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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Readersource request

So, we've got something big to announce on Monday. And by big, I mean something that is going to enable Castalia House to take the next serious step forward as a publishing house.

While we have had a number of successes, from blowing up the Hugo Awards to Amazon bestsellers, the one area where we have been absolutely abysmal is in informing the media of anything we're doing; despite being covered in every media publication from the Wall Street Journal to the New Zealand Herald, we have not sent out a single press release to anyone. So, while others are talking about us, we haven't been publicizing our side of the story.

That's going to change. But here's where I need your help. I have a great list of media contacts in the game industry that dates back to 1988 and consists of literally hundreds of names and email addresses. My list in the publishing industry presently consists of 17 names and email addresses. That is genuinely pathetic.

So, if you're interested in helping Castalia, what I would appreciate is if each of you would find ONE name of a journalist or blogger who regularly covers books or writes book reviews, and then email the following information to me:

NAME
PUBLICATION/SITE
EMAIL ADDRESS

Once you've done that, post the name and publication here so that others can see they're checked off the list. And yes, it would be very funny indeed to send me John Scalzi's email, but I've already got it, so you needn't bother with that.

One useful trick, if you're looking for the more esoteric publications such as military journals, is to see who has written about an author, or a similar author, before. For example, that list of 17 consists solely of journalists who have written about Martin van Creveld. If you happen to find a journalist that way, please mention the reference author and/or work as well. Thanks very much. I do appreciate it.

Also, Brainstorm Annual members, don't forget that tonight's event will feature Mike Cernovich talking about his latest book, Danger and Play: Essays on Embracing Masculinity. The event will begin at 5 PM Eastern.

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52 Comments:

Blogger Lovekraft November 14, 2015 8:57 AM  

Robert McCain has been carrying water for the anti-pc movement: http://theothermccain.com/

Just noticed that he does reference a posting from this site, so...

Blogger VD November 14, 2015 9:03 AM  

I have Anton Troianovski from the Wall Street Journal

Blogger Nate November 14, 2015 9:04 AM  

Vox it is safe to assume you already have Glenn Reynolds?

Blogger VD November 14, 2015 9:10 AM  

Yes, I'm looking for mainstream journalists and those who aren't already alt-right sympathetic.

Blogger Dave November 14, 2015 9:10 AM  

Here is an easy one: blogger review of "Awake in the Night Land" by:

JOHN MOORE
yardsaleofthemind.wordpress.com
email: use yardsaleofthemind “at” gmail “dot” com

https://yardsaleofthemind.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/book-review-awake-in-the-night-land-and-why-i-was-late-for-work-this-morning/

Blogger TheOldCrusader November 14, 2015 9:21 AM  

Assuming that national outlets like WSJ are going to be pretty well covered, perhaps it would be worthwhile to post regional 'sources of record'.
In that spirit:
Jane Henderson - Book Editor
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
jhenderson@post-dispatch.com

Blogger Leatherwing November 14, 2015 9:32 AM  

Does the genre of publication matter? You publish a wide variety. But most SciDi/Fantasy blogs will have little interest in the Military History or hard Military SciFi.

And on a side note, I am appalled at my local newspaper (Raleigh News Observer). It appears that their only book journalist does no reviews, but interviews book clubs to see what they're reading.

Blogger VD November 14, 2015 9:35 AM  

Assuming that national outlets like WSJ are going to be pretty well covered, perhaps it would be worthwhile to post regional 'sources of record'.

It would, but don't assume that.... we are starting from essentially scratch.

Blogger VD November 14, 2015 9:35 AM  

Does the genre of publication matter? You publish a wide variety. But most SciDi/Fantasy blogs will have little interest in the Military History or hard Military SciFi.

No, it's for a mailing list.

Blogger ncartist November 14, 2015 9:55 AM  

I assume that you already have Orson Scott Card here in Greensboro, NC.

Blogger tpeichel34 November 14, 2015 10:02 AM  

Scott Manning (scottmanning13@gmail.com) is a graduate student of history at American Military University.

just reviewed Anne Curry's "Great Battles: Agincourt" for philly.com

It doesn't look like he is a journalist, but he may be interested in being on the list.

http://www.scottmanning.com/about/

OpenID iparallax November 14, 2015 10:05 AM  

For military publications, I recommend anyone writing at:

http://www.warontherocks.com

http://smallwarsjournal.com

Blogger Dave November 14, 2015 10:07 AM  

NPR? Twitter helpful or email only?

@nprbooks
Books editor @petramatic
email books@npr.org

Blogger VD November 14, 2015 10:19 AM  

For military publications, I recommend anyone writing at:

Please provide specific names and emails, not merely sites.

