The Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat

“Food can be about security, guilt, climate, the future we choose, and who we are. And just when we know the green goal of food correctness, I get this head-bender in the mail: ‘The Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat – a Young Woman’s Search for Ethical Food.”  That awesome description is from radio host Alex Smith, describing our client’s new book in his blog at Radio Ecoshock.

Radio Ecoshock is a popular long-running program that’s syndicated to 94+ radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.

“The author is Professor Marissa Landrigan from the University of Pittsburgh,” he continued.  “She’s an engaging American writer whose essays appear in the The Atlantic, Salon, Guernica, and Orion magazines.”

Alex interviewed Marissa recently for his show, where they discussed her  journey from vegetarian PETA activist to blood-and-guts-eating omnivore.

Going “against the green stream,” she describes eating ethically is far from simple—and cutting out meat is not always the answer. Marissa criss-crossed the U.S. to get closer to the source of her food, eventually even visiting a slaughterhouse, and hunting elk. She came to realize that the most ethical way of eating was to know her food—whether meat or vegetable—and prepare it herself, on her own terms, to eat with family and friends.

In her book, Marissa also covers the humane treatment of animals, labor rights, global poverty, and how she made the transition to cooking local, sustainable, affordable recipes.

Many thanks for Alex for having Marissa on his show, it was most appreciated!

This interview is part of our comprehensive publicity campaign for The Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat. Are you looking for a publicist, a publicity firm for nonprofits, a PR firm for small business, or an independent book publicist? Carney & Associates specializes in science pr and sustainability topics. Please contact Kathlene Carney for a free consultation to find out how our publicity services can contribute to your success.

Promote or Perish — Book Promotion Tips at The Writer’s Place

As a publicist, I often get phone calls from authors lamenting, “My publisher did nothing to promote my book.” Unfortunately, the new reality is that publishers often lack the resources to run comprehensive campaigns for every title. Whether your book is indie or traditionally published, today’s authors are expected to handle the majority of the promotion themselves.

I was recently honored to provide a guest post for The Writer’s Place entitled Promote or Perish — Book Promotion Tips. Hosted by professional writer Nancy Christie, The Writer’s Place is “Where writers share their tips, thoughts and observations on writing and the writing life, and toss in their “two cents” on the topic of the month!”

Here are a few book promotion tips from the post:

“Promotional activities an author might accomplish on her own include creating a website, writing guest posts for book blogs, building up that social media following, participating in book festivals, and speaking at bookstores, libraries, universities, cafés, community centers, and other venues that host readings.

“When it comes to traditional and digital media coverage, I’ve found authors get the best results when they hire a professional publicist. Opportunities at traditional outlets like newspapers, magazines, and TV have decreased considerably, while at the same time the number of books being published has exploded. So the competition is fierce for a small number of slots, especially for independently published books.

“In addition to having personal relationships with many journalists…publicists know how to research new contacts for your specific book, and can present it professionally with newsworthy angles.

“Many authors… don’t understand that their book isn’t news in and of itself — it needs to be positioned in a way that’s relevant to the journalists’ needs.

“Whether you’re on your first book or your fifth, there is one guarantee: without adequate promotion, it’s destined for obscurity. The good news is that you can get to work right away!”

Promote or Perish — Book Promotion Tips: Guest Post by Kathlene Carney

Are you an indie or traditionally published author looking for a publicist? Carney & Associates specializes in traditional, digital and social media for authors, experts, products and services. Please contact Kathlene Carney for a free consultation to find out how our publicity services can contribute to your success.

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Marin IJ Feature on TreeGirl

The Marin Independent Journal published a beautiful feature story about TreeGirl this week.

Julianne Skai Arbor, aka TreeGirl, is a photographer, certified arborist, conservation educator, and forest ecotherapist. In her spectacular new book, TREEGIRL: Intimate Encounters With Wild Nature, Arbor invites readers to share her love of the wildness and grandeur of Nature through more than 150 stunning photographs of herself and other women gracefully intertwined nude with fifty species of trees in thirteen countries. The captioned images are complemented with each species natural history and ethnobotany, and by five essays on the ecopsychology, science and spirituality of the human-tree relationship.

As Vicki Larson says in her article:

“Julianne Skai Arbor is used to the raised eyebrows, strange looks and snickers when she tells people that she photographs herself naked in trees.

People either get it or they don’t.

“It’s a little edgy for people,” admits Arbor — aka TreeGirl — with a laugh.

