Your publicist will upload a press release to your books page. This is intended to be used as a template to be tailored for individual contacts

Never attach a press release as a separate document, always put it in the body of an email. Your first email can act as your draft, and can be copy and pasted for subsequent emails, as this doesn’t change.

You can add a personalised paragraph specifically aimed at the contact, acknowledging who they are and why they may be interested in this title specifically. Keep that brief and to the point, add a link to the book page on the imprint website too. Further advice on what to include and how to send out is explained in more detail in Being Your Own Publicist.

What we do

For some of our contacts we will send an email that covers different activities, we may offer them a review copy, an extract/article and or interview. This happens for a number of contacts covering print and online magazines, bloggers and some radio stations.

We refer to it as a Press Release for the sake of convenience, though that is usually more applicable to breaking news, daily events, eccentric stories. This is always targeted, we do not blanket email contacts and authors should not do that either, the recipient can tell and it is an instant turn off.

So this activity is a catch-all for appropriate contacts. It may lead to the creation of another type of activity. The contact may go on to request a review copy, so there will be a seperate activity created for a Review Copy or for an Interview or Article/Extract.

When the press release is sent, your publicist will add the activity to the contacts (s)he sent it to. This is a one-off action and will have a “Date Arranged”. It will not need to have a “Date Completed”, and the author does not need to do anything about this activity.

As a rule whoever adds an activity is the person responsible for completing it. However it is inevitable that some activities will go uncompleted.

What you can do

Do feel free to use it and tweak it further, but bear in mind the advice in Being Your Own Publicist.

Building your own email list which brings potential reader to your platform (author site) is a good way of selling books, particularly if you are planning a series. You can then periodically send out new content to keep them interested and effectively launch your next books, as well as market the backlist. Include at the end of the manuscript a note directing readers to your site.

You can build a list in a number of ways;

1. Offer something for free in exchange for an email address; This could be in the form of a novella, free chapters, and teasers, articles of interest around the subject of your book. Top tips, How tos, audio clips and video. Different genres offer different opportunities.

2. Set up a newsletter; this works for authors with more than just a book to talk about. Your list will soon tire of you if the only communication they get from you is “buy my book”. But if you offer other information around your subject, then this approach can work well.

You may need specific services/programmes to help you capture and manage your list, you must have an unsubscribe option, and please ensure that it is interesting to keep your audience. Continual “buy my book” emails will lead to unsubscribers. Spam is a big problem these days and if you get repeatedly reported for email abuses, you can get into trouble with your internet provider and efffect your Google ratings.