How to Pitch Reporters and Get Results: A Reporter’s Point of View

Amazon ImageLisa Earle McLeod is a syndicated columnist who uses PR LEADS to find sources for her articles and books, including her latest: Selling with Noble Purpose.

She is a sales leadership consultant. Organizations like Apple, Kimberly-Clark and Pfizer hire her to create passionate, purpose-driven sales organizations.

She is also a best-selling author and sought after speaker. Her newest book, Selling with Noble Purpose: How to Drive Revenue and Do Work That Makes You Proud, hit #2 on CEO Read.

I interviewed her recently to get her insights on how to pitch effectively.

Here is a synopsis of the conversation.

  1. Don’t use a subject line “New book about business,” or “New book about health.” Instead, show one of your great ideas from the book.
  2. When she looks at responses for her PR LEADS queries, she likes to see the tips first and bio second. She hates pitches that only include a bio but no tips.
  3. Beyond the responses she gets from her PR LEADS inquiries, she’s overwhelmed with 50 pitches a day from publicists who send her email about every topic under the sun – especially topics she doesn’t even cover. She has rarely written a story based on an unsolicited pitch letter. The few times she did, it was a killer pitch that provided great reader tips, not just a summary of the book.
  4. She doesn’t look at press release sites. “I don’t have a shortage of ideas.” But she does use press releases to verify information, get background, and pull images of experts and book covers.

To read more tips about how to pitch reporters, get my book, Reporters Are Looking for YOU!

Dan Janal, author of Reporters Are Looking for YOU! helps small businesses get publicity so they can sell more products. My clients get terrific results from my coaching, consulting, done-for-you services and do-it-yourself tools. For info, go to www.prleadsplus.com or call me at 952-380-1554.

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