“A big thank you for the feature in the Wall Street Journal and all the others from the past year including ABC News Now, Fox Business, CNN, Business Week, Kiplinger’s, the CBS Evening News, the myriad of radio interviews, and the magazine articles and blogposts. My relationship with Smith Publicity is at the core of my marketing machine. You keep me relevant and in the public’s eye and it has resulted in a 99% client retention rate, new clients, speaking opportunities, and more press. Looking forward to another great year!”
"To me, my company is divided into two phases - the days before working with Smith Publicity, and the days since. What a valuable tool to have in an author's arsenal!
Smith Publicity has quickly become an indispensable and effective part of our media relations efforts, and working with Dina has been excellent on all counts. They understand the goals of my business, what I am trying to do with the brand, and the media environment of my industry.
Dina has landed interest and coverage for me on CNBC, MSN, Voice America, TheStreet.com, and many others, in only a matter of months. I can't wait to see what we can achieve as months turn into years!"
"Though I worked in media relations eons ago, I was not prepared to take on the promotion of my debut novel, thus set out to find the right representation for it. Fortunately, I landed on two feet with Smith Publicity and have seen a phenomenal result over a three month period.
I can't say enough about my publicist Janet Shapiro for the passion and commitment she brings to her job. Her belief in me as an author together with her persistence has generated tremendous outcomes in a saturated market.
In short, I've appeared on several television shows, three in top ten markets in the U.S., and received national newspaper coverage in Canada and a noteworthy feature in Britain's largest black newspaper.
A first time author, I am off to a racing start thanks to the fantastic team at Smith Publicity."
"Superb!! I highly recommend Smith Publicity! Not only were they able to understand who I was an author but they worked hand in hand with me to reach my full potential. Their staff was always supportive and knowledgeable. They took me from an no named author to an author writing for large international newspapers and magazines like Self! Once my campaign ended the support didn't stop either! They still continue to send me leads and follow ups from my campaign. Choosing Smith Publicity as your PR Firm, in my opinion, is choosing success!"
"Uniquely "packaging" one's focus is the key to successfully marketing a product or services. Smith Publicity proved invaluable in this effort, designing a packaging profile that resulted in a much broader media appeal. The success of that effort was reflected by the numerous radio, television and magazine interviews (both locally and nationally) that were generated as a direct result of the new campaign they designed. Throughout the effort, I remained impressed by their professionalism, their weekly reports detaling specific progress made and their meticulous attention to detail. As committed as I was to running my own marketing race, after engaging Smith Publicity I found they set an even faster pace!"
"I actually enjoyed my time with Smith and especially my representative. Within a rather short period of time I sensed a deep commitment to me as a client and could see her dogged yet professional perseverance. Her ideas gave me good media exposure and results. Smith did what they said they were going to do…even more by using a variety of creative ideas! Further, they actually seemed sincerely interested in the concepts of my book, not just because it was their job to show interest but there was an “America needs this” kind of interest and that surprised and pleased me. My campaign was a team-collaboration, they had a team yes, but it was also a close collaboration with me … and they listened with the ears of an elephant. I’m the kind of guy (a management professor tuned in to service and creativity) who never stops thinking about the monthly fee and the ticking meter but I am so glad that after a year of painstaking research I finally selected Smith. No regrets except that Oprah ended her TV show during my contract period. They did, however, manage to get me on TV in Chicago!"
"My Smith Publicity publicist was a pleasure to work with from the start. She has carried out a 'jump start' campaign for six weeks. She got her teeth into it and started the ball rolling very well making use of all her contacts. She has created strong interest ... gaining me two local radio interviews during the campaign, one with the BBC. I also had a successful interview with a prominent local newspaper leading to a feature article. In addition ... I'm awaiting confirmation on a national newspaper feature where there appears to be considerable enthusiasm. I would certainly use Smith Publicity again in the future!"
"Kristi at Smith Publicity carried out a sterling campaign for BOLD and we are both pleased with the results and grateful to the whole Smith team for their professionalism and care. It has been a pleasure to partner with them."
"My experience with Smith Publicity has been excellent. When I first inquired about their services, I was immediately put in touch with Marissa Eigenbrood, who ably assessed my needs as a first-time author. AnnMarie Pettito was then assigned as my publicist. AnnMarie is a ball of energy. Not only did she fulfill the agreement Smith had with me, but she went above and beyond, following up with contacts even after our four-week publicity period was over. I do not know what the overall results will be in terms of book sales, but my novel has been introduced to the public. So far, I’ve had an interview with a weekly newspaper and had a favorable online review – and more activity is likely, including a possible radio interview. I highly recommend Smith Publicity in light of the personal attention they give their clients and the energy and enthusiasm they have put into publicizing my book. Thank you, Smith!"
“I loved working with Smith Publicity. It was obvious they had a real love for the written word and finesse for publicity. The media coverage I received was astounding, and nothing I’d be able to accomplish on my own. My publicist was very personable and always available to answer my questions. Anyone who is serious about reaching their targeted demographic should consider working with them.”
"I can’t thank Dina Barsky enough for orchestrating such a remarkable publicity campaign for my new book. From our very first conversation, it was evident that she understood my goals and intentions when creating The Rock & Roll Alphabet, and the campaign that you developed was clearly designed to reach media outlets that would best support these objectives. Her well crafted press and interview releases yielded media coverage on radio, in national print and online publications, and in many local magazines and independent blogs. I truly appreciate the professionalism and expertise that her and her colleagues demonstrated in introducing this unique book to the public and I look forward to future campaigns and partnerships further on up the road."
