how to create a media frenzy for your book

Prepare talking points before manufacture media appearances.

Abounding advanced authors spend so much age and energy trying to amuse in the newspaper or on radio that when they amuse there, they don’t apperceive what to add. But if you booty an hour to prepare concise, compelling comments about your book, you’ll come off as a absolute pro, access sales, and maybe even be asked back!

The average radio interview lasts five minutes, of which three might be broadcast, and on average you might amuse six inches of coverage in your local newspaper. You don’t accept a lot of age to squander hemming and hawing about your book, and the journalist interviewing you doesn’t appetite to squander his or her age either. So before you even alpha soliciting press coverage, inscription down and memorize your talking points.

You add you apperceive your book? I’m sure you accomplish. But when you’re under the gun of a timed interview, or an interviewer hits you with a surprise catechism, it’s accessible to stammer or amuse abashed. Talking points are your lifeline. I suggest preparing a list that looks according to this:

a.What’s the “elevator pitch” (a 10-second summary) of my book?
b.Who is my book targeted to?
c.How did I decide to inscription it?
d.What are three passages in my book that I appetite to mention?
e.What can bodies amuse out of my book?
f.Where can bodies buy my book?

Inscription those down on note cards and memorize them, but accumulate the cards with you when you accomplish interviews, aloof in position. That road, you’ll come off added able and accomplish the most of the age you amuse.

Bull's eye heavily on PR.

If you don’t accept in the adeptness of public relations and the media to turn an foreigner book into a bestseller, I accept two words for you: Oprah Winfrey. Amuse your book 15 minutes on her appearance and you’ll sell a million copies. That’s the adeptness of the media.

Of course, getting on Oprah is the Holy Grail of book marketing, and while you shouldn’t NOT ace shot to amuse on her appearance, you shouldn’t bull's eye alone on that. PR is your most able tool for creating awareness and selling books. So early on, while you’re still in final editing, alpha manufacture lists of media outlets, cashing in on contacts, manufacture calls and sending out e-mails.

PR works as it’s got credibility. Instead of a paid ad, bodies beam an algid journalist reviewing your book, or a speak appearance host who’s chosen to accept you on her appearance as she liked your book. Media exposure carries tremendous weight with book buyers. Buzz your friends how abounding books they’ve bought after hearing about them on “Fresh Air” on State Public Radio.

These are some of the PR avenues you can pursue:

·Reviews in any and all publications, print and online especially.
·Features in print and online publications.
·Radio interviews.
·Television interviews.
·A regular column in a magazine or newspaper or online.
·Speaking engagements.
·A role as an “expert source” for one or added journalists.
·Creating press events.
·Tying your book to a charity or statement.

It all begins with your press equipment. That’s a snazzy folder that contains the press release about your book’s publication, a bio of you, a atramentous and achromatic photo of you (professionally done) and any press coverage you may accept already received. Once you’ve identified your media list, send that equipment to the answer contacts at each paper, magazine, TV or radio station.

But don’t bar there. PR is about relationships, and you’ve got to strike the adapted balance of “eager to advice” and “respecting your age.” Chase up your press equipment with an e-mail in a week or so, and stay in touch. Action adventure ideas or to be quoted for a aspect. Accomplish yourself an asset to journalists and editors and you’ll be surprised at the results.

Two final tips:

·Always accommodate your Interlacing inscription in your PR, stories, interviews, etc.
·Always amuse reprints, videotapes, etc. of your press coverage to statement subsequent.


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Originall posted September 29, 2012