I spent the day at the Colorado Independent Publishers Association annual “college.”
Michael J. Herman was the first speaker of the day. While I think his talk was mis-titled ("Write or Wrong–Publishing Mishaps That Can Cost You Millions . . . and How to Avoid Them"), he did outline some good points. One I’d like to share here is #9: Be a friend to the media. His notes said:
Every story should be told–the right way. If you have a story, make it mouth wateringly irresistible for the press. Make them want to and need to cover it. Make them feel like they have been on top of your story or they’ll miss the exclusive of a lifetime. KEY: FEED THEIR EGOS!
He said, “They don’t want to talk to you, but they want to know what you’re doing,” adding later, “Make them love you by making them think you love them.”
He said to read the papers and know the names of the editors, columnists, and contributors that you like. [Now I’m paraphrasing.] Stay in touch often and don’t be discouraged because you’re cultivating a relationship that takes time.
I’ll add: Get to know them before you want something from them. This is true for anyone in your career (collectors, dealers, curators, etc.).
I was particularly interested in the CIPA college’s offerings because they
APPEARED to be tech-focused (e-books, audio recordings, etc.), but I
was disappointed. I feel like I’m light years ahead of whomever they
were talking to. Not a total waste, as I met some very nice people and
purchased what appears to be a terrific book on nutrition: If It’s Not
Food, Don’t Eat It! by Kelly Hayford.