"The effort put forth by Smith Publicity, and by Kevin in particular, was very helpful in promoting my novel, Do I Recognize You? From my initial discussion with Dina Barsky, through my last communication with Kevin, I was very pleased with every aspect of Smith Publicity. As someone new to book promotion, I found the entire process very manageable and beneficial. In addition to exposure in print media, I was able to do over twenty-five call-in radio interviews from my own back yard in Delaware, to Anchorage, Alaska. Kevin was responsive to my preferences, and easily accessible.
It was a pleasure working with Kevin, and I would certainly enlist the company's help if I need this service again. I have noted my satisfaction with Smith Publicity on my blog and when speaking with other authors I have met. Thank you again for the help I received."
"Having spent all of those years writing, learning, querying literary agents, etc., I knew full well that the next difficult job would be selling my book. Yet I twiddled, and dawdled, and fiddled around for months, trying this and that, to no avail. Finally, I approached Smith Publicity in New Jersey. One of the best writing-related things I have ever done. Smith Publicity assigned me to the delightful Annmarie, who did a wonderful job of promoting some of the most challenging work there is to promote: self-published fiction. Indeed, after the first month--wherein Annmarie had approached military-related reviewers, magazines, and so on--I insisted on another month.
My feeling is that without Smith Publicity I wouldn't have had much of a chance of successfully promoting my book, while with them--whatever comes--I do have that chance."
"Smith Publicity has put me on the map. I worked with Sarah Miniaci, and it was a great experience. Enthusiasm and dedication were apparent from the start. She was confronted by a challenging task: connect with media on behalf of a radical intellectual who identifies not only as “PhD,” but also as “crackhead.” Making a hardcore political move, I knew that I needed someone good—someone with a flexible mind capable of pouncing on strange and unexpected opportunities. Sarah never once disappointed me, and she taught me a lot. For a middle aged PhD – about as intellectually arrogant as they come – learning (and even taking direction) from Sarah required an open mind on my part as well. But I’m a smart guy, I know talent when I see it, and I told Sarah that I will recommend her to every crackhead I know. She came through and got results. In six short weeks her efforts dwarfed what I had been able to accomplish in several months – and I happen to be in the communication bizz myself. I am right now riding a wave of attention from all the right people, and have Smith Publicity to thank for it."
"I wanted to thank you and to express my gratitude for all the hard work that Smith Publicity put into my campaign. I felt very much involved and kept in touch. In your promotional work you talk about creative solutions and this is very much evidenced in the work we achieved over our time together."
"Smith Publicity’s Kristi Hughes supremely exceeded my expectations as a publicist. As a new author I was unsure as to even the role of a publicist but Kristi and the rest of the team were happy to explain every detail. As my publicist, Kristi worked more than just 9 to 5 each day. She responded to all my questions quickly and efficiently. I felt that she understood my story and the goals of my campaign fully. She worked tirelessly and professionally and shared in the big vision for my project! I recommend Smith Publicity 150%!"
"My experience with Smith Publicity was a whirlwind that is still generating hits. Kate Knapp did a great job taking advantage of current events and creating opportunities for specialized articles featuring my by-line. I have redone my website to include an "Appearances" page where I have listed the media placements that I am aware of. Because some of the articles were picked up by news services, I have received notes from as far away as the Philippines and Malaysia! Thanks for a great job and a wonderful experience."
"Marissa has been an absolute joy to work with. I'm impressed with her efficiency and professionalism, which garnered over 40 radio interviews over a two-week period as well as two TV appearances. That's besides the dozens and dozens of newspaper and online articles that helped to spike sales of my book. Even though our campaign is over, Marissa continues to forward requests for review copies and interviews--and even a request from Steven Forbes for a signed copy! I also heard again from Sandy, who notified me that Smith displayed my book at the Frankfurt Book Fair (again, despite the end of the campaign), which drew interest from a large foreign publisher. I am fortunate to have had Smith Publicity at my side to promote my book."
"I heard Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote “How Do I Love Thee” to Robert Browning. Perhaps, but my deep suspicion is that she time traveled, met the folks at Smith Publicity, and penned the first line (at least!) of the sonnet in their honor. To say I had a blast working with Corinne, Dina, and my personal pit-bull—Mindy Sue, would be an understatement. They were fierce, fabulous, and oh! so funny. From the initial consultation to the roll out to the final report, Smith Publicity worked tirelessly on my behalf. I could call Mindy-Sue any time I needed. She was fantastic about brainstorming ideas and troubleshooting. I never had to wonder if she was working because she checked in with me on daily (sometimes more!). I felt she heard my ideas, was open to my suggestions. In short, she was the perfect teammate and I can’t wait for the next opportunity to work with Smith again!"
"I gave Smith Publicity a challenging task with a novel by an unknown writer. They were incredibly supportive and tenacious in getting the book, and me, in front of people. I didn’t expect TV to be big part of our strategy but they helped me find “hooks” that made my historical fiction relevant to TV audiences. Soon I appeared on TV all over, Cleveland, Chicago, Richmond and more. We also got the webisphere engaged and reviews are still coming in, even after the end of the campaign! The Smith team provided excellent weekly reports (no wondering “What have you done for me lately?”). They were always helpful and entertained most any crazy idea I presented (and they came up with a few crazy ideas of their own!).
