I Sent A Press-Release to Everyone Who’s Ever Sent Me a Press Release.

Posted on
Jun 3, 2017
Posted in: Random Musings


I’ve heard that living well is the best revenge. This always struck me as ridiculous because everyone knows that the best revenge is actual revenge, and if it subtly hearkens back to the way that you were originally wronged by the party in question, all the better.

Seriously, how does gallivanting around the world with the love of my life punish those who have wronged me? Answer: IT DOESN’T.

As many of you know, I get inundated with press releases and spammy guest blog requests (they don’t so much write blog posts as they do hand you a list of domain names featuring some combination of the words “free,” “gambling,” and “penisfest.”) In 2013, I was getting half a dozen pitches daily to write about those sprays you put in the toilet before pooing so that no one will be able to guess that your shit stinks. These emails have been addressed to Deenie, Website Owner, Mrs. Rand, Dennies, and, my personal favorite, Nancy. (If you are new to the blog, my name is Geraldine.)

Even when I marked a message as spam, it would reappear in my inbox the next morning. It was the email equivalent of Prometheus’ goddamn liver. There was a whole, complicated, underground web of people spewing emails out at me like a grammatically problematic, sex-obsessed geyser. I’d get rid of one and another would take its place.


After a while, I started openly mocking them with elaborate replies – and it became a recurring series. But, like fooling around with guy with nipple piercings when you’re drunk and in college, it was one of those things that was fun at the time and in retrospect left me feeling badly. I soon found myself taking up a disproportionate amount of my and their time. So instead, I simply started collecting the emails of the most incredibly persistent senders. The ones who would email me three times in two days, asking why I hadn’t accepted their offer to write a guest post about FreePorn Timeshares.

After two or three years, I had several hundred names on this list. And I promised myself that one day, one day, I would send them my own press release as soon as I had some press that needed releasing.

Last month, my book came out. And last week, I compiled all those email addresses, and sent this message out:

Hey! It’s Geraldine. Remember me? I run an award-winning blog.

At some point in the past, you emailed me. It may have been a press release for an apparatus that enables women to pee while standing up, ads for your offshore gambling brothel, or, my personal favorite, an infographic about Turkish Delight (spoiler: NO ONE WANTS AN INFOGRAPHIC FOR TURKISH DELIGHT). 

I asked you to take me off your mailing list, sometimes politely, sometimes not (sorry if I was a total dick to you). Sometimes you listened. Sometimes you kept emailing me for years and I couldn’t mark you as spam because a small part of me fell in love with you. I vowed to one day send you a press release of my own.


I just published a travel memoir called ALL OVER THE PLACE: ADVENTURES IN TRAVEL, TRUE LOVE, AND PETTY THEFT. It’s really good. You should buy it to read while you eat Turkish Delight and urinate (while standing up or sitting down. Seriously, it’s your call).

It is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and local booksellers everywhere.  It is $4 for the e-version, which is crazy cheap. The hardcover is less than $20. Buy 10 of them and give them to your friends/enemies/other people you’ve sent unsolicited emails to. I have attached an infographic about my book, which isn’t so much an infographic as it is a box in which I’ve written the words “BUY MY BOOK.” I have also attached my official press release and a flowchart that I made while ostensibly sober.

That’s it. Thanks. (Also, don’t add me to your mailing list again or I’ll eat your pets.)

Ponies and Cupcakes,

Here is the flowchart I made:

Here is the infographic that’s actually just a box:

I sent this email out, but unfortunately I only got *one* response (he told me my email was funny. I asked him to buy 18 copies. He has not replied). It’s almost as though people who have no idea who I am don’t care about my unsolicited press release. Yesterday, I emailed them again to see if they got my first message.


Hey, I just wanted to confirm that you saw my original email. 
I really think you should buy a couple dozen copies of my book.


Still no reply. I’ll try them a couple more times and let you know what happens.

Also published on Medium.

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  • Maybe I’m just wicked… but I did enjoy reading your responses to those spammers a few years ago and those montages of Jeff Goldblum and Tom Cruise were quite excellent, resulting in me busting out laughing while at work… and then having to explain to my co-workers that I was in fact NOT working, while at work.

  • Kate Lyons

    And this is why we love you 🙂

  • You come up with brilliant ways of occupying yourself, Geraldine! (I was tempted to use Deenie, but didn’t want to open any old wounds).

  • Josephine Robertson

    We will wait with baited breath for their response!

  • Laughing. My. Head. Off. 🙂

  • Ashley Wilkinson

    Geraldine! Your blog post says that your e-book is $4 but I see on Amazon is it is over $9. I live in South Africa, and since you have been here, I know you can understand our exchange rate issues. $9 is actually a good price, but I’d obviously rather get it at $4. Can I really get it at $4? Where? Is this possible for the Kindle? It is excellent news that your book is already available as an e-book. I thought I’d have to wait a bit longer. All the best for your future book sales.

  • shubham varshney

    LOL ! such nice article you shared with us it was an amazing experience.

  • Annnd I just realized why I haven’t been able to finish a book. Obviously, neglecting to save the contact info of everyone who’s spammed me over the years has led to a lack of incentive! This is brilliant marketing. Please tell me you included trackable — and even better, affiliate — links. I’d love to know if anyone clicked or purchased, even if they didn’t respond.

  • Theresa

    Geraldine! Your Jeff Goldblum web design remains my most-shared Everywhereist post (YES, I have one of those, because my loved ones deserve to revel in the wit and literary prowess you’ve wrapped into this blog). Those posts were masterfully constructed and I still make me ACTUALLY laugh out loud every time I read them. Please, no regrets, only Jeff Goldblum for days….

  • Krystal

    I love this so much! I’m new to the blogging realm and was shamelessly excited to receive my first spammy email the other day and thought of your posts about how you responded to those folks!

  • Neha Mirashi

    How do i buy your book? In India? It is not available on amazon.in

  • I don’t know what your book’s about but I want to buy it!

  • Bravo! The infographic is priceless.

  • I want to be you when I grow up

  • This is hilarious. I too get inundated with unwanted press releases daily but I have never thought of taking this approach – absolutely brilliant!

  • Ann Fisher

    I LOVE this. Absolutely love it.

  • Roxanna Keyes (Gypsywithdayjob

    Today is the first time I have seen your blog, and I am skimming through several articles, laughing.. It made me happy to know that my thoughts are not abnormal! For 10 years, I have liked every Facebook page soemone has invited me to like. Have I ever worn leggings? No. Do I wear makeup? Rarely. Is there anything about this page you think I would be interested in? No, well it is okay, because you invited me, and I liked it.

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