If you are ever in a situation where you want to share sensitive information with a journalist, the most important rule (after calling a PR person to help you) is to set very clear ground rules about attribution before the conversation starts.
How many authors of commercial fiction do you know who get huge, glowing profiles in the New Yorker? Well, Jennifer Weiner just did, as she continues to ride her successful hobbyhorse about not getting respect.
How would you like to be featured on CNN, CBS News, the BBC and VH1? If you're San Francisco area artist Steven Backman, that's just a few months' coverage. But unlike many professionals, he doesn't use a high-end PR firm to shill for him. Instead, he's become his own publicity machine.
We live in a two-dimensional world much of the time. Websites are in many cases replacing brick-and-mortar stores, and texting has replaced real conversation and interchange. But here's what I believe: we have not changed as people.
I hate when there's an elephant in the room. And let's face it -- we've got quite a few elephants roaming around the online community. One of them is the fact that everybody's trying to pitch everything, yet nobody knows HOW to pitch anything.
As a marketer and consultant for new business and creative projects, I see every rule in the book being broken in crowdfunding campaigns. In some cases, these campaigns are even hurting the future of the project, from alienating your audience to scooping your press story.
I have written about celebrity falls from grace in the past, and my typical refrain is that in America anyone can make a comeback. But I think this one's an anomaly. In this case, Deen's got her rear-end in the deep fryer with little hope of coming out crispy and delicious.
When you build a career in any industry, it is important to get into the thick of things and learn as much as you can about the business activities involved so you can become more of an insider as opposed to just a spectator.
In my work launching new businesses (or fixing businesses that have plateaued), one place I see entrepreneurs in every industry get stuck, frustrated, or misguided, is in attempting to apply old models to new business.