Do Your Home Work - A Piece Of My Mind
I am mad, upset, livid and angry. I preach this subject in writer's workshops all the time. DO YOUR LEG WORK, before you look FOOLISH.
Note I review books and audio (spoken word) products in newspapers, magazines and on the internet...as well as writing two self-help columns (I include this column as one of the self-help columns). I also have four different blog talk radio shows on different subjects.
The reason I write this column today is because of a Facebook private message from an Author. He didn’t do his homework when it came to finding out about my shows and my audience.
In his haste, he added me to his LinkedIn and his Facebook pages. I have nothing against being added in either place. However, this man assumed everyone needed to hear about his book and he wanted a possible radio appearance. The followed is an edited version of our Facebook private message.
Bennet - You added me on LinkedIn—I wondered why.
Author - I am a writer and looking to make connections. Besides doing radio and some TV I am hoping to somehow share my knowledge with people who are interested.
Bennet - Interesting
Author - If you need any input on the Muslim Brotherhood / Hamas or IS let me know.
Bennet - Not my style for my radio shows. Maybe if and when your book comes out.
Author - Should be out by then end of October. ty
Bennet - Well I am booked thru November...I don’t do politics on my shows…I wish you luck.
Author - And I wish you the same.
Bennet - Did you listen to any of my shows before adding me?
Author - I was looking for radio and journalists primarily. I listen too many. I honestly cannot remember which ones. There are so many. My biggest concern is that educators are not informed on this topic and not giving accurate info to students.
Bennet - My biggest concern is people who don’t know show's formats and just add people without knowing the talent's format.
Author - ah I get that
Bennet - So if I offered you a show in December, what would you discuss?
Author - When I decide to send an introduction saying what my talents were, it was after listening to formats. If nonpolitical I can discuss how educators are unaware of the true cause of the Armenian Genocide. That’s as nonpolitical as I can get.
Bennet – That’s a little too heavy for my audience. Anything else?
Author - The reason is the fatwa was kept secret by the state dept. The next book is titled (Deleted from conversation for privacy sake).
Bennet - I think you are too high brow for my shows -- we talk to the common Joe - you seem too strong for my audience.
Author - I can discuss my first one which is on Muslim Brotherhood influences on college campuses. My book was written to the common Joe. It shows the dangers of letting a child attend a school that has this issue. Want a free ecopy?
Bennet Pomerantz - My radio audience wouldn’t be interested. I could review the book for my newspaper column if you wanted?
Author - That would be great
Bennet – Your focus is too heavy for the shows on my network.
Author - Do you have a kid audience?
Bennet - I do shows on sexual abuse, breast cancer, and some interviews. I don’t do politics on my network.
Author - Believe it or not under sharia that stuff is legal.
Bennet - We do have an adult audience, but the readers who don’t want to hear about Isis and politics.
Author - But if you can discuss sexual abuse that’s a heavy topic. I am an educator who has had to report more than I want.
Bennet - Maybe you can listen to a few shows on my network and see if you can find something that would fit my format.
Author - I will indeed. Then if I see how I can fit I will drop you a line.
Bennet - Do you know how many say that statement to me and never do?
Author - I never realized that. I listen in because I don’t want to go on a show that I later regret offering to. I have seen some shows that make me wonder about the mental health of the host.
Bennet - Was that you trying to be funny?
Author - So I try to remain with those who are stand up and good interviewers. No my statement was an honest assessment. I was listening into one show that talked about UFOs. All of a sudden it was out of the blue.
I caught something in that person's speech that indicated a possible need for more help. That’s one of the problems with being an educator.
Bennet - Why not write a book about that.
Author - Trying to do my own PR is a learning experience...it won’t help keep our country safe.
Bennet - Again I wish you luck.
Note I have NOTHING against this man. Just as a writer and possible radio guest he needs to do his research into what shows would be best for promoting his work. He needs to know who he is talking to instead of just approaching everyone.
This is a good lesson for authors to learn. It’s best to target those shows that will best showcase your work. Make sure their format and topic coverage match the contents of your book. Don’t take their time until you have checked them out and feel they have the right audience for your book.
On a side note. I recently got an email addressed to Benny Pomeroy at my email@example.com. That’s my email…but the contents were odd. She was writing to see if she could be a guest on my Lets Chat blog talk radio show. This woman stated she loved my show with Rachel Thomas, the author of Broken Things. I do have a cohost with a similar name and with a similar titled book. But that’s not her name and not the correct title of her book. So on another note, please make sure when approaching a show that you take the time to make sure you have the hosts name and book correct. It shows that you respect them and what they do. That you’re not just a drive by author looking to take advantage of their show and audience. A little care goes a long way!
So the gist of this month’s article is…take the time to do you due diligence when contacting others to showcase your work. Take the time to find out who they are and what they cover. Take a few extra minutes to showcase yourself in a good light by checking your work before hitting the send button.
Until Next time, reach for the stars
Columnist: Bennet Pomerantz has covered the Audio medium for the last 20 years. He has syndicated newspaper columns, AUDIOWORLD and "Movies of Your Mind", in Affaire De Coeur Magazine. In which he showcase his vast and diverse knowledge of the spoken word medium.
He is also known as a media review critic (books, music, graphic novels, DVDs, CDs) in his weekly syndicated newspaper column "A Piece of the Page". He also is a ranked media reviewer for Amazon.com. http://www.facebook.com/bennet.pomerantz1 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org