But the thinking behind what she does isn’t all that strange.”

Arbor explains, “Imagine if we completely open our hearts to Nature and fall in love over and over again with the sacredness of this life force . . . I invite us modern humans to become re-enchanted with Nature, to experience intimacy and soulful engagement with trees and our more-than-human companions on this Earth . . . I have found my secret love in the plant kin-dom of trees. I encourage you to find your secret love in Nature as well – to find your wild within.”

Photo by Julianne Skai Arbor/TreeGirl “Birch Forest Embrace,” a white birch in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The author has traveled the world from Northern California, to Australia and Oceana, to Europe, to the plains of Africa in search of breathtaking trees. Once she finds one that she connects with, she sheds her clothes, scales the trunk and limbs, and photographs herself in authentic connection with the tree. The resulting photographs are gorgeous and awe-inspiring, inspiring the reader to find their own sensorial connection with nature.

Arbor will be giving a book talk, slide show and art exhibit at Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael, 7:00 p.m. on March 20 and April 21. Admission is free.

You can read the entire Marin Independent Journal article and view some of Arbor’s stunning images here.

 Carney & Associates specializes in traditional, digital and social media for authors, experts, products and services. Please contact Kathlene Carney for a free consultation to find out how our publicity services can contribute to your success.

 

33 Tips From Book Publicists

City Book Review publishes multiple book review sites including San Francisco Book ReviewManhattan Book ReviewSeattle Book Review, and Kids Book Buzz. With thousands of books reviewed over the past 8 years, everyone is bound to find something intriguing. The digital magazines feature exclusive interviews, as well as interesting articles on literature, publishing, literary news, independent book stores, and more.

The editors recently published an article for self-published authors featuring tips from 33 book publicists including yours truly.

We see hundreds of indie and self-published books every month here at City Book Review. Some authors are just testing the waters with their book; others take their publishing as a professional commitment. We get so many questions on how they can better prepare their book, sell more copies, or reach more review or publication outlets.

So we asked more than 1,000 professional publicists the most important thing they think every indie author should do when publishing a book. We were blown away with more than 100 responses in 48 hours. So here are a good selection of different ideas – from editing and cover design to marketing plans and launch parties.

Carney & Associates’ small contribution:

Be the expert on your topic

When it comes to print and digital media, be sure to go after non-bookpage coverage and instead of pitching the book, pitch yourself as an expert on your topic. Create compelling pitches tied to current events and position yourself as the expert. Explain why you’re the perfect source for the story, and then mention you’ve also written a book on the subject.”

You can read all 33 tips for self-published authors here.

Are you a self-published author looking for a publicist? Carney & Associates specializes in traditional, digital and social media for authors, experts, products and services. Please contact Kathlene Carney for a free consultation to find out how our publicity services can contribute to your success.

Canada’s Largest Show Features Dr. Paul Blanc

Canada’s most-listened to radio show The Current featured a fascinating interview with Paul D. Blanc, M.D. today. Hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti, one of Canada’s most trusted journalists, The Current airs weekday mornings across their country over the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC), and is heard across the U.S. on SiriusXM.

Here’s an excerpt from their summary:

For well over a century, viscose rayon has been used to make clothes, tires, cellophane and everyday kitchen sponges.

It was hailed as a wondrous new product when first introduced — but what most people didn’t know is how deadly manufacturing rayon was for the factory workers.

It’s an industrial hazard whose egregious history ranks up there with asbestos, lead and mercury, according to author Paul Blanc.

In his new book Fake Silk: The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon (published by Yale University Press), Blanc, who is also a University of California professor of medicine, looks at how the manufacturing of viscose rayon served as a death sentence for many industry workers.

“There was a famous rubber factory where they put bars on the second story windows because so many workers had a tendency to jump out and kill themselves,” he tells The Current’s guest host Laura Lynch.

The key ingredient in the making of viscose is a molecule called carbon disulfide — a molecule so insidiously toxic that it devastated the minds and bodies of factory workers for more than a century.

Blanc says that occupational health and multinational corporations were aware of the dangers, but motivated by huge profits, failed to act.

“It was pretty easy to recognize the toxic effects early on because it makes workers insane. They found that about 30 per cent of the workers that they investigated showed signs of serious poisoning.”

But when it comes to the health impact on consumers, Blanc says there is none.

“Which is why … it’s gone on as long. Because when consumers aren’t affected, there’s not very much impetus for outrage if it’s just the poor people making it that suffer.”