While the campaign for this book has come to an end, I have already begun talking to them about getting their help on additional projects I have planned for the future. Coming to Smith with a realistic sense of what is possible, that you might reach the clouds but leave the sun moon and stars for established best-sellers, will ensure a fulfilling and valuable relationship."
"The work with my publicist and Smith Publicity was exceptionally productive, because of effectively channeling and placing the scientific value of my book. Your publicity strategy turned out to be a fast lane to distribute scientific valuable content and to widely spread the awareness by smart placing of related scientific articles. Thank you very much for your great efforts and very professional strategy to run the campaign!"
"To grasp the enormity of the task that AnnMarie Petitto was asked to accomplish in regard to publicity for the novel Hotamah! it is necessary to understand the thesis and its impact on the human psyche. The thesis - the destruction of Western Civilization by Islamists using atomic weapons based on a Quranic prophesy - is at best toxic and at worst unmentionable. The fact that the novel turns out to be disturbingly in-line with today's Iranian-Israeli-American headlines is unnerving. What AnnMarie did was get three related commentaries of mine published in the media, something I had never been able to do. She also managed to get me an interview on the radio. Again, something I have never been able to do. And then she got me a book review. Amazing! She was also able to get a number of key evaluators to consider the novel. Again, something I was never able to do. She is a magician. Judy, my wife, and I are very pleased with the program and would not hesitate to recommend Smith Publicity; in fact I already have."
“Smith Publicity had a very limited time to launch my book, Mighty Spice Cookbook, and arrange a book tour for me. They absolutely nailed it, with multiple television interviews, including The Daily Buzz, New Day Northwest, Fox 5 Morning News San Diago, Sonoran Living and ABC7 News Chicago, etc. They also secured for me radio slots and my book in front of a huge amount of print and online media. Amazing, good job guys!”
“As a first time author, I was quite apprehensive about engaging a publicist and unaware of the differences a great publicist can make. From the very first conversation, Smith Publicity understood my goals and the key messages I wanted to deliver with my book. Melissa, the publicist assigned to me, worked hand in hand with me for five months in building a superb campaign. She provided valuable insights in defining the most relevant target audience and reached out to numerous print media, radio programs and even foreign outlets. Smith Publicity was extremely effective in generating interest, diligent in following up, and most importantly, getting coverage with the right audience. Working with the Smith Publicity team was a great experience and pure pleasure!”
“Highly energetic and committed to the book promotion at hand, my publicist is both a terrific person and an amazing resource. He has been ever thoughtful, caring and supportive of this fledgling author and I greatly appreciate all that he has done to bring We Were an Island to a broader audience."
"What can I say? From start - to way, way beyond completion - of the media campaign for The Silver Mist, Janet Shapiro, and indeed all at Smith Publicity, treated myself and my novel as though they had no other client. I felt totally valued, as though the focus of the whole company had been turned towards my campaign and my needs alone. Given the amazing results that accrued - it was a privileged place to be. I look forward to working with Smith Publicity again - and soon - in the future."
“We were delighted with the work that the excellent Smith publicist, Janet Shapiro, did to promote our book Mighty Spice Cookbook by John Gregory-Smith. Janet worked tirelessly to arrange an author tour across the US, securing excellent TV coverage and widespread reviews. She looked after every last detail with apparently effortless efficiency, even down to the minutiae of cooking implements needed for John's demonstrations, not to mention the seemingly endless logistics of his travel. The detailed weekly reports were very informative and kept us fully involved in the campaign. Smith PR fully deserves its fantastic reputation and we wholeheartedly recommend their services.”
“I enjoyed working with Corinne, she was a bright light and always optimistic. Her positive attitude and interest in my story helped push forward a campaign that wouldn't have been as successful without her. Thank you!”
"My publicist has done a lot for me in promoting my Darko Dawson novels, all the time showing energy, initiative, innovation and a sense of humor that never failed to crack me up. He's also very encouraging when things look a little bleak, and that's because he always had a very positive and optimistic outlook. His pitches really grab one by the throat, and there were few media personalities during my campaign who were able to resist. Best of all, my publicist has gotten me a very good gig as a columnist with Foreign Policy in Focus, which in some cases will translate to being reposted on huffingtonpost.com. All that could well boost my exposure for my upcoming third novel, for which I hope to use Smith Publicity's talents again. Knowing my publicist, I bet he has already formulated some pitches in his mind as to how to go about promoting my next novel."
"I have received a draft of my film treatment of my novel, Dance of the Innocents, and I am quite impressed. This confirms my belief that a film treatment should not be written by a book's author. The Smith publicity writer has found the essence of the story and re-imagined it for the screen."
"I want to say AnnMarie is a sheer delight; I love her spunk and enthusiasm. She worked hard and gave me all feedback in timely fashion as promised. My front page coverage in the Riverview Observer is a testimony to her efforts. The fact that she is still there for me, even though our contract is up, is a credit to the professionalism of your organization."
"My wife and I have only three words for Smith Publicity: exceptional, outstanding, and terrific.
After we finished our first novel, Jarred Into Being, we turned to Smith Publicity for assistance with the marketing, and their stellar performance on our behalf exceeded our expectations. Smith Publicity arranged for nationwide print and radio exposure for our book, worked closely with us to ensure the interview schedule matched our needs, and provided a weekly update of their activity that was both thorough and impressive. Thanks to Smith Publicity, we have already done nearly a dozen radio interviews from coast to coast about our book, and we anticipate more in the future. Our Smith representative, Melissa Sileo, was everything you could want in person representing you: smart, diligent, conscientious, laser-focused on our needs and, most importantly, successful in designing and implementing a winning PR campaign for our book.
