussion until after the November election. At that time, our group hopes to work with the local publishing company Aurore Press and publish a collection of short stories or personal narratives describing how people were moved to increased political participation. We hope to distribute the collection for our next book discussing choice.

    Best Regards,
    Robert Sturdevant

    Comment by Robert Sturdevant | September 7, 2017 | Reply

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