Blogger Nathan Bissonette November 14, 2015 10:19 AM  

Might be funny to wage a stealth campaign on unsuspecting media who have paid no attention to games or Hugos. Send the release to rap and hip-hop media, note your long-time involvement in music but announce this is a new direction for The Odious D-A-Y. See how many of them run with it.

Blogger VD November 14, 2015 10:19 AM  

Twitter helpful or email only?

Email only.

Blogger JDC November 14, 2015 10:26 AM  

Adrianne Heins, Managing Editor
The Lutheran Witness (LCMS Publication)
adriane.heins@lcms.org

Blogger MendoScot November 14, 2015 10:29 AM  

It may seem a little strange, but I’ll add journalist turned publisher CuChullaine O’Reilly of The Long Riders' Guild.

NAME: CuChullaine O’Reilly
PUBLICATION/SITE: www.horsetravelbooks.com
EMAIL ADDRESS: longriders@thelongridersguild.com

Although they specialize in equestrian exploration, they have published collections that cover all kinds of subjects. As you might imagine, these are seriously adventurous people. His thousand mile journey through the wilds of Pakistan included a nine month stint in Peshawar prison on trumped-up drug smuggling charges.

Also, very non-SJW.

Blogger tpeichel34 November 14, 2015 10:39 AM  

The Arizona Republic, Randy Cordova, Pop Culture Editor (also books)
Email: randy.cordova@arizonarepublic.com.

Blogger tpeichel34 November 14, 2015 10:41 AM  

Austin American Statesman

Jody Seaborn, Book Editor. Email: jseaborn@statesman.com
Joe Gross, books reporter and editor. Email: jgross@statesman.com

Blogger tpeichel34 November 14, 2015 10:43 AM  

Baltimore Sun

Mary Carole McCauley, Books Reporter; Email: mary.mccauley@baltsun.com.

Blogger tpeichel34 November 14, 2015 10:45 AM  

Boston Globe

Paul Nakishima, Books Editor; Email: makishima@globe.com.



Blogger tpeichel34 November 14, 2015 10:45 AM  

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Ben Pierce, Email: citydesk@dailychronicle.com.

Blogger tpeichel34 November 14, 2015 10:46 AM  

Buffalo News, Jeff Simon, Sunday Arts & Books Editor, Email: jsimon@buffnews.com.

Blogger tpeichel34 November 14, 2015 10:47 AM  

Charlotte Observer, Pam Kelley, Reading Life Editor, . Email: pkelley@charlotteobserver.com.

Blogger tpeichel34 November 14, 2015 10:49 AM  

Contra Costa Times, Sue Gilmore, Book Editor, Bookends, Email: sgilmore@bayareanewsgroup.com.

Anonymous CrisisEraDynamo November 14, 2015 10:54 AM  

Have you considered John Schindler at XX Committee? He is a former NSA intelligence analyst who often writes on current wars.

John Schindler
archistrategosgroup@gmail.com
http://20committee.com/about

Anonymous LurkingPuppy November 14, 2015 10:57 AM  

Folks, he said to post ONLY the name and publication here, and send the person's contact information to him by e-mail.

Blogger White Devil November 14, 2015 10:57 AM  

It's damned hard to find a reviewer out of the twenties or not wearing problem glasses now that I'm looking. (If vd needed their ear, I assume he could just bounce it off Phillip Sandifer.)

Blogger David Hallquist November 14, 2015 11:46 AM  

Brian Niemeier, Kairos website http://www.brianniemeier.com/

Blogger Dave November 14, 2015 11:47 AM  

Los Angeles Review of Books
https://lareviewofbooks.org/
Email pressoffice@lareviewofbooks.org

Blogger White Devil November 14, 2015 11:53 AM  

John Semley - Toronto Star, Globe and Mail

Anonymous Geoff November 14, 2015 12:28 PM  

I'd stay away from the Toronto Star.

Blogger Kallmunz November 14, 2015 12:28 PM  

I broke out laughing when Vox mentioned sending Scalzi's address (the thought had came to mind) anyway it reminded me that I hadn't been to Whatever in ages, so I popped over and much to my surprise, there was a defense of Larry Correia there what's up with that? Divide and conquer?

Anonymous Triple November 14, 2015 12:32 PM  

Lots of email names, numbers addresses here, from newspapers and web sites, and is updated.


http://www.bookmarket.com/newspapers.htm

Blogger Dave November 14, 2015 12:51 PM  

I'd stay away from the Toronto Star.

You're not a believer in "There's no such thing as bad publicity."

Anonymous Geoff November 14, 2015 12:56 PM  

GP, Dave!