We are working on our second book, and we have not yet decided on all aspects of the direction that story will take, but we already know who will represent us and the book when it is complete. We found it not only refreshing, but also energizing to work with the professionals at Smith Publicity, Inc. who actually know what they’re doing and surpass their own promises while doing it."
"It was a major decision for me, being a self-published author with a limited budget, to commit to hiring a PR firm. Engaging Smith Publicity was clearly the best decision I made in the book marketing process. They provided exposure and credibility to Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye that would have been impossible for me to achieve on my own, leading to radio interviews, book reviews, and speaking engagements that have enabled the book to break out beyond my own local region. My publicist, Lynn Coppotelli, actually read my book, understood its strengths, and was able to craft a PR approach that worked. The entire organization was professional and responsive. I am happy to offer Smith Publicity my highest recommendation."
"My experience with Smith Publicity is not what I thought it would be. I thought I would engage in a 6 week, maybe a three month campaign, giving my debut novel a jump start. What it turned out to be was a May through December publicity campaign that wouldn’t quit, landing me multiple television, radio and print interviews including Fox News and The 700 Club. My publicist - the vivacious and tireless, Sarah Miniaci - came up with brilliant angles that consistently caught media attention. She was always very honest and very clear about when we should break, when we should flood the market with a new pitch, and when our efforts had reached their conclusion. Her weekly reports kept me apprised of the campaign progress, but more so, she made herself available for weekly, sometimes daily, phone calls to share big news, confirm interviews and answer any questions I might have, which were many. She handled my work with great care. My book is now in the hands of countless producers, editors and hosts. I have been able to share my story in regional, national and global markets. I could not have asked for a better experience. Thank you!"
"Given the results we've had over the last year, I can't image us not working together in 2012. I feel like Marissa is part of the HeadCount team...and I'm not interested in parting company! In fact, the whole Smith team has been terrific to work with. Thank you for the great work - your efforts have made a difference in my business and I'm very grateful."
“Thank you, Smith Publicity for a wonderful campaign promoting my novel! When I found Smith I had already published 10 non-fiction books but I had never worked with a publicist. Launching my first novel seemed like the right time to look for PR help. I was fortunate to find Smith—their personal attention impressed me from the outset. This attention was a constant throughout my campaign which included detailed weekly updates as well as regular emails with my publicist who always took the time to answer my many questions. Smith assigned me to publicist-extraordinaire Lynn Coppotelli and it was a phenomenal partnership. I can’t overstate how impressed I am with the press kit Lynn created for me. I sent Lynn a detailed author questionnaire, several draft articles of my ideas and we chatted on the phone. Little did I know she would take the time to fully integrate all of those materials, as well as her independent investigation of my website, into an outstanding press kit that I never could have created on my own. She highlighted my ideas and strengths while adding incredible PR magic and her own timely ideas. During our campaign Lynn worked tirelessly to promote my book. She placed articles I wrote in dozens of newspapers, e-zines and websites, including The Huffington Post. Not only did she place my articles, but she gave me many ideas upon which those articles were based—fabulous ideas I never would have thought of on my own (including the impetus for the Huffington Post article). Lynn also booked me a few radio/podcast interviews, one of which lead to an offer to host my own radio show on PWRTalk radio. I am leaving this campaign with my own radio show called Low-Fat Love 101 (inspired by my book title). I never would have imagined that. I can’t say enough good things about Smith and Lynn. I plan to use them in the future and will highly recommend them to colleagues.”
"My experience with Smith Publicity has been nothing short of extraordinary due to Kristi Hughes' hard work, dedication, and knowledge of what works in the media world. Her creative talent, combined with her financial background, provided the perfect perspective for cleverly introducing my book, 401(k) Day Trading, to mainstream and other media sources. In just a short time, she parlayed my first book touting a novel, but provocative, approach to managing retirement savings into television, radio, and print interviews for a heretofore unknown author. By crafting a brilliant campaign drawing on Smith's extensive contacts, she was able to please one normally tough customer by surpassing even my wildest expectations with the attention she brought to my book."
"I had a great experience with Smith Publicity. I was a little reluctant to engage a publicist at first but Smith made a great proposal and followed through on everything they proposed. Working with Marissa Madill was a pleasure. She was very enthusiastic about my book and very committed to getting it out to the media. She was able to arrange interviews all over the country that really raised the profile of my book. Overall I found the people at Smith very professional and devoted to providing a high level of personal service to all their clients. I will use them for my next book and would recommend them to anyone considering a publicist for book promotion."
“I just LOVED my experience with Smith Publicity! Marissa Madill was directly in charge of my campaign. She brought such receptivity, warmth, interest, creativity and a very focused attention to my book, Making the Shift: Field Guide to the Emerging Consciousness. Marissa was always available when I called. Her immediate responsiveness coupled with her welcoming and flexible approach made this process fun, exciting and comfortable for me. Marissa went the distance to meet the need to bring my writing to the alternative media and the New Thought community. She did in-depth research into the New Age and left me with an abundance of contacts. She pitched Making the Shift in a way that beautifully represented who I am and the message of my book. This augmented my professional credibility in the world. I so look forward to working with her again in the near future. Thank you so much, Smith Publicity!”