Blanc says the fabric continues to this day to be “greenwashed” as an eco-friendly product.

“They omit entirely the fact that you can’t make the product without this toxic chemical. So it’s really a ‘greenwashing’ of the most diabolical sort.”

Listen to the full conversation HERE.

This interview is part of our comprehensive publicity campaign for Fake Silk. Are you looking for a publicist, a publicity firm for nonprofits, a PR firm for small business, or an independent book publicist? Carney & Associates specializes in science pr and sustainability topics. Please contact Kathlene Carney for a free consultation to find out how our publicity services can contribute to your success.

 

Speak Out Campaign Reached Over 1 Billion

February is Global Population Speak Out month. This grass roots project went worldwide in 2015 with an extraordinary campaign that reached over 1 billion impressions.

Using a crowd-sourced distribution strategy to increase activism, our client’s international environmental activist network began giving away more than four thousand copies of a dramatic coffee table book, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER). Featuring more than 300 pages of stunning, full-spread photography it was the centerpiece of the 2015 Global Population Speak Out (“Speak Out”).

Trash wave: Indonesian surfer Dede Surinaya catches a wave in a remote but garbage-covered bay on Java, Indonesia, the world’s most populated island ‘Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.’ Jacques-Yves Cousteau Photograph: Zak Noyle

The goal was to spread the issues and ideas of Speak Out and OVER far and wide, to young and old, to increase awareness on the problems we confront today and to build on solutions that promote human rights — and the rights of all species on Earth. Whether one is working to mitigate the effects of climate change, end child marriage, protect endangered species, or advocating for women’s rights, the Global Population Speak Out helped strengthen activist voices — so all our interconnected concerns were heard.

Speak Out used social media, word-of-mouth and direct action to engage opinion-leaders, scientists and citizens of the world to respond creatively to environmental degradation. Speak Out emphasized elements of environmental protection that are rarely discussed: promoting human rights and human health as strong, indispensable solutions to preserving the rights of other species to exist and the health of the planet.

Speak Out organizers granted the free copies of OVER to people and organizations around the world who became ambassadors of information and inspiration, and promised personalized delivery to policymakers, opinion leaders, activists, allied organizations, and other audiences.

Many of the subjects in OVER are often discussed by environmentalists around the world: materialism, consumption, pollution, fossil fuels, carbon footprints, and more. But OVER and Speak Out purposefully joined two ever-present parts of environmentalism together: the number of the human species and our socio-economic behaviors. The book and the campaign intentionally moved beyond tired arguments that only one side of the equation matters and pictorially depicted the importance of both the number of people and the way people live.

The environmental book became an international media sensation and demand for the OVER books was beyond our wildest expectations – fueled by over 250 mass-media articles, reaching over 1 billion readers in 47 countries.

Reservoir development:

Former old-growth forest leveled for reservoir development, Willamette National Forest, Oregon

‘What an irony it is that these living beings whose shade we sit in, whose fruit we eat, whose limbs we climb, whose roots we water, to whom most of us rarely give a second thought, are so poorly understood. We need to come, as soon as possible, to a profound understanding and appreciation for trees and forests and the vital role they play, for they are among our best allies in the uncertain future that is unfolding.’ Jim Robbins

Photograph: Daniel Dancer

Examples of media sources that have reported on OVER include Washington Post (online and print), The Guardian (online and print), Buzzfeed.com, Salon.com, News.com (Australia), MSN Germany, Yahoo India, the China Daily News, BBC’s Impact, The Daily Mail Online (UK),  Folha de S.Paulo (Brazil), San Francisco Chronicle and Mashable.com.

The Guardian’s photo spread (“Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures“) resulted in over 3 million page views, 650,000+ Facebook shares, and over 8,700 Tweets and re-Tweets.

Ashton Kutcher, actor, producer and investor posted Speak Out content on his Facebook page which resulted in over 31,000 likes, 8,000+ shares and 1,300 comments.

Hill-side slum:
Slum-dwelling residents of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, face bleak living conditions in the western hemisphere’s poorest country
‘Squatters trade physical safety and public health for a few square meters of land and some security against eviction. They are the pioneer settlers of swamps, floodplains, volcano slopes, unstable hillsides, rubbish mountains, chemical dumps, railroad sidings, and desert fringes … such sites are poverty’s niche in the ecology of the city, and very poor people have little choice but to live with disaster.’ Mike Davis
Photograph: Google Earth/2014 Digital Globe

While the media attention was robust, Speak Out organizers believed OVER could really effect change with the citizens and organizations speaking out and sharing their passions for saving the planet and creating a better world for all.

