I write for a lot of publications. I contribute regularly to four blogs and infrequently to a few magazines. And, I have my two personal blogs (this one and UWS Dad), both of which I’ve been neglecting lately. So, I get pitched a lot. That’s fine with me; I actually like it. I’d rather choose what I’m going to pursue than have a publicist make the choice for me (i.e., by not pitching). I like doing my job, and I really don’t need any help. I do read (or at least scan) every pitch I receive. But, the scanning becomes shorter for some publicists who just don’t get what I do. I get a surprisingly small amount of off-topic (and otherwise bad) pitches, but every now and then, someone does something stupid.
And, I realize I have a role in the process – one that I haven’t fulfilled as well as I should.
After the jump, you’ll find a few tips for pitching me. They really aren’t all that difficult. Hell, most of them are common sense. Since common sense ain’t so common, I’m spelling it out for everyone. Read the list once and you’ll be set for a long time. When in doubt, ask. I’d much rather get an e-mail from someone trying to understand what I do than just get a random pitch that has nothing to do with me. And, you’ll get the opportunity to grow the relationship a bit.