"I felt the Smith Publicity services were very professional. All the representatives with whom I worked were very caring and enthusiastic about the kind of work they do. I would recommend this service to others."
"Lynn and everyone at Smith Publicity were a pleasure to work with. I would have no hesitation in working with them again."
"Smith publicity is fantastic. The Jump Start they gave my novel Charlie Six was brilliantly conceived, and the amount of publicity both myself and my novel garnered once in their hands was astounding. I could be long on praise but I do not need to be in the Google age when all you need do is type in Brixton Key and hit search. The results speak a million words. My publicist Sophia Lazare was tireless and ever available on the phone or by email for the slightest questions on my part. When my next novel is ready for release, Smith Publicity will be the first people I hire…without a doubt they exceed all my expectations."
“Thank you SO much for all of your great work! I am beyond thrilled with the campaign you created for my book! You really exceeded expectations on all levels. I am excited to recommend you to other writers knowing they will have a fabulous experience.”
"Melissa Sileo is a rock star. The cost benefit ratio was well worth it. Close to over 100 interviews with radio, newspaper and national big time media outlets brought exposure the really surprised me. Worth every penny. Very talented and professional staff. Highly recommend Smith Publicity."
"Erin at Smith Publicity showed extraordinary diligence, was completely professional, responsive to feedback and very understanding of my unusual scheduling constraints. She booked a ton of radio interviews for me during our time together and she maintained a very warm, can-do tone throughout."
"Not only do the agents of Smith Publicity mix quality and integrity into all of their services, but they also add a third element rarely found in any service industry: character. The Smith Publicity client isn't just another nameless entity moving down a conveyor belt at a mass-market operation. The agents of Smith Publicity get to know their clients in order to better market their books. The result is nothing short of spectacular. In a six-week start-up campaign, this winning formula produced tangible results that exceeded my loftiest expectations: reviews in large, target-markets; radio interview spots with national media outlets; a front-page feature story in a major newspaper; the sale of one bylined article and widespread distribution of another.And these are just the highlights. Such results in so short a time period are remarkable, particularly when considering the lengthy lead-time most major media need to review and comment on books. Whether you're a first-time author with no platform or an established writer with a following, Smith Publicity's agents will find the right way to introduce your project, and you, to the world."
"My Smith Publicity film treatment writer has done an outstanding job transforming Fool's Paradise, a 480 pages novel written by my late friend Robert E. Ferguson, into 15 pages of the most incredible scenes, events and times of this phenomenal book. He made all of the events flow like a river through Bobby's life from his early childhood meeting of a pirate ghost; the vision of an apparitional lady in his teenage years, telling him to search for The Prize. Lots of action, challenges, trials, tragedies and the ultimate conquest and fulfillment of his dreams that have haunted him throughout his life. Finding The Prize. My treatment writer was an incredible composer and writer. Many thanks for your achievement and my treasure, THE PRIZE."
“I went from being a life and business coach with a good reputation to an expert in my field in four months. Why? Because Smith Publicity said so. They sent my book out to every major network, radio station and print medium in North America. The response was off the charts. One thing I know for sure, you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with. Hiring Smith Publicity was one of the smartest things I have ever done. Who was at the center of this PR team? A rock star named Mindi Sue. As two strong minded females we batted heads on several occasions and guess who won… she did and I’m glad. She was always right. This is a company you can trust to tell you the truth and in turn create magic!”
"We retained Smith Publicity as the PR agency for our latest book, The Drama-Free Office, after extensive interviews with other candidate agencies. Sandy Diaz and her team blew away other candidate agencies with their research into [knowledge of] our niche and their and extensive network of editorial contacts led to a very successful campaign. Bottom line: The Smith team is superb. We will use them for all our future publicity."
"In a short six-week campaign, Marissa Madill managed to attract attention for my book from over 100 media sources. Could I have done all this myself, without Smith Publicity? Simply, no. Marissa seemed to be personally invested in my book and in me. And it paid off."
"PEOPLE Magazine, CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC… and too many more to mention! Thank you so much Janet and Smith Publicity for your energy and enthusiasm in getting our story out there! I had spent three years paying publicists. I had a lot of interviews with small radio internet stations – not on the actual radio. My last publicist I paid for two years and was able to land one good news story. When I hired Smith all that changed! They hit the ground running! Smith had us on radio across the US–NPR stations within a short time and a two-page feature in PEOPLE magazine (to mention only a few of the phenomenal runs). My story is one that needs to be shared to help teens across the US and Smith Publicity gets it. I expected to hire the firm for a few months, but when I saw the news interviews rolling in, I was hooked! Still going strong seven months later and receiving recognition from all over the country…to be continued! Thank you Smith Publicity for all the dedication and hard work!"
"It is said that everyone has at least one book in them. Having written mine and not knowing how to get the word out, I hired Smith Publicity for help. My campaign manager Abby was able to get me and my book exposure I could not have garnered on my own. Thanks so much for a job well done!"
“Thank you to Smith Publicity for taking such good care of me as a new author. I needed a mentor as well as a publicist, and Erin took the time to explain to me what she would do to create a national publicity campaign for me. She kept me well-informed regarding the progress of the campaign and the media interest that developed for my book. All of the members of the Smith Publicity team have been responsive to my questions. Not only that, their responses have been timely and thorough. When I asked for opinions, I got them, and when I needed reassurance, I got that, too. I recommend Smith Publicity without reservation. This group of professionals is, in a word, impressive.”
