There are PLENTY of places you can pitch your press. Think outside your circles into international waters, baby! If you don't know what your local press looks like, it's time to figure that out. It's as easy as searching Google or Instagram. They're not trying to hide from you, you just have to look through all the garbage out there.
The biggest problem I see with the way most people book - they treat it the same way the Stones tried to book places when they were starting out. It's not the 1960's anymore