Friday, September 30, 2016

Authors To Watch: Bernard Whitman & Brittany Stalsburg, authors of 52 REASONS TO VOTE FOR HILLARY

Bernard Whitman is a Democratic Party political pollster and strategist in the United States. He makes regular appearances on Fox News, and has appeared as a commentator and strategist on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business, ABC and Al Jazeera America.

He is the author of 52 Reasons To Vote For Obama and has been a pollster to political candidates such as Bill Clinton and Michael Bloomberg. Bernard has been involved in the past eight U.S. presidential campaigns and has served as strategic advisor to numerous heads of state, Fortune 500 CEOs, and some of the world’s leading issue advocacy organizations and nonprofit institutions.

Whitman is the President and founder of Whitman Insight Strategies, a strategic consulting firm that conducts polls and market research to advise corporations, political leaders, and issue-advocacy organizations. He is a three-time recipient of the David Ogilvy Excellence in Research Award, and pioneered the development of The Political Model to identify the “swing” consumer, and the messages and media channels that can unlock additional votes for a brand or cause.
He is an alumnus of Brown University, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa

 Women Want To Be On Top. She writes about politics and gender issues regularly. As a strategist, Brittany has helped dozens of organizations develop and refine their message to communicate with a variety of audiences.
Brittany Stalsburg is a communications strategist and creator of the feminist blog,

Her work has been published in several academic journals and books and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pollie Awards for issue campaigns and the New York American Association of Public Opinion Research (NYAAPOR) Best Paper Award.

Brittany holds a PhD in political science from Rutgers University and a BA in political science and women’s studies from Providence College.

Visit the authors online:

Title: 52 Reasons To Vote For Hillary
Authors: Bernard Whitman & Brittany Stalsburg
Publisher: Prospecta Press
Pages: 160
Genre: Nonfiction/Politics

Reasons to Vote for Hillary is a comprehensive guide and re-introduction to Hillary Clinton’s career and life history to help voters understand why she is the best candidate to lead America forward into the 21st century.
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Thanks for joining us, Brittany and Bernard! Tell us a little about yourselves.

My name is Brittany Stalsburg and I’m a market research and communications strategist. I have a PhD in political science with a concentration in gender and politics. I have been involved in politics in some way since I was a teenager and have a special passion for women in politics specifically. I’ve written a lot of articles and blogs about gender in this election, and have my own blog devoted to gender issues and leadership called Women Want To Be On Top (

I’m Bernard Whitman and I am the president of Whitman Insight Strategies (, a full-service market research and strategy firm. I’ve had the pleasure of serving as a strategic adviser to dozens of leaders, companies, and organizations, including President Bill Clinton and NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

When did you begin writing?

Brittany: I’ve loved writing ever since I can remember—I kept daily diaries starting at age 8 and just couldn’t get enough of it. In graduate school, I published several papers and articles related to women in politics, and now I publish articles and blogs on my own website as well as outlets like the Huffington Post, Bustle, and Changeboard.

Bernard: Back in 2008, I wrote the book 52 Reasons To Vote For Obama, which served as the model for the book Brittany and I wrote together, 52 Reasons To Vote For Hillary. It’s wonderful to be able to write about something you are passionate about.

Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?

Brittany: I think we are both pretty methodical in our writing styles, though I probably write in shorter blocks over a longer period of time whereas Bernard has the energy for marathon writing sessions. 

Can you tell us about your most recent release?

Bernard: 52 Reasons To Vote For Hillary is a guide and reintroduction to Hillary Clinton’s record and life experience. In the book, we illustrate Hillary’s vision for America, contrast her stances with the Republicans, and provide the real facts about Hillary’s record and what she is all about.
Brittany: We really wanted to set the record straight about Hillary. The Republican attacks on Hillary over the last four decades have distorted reality to the point where no one really knows who Hillary is as a person. We want to help voters cut through the falsehoods and get the real facts about Hillary so they can make up their own mind about her.

What projects are you currently working on?

Brittany: I’m taking some time to travel abroad this Fall and Winter, and am starting an initiative called Women of the World, a photo-journalism project intended to give voice to women and their struggles around the globe. I’ll post more information about it soon on my blog. 

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?

Brittany: Set aside time to write and force yourself to do it, even if all you get down is a couple of sentences in an hour. It’s important to carve out time when writing can be your sole focus.

Bernard: Having a support system really helps, especially during times you feel frustrated by the writing process. Connect with other authors in your field and learn from them.

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