I try to respond to all of the messages I receive, especially well-crafted and thoughtful e-mails. To increase your chances of a response:

  • Keep your message short; I don’t need as much background info as you think.
  • Short paragraphs work better than 1 long paragraph.
  • Make it clear what you want me to do; be specific with your question or request.
  • Be reasonable with your request. If it takes me 2 minutes to respond, I will. If your message asks me to “take a look at [my book, start-up company, website] and tell me what you think,” I won’t, unless you want to hire me.
  • These tips are taken from: How to Get a Busy Person to Respond to Your E-mails by Mattan Griffel, who has written the best post I’ve seen on the matter. (Except: I would strike the last five paragraphs.)

I often ignore publicity pitches because they don’t reflect a good understanding of what gets posted on this site. For example, I never write book reviews, so don’t ask. However, I love to excerpt books on writing and publishing, especially if I’m choosing the excerpt.

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Check the guest post archives to get an idea of what type of guests and guest posts I typically accept. I rarely accept guest posts from people or businesses outside of the writing and publishing community, and I am extremely picky.

If you want help on pitching a guest post, try this advice from Copyblogger, or this advice from Problogger. Both methods are acceptable.

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