Pointers For Successful Newspaper Pitches

Looking for some easy publicity? Think about newspapers. Besides getting into their event calendars by announcing your speaking appearances and book signings you can pitch an article:
• Pitch for a review of your book; even during a slow news period it will help if you can give them a connection to the area. Maybe the book is set in the local area. Did you grow up or attend college nearby?
• Offer to write a piece covering an aspect of the plot; is the protagonist enmeshed in a domestic violence situation or maybe you’ve written an historical fiction novel and because of your research you can discuss an interesting detail or factoid connected to the story.
• Perhaps you could suggest an interview focused on the specifics of your literary career or novel.
After you’ve got them on the spot, try starting with your ‘elevator pitch’ — that 1 or 2 sentence attention grabber.

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