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A Map Is Only One Story


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Publicity Plans:

  • National print and online media campaign targeting newspapers, magazines, cultural outlets, and literary publications and tastemakers
  • Pitching the editors and contributors for radio and podcast interviews
  • Outreach to writer-centric publications like Poets & Writers and Writer's Digest
  • Pitching contributor reading lists to The Rumpus or Electric Literature
  • Targeted pitching for inclusion in 2020 previews in The Millions, BuzzFeed, and more
  • Outreach to travel and international publications and radio like National Geographic, BBC, or PRI's The World
  • Coordinating with the Catapult website to run Q&As with contributors

    Event Plans:
  • Conversation-oriented launch events in New York City and Washington, D.C.; exploring opportunities for panels with the New York Public Library, The Wing, and The Ruby; providing event kits for contributors in smaller and more isolated areas
  • AWP programming

    Marketing Plans:
  • Major preorder campaign push targeting Catapult's own engaged base of magazine readers, students, and book readers; incentivized with discount codes to be shared widely by the contributing writers
  • Coordinated cover reveal pushes, preorder requests, and on-sale announcements with editors and contributors
  • Early Goodreads giveaways and concentrated effort to reach that audience
  • Bookseller outreach campaign to fans of strong comps, participating writers, etc.; finished books at Winter Institute
  • Influencer outreach targeting Catapult's network of writers, students, editors, and more; using hashtag #amapisonlyonestory
  • Library marketing, including finished books and discussion guides at ALA Midwinter
  • Academic marketing push with ARCs at FYE, MLA, and others, inclusion in future FYE and academic-facing catalogs, course adoption campaign, cold mailings, and more
  • Robust Amazon keyword search campaign

    Tour Schedule:
  • 2/6/20 7:00pm: Reading, with Nicole Chung, Mensah Demary, Nur Nasreen Ibrahim, Bix Gabriel, and Niina Pollari, and book signing at McNally Jackson Seaport, New York, NY
  • About the Author

    Nicole Chung is the editor in chief of Catapult magazine and the author of All You Can Ever Know. Mensah Demary is a founding editor of Catapult magazine and editor at large of Catapult books.


    Praise for A Map Is Only One Story An NBC News Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Reading List Pick
    One of Paste's Best New Books of the Month
    Electric Literature, 1 of 56 Books by Women & Nonbinary Writers of Color to Read This Year

    "How do we define home? The 20 voices in this essay collection seek to articulate what it feels like to live between cultures. From stories about being undocumented in the U.S. to living on the border with Mexico, these personal narratives delve into the challenges-and power-that we derive from our connections to place." --Annabel Gutterman, Time, 1 of 11 New Books You Should Read This Month

    "This powerful first anthology from Catapult magazine features twenty writers sharing their stories of migration, family and what home means to them." --Ms.

    "A collection of 20 essays on immigrant and immigration experiences, A Map Is Only One Story will move you with its global depictions of life across borders." --K. W. Colyard, Bustle, 1 of 18 New Books About the Immigrant Experience

    "In this stunning collection, the debut anthology from Catapult magazine, each writer invites you alongside them as they contend with unnatural borders and their devastating consequences, which hide in plain sight in our daily lives in America. Without the necessity of an outside voice to translate their experiences for the public, the writers let their stories be complex, but even that word seems to do a disservice to their work. Refusing clean narratives, these stories dig deep and entangle themselves in ways that, once you walk through the mist of otherness that words like 'immigrant' and 'undocumented' inspire, you will find are deeply human, deeply relatable, and merely circumstantial . . . These writers prove that the idea of the faceless, voiceless brown mass is the biggest lie yet." --Frances Nguyen, Electric Literature

    "A moving, deeply personal examination of what it can mean to be an immigrant-or the child of immigrants or even the grandchild of immigrants . . . A Map Is Only One Story reminds readers that the collective gaze isn't passive. It has power to connect as well as to limit." --Bridey Heing, Paste

    "Twenty writers from Catapult magazine cross borders and straddle cultures as they provocatively, vulnerably examine 'immigration, family, and the meaning of home.'" --Terry Hong, Shelf Awareness

    "A vast, astute collection exploring questions of identity and belonging. A Map Is Only One Story is about margins, ideas of home, migration, and the violence of borders, but it's also so capacious that it's impossible to summarize. Candid and devastating." -R. O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries

    "Moving and intimate. These disparate voices come into their power when they reach beyond the broken self toward something greater-love, kindness, family-even as homes are lost, pride shattered, identities remade." -Dina Nayeri, author of The Ungrateful Refugee

    "A Map Is Only One Story has a kaleidoscopic effect, breaking our image of the world with fixed borders and identities to create something new again and again. In this anthology, finding home is more than just a search for a place, but for a way to exist. Funny, poignant, and thought-provoking." -Akil Kumarasamy, author of Half Gods

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