"There aren't enough words that can express my gratitude to Lauren Covello and her team at Smith Publicity for helping me promote my debut novel Depth of Deception. From the beginning I was thrilled that they were able to offer publicity packages that would suit my budget. Then from there Lauren, on more than one occasion, exceeded my expectations and went 'above and beyond the call of duty.' In a short amount of time Lauren was able to obtain media interest in my novel for reviews and interviews that I was not able to get on my own. I only wish I had known about Smith Publicity before I had launched my book. I could have saved myself a lot of wasted money and aggravation. I know better now and will most certainly be working with them again, when my next novel is released."
"Thank you for helping me promote my book, Loving David. Mindi Sue was a pleasure to work with and I am glad you assigned her to me. Take care and again, thank you for all your help."
"Smith Publicity did a terrific job of promoting my novel, coming up with good strategies to provide me with many radio and newspaper promotional opportunities. I even received a few television appearances. More impressively, after the campaign ended, my contact Erin MacDonald-Birnbaum continued to maintain contact with me, providing me with some further fruits of success that were planted during the campaign. Erin's professionalism and savvy were great assets to my novel and its promotion."
"My campaign with Smith Publicity was a true partnership. I felt that my publicist, Anita Bihovsky, believed in my book and had my best interests at heart. She was timely, responsible, incorporated my edits on the press releases and answered all of my questions. The response to the campaign was great, and I made a number of valuable contacts. As a self published author, I needed a professional like Anita to get the exposure I was unable to obtain on my own. I am very grateful to Smith Publicity for this educational and enriching experience."
"I have had the opportunity and privilege over the past nine months to be a client of Smith Publicity. They are a terrific team of individuals working in concert to help publicize my book, Out-of-Work and Over-40 along with my business Stephen A. Laser Associates, specialists in psychological assessments for business and industry. The team of Marissa Madill, Corinne Liccketto, and Naz Hashmi have all worked tirelessly on my behalf.
Marissa, the publicist working closest with me, is a bright, hardworking, and exceptionally talented individual. Smith Publicity is lucky to have her, and I am doubly fortunate for her efforts. Marissa’s follow-up has been excellent as has been her focus and ability to key in on the publications and interviews which maximize publicity for my book and my business. I have continued to renew my association with Smith Publicity each month because of the outstanding treatment and attention I receive from Marissa along with the others I have mentioned . To any author who is looking to publicize their book, I would give my strongest endorsement of Smith Publicity. Again, I feel as though I made a terrific choice in retaining the services of this excellent firm."
"Thank you and your team so much for all of your work on my press release. I truly appreciate all you’ve done to help me advance my book’s promotional effort. You will be the first person I call with any other promotional needs."
"Joining forces with Smith Publicity was the best thing that could have happened to me and my book. I initially signed up for their six week program. I was assigned wonderful publicist, Janet Shapero, to head up our campaign. I was cautioned that it takes time for the initial press releases to generate responses. Janet immedietly captured my book and my voice , and within weeks her press releases had me doing radio and television interviews all over the United States and Canada, and as far away as Pertt Australia. The response to these took on a snowball effect, continually growing in ways I never could have imagined. The result of these interviews was not only an increased awareness for my book Acting Lions, but a pleasant side effect was increased traffic on the websites for both the book and my acting studio. Both websites now come up at or near the top of relevant searches, which has not only increased book sales, but cause my studio to continually flourish and grow. This high profile is due to the very creative press releases and Janet's suggestions for articles that are being picked up by both both the print and online media. The end result is a much higher profile for my name and recognition as an expert in the field of acting. I am now being called upon to give expert commentary. This new direction in my career would near have been possible without the expert advice and collaboration with my creative team at Smith Publicity."
“Working with Smith has been a great experience. As with any business proposition, you get out of it that which is equal to what you put in -- I think the Beatles said it better in one of their songs -- and I think that the partnership has worked. I hope Lynn is around the next time I need help with book marketing.”
"I want to thank you for the great help I got from your organization Smith Publicity. You are very professional. Anita Bihovsky, who you chose for the job, is a person of extraordinary capability and charm. For me it was quite a grand experience."
"If professionalism, integrity, and loyalty to client are attributes important to you in a PR firm you will find them in Smith Publicity. Not only do they do a fantastic job in promoting, but encompass those qualities which in today’s world is to be sought after and applauded. I can highly recommend Smith, and my publicist Corinne Liccketto in particular, who confidently and capably introduced this author’s book to the exciting and intricate world of national media. I was pleased and proud to have her in my corner."
"I am very thankful that I was recommended to use Smith Publicity to promote my book Dollars & Uncommon Sense. From the initial phone consultation, to the proposal and finally the execution of the plan, it couldn’t have gone any smoother. I am extremely grateful that Smith Publicity assigned Erin MacDonald-Birnbaum as the lead publicist for my book campaign. Erin’s determination, creativity, and the ability to think outside the box has been crucial in securing major national television opportunities such as Fox & Friends, the 700 Club, and also to include international exposure in Canada. In less than six months, Erin’s hard work and persistent follow up has resulted in my work being featured in over 50 publications nationwide and have been interviewed by over 20 national, international, and regional radio broadcast."
