My Book’s Self-Published Can I Still Get Media Coverage?
If You Know your Target Audience and PR Strategies- Media Coverage will come.
When it comes to media placement, it just doesn’t matter anymore whether your book is published by a major house or is self-published. In the last few years, only once have I come across an objection to running a story because an author’s book was self-published.
Book publishing does not require house-publishers- Success can be a result of Self-publishing
A few years back a story we pitched was rejected by CNN, because the author we were pitching had self-published his book. We pitched it three times and received three passes.
Well, we had also been working on other media fronts, and a few weeks later called back explaining that the author and his book had been featured in both Newsweek and USA Today. Three hours later we received another call from CNN stating that they had thought it over and wanted to move forward with a segment. The author was interviewed on CNN. The moral is, if you get a “no,” keep working it and offering different angles until you turn that “no” into a “yes.”
Writers need a good PR Campaign for their Published Book
A self-published author’s real struggle has to do with distribution and marketing. When it comes to media relations, if you do it right, you can play in the same ballpark as the majors. As a matter of fact, I sometimes think that self-published writers fare better than their house-published counterparts because they are under no illusions. They don’t assume that some big entertainment conglomerate is going to use all of its muscle and turn their book into an overnight sensation. They realize that if success is going to happen, they’d better get to work, and fast. Your book was written to be read. Use the magic of the media. Get it out there.
Even if you are publishing with a major house, I suggest that you approach your book’s PR launch as though you’re self publishing your book. View your publisher primarily as a printer and distributor and assume that all of the responsibility for securing media for your book rests firmly on your weary shoulders. Try to convince your publisher to pay for at least two to three months worth of outside media relations. If your publisher launches a campaign for you, that’s great, but don’t count on it doing a heck of a lot. You don’t have the luxury of being wrong. If you assume the media relations will be done for you and it’s not, by the time you discover your error it will be too late. You’ll keep waiting for the phone to ring and for that Oprah segment to magically appear. Take your PR campaign into your own hands. If possible hire an outside firm to handle your campaign for you. You finally have your book. Make the most of it. Don’t miss your window of opportunity.