Last Updated Oct 6, 2008 10:57 PM EDT
- The #1 thing journalists hate is being misled or lied to. so make your pitches honest -- we have this spokesperson available, we are the leader in this field, etc.
- The more puffy and unbelievable your pitch is, the less time it will get
- Don't use the word "exclusive" if you don't mean it and don't have a previous relationship with the journalist. It screams "amateur hour."
- Avoid spam words like "work at home" that might trap your email in a spam filter
- Blocked lists: these are a major bummer, one of the downsides of technology. If you really truly need to have a relationship with a journalist who has blocked you, then go the extra mile -- write a hard copy letter, write to their boss, try to get a face-to-face appointment, and keep trying the phone, even their cell. And be prepared to tell them why you were blocked by mistake in 20 seconds or less.