“I had a great experience with Smith Publicity! As you know, I was a bit nervous given my less than acceptable experience with a prior firm. Marissa did a great job of snooping out new opportunities. I so enjoyed the unpredictable questions and the back and forth banter with co-hosts. It was a great way to leverage my ability to think on my feet and project my personality and sense of humor as well. The conversations I had with the hosts have encouraged my belief in my topic and broadened what I think my next book will be. Thanks again for all the great work. Clearly, Smith Publicity will be on the top of my list when my next book Everything Needs a Concept gets published.”
"Smith Publicity delivers all that they promise, with a pleasant, professional approach. They provide a listing that encourages the writer to follow up and keep in touch with their contacts. I highly recommend their services."
"I do want to express how happy I am with the results you have gotten to date. I realize from here, it all rests on the reaction these folks have to my book, and that is highly dependent on their personal tastes, genre preferences, and ultimately the quality of my writing—all factors not within your control, and only partially within mine.
But even if nothing else comes of this effort, I consider the expense money well spent for the interest garnered so far. I simply did not have the means to locate—much less grab the attention of—such a varied and widespread swath of media. That is precisely why I called in the professionals, and you performed right on cue."
"To sum up my experience with Smith Publicity with one word—amazing. From the moment that I contacted Dina Barsky to time I was handed over to my publicist, Mindy Sue, I received the utmost care and attention from all of the people at Smith. Their professionalism is second-to-none and no detail was ever left unattended. Within two weeks of starting my book promotion, I was receiving international interest, and, again, thanks to Smith, my book will be at the Frankfurt International Book Fair, in Germany. When I started down the road of book promotion, I was not sure that I needed a publicist. I thought I could do it all on my own, but could not have been more wrong. The breadth and depth of knowledge that the Smith team possesses is unsurpassed, and their contacts and connections are far superior to other publicity agencies (trust me interviewed a bunch.) From the very start Mindi hit the ground running and I have been busy writing, doing interviews, and even television spots, ever since. I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for the time, effort, care, and attention given to me by Smith Publicity. We started out as colleagues and we ended up as friends. I would recommend Smith to anyone who has published a book, no matter what the genre—they can handle it."
"Working with Smith Publicity has been a wonderful experience. Their kind staff, Janet Shapiro in particular, has been an amazing guide through the world of publicity when I was ready to promote my first book. Janet gave me insight that also helped with my role as a public speaker and I'm extremely grateful for their support."
“Greenleaf Book Group recommended Smith Publicity to help me promote by book, Thanks For My Journey: A Holocaust Survivor’s Story of Living Fearlessly. My publicist, Jen, was a delight! She tirelessly reached out to media outlets across the country, updated me eachweek with details of her work and results, and found new and different ways to get my story across to the public. Thank you, Smith Publicity and Jen for an exceptional and productive experience!”
"As a first time author, I found myself in an arena in which I had little to no experience. I knew that I needed PR help, but how do you decide which company is right for you? I interviewed several companies, some referred from colleagues and some from my own research. As I sifted through numerous phone calls and emails it became clear that Smith was right for me. What I looked for was a company that was responsive to me, my book and the message I wanted to get out into the media. At every turn Smith responded, materializing over 30 radio interviews, blogs and articles including Parade magazine. I now have patients calling my office because they love my book and the message it presents. I look forward to my evolution as an author with Smith by my side. Thank you Marissa, Kate and Melissa, great job!"
“Smith Publicity’s new tag line needs to read, ‘we make author’s dreams come true.’ Before coming to Smith Publicity I was dead last in my category in the search engines. Because of their great work at positioning and pitching me and my book, I dominate my category on Google, Bing, and Yahoo. The links to my website from the various blogs and online publications Smith procured for me has caused a 300% increase in unique visitors, driving book sales and speaking engagements. Smith has given me a new context for TGIF... It has nothing to do with the end of a week. It has everything to do with my much anticipated publicity report from Smith that is always chock-full of newly placed articles and upcoming radio and T.V. Interviews. I consider my investment in Smith Publicity as an investment into building my personal brand that will yield fantastic returns for a long time to come.”
"Thanks to for all of your help, Marissa, as well as Abby's efforts with Queens are Wild over the past month or so. I really appreciate it. I had no idea how a campaign like this would unfold and now I have some sense of the hard work that goes into it. I enjoyed working with you, Abby and the Smith team on this campaign, and I hope I'll be able to build on what you started to increase my e-book's publicity and sales. Thanks again!"
"If the opportunity arose, I would collaborate with Smith Publicity Inc. in a heartbeat. The reasons are simple: integrity and bona fide talent. They're completely forthright, which I highly admire. They won't just tell you what you want to hear. They won't ingratiate or pander to their clients, which is quite refreshing. They're honest and frank; they'll tell you what is feasible and realistic regarding your campaign. In terms of execution, they're exceptionally talented. Whether it's the press release or the media outreach, their performance is spectacular and undeniably impressive—that's not hyperbole. Yes...they are that good. And finally, their team is extremely personable, yet the professionalism invariably remains. It's a rare and special dynamic that I was fortunate enough to experience. Following the campaign, they supplied me with the necessary tools to continue my book promotion, and above all, they instilled a confidence in me that is simply invaluable. Thank you Smith Publicity."
"To say that it was a pleasure working with Smith Publicity, and specifically Janet Shapiro, in promoting my first book is a vast understatement. After her many “great news” e-mails indicating that she’d secured more excellent press in the form of radio interviews, newspaper interviews, and bylines, I emitted many celebratory WOO-HOOs, and may have even done some dancing in the street. Janet clearly loves what she does: this comes through to her clients and I am sure this comes through to all of her media contacts. She truly made this nerve-wracking process a lot more fun and during the time we worked together my confidence in this realm grew tenfold.