Blogger White Devil November 14, 2015 1:39 PM  

Deoff, Dave
"There's no such thing as bad publicity."
I tried to pick someone who had access to newspapers but was over thirty and not an obvious SJW. After reading these people my toucan has died.

Blogger VD November 14, 2015 1:42 PM  

I popped over and much to my surprise, there was a defense of Larry Correia there what's up with that?

He's desperate to get back in with the moderate right. He's not selling enough to justify his big contract. He'll be sucking up to the moderate right and silent about me in the interim.

Blogger Doom November 14, 2015 2:17 PM  

I thought of someone immediately. He is excellent, when he works. He'd be a great ally to C.H., as he, for the most part (as with most of us) is in the right mood and tone for it. I didn't want to blindside him though, so I've just let him know. You won't even know if he contacts you, that I sent him. Which is fine. No finders fee, innit? :p Still, wish you the best. It's dear to my heart to see great writers not just sneaking but sprinting past the gatekeepers. Dang fine stuff, all around. Good fortunes.

Anonymous LG November 14, 2015 3:16 PM  

Michael Dirda (The Washington Post)

Anonymous Greg November 14, 2015 4:12 PM  

For those who have access, you may wish to use Ulrichsweb.com

Blogger tweell November 14, 2015 4:19 PM  

NAME Violetta Armour
PUBLICATION/SITE East Valley Tribune (Phoenix AZ 2x/weekly paper)

As requested.

Anonymous JRL November 14, 2015 6:06 PM  

I have reached out to Mars Hill Audio.

Anonymous Keener November 14, 2015 6:18 PM  

--LG

Dirda has retired. The present book guy is named Ron Charles. Totally SJW but you can get stuff past him as he knows SJW stuff doesn't sell.

BTW I have written glowing reviews of SJWAL and Awake In The Night Land on my website but nobody reads it. What the hell. I think I have managed to sell 3 copies of SJWAL by enthusing wildly on various conservative forums.

Book clubs are important. I will see if there is some kind of national listing for book clubs.

Anonymous LG November 14, 2015 6:53 PM  

Dirda retired? Since when? Link?

Blogger pjiles November 14, 2015 7:05 PM  

LG

Since more than a year ago. My NY editor told me so.
And NYEDs never lie. Dirda does some few things on occasion.

Re: placements and book reviews; the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a book page, reviewer Jim Higgins, they have reviewed sci-fi, The Ark, and Lightless. Have not seen the reviews nor read either book. The MJ-S's reviews are picked up by quite a few papers that do not have their own reviewers, it's a rip-and-read situation there. Higgins' reviews are, for instance, picked up by the San Antonio Express-News.

an idea for advertising is to donate to your local classical music station, and thereby get your name on the air. and the name of your book. It's essentially not a donation but buying an ad as everybody knows. But it would work well if worded right. i.e. 'Castalia House, a well-known publisher of quality science fiction has donated $50...etc"

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit November 14, 2015 8:51 PM  

WashYARG is one of the oldest and largest young adult book review groups in the United States.

Materials sent for review to go to Brenna Shanks (http://www.evergreenbookaward.org/about-washyarg)
bshanks@kcls.org
or Brenna Shanks
King County Library System Service Center
960 Newport Way NW
Issaquah, WA 98027

Like most library associations it dominated bylefties; however I can guarantee at least one my librarian will review fairly any offering from Castalia house.

Godspeed.

Anonymous LG November 15, 2015 4:03 AM  

pjiles,

Dirda's pubbed a review nearly every week this year, the last just a few days ago. Same as always.

Anonymous pjiles November 15, 2015 9:41 AM  

--LG

My bad

Anonymous TimP November 15, 2015 6:21 PM  

Just emailed:

Jason Steger
Editor of Age books pages and panellist on ABC TV's The Book Club.

The Australian -- Books Section

The Australian Book Review (A different publication to The Australian)

Andrea Hanke
Books+Publishing Editor-in-chief

Brad Jefferies
Books+Publishing News editor

Jackie Tang
Books+Publishing Editorial assistant

Blogger Jon M November 15, 2015 8:28 PM  

I know you said we should each send ONE contact, but with only 50 comments, your minions seem to be slacking on this one, so I dug up a few extras.

Honolulu Star Advertiser
Christie Wilson
Today/Features Editor
cwilson@staradvertiser.com

Los Angeles Times
Books and Culture
david.ulin@latimes.com

San Diego Union Tribune
Jay Posner
Section editor - Arts & entertainment
jay.posner@utsandiego.com

Seattle Times
Book Editor
Mary Ann Gwinn
mgwinn@seattletimes.com

San Francisco Chronicle
John McMurtrie
Book Editor
jmcmurtrie@sfchronicle.com



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