|July 4th Opportunity|
by Fern Reiss, CEO, PublishingGame.com
Savvy book folk will wait to take their July 4th holiday
until several days after the 4th.
July 4th—and, indeed, almost any
government holiday, including Labor Day and Memorial
a wonderful publicity opportunity for the right author.
Because businesses and government institutions close
early for the weekend, journalists, as always on these
holidays, are left with space to fill, a shortage of
people to interview, and nothing much to say. So they
cast around looking for new sources and unused press
Your chances of being picked up by even the national
media increase exponentially at such times.
Now, even the most optimal time of year will not garner
you PR unless you have some sort of hook. You still
need a news angle, a reason that journalists should
cover your story now. You’ll still need to do
a fax blast, or an email blast, to get them the press
release, and it still needs to look professional, or
most papers won’t pick it up. But unlike the
rest of the year, your hook needn’t be as compelling,
simply because there will be a whole lot less competition
See how short this article is, compared to its usual
length? That’s the same position in which newspapers
nationwide find themselves: Too much white space. This
week, the newspapers need filler.
So instead of planning to take off early this week
for the holidays, think about whether it might not
be worth your while to stick around and generate some
book PR. You can always go on vacation next week—after
reaping the rewards of July 4th. Enjoy.
Fern Reiss is CEO of PublishingGame.com (www.PublishingGame.com) and Expertizing.com (www.Expertizing.com) and the author of the books, The Publishing Game: Find an Agent in 30 Days, The Publishing Game: Bestseller in 30 Days, and The Publishing Game: Publish a Book in 30 Days as well as several other award-winning books. She is also the Director of the International Association of Writers (www.AssociationofWriters.com) providing publicity vehicles to writers worldwide. She also runs The Expertizing® Publicity Forum where you can pitch your book or business directly to journalists; more information at www.Expertizing.com/forum.htm. Sign up for her complimentary newsletter at www.PublishingGame.com/signup.htm.
Copyright © 2011 Fern Reiss