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    To get Superstar status with your book, it’s going to cost you something.

    Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
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    I deal with authors all the time – African American Christian authors. They are some soulful folks – and filled with hope and faith. Wonderful authors, great testimonies. Anointed.

    Yet, when it comes to business – the business of selling books – they want a “magic pill” to instantly be a superstar.

    I’ve been at this book marketing business for over 10 years. And let me tell you, it takes a few years to be an “overnight success.”

    So many authors believe that once they write and publish their book and tell a few friends, the sales will start coming in. That doesn’t happen.  Sorry.

    They soon realize that it is a crowed market out there and they desperately throw together some marketing materials and do a few eBlasts, and still nothing.

    They hear about social media marketing and try that – for a weeks or a couple of months.  And still nothing.  They call up some author friends and ask what should they do and the authors tell them to hire a publicist.

    They then look online for a publicist, and approach a few of them with $250 to $500 in their hands – and get discouraged because they find out it takes a lot more. A whole lot more.  (See  this special report on what a publicist cost) Note, if the PR person is “cheap” – you get what you pay for. Enough said.

    So what should a new author do?

    1. Get a mentor or PR coach to help you define your target audience, grasp the big picture and avoid costly mistakes.  At least buy a home study course. See my “Get Out There Kit.” Way before the book come out!!!
    2. Have a marketing plan and get contacts and instructions from your PR coach to execute the plan. A written plan is your road map to success.
    3. Have a budget or learn how to create partnerships or joint ventures to leverage your lack of funds. Bartering is good if you have no money.
    4. Build a brand – online and offline. Be consistent in all your marketing materials including blog, press kit, postcards, biz cards, etc.
    5. Have an email list of folks interested in your subject and understand your brand and you feed them with valuable information BEFORE your book is out.

    That’s a start. But I’d go with #1 first. Not willing to get PROFESSIONAL help is ignorant.  Investing in education and getting information will change the game for you.  It has happened for me and my clients.

    Those who have experience can help you go fastest and further towards the superstar track!

    I have mentors and coaches that have helped me over the years. Invaluable lessons they have shared!

    It has cost me time and money – but it would of cost me more if I didn’t engage their services.

    I know that anything of value is NEVER free.  You can get some information for free online, but it is “spotty” and never the entire strategic plan to help YOUR campaign specifically.

    If you have big dreams for your book – be prepared to commit to a program and sacrifice time and money to make the dream a reality.

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    There is no magic pill – only a lot of elbow grease. Writing the book was only 10% of the work. 90% is learning about marketing & PR.

    Finally, think about this:

    If you had a tooth ache,  you wouldn’t do your own dental work, you’d go to a dentist.

    Same with book marketing. Hiring a PR Coach and Social Media professional makes a statement that you are SERIOUS about your book marketing and serious about SUCCESS.

    Get the PR Boot Camp in a Box:

    The Get Out There Kit

    at www.pamperryonlinepr.com

    Interview Tactics: How to Give a Killer Interview

    Thursday, December 24th, 2009

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    Gayl Murphy interview with Pam Perry on Chocolate Pages Show

    Interview Tactics & Media Coaching  from Gayl: How to Give a “Killer” Interview

    Be as honest and up front as you can with the person that’s interviewing you without “giving up” anything you wouldn’t want to read about yourself tomorrow.

    Relax, enjoy and have a good time. Being interviewed is supposed to be FUN. You get to be the star of THE ME SHOW, starring ME, or in this case … YOU!

    Your JOB is to your CAPTURE your listener’s ATTENTION
    and imagination in the shortest amount of time. One of best ways of doing that is by using COLOR and DETAIL. Always speak in complete sentences and avoid lazy language.

    Keep people ENGAGED in what you’re saying, so they’ll continue asking you questions. This keeps the interview DYNAMIC, COHESIVE and MOVING along.

    PREPARE. PREPARE. PREPARE. KNOW the hard questions in advance and what you’re going to say BEFORE you talk to the press, or any gatekeeper just don’t write a script. (MURPHY’S LAW: Think BULLET POINTS.)

    Stay on TOPIC and stay FOCUSED
    . Be SPECIFIC. Give facts and information, names, dates and places. And, there is NO such thing as off-the-record.

    Always have your SOUNDBITES READY, they help tell your story and keep it COMPELLING and ATTENTION GRABBING. (MURPHY’S LAW: A soundbite is a brief and outstanding mini-version of who you are and what you’re selling. Like an audio snapshot!)

    Whenever possible, CONNECT your STORY, or pitch, with a story, or trend that’s already in the headlines, so it becomes NEWSWORTHY. The press loves stories that are “ripped from the headlines” because they’re in the news business.