In Europe, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability displayed OVER at an annual congress on climate change adaptation and resilience, thereby “allowing congress participants to peruse the magnificent photos during breaks and have the photos spur thoughts and conversations.”

A library consultant at a prominent international health organization reported that “Word is getting around!” The group was sharing OVER in their campus library, which resulted in requests for copies to be taken to country offices in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, and Uganda.

An activist in Mexico told how he shared the message from OVER: “The book has a permanent place on the counter in our restaurant and many friends/customers/associates have already entered and began to read with awe.”

Down in New Zealand, a conservationist shared that “This will be a great opportunity for us to further promote the impact of increasing human populations on our fragile ecosystems and on the future of the planet’s biodiversity.”

Many of those who requested free copies of OVER were high school teachers and college professors. One teacher from the UK said “It is a really exciting and inspiring resource for future planning of activities within the Department, and in doing so, raising awareness with young people.”

Global Population Speak Out (Speak Out) united world-class scientists, academicians, opinion-leaders – and thousands of lay environmentalists and concerned citizens – to help bring international attention to the crises posed by overdevelopment and human population size and growth. Speak Out was jointly administered by Population Media Center and Population Institute.

To view more of our media coverage for this campaign, please go here. To find out how our publicity services can help spread the word of your book, event or organization, please contact Kathlene Carney at Carney & Associates.

TriplePundit: Renewables Disrupting Fossil Fuels

Energy expert Leah Parks says renewable energy technologies are poised to disrupt fossil fuels, in an insightful article published recently on TriplePundit. Here’s a short excerpt:

“Exponential growth clean-energy technologies are a most powerful not-so-secret weapon for our last, best effort in the fight against disastrous climate change. A 21st-century energy transformation is already underway.  Our digital revolution is facilitating massive progress in technologies that are leading to disruption and will result in the replacement of the fossil fuel industry faster than most could imagine.

“We can jump over political resistance and climate denial despite outdated and misinformed all-of-the above federal policies.  Our modern-day Edisons have done their job.  We are at a tipping point where technological innovations that have been in development for many years can now provide us with all the energy we need at ever decreasing costs.”

“We need only look at the last turn of the century to see how quickly transformation can happen.

“In 1903 we took our first flight, and New York city streets were filled with buggies.  By 1914 we were fighting a war in the air and the same streets teemed with cars.  The engineering which first made spaceflight possible was developed in 1919.  Within 38 years Sputnik was launched, and 12 years later we walked on the moon.

“We can jump over political resistance and climate denial despite outdated and misinformed all-of-the above federal policies.  Our modern-day Edisons have done their job.  We are at a tipping point where technological innovations that have been in development for many years can now provide us with all the energy we need at ever decreasing costs.”

“We need only look at the last turn of the century to see how quickly transformation can happen.

“In 1903 we took our first flight, and New York city streets were filled with buggies.  By 1914 we were fighting a war in the air and the same streets teemed with cars.  The engineering which first made spaceflight possible was developed in 1919.  Within 38 years Sputnik was launched, and 12 years later we walked on the moon.

“The exact form our energy infrastructure will take by the year 2050 is not certain, but it will be cleaner, cheaper and safer than the one we inherited from the 20th century. Electric vehicles and trains, as well as heat pumps, will play a major role.  Solar, wind and storage, paired with digital management and energy efficiency, are already being deployed.

“We are witnessing the end of an energy dinosaur.  This is a new era of clean energy, ready to obtain its fuel free of charge from the sun and wind.  Anyone looking backward will be left in the digital dust.  They will be made extinct by the unrelenting disruptive force of exponential growth technologies.

“Working against entrenched interests can be frustrating and at times make optimism difficult.  In moments of doubt, let’s not forget the words of Robert Hutchings Goddard, the father of space flight, ‘The dream of yesterday is the hope of todayand the reality of tomorrow.'”

book3d2This placement is one of many in our publicity campaign for Parks’ new book All-Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future.” Are you looking for a publicist, a publicity firm for nonprofits, a PR firm for small business, or an independent book publicist? Please contact Kathlene Carney for a free consultation to find out how our publicity services can drive your success.

