How to Pitch Me
Alright, because I work in PR, I expect a lot from the people pitching me (because I hold you to the standard I hold myself!). Let's start our relationship on the right foot.
The best way to pitch me:
- Send me tight, well researched story idea pitches via email.
- Press releases can be very helpful but most of the time, they're not. I don't read them unless I ask for them. Just something to keep in mind.
- Pitch me via this contact form or my email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please do not call me.
- Please do not text me.
- Please do follow up! I get lots of emails and sometimes I miss things. However, do not follow up within 24 hours (or 36, or 72). Plan accordingly and give me enough time to receive the idea, research it and take it to editors.
- Please don't find out my travel plans and ask me to change my flight to meet with your clients (this really happened). I do have various commitments!
- I write a lot about food and beverage because I don't really work in that PR space. However, I'm definitely game for other ideas. The caveat is that it has to be something I'm personally interested in. One look at my IG will give you everything you need to know about my interests but in short here's a snapshot of what I'm looking to write about:
- People of color
- Latino stories
- My clips (under writing sample) are current to give you a sense of what I'm writing about and where.
- Is it too much to ask my name be spelt correctly? If you're on this site reading this, then you know how to spell my name.
Do I write about clients?
No. That's unethical. I went to journalism school and learned all about this! If by chance a past client is mentioned it's because: 1). We're no longer working together. 2). they're the best source. 3). My editor's been informed of the relationship.
I work in PR and write. How does that work?
Well, let me tell you. I actually began my career fully intending to be a journalist. I attended journalism school, graduated in the recession, was told there were no newsroom jobs, so I went into PR. However, every now and then, I'd get something published. My early clips included Forbes, Refinery29, Chicago Sun-Times and HuffPost.
It wasn't until early 2017, when I read Amanda Hesser's "Advice to Aspiring Writers" that I decided to actively pursue writing (again?). Amanda and I met later that year and she encouraged me to continue to write (including for food52 which led to this piece!).
Because I don't have clients in the food and beverage space, I gravitate towards those idea but please feel free to send me other things. I love adventures and new experiences. Many of my stories come from exploring the world around me because I typically don't write about something I haven't personally experienced.
Where do I want to get published (sometime soon)?
New York Times (isn't it everyone's???), The Atlantic, Playboy.com, The Verge, Vox, The Ringer, Nat Geo and Eater.