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  • Writer's pictureErica Thomas

Why Press Releases May Not Be the Solution for Every Author or Business

Updated: Nov 13

Press releases have long been considered a powerful tool for getting your message out there, but the reality is that they may not always be the best fit for every author or business, especially if what you have to offer isn't particularly memorable or newsworthy.

1. Lack of Memorable or Newsworthy Content

Press releases thrive on newsworthy content, and without something truly captivating, it can be challenging to grab the attention of media personalities and journalists. If your book or business lacks that unique spark that sets it apart from the crowd, a press release may not yield the results you're hoping for.

2. Not a Big-Name Author or Organization

Unless you're a household name like Margaret Atwood or Stephen King, media personalities and journalists may not be inclined to cover your book or business simply because it exists. The media often gravitates toward established figures or those with remarkable achievements, such as book awards or industry recognition.

3. The Power of Awards and Recognition

One way to make your press release more enticing is to wait until you've received a notable book award or industry-recognized professional book review. These accolades provide the newsworthy angle that journalists seek and can significantly increase your chances of media coverage.

4. Lack of Notable Endorsements

Having a notable figure endorse your book or business can also make your press release more appealing to the media. If you don't have such endorsements in your arsenal, consider building relationships within your industry before reaching out with a press release.

5. Building Your Audience First

Authors, in particular, should focus on building their audience before releasing their first book. This involves cultivating a following both on and off social media platforms, engaging with potential readers, and establishing a presence in your niche. Without an audience, it can be challenging to generate the buzz necessary to make a press release effective.

6. Quality Over Quantity

For authors, releasing numerous books without first building a dedicated readership can dilute your impact. Instead of churning out book after book, consider slowing down and focusing on quality, using each release as an opportunity to strengthen your brand and connect with your audience.

Press releases can be a valuable tool when used at the right time and under the right circumstances. However, if you're not yet a well-known author or business, it's essential to prioritize building your presence, credibility, and audience before investing in press releases. In today's media landscape, it's often the combination of a compelling story and a well-established presence that truly captures the attention of journalists and readers alike.

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