Here’s a short list of unsolicited junk that publicity-seekers send to TV shows where they want to appear as guests:
- Bulky media kits
- Books they’ve written (sometimes multiple copies for everyone on the staff)
- Envelopes stuffed with marketing materials
- Press photos
- Press clippings
- Long letters explaining why they want to appear on the show
- Videos that show them speaking to the local Rotary Club
- Even gag gifts accompanied by pitches that they think are clever, but fall flat
Guess where most of this stuff ends up? In the trash bin.
Why Producers Don’t Want This Junk
Producers are too busy to wade through mountains of materials. So the publicity seekers have nothing to show for it except crippling postage costs.
If producers and guest bookers don’t want THAT, what do they want?
For starters, they need to be pretty sure you’re going to be a compelling guest. That means not withering under the lights. Or upstaging the show’s host. Or telling long-winded stories that viewers don’t care about. Most importantly, they need to know that your story is interesting.
Free Call Thursday on How to Pitch
Four producers and guest bookers for major TV shows will tell you EXACTLY how to pitch them, when to pitch them and what—and what not—to send when they’re the guests on a teleseminar hosted by my friend, Steve Harrison, on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at either 2 or 7 p.m. Eastern Time. Register here. Even though the call is free, I promote it as a compensated affiliate because I think the very best way to know exactly what producers want is to hear them explain it.
You’ll learn lots of insider tips from those who book guests for ABC, NBC and CBS. They include:
- Mariann Sabol, “Live with Kelly”
- Tommy Crudup, “Rachael Ray”
- Dan Fitzpatrick, “The Wendy Williams Show”Stacy Rollins, Telepictures Productions
- Others to be announced.
If You Can’t Attend
If the time is inconvenient for you, register anyway, and Steve will notify you when he hosts similar programs. Or recruit a friend or assistant to listen for you and take notes.
Important: Steve seldom offers replays after these calls. So listen live.