Prairie Public Radio Talks Food Waste with Baylen Linnekin

Food lawyer and scholar Baylen J. Linnekin was recently a guest on Prairie Public Radio‘s popular afternoon show Main Street, to discuss his well-researched, investigative book “Biting the Hands that Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable,” published by Island Press.

Baylen astonished listeners with stories about ridiculous laws that not only defy common sense but are downright perverse, including:

baylenlinnekin• Constraints on the sale of “ugly” fruits and vegetables
• Preventing sharing food with the homeless and others in need
• Threatening to treat manure-the lifeblood of organic fertilization-as a toxin
• Mandating food preparers wear latex gloves which actually makes food less safe
• Prohibiting people from growing fruits and vegetables in their own yards
• Disappearing fish stocks
• Inhumane livestock conditions
• And others contributing to nearly 40% of all food going to waste.

Prairie Public Broadcasting is an NPR affiliate based in Fargo, ND and serving North Dakota and NW Minnesota.  Main Street focuses on issues, people and events important to the prairie regions of the U.S. It doesn’t focus on just regional issues but all sorts of things that are important to people on the prairie. The discussions take place from the viewpoint of people who live there.

Island Press is a nonprofit, environmental publisher based in Washington, D.C., that specializes in natural history, ecology, conservation, and the built environment.

This radio interview is one of many we regularly book as part of our Radio Media Tours for authors and experts. Do you have a compelling message you’d like to share with radio listeners? Contact Kathlene Carney to see how Carney & Associatespublicity services can help with your PR needs.

All-Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future

PORTLAND, OR . . . A host of modern-day Edisons have invented technology that can now power all of our energy needs with electricity generated completely by renewable energy. So what’s the hold up? At this point, waiting to go electric is like saying we shouldn’t have used the personal computer in 1985 until the smartphone was invented. It is time for the utility industry, politicians, and consumers to wake up to the opportunity that this energy transformation will provide.

bookpublicityIn All-Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future, authors S. David Freeman, former utility CEO, and Leah Y Parks, a journalist in the electricity industry, present a practical course of action offering the best hope for eliminating disastrous climate change. With fascinating insight, these experts evaluate the latest research, technology, and energy policies, and lay out a comprehensive plan with achievable goals and a clear timeline.

Along the way, Freeman and Parks debunk common misconceptions about renewable energy:

It’s too expensive!”
Renewable energy is actually cheaper than fossil fuels.

“It’s not practical!”
Renewable energy sources are superabundant and can be distributed in massive quantities.

“We don’t have the technology!”
Current tech can meet all our energy needs many times over with solar and wind sources alone.

Not only is renewable energy better for the environment, it’s cheaper, more sustainable, more price stable, and safer than our current sources. Our country is poised for a twenty-first century energy revolution, and All-Electric America shows us how to do it.

David Freeman is a leading authority on energy policy. He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as head of Tennessee Valley Authority, one of the nations largest electric utilities. After 7 years at TVA, he spent 30 years as the CEO of major public utilities in Texas, California, and New York. He then served as Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles for Energy and the Environment. He is currently a senior advisor to Friends of the Earth and has authored three books on energy including, “A Time to Choose.”

Leah Y Parks is an associate editor for ElectricityPolicy.com and Electricity Daily, a journal and daily newsletter that examine current events and the state of the electricity industry for utility executives, commissioners, regulators, and other experts in the field. She is also a freelance writer, has acted as an advisor for technology reports, and has written extensively about innovations in energy storage, smart grid technology, energy infrastructure, and renewable energy.

At Carney & Associates, we specialize in providing publicity services for authors and experts who improve our world. To find out how we can provide PR services for your book, product or organization, please contact publicist Kathlene Carney.

Thom Hartmann talks toxic discourse with Jim Hoggan

Thom Hartmann, the #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US, recently discussed the toxic state of public discourse with James Hoggan, author of I’m Right and You’re and Idiot, on his national TV program The Big Show.

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“James Hoggan, of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up/DeSmogBlog/The David Suzuki Foundation joins Thom. Americans are also frustrated with deeply dysfunctional political system in which lies and propaganda have replaced basic fact – they’re angry at a political culture that thrives on polarization and spin – and they’re frustrated with breakdown of our public discourse. Which raises the question – why is the political discourse in this country so screwed up?”

This placement is one of many in our book publicity campaign for this title. To find out how our publicity services can help spread the word of your book, product or organization, please contact Kathlene Carney at Carney & Associates.