October 1, 2008 Leave a comment
When it comes to media placement, it just doesn’t matter anymore whether your book is published by a major house or is self-published. In the last few years, only once have I come across an objection to running a story because an author’s book was self-published.
A few years back a story we pitched was rejected by CNN, because the author we were
pitching had self-published his book. We pitched it three times and received three passes.
Well, we had also been working on other media fronts, and a few weeks later called back
explaining that the author and his book had been featured in both Newsweek and USA Today. Three hours later we received another call from CNN stating that they had thought it over and wanted to move forward with a segment. The author was interviewed on CNN. The moral is, if you get a “no,” keep working it and offering different angles until you turn that “no” into a “yes.” A self-published author’s real struggle has to do with distribution and marketing. When it comes to media relations, if you do it right, you can play in the same ballpark as the majors. As a matter of fact, I sometimes think that self-published writers fare better than their house-published counterparts because they are under no illusions. They don’t assume that some big entertainment conglomerate is going to use all of its muscle and turn their book into an overnight sensation. They realize that if success is going to happen, they’d better get to work, and fast. Your book was written to be read. Use the magic of the media. Get it out there.
Copyright © Anthony Mora 2008
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