Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
Started 2 petitions
Thank Stephen King for his advocacy!
Less than 24 hours after the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance launched a supportive signature campaign asking the Portland Press Herald to reconsider its decision to cut all locally freelanced local book reviews, the newspaper announced it would bring back the book reviews. The newspaper's swift reversal was due in no small part to the massive boost from a succinct tweet from Maine’s own STEPHEN KING. When the Portland Press Herald responded to King's tweet by saying they would return local book reviews if they could get 100 new subscribers, King quipped "Sales pitch? Blackmail? Either way..." and encouraged his Twitter followers to subscribe. By Monday, the newspaper had more than 200 new subscribers. Please sign this "THANK YOU PETITION" to honor Stephen King's advocacy!This is a story about how the public can positively rally around something they care about and how a community newspaper can listen to their readership/community and respond positively.NEW YORK TIMES "After Stephen King Tweeted at a Maine Paper for Cutting Book Reviews, It Gave Readers a ‘Scary Good’ Offer" PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "MWPA Saves Local Book Reviews with Boost from Stephen King"
Support Coverage of Maine Authors and Maine Books in the Maine Sunday Telegram
The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram will no longer publish local, freelance-written reviews of books about Maine, set in Maine, or written by Maine authors. The decision is effective now. While the newspaper will continue to cover books in their Audience section, the book reviews will only be national reviews from a wire service, not locally generated reviews of Maine authors by talented and trusted reviewers such as William David Barry, Michael Berry, Joan Silverman, Frank O Smith, and Thomas Urquhart. Local book coverage is important to Maine’s thriving and growing community of Maine authors, independent presses, and independent book shops—not to mention Maine’s librarians, who rely on local book coverage as they make decisions about what books to acquire with their limited budgets. But, most importantly, substantive local book coverage is crucial to Maine readers. PLEASE SIGN this petition if you believe your local newspaper should carry local book coverage. PLEASE SIGN this petition if you would like the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram to reconsider their decision and work with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance to find a solution to this unfortunate situation. *To Be Clear: This petition is in no way meant to be confrontational with the newspaper. It is not meant to shame or harangue the newspaper. They made a mistake. We all make mistakes. This petition is simply the first step in working with the newspaper to help correct this unfortunate decision.