Sunday, January 11, 2009

Author’s Cheat Sheet: How to Work with the Print Media by Pam Perry

1. Get newsworthy info into the hands of the media. Make a habit of sending out releases on a regular basis about your events, special speakers, or anything impacting the community at large. Use a media directory or "Google" on the web to find names and contact information.

2. Get to know the beat of reporters of the daily and weekly newspapers. Position yourself with them as an accessible and reliable source and a key authority to be featured in future stories.

3. Read the dailies, weeklies. Respond to articles where you can take a stand on an issue while branding your ministry by writing a "Letter to Editor" or an "Op Ed" - Opinion Editorial.

4. Send out media releases for really intriguing or fascinating human interest stories by using news wire services. Wire services get wider distribution and can be picked up by national media via the web.

5. Place ads in local newspapers and monthly magazines. Have the ads consistent with your other marketing materials.

6. Become a regular advertiser in at least one publication. You build brand equity with that audience by advertising in one publication. They learn to trust you. Purchase ads in souvenir program books like the NAACP or SCLC to show your commitment to the community.

7. Feature bold graphics and a lot of white spac
e in your newspaper and magazine ads. Keep copy to a minimum. Steer people to your web site. Color commands attention and adds impact. It also gets better ad placement in newspapers.

8. Supply media with well-written and professionally developed press kits. Include press releases (the who, what, when, where, how and why), fact sheets, bios, photo, brochure, annual reports and news clips. Suggest a story idea in the cover letter. Use the industry format for releases to improve your chances of gaining publicity.

9. Expect very little communication back from editors. They are very busy every day with tons of lead for stories. Assign an intern or team member to follow up by phone, email, or both.

10. Read any and all publications you can.
Note stories that deal with issues important to your ministry. Add that reporter to your media contact list to send them future releases. The best media lists are the ones you personally create and are familiar with the reporter's work and style.

11. Send out thank you notes to reporters who feature you in stories. They will remember your personal touch and will keep you in mind as a good source in the future.

12. Assign a photographer to take photos at ALL events where you are participating. Releasing the photos to the media after an event is called Post-Publicity. Send the photo with a brief description of the event. Identify the people in the photo with a label on the back.

13. Realize that newspapers always need good photos.
Most black newspapers love to chronicle events in the community.

Pam Perry is a ministry marketing pioneer and expert in the African-American Christian market and the author of "Synergy Energy: How to Use the Power of Partnerships to Market Your Book, Grow Your Business and Brand Your Ministry." For more information, go to and get the free MP3 and more PR tips.

Seminar for New and Aspiring Christian Writers
When: Saturday, January 24, 2009 from 9am to 4pm
Location: Greater Grace Temple - Detroit

Let your gift shine in 2009!

Do you have a helpful how-to, an inspiring memoir or an intriguing novel in your heart?

Are you clueless about how to get started as a Christian author?

Have you written a good book but want to make it better?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then this is the seminar for you!

Saturday, January 24, 2009
9am - 4 pm
Greater Grace Temple Conference Center
23500 W. 7 Mile Road, Detroit, Michigan 48219

E3 Publications, Venus Mason Theus, Seminar Host

Workshops and Presenters:

*Answering the Call to Write - Barbara A. Smith, author of From Ashes to Glory
*The Anatomy of A Book - Kimberley Brooks, Essence Best Selling author of He's Fine, But Is He Saved?
*Self Publishing - Christina Dixon, PriorityOne Publishing
Authorpreneurship - Sabrina Adams, Zoe Life Publishing (Canton, Michigan)
Marketing Your Message - Emmy Award winner Pam Perry, Ministry Marketing Solutions

Meet the Pros! - Panel of ABC Seminar Presenters, featuring Author and Internet Promo Guru Sylvia Hubbard

See too and!

Clck here for more info