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News, Tips, Trends and Miscellany for Book Publicists

Morning Brief — Friday, May 30

Mary-Kate Figur is the new Editorial Coordinator at Kirkus Reviews who can answer questions about review status or other related general inquiries.  She reminds us to check their “coming-soon page” (which I think I have seen in the past, although when I just checked for it, the Coming Soon link took me to the home page).  If you need her contact information but did not receive Figur’s email, you can check Kirkus’ About Us page or try calling 866-890-8541.

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Publishers Weekly reports that the Amazon Bookstore Coop, a feminist bookstore in Minneapolis, will close at the end of June.

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For those of you not at BEA, like me, you can look at photos of people at BEA.  Carolyn Kellogg of Pinky’s Paperhaus (and the L.A. Times’ book blog Jacket Copy) posts some pix of her and some other well-known lit / publishing bloggers whose blogs you may be familiar with but whose faces you may not know.

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I thought this post entitled The Art of No on PR Squared might resonate with book publicists.  I would like to draw your attention to the following quote: “No, I’m sorry, your Enterprise IT Security product probably won’t be a good fit on the TODAY Show.  We’ll both have egg on our face if we try that outlet.”  Happy half-day Friday.  (Unless you’re in LA.  In which case you’ll be working through the weekend.)

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May 30, 2008 Posted by | Miscellaneous, Update Your Database | , , , , | Leave a comment

Morning Brief — Monday, May 13

Yesterday on the LAT’s Jacket Copy blog, Carolyn Kellogg talked about Newpages.com, a site that provides “news, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more.”

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Ryan Sholin of Invisible Inkling links to a number of media bloggers.

May 12, 2008 Posted by | Blogs, Media Monitoring | , , | Leave a comment

Morning Brief — April 29, 2008

ReadWriteWeb posts about how best to Digg stories.  (Yes, there’s a technique that includes leaving out references to individual sites — we may all know what Gawker is, but does the rest of the world? — submitting to unusual categories and submitting often so your votes count more.)

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For those of you who don’t follow the daily book section blogs (Boston Globe, DMN, Sun-Sentinel, LAT, NYT, WaPo, etc.), I encourage you to do so — you can find the links to these sites on my blogroll.  Today, Paper Cuts, one of the NYT’s book blogs, featured “outtakes” from Dave Itzkoff’s Sunday Styles profile with Keith Gessen.  Off the Shelf (the Globe’s book blog) and Texas Pages (the Dallas Morning News’ blog) always list local author events and the latter often runs excerpts of books that are reviewed in the print edition.  Of course, with the LAT Book Fest this weekend, the folks over at Jacket Copy, the LAT book blog, were working overtime.  Long story short, there’s a ton of original content on these blogs that you won’t want to miss.  I haven’t had time to investigate all the papers that might also have book blogs, so if anyone would like to contribute other book section blogs for my edification, please, you know, feel free to let me know.

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The (London) Times via The Literary Saloon writes about the history of bestseller lists.  (Apparently Brits think bestseller lists are crass and American.  Now whatever gave them that idea?)

April 29, 2008 Posted by | Media Monitoring, Miscellaneous, Pitching Tips, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Old / new media

I’ve been really busy / away these past few weekends so I haven’t been looking through my print NY Times as closely as I should have been doing, so imagine my surprise when I opened the paper Sunday morning to find not only a revamped table of contents on page 2, but also a ToC for nytimes.com on page 4!

Technophile though I may be, I’d have to admit that I think what we’re seeing these days is not so much the triumph of new media over old media, but the mash up of new media and old media — much like Hera and Nicky (the Cylon / human hybrids for those of you who have the misfortune to not be Battlestar Galactica fans).

So the venerable Gray Lady, for example, started an online-only section called City Room. And several book sections also feature blogs: the Boston Globe has Off the Shelf, the Chicago Sun-Times The Book Room, the Dallas Morning News Texas Pages, the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel’s Off the Page, the LAT Jacket Copy, the NYT Paper Cuts and Reading Room and the Washington Post Short Stack.  Former DM-N BRE Jerome Weeks now blogs at Bookdaddy and now-retired Philly Inky BRE Frank Wilson continues to blog at Books, Inq.  On the other side of the coin, many bloggers have made inroads into the print community. When Wilson retired, a slew of lit bloggers who have reviewed for that publication posted fond farewells. Or Carolyn Kellogg, the blogger behind Pinky’s Paperhaus, now has a regular gig with Jacket Copy.

What does this mean for book promotion? More flexibility. Our media contacts who once were limited to only one medium can now bring their writing to multiple audiences. Happy Monday. 🙂

April 7, 2008 Posted by | Trends | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment