Four Tips on Tip Sheets

July 2007
by Fern Reiss

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Four Tips on Tip Sheets

Four Tips on Tip Sheets

 

by Fern Reiss

 

Getting newspaper and
magazine coverage for your book can be challenging both online and off. The
book review section has disappeared from many conventional publications;
competition for space is keen in other sections; most Web sites don’t do
reviews. But a simple tip sheet for your book can get you into almost any
publication in America.

 

Here are four tips on writing tip
sheets:

 

Highlight
the best tidbits. For nonfiction
books, a tip sheet is a no-brainer. Just compile a list of the most interesting
bits of information in your book. Add a catchy lead at the top and an “About
the Book” section at the bottom, and send it to the publications of your
choice.

 

Nonfiction books lend themselves
to multiple tip sheets, and since tip sheets are the bread and butter of both
newspapers and magazines, your tip sheet, if it’s well written and interesting,
is almost guaranteed to be picked up by a variety of publications.

For my book The Infertility Diet: Get
Pregnant and Prevent Miscarriage, for example, my tip sheets
include “Top Ten Tips to Fertility,” “Combating Male Infertility,” “Six Foods
to Get You Pregnant,” and “Fiv…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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