    LISTEN carefully to what’s being asked.
    Answer SPECIFICALLY and SUCCINCTLY.

    Don’t be long-winded and GET TO THE POINT. You can always add more information on the back end.

    Know when to WRAP IT UP – and YES or NO is not an answer.

    WRAP their questions into your answers. (MURPHY’S LAW: Practice this one so it sounds natural.)

    Don’t wear, or carry anything that jingles, beeps, rings, cries, barks or makes noise on it’s own.

    Being in the media spotlight requires a level of PERFORMANCE. Always bring your ENERGY with you, regardless of where you are IT’S SHOWTIME!

    ALL interviews are GIVE AND TAKE. Listen carefully to what’s being asked, so you know what’s next.

    Make eye contact, SMILE!
    It’s OK to comment on an insightful question.

    Whatever your product, service or pitch, take along a sample, or photo, or PR material.

    Dress for SUCCESS and dress the part,
    whatever your part is. You’re the STAR! (MURPHY’S LAW: You decide how you want the world to see you.

    Source: GAYL MURPHY’S
    INTERVIEW TACTICS! REPORT
    www.InterviewTactics.com


    Gayl Murphy is a Veteran Hollywood Correspondent, Media and Presentational Coach, Speaker and Author of “Interview Tactics! How to Survive the Media without Getting Clobbered! The Insider’s Guide to Giving a Killer Interview!”

    As a Media Expert, Gayl celebrit-izes CEO’s, authors, experts, inventors, creative entrepreneurs, doctors, engineers, entertainment industry pros and celebrities in business and entertainment to CELEBRITIZE themselves and their brands so they can TELL IT TO SELL IT! http://www.InterviewTactics.com

    As a veteran Correspondent, Gayl’s has reported on entertainment and show business for ABC News, ABC TV, SKY News, BBC Radio, BBC TV, E! Entertaintment, HollywoodToday.net and BigMediaUSA among others. She has personally interviewed over 14,000 of the biggest celebrities and newsmakers in the world.

    About Gayl Murphy’s “Interview Tactics!”
    Working with the media and getting the word out about who you are and what you do on TV, radio, print and online is about as good as it gets!

    One hot story can bring you an avalanche of new clients and even more press coverage. And, having an arsenal of engaging, media-savvy and sticky soundbites to get you there is the best news of all!

    In today’s highly competitive, time-crunching and media-morphing world, having stockpile of “Interview Tactics!” is about knowing the lay of Media Land – and being a STAR in ANY situation that requires stepping up, answering questions, telling your story, peaking your listener’s interest and wrapping it up in 20 seconds or less…because sometimes that’s all you’re going to get.

    Go one-on-one with the media, or any gatekeeper/decision-maker to tell the world about who you are, what you do and what’s next using “Interview Tactics!” Learn REAL insider strategies for pitching any business, any product, any service, anytime, anywhere! Because when the going gets tough, the tough use the media!

    www.InterviewTactics.com

    Watch your email for upcoming FREE Teleseminar with Pam Perry & Gayl Murphy

    at the end of January 2010 – “How to Pitch it to Promote it”

    Go to: www.MinistryMarketingSolutions.com


    7 Tips on Effectively Writing and Distributing Press Releases to the Black Media

    Friday, November 6th, 2009

    Pam Perry talking about branding at Christian Writer\’s Meeting

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    1. It’s all in the title.

    The title of your press release should be short, meaningful and descriptive. The title is the determining factor of whether or not people will ever bother to read further. Consider using a subtitle to summarize the content.

    2. Make sure the information is newsworthy.

    You are wasting your time and money sending out information that people wont care about. Ask yourself –“would I read this?”

    2. Speak to your audience.

    If your sending a press release out to the Black media, you must make it obvious how your information relates to the African Americans.

    4. Don’t be too fancy.

    Avoid the excessive use of adjectives and fancy language. Don’t bold or underline words within your body. This is unprofessional. The content alone should sell its self.

    5. Include all forms of contact info.

    Include your email address and 1-2 phone numbers. If someone is trying to reach you for an urgent story, you want to be easily reached. Also, include your web site address so they can research more about what you do.

    6. Use BlackPR.com for distribution.

    When your press release is final, use BlackPR.com to distribute it to all the Black newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations. They only charge $150 bucks to do this. Also, consider using PRweb.com to increase search engine visibility.

    7. Send press releases regularly.

    A well- written press release can easily get you radio interviews and other media coverage. This, in turn, drives traffic to your web site, and more sales to your bottom line. The key is to be consistent. Send out press releases on a monthly basis, and consider writing weekly or bi-weekly columns to distribute as well.

    Dante Lee is the founder of Diversity City Media, a multicultural marketing empire. Visit his daily blog at www.DanteLee.com

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