The Book Publicity Blog

News, Tips, Trends and Miscellany for Book Publicists


Fall 2012: I’ve really enjoyed writing about book publicity and meeting (0nline and in person) writers, publicists, editors, agents and others in the publishing industry, but I’ve — reluctantly — come to the conclusion that I just don’t have the time to maintain this blog.

I imagine there is some information that will remain the same and that will remain useful, but there is much more that is or will become out of date, so please keep that in mind if you find yourself perusing my posts.



For some time now, I’ve closely followed a lot of very informative sites about media and about the publishing industry.  Since I find myself quite voluble at times about issues that pertain to my job in the publicity department at a large publishing house, I thought I’d set up a book publicity blog.  The purpose of this blog is provide tips, primarily, but also information about publishing / marketing trends that will help book publicists — and hopefully others in media and publishing — do our jobs with greater ease and efficiency.  Please note that the opinions expressed on this blog are my own, not those of my company.

I encourage you to subscribe to my feed in an RSS reader, but you can also receive a daily newsletter with content from this blog.  See below for subscription options or for information about how to follow me on Twitter.

Happy pitching.



  1. Hi Yen,

    I didn’t know you were wearing this particular hat.

    I’ll look forward to future emails.


    Comment by Andy Kahan | March 20, 2008 | Reply

  2. Glad I found your blog! Lots of good info to keep us up-to-date on the book biz.
    Vickie Jenkins

    Comment by Vickie Jenkins | June 24, 2008 | Reply

  3. Two things:

    l) Please subscribe me.

    2)Would you consider adding to your blog roll??? Just one reason: on any given day, I sell more of the book I review than any single seller in the US (and that generally includes Amazon, I’d bet)


    Comment by Jesse Kornbluth | June 30, 2008 | Reply

  4. I’d like to subscribe, please. Thanks, Glenn

    Comment by glenn kleier | November 8, 2008 | Reply

  5. Great line-up of book blogs — convinced me to use Twitter to keep up with your goings-on. Check out incurable logophilia (through WordPress) too. It’s another great book blog you should know.

    Comment by nancyfraser | January 10, 2009 | Reply

  6. Yen:
    Please sign me up for the daily newsletter. This is just what I need.

    Comment by Marian | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  7. R. Merial Martin, an Exxon Marketing retiree, is the author of Deterrent, a fictional novel that takes place in year 2011 and ironically foretells all that is currently happening in the USA from the wars, to the failed economy, an African American becomes president, to increases in crime, especially in The Woodlands, but hopefully not to the level in the book that required a deterrent to crime.(At bookstores and on the Web). He enjoys hunting and bonding with his brothers and friends. He competes in regional senior bowling tournaments. He is an avid golfer and plays weekly with former oil company friends. He and his wife, Catherine, have been supporting members of Fellowship of the Woodlands Church for over fourteen years and active in ministries and organizations in The Woodlands and Houston areas since 1991.
    Welford Street Miracles tells the stories of residents who lived In the 1100 block of Welford Avenue in “oil rich” Port Arthur, Texas from the Thirties thru the Eighties.
    Welford Street Miracles is based on something you know something about. Something you experienced through the sense of life, of actual living, and that always makes for the best kind of writing. Its simplicity, its honesty in telling is evident not only in the lines but between the lines, and that’s when writing is at its best. You believe the miracle, and believing it you begin to see the characters and feel for them and hope for them spiritually. Into this group of people we have a main character. The prime subject wrought with a medical problem, brainwashed in his spiritual hierarchy, and skilled in the business world, whose struggles and accomplishments come to the forefront and whose encounter with a stranger ends in the greatest miracle of all.

    Comment by R. Merial Martin | December 5, 2009 | Reply

  8. Two blogs you might want to add to your lists:
    great marketing blog
    Leap Books
    publisher’s blog
    They’re new, but have some cool titles.
    And I loved their recipe for blood-flavored ice cream at Halloween.
    And they have lots of awesome badges.

    Comment by Amber | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  9. I’m wondering how I can get my serious & professional book blog “Mid East Book Review” on your list. I’ve reviewed books (fiction & nonfiction) professionally for some 20 years and use my blog for original comments and to reprint my published work, though others are welcome. It’s the only such blogsite in the region. I’ve published in Far East Economic review, Japan Quarterly, Banipal, Bloomsbury Review et al. Also looking for major titles/ books to review from Japan, China, & MId East. Travel themes preferred.

    Comment by jamesd9 | April 20, 2012 | Reply

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