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Why pay a high priced PR agent when you can get free media placement to promote your product, service, or book?
Follow these top ten tips for 2005 and it will
be your most profitable year yet!
1. Write an attention-grabbing headline. Realize that your headline must immediately “hook” a busy producer or editor at first glance. If your headline does not hook them, they will not read further.
2. Be certain that your book is appropriate for the target audience.
Do not send a media release about your romance novel to a radio show that interviews only nonfiction authors. Wishful thinking is well and good, but realize that shows KNOW their target market.
3. Realize that there is a difference in format when sending a release by email and by fax.
A faxed release and release sent by mail can be identical. However, an email release requires careful crafting to get right and is an art onto itself. The key
concept to remember is twofold. First, the subject line spells the difference between the release being opened or deleted. Second, you must target delivery of the email release carefully, or you risk being banned forever to the recipient’s “bozo” file.
4. Be certain to include key information in a book release such as your ISBN number, publication date, page count and binding, and if you like a small .jpeg of the cover.
5. You can increase your chances of being booked on a radio station if you offer
to give away books on the show in your release.
6. For media releases aimed at reviewers, include information on how they can
get a book to review by email or fax.
7. Do not follow up to see if the recipient received the release. If this is a show or
publication you are keenly interested in, call them with “new information”
designed to create more excitement in featuring you.
8. Keep a notebook with you and jot down names of appropriate media
contacts as you read publications and hear radio interviews.
9. Journalists and producers need you and your news, but will lose respect if
you hammer them with releases that don’t apply to their market or beat. Discriminate.
10. Keep a “swipe file” of clever advertisements or headlines you can refer to when you need a creative boost.