What exactly is a Media Mentor and Consultant?
A: As a Media Mentor and Consultant I work with writers, authors, public
relations executives, nonprofits, business owners and creative professionals
who want to improve, fine-tune and learn how best to sell their work
and themselves to the media.
Q: Are you the same as a publicist? How are you different?
A: No. Publicists disseminate material; they send out press releases,
field incoming inquires, heavily work the phones and often organize
events and parties. This is not my role. While I write and critique
materials, I do none of the above public relations activities. I concentrate
on teaching, giving guidance and producing top quality materials.
Q: Since you are a member of the media, can I send you information
on my business or projects to see if you’d be interested in writing
a story about me or my work?
A: Unfortunately, I cannot accept such unsolicited submissions and
also cannot respond to these types of query letters. My work as a print
journalist is fully separate from my work as a media mentor and consultant.
Q: What packages are available for mentoring and consulting?
A: I offer an initial consultation, hourly consults – by phone
or in person -- and monthly retainers. I also work on a per-project
basis. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs and I’ll
be happy to schedule an initial consult.
Q: With your extended media contacts, do you ever contact these
professionals directly for your clients?
A: For a select client list only I may contact media members, but only
to media that I do not currently work or report for. This includes
TV, cable, radio, film, and also the web/print outlets for whom I don’t
report. I will always tell media contacts if this information is for
Q: Is my identity confidential?
A: Yes. All clients are kept confidential unless they’ve given
prior consent to my using their names/businesses.