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10 Secrets for Free Media Placement

By Marisa D'Vari
Posted Thursday, February 17, 2005

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 doesn't hook them, they won't 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.

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About the Author
Marisa D’Vari is author of the new book Building Buzz: How to Reach and Impress Your Target Audience (Career Press, 2005 . Access a complimentary 76 page reports on free media placement, as well as additional articles, at (http://www.BuildingBuzz.com) and can be reached at mdvari@deg.com