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Ten Ways To Find Your Book's
It's hard to say it any better: "Publicity is the voice of visibility." That's from the book, High
Visibility. And its lesson to authors is clear - nothing can spotlight your book better, or faster
than good publicity.
But how do you find a publicist that best fits you and your book? Here are ten easy rules to
1. Find a publicist who specializes in the medium of choice for your book as not every publicist is
a master at every medium. For example, if you've written a book on fashion or photography the
best exposure would be print or TV, as they're both visual mediums. In this case, you want a
publicist who procures print and TV placements on an ongoing basis.
2. Publicists often specialize in different genres of books (e.g., non-fiction, fiction, children's
books, religious titles, etc.). So, if your book is religious, find a firm that specializes in religious
media as they'll have the strongest contacts and will know which shows and publications represent
the best exposure for you. Same holds true for fiction books, children's books, etc.
3. If your book has a unique topic or audience -- e.g. charitable giving, or secrets of the cable TV
industry, etc. -- it's unlikely you will find a publicist who specializes in just that topic. Instead,
you'll want a publicist who will take the time to familiarize themselves with your audience and will
craft a campaign to match your special needs.
4. Ask for sample campaigns. Sure, it will be the publicist's best foot forward, but it will still
demonstrate their skill and proficiency at obtaining media.
5. Along with reviewing sample campaigns, if you have the slightest hesitation about engaging the
firm - speak to past clients. Ask questions about the quality of their service, how quickly they
responded to your calls, etc. You'll be surprised at what you learn.
6. Find a firm whose fees are in range with other firms. No need to hire the most expensive just
because they have a fancy address in a major metropolitan city.
7. And speaking of fees - in the book industry you'll find many publicists who work on a
performance or project basis. This is not at all common with PR firms in other industries - and it's
an opportunity you definitely want to take advantage of. Bottom line - steer clear of monthly
8. Get past a prospective PR firm's sales pitch and make sure they can deliver what they promise.
The problem an author can run into is the sales person they speak with and build confidence in, is
not always the person who will be handling their campaign. So, don't be shy about asking who
will be writing your press release and who will be pitching you to the media. Find out how long
they've been with the firm. Ask what their level of experience is. After all the time, money and
hard work you invested in writing your book, you want to make sure your campaign isn't being
delegated to a rookie out of college.
9. In your search for the right publicity firm - don't just talk to local agencies. Especially if you're
looking for regional or national exposure. Virtually none of the work with your publicist will
require "face time," so just look for the best ... ..period!
10. One last point - find a firm that has an understanding of your topic and an enthusiasm for your
message! Their enthusiasm and determination can often be the driving force behind prime media
placements for you.
So think about it: Nothing can get your book more visibility than the right publicist!
Marsha Friedman is the president of Event Management Services Inc.(EMSI), a publicity firm that
has specialized in book promotion for over 15 years. EMSI is one of the top resources for guests
on talk radio nationwide, scheduling 50 to 100 interviews every week. They also specialize in
obtaining TV appearances and newspaper and magazine coverage for their authors.
For more information: Contact Marsha Friedman at 727-443-7115 x 208 or
Event Management Services
1127 Grove Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
727-443-7115 x 208
James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575-1129
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