My local big city paper will mention me in lists--articles about events that involve a number of writers whose names are listed in a paragraph. And once years ago I got a little article in the middle of a page in local edition. But the paper will not review my books or give me any kind of traditional coverage in the Arts section of the paper.
A couple of weeks ago, I sent material to the Calendar section--the Calendar--regarding the bookstore appearance I'm making day after tomorrow. Of course, they didn't run it. They had hardly anything in the "readings" section of the Calendar this week. It's not like they were overwhelmed with material and had to drop something to make space.
I swear, I couldn't get an obit published in that rag. And the paper charges for those. I'm leaving instructions for my heirs. If my obit doesn't run, you get your money back.