Marketing in K-Mart Terms Vol 3
Call it panache or press kit/media kit, it’s that special added touch to say you’re special. It’s also called a tool to enhance marketing. The word Tiff Coulter loves and most of us hate!
While some publishers put together on line press/media kits for authors, hard copies you put together aren’t given out indiscriminately. Their best use is when wooing broadcast media, but may include the following:
- A pitch or cover letter (heard this gig before haven’t we?).
Make it as creative as possible, but make it zing for your targeted media.
Short and personalized with a hook.
- Power Bio
Always include, but humanize while spicing with tidbits. People enjoy reading about people. What outrageous claims can you make?
It’s money well invested in a current professional photo. Buy or make several copies.
Whatever makes you shine! If you have none, don’t collapse. You will.
Title, author, publisher, number pages, size, ISBN #, published date, binding, price.
In addition to the above, you may also include the following, which help you understand why you’re selective in whom you give a press/media kit.
- Brochures or other promotional materials
If it’s relevant. May include book marks, brochures. Certainly a business card.
- Q & A sheet
Used more when seeking an interview.
Autographing these provides a unique touch.
- Excerpts from the book
- Reply card
Allows editor to request copy. Sidebar: my daughter’s publisher provided an electronic link whereby on-line promotional viewing of book was possible. Ask. Saves trips to the mailbox, but doesn’t allow ‘hands on.’
- Your ‘sealer or envelope’ is important
A laser printed envelope eliminates labels. If you use a folder for your press/media kit, make it relate visually to your book.
Have any and all press/media kit info ready for your publisher to enhance your
marketing for any kit they may put together.
PS- My last blog mentioned that an influencer could register a book and then follow it’s journey. Go to www.bookcrossing.com to find out how.
PPS- I’ve just read the last several blogs and my vote is that we have great bloggers!!