Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas December 26




Are You VISIBLE? Get your planning in gear with 2 hot tips from the Publicity Hound, Joan Stewart:


1. Use 2016 Editorial Calendars


Get a jump start on next year’s publicity campaign by collecting 2016 editorial calendars of publications, blogs and websites where you want publicity.

Editorial calendars list the topics that will be featured in a specific issue, week or month, and have deadlines for advertising and editorial. 

Newspapers and magazines use them, mostly for the benefit of advertisers. But they’re helpful if you want publicity because knowing what will be covered when gives you plenty of time to pitch. Only a small percentage of bloggers have them.

Here’s how to find them.

Identify an outlet where you want publicity. Call or email the newspaper, magazine, blogger or website.

Or do a Google search, like this: “Denver (or whatever your city is) Business Journal 2016 editorial calendar.”

That’s what Joan did. It led me to this calendar in her Wisconsin area.

But you don’t want to buy an ad. You want free publicity. Call or email the publication and ask the best time to pitch story ideas for that specific edition, and to whom. Mark your calendar, and pitch. Editorial deadlines are sometimes much earlier than ad deadlines.


2. Pitch Podcasters

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Don’t forget to pitch podcasters when creating your publicity plan for next year.

Most don’t have editorial calendars. You’ll have to do your own research and find the ones that are the best fit for you and your topic. Start with the iTunes Podcast Directory. Listen to at least one show to make sure your pitch is on target.

A shortcut: Do a Google search for “top 10 podcasts for….” Chances are good that someone has created a list like that.

Don’t miss Margaret Larkin’s two-part series on Podcasting 101 on Joan’s blog. She hosts the Radiogirl Podcast, a media podcast that features interviews with people who work in radio and TV, in Chicago and beyond. She covers everything, from the wide variety of equipment you can use to options for producing and hosting your podcast.

If you have questions, ask them in the comments and she’ll help. See Podcasting for Beginners, Part 1: Equipment That Will Make You Sound Like a Million Bucks andPart 2: How to Produce Your Podcast and Publish it Online.





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