Did Smith follow through on everything they promised, including the thorough weekly reports, the final summary report including contacts? YES. Would I use them again for the next book? Most definitely. Would I recommend them to other writers? Absolutely. The press I received and the experience I gained during this time is already catapulting me into the next stage of my writing career."
"I came to Smith after being disappointed with results from an internet focused publicity agency that did wonders for my book's SEO, but not for the real exposure my book needed. Within the first week my publicist, Anita Bihovsky, had me scheduled to be interviewed on relevant radio stations across the country and an article written by me (extracted from my book, a political satire) circulated on news websites. She did more than I hoped for by getting one of my articles published by the Huffington Post, and low and behold they accepted a second! This kind of publicity is only what we writers dream about, yet Anita and Smith made true for me.
Anita was not only exceptionally effective and knowledgeable, but a pleasure to work with. She was in constant contact with me describing her strategy and how it was playing out, and answered all of my questions. She also followed up every week with reports of her efforts for my review.
The result is the publicity Smith has obtained for my book has been a terrific success! I highly recommend them to anyone seeking quality exposure for their book - and Anita Bihovsky in particular for her expertise and wonderful charm."
"Smith Publicity has really opened my eyes into a new realm of marketing. They have a knowledgeable and competent staff that is entertaining to work with. I will always be grateful for what I have learned and accomplished due to the compassionate nature of the connections with everyone there. A truly fun and rewarding experience!"
"Melissa Sileo, my lead publicist, and Sarah Miniaci, are consummate professionals and have met all my expectations and delivered more and better than I’d hoped. Promoting my novel, Melissa has arranged interviews and garnered book requests from as far away as Mumbai and as local as my home town. Through their savvy media experience, hard work and contacts, I’ve received real exposure, stated to build market recognition for myself and strong momentum for my novel through a range of media outlets that I certainly would not have found and successfully pitched. In addition, each interview builds my confidence and makes speaking to the media a better experience. This is great fun and it is rewarding to work with these two publicity professionals. Now at the final week of my “kick off” I am certainly taking advantage of the on-going maintenance renewal option. I am looking forward to beginning another “kick-off” campaign with Melissa and Sarah and the Smith Publicity team for my new novel January 2013."
“Smith Publicity generated more stories and interviews for our book than we could have hoped for. They were pros throughout the process and are the firm I would hire again for our next book.”
“Janet Shapiro (my publicist at Smith Publicity) was a tremendous resource and a key driver in the successful marketing of my book. She landed solid placement in local, regional, and national media, giving us terrific reach and exposure. I also believe she did more than simply help us sell the book, which hit No. 21 on Amazon’s Top 100 Best-Selling Books, and topped out at the No. 1 spot in three sub-categories of books on Health Law, Health Policy and Social Policy.
- She proved to be quite effective in her outreach and provided strong guidance, direction and focus for our campaign from the get-go. She wisely built on early successes with regional media to reach out to the ‘big guys’ on the national level.
- She was a terrific coordinator and communicator, using planning sessions, teleconferences and emails to keep all parties—from my bosses to the in-house marketing crew—apprised of our progress every step of the way.
- She coached me individually on strategies that would help me best position myself and pitch my book during on-air interviews. She helped me craft effective print op-ed publicity pieces she worked to place in national publications. And she provided solid constructive feedback on how the hosts/guests/producers perceived the spots after they aired.
- She provided constant updates on her efforts and kept me continually updated on upcoming assignments, so I had plenty of advance notice.
Throughout the process, she also made a personal effort to be sure everyone was aware of the strategies she was executing and made sure we were all comfortable with moving forward. Overall, I also must say she was a dream to work with. I would welcome the opportunity to work with her again and feel that any author would be lucky to have her on his or her corner. ”
"A few months ago I started looking for a company to promote my book “Astrology of the 13 Signs of the Zodiac” and I wanted to find the best in this field. Well I'm sure I did! Though I've never thought the campaign would go this unpredictable way! AnnMarie helped me to reach radio stations and markets I could never manage to do on my own! She was devoted to her mission to make my book widely known to every possible media. The byline article about the Elections was very important in the direction of testing my Astrological theory as described in my book, in a journalistic approach. In the end of the campaign I promised to give her the Lotto numbers to thank her for the co-operation in one last condition: The arrangement of an interview with CNN !!"
“My expectations when inducting the services of Smith Publicity were many. And with AnnMarie Pettito assigned to be my personal publicist, those expectations were not only met but exceeded far beyond what I imagined and hoped for! AnnMarie’s enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to the project was evident from our very first hello and carried through to the conclusion of our media campaign with exceedingly satisfying results. Following my radio interview that she arranged for WKNY out of New York I saw a sharp increase in my book sales ranking. And her target market for the press releases was impressive, well researched, and many. I never felt forgotten or wondered what, or if anything was being done to bring that all-important publicity to my novel. AnnMarie kept me constantly in the loop and with her weekly Publicity Reports I was comforted by seeing a professional detailed itemized list and the results of all her diligent hard work throughout the week. In addition, whenever I suggested another target market that should be contacted, AnnMarie immediately got at it with no questions but instead with unyielding zeal. I look forward to using the professional services of Smith Publicity and publicist AnnMarie Pettito again with Life Is But A Dream and other future literary works of mine.”
"Everyone I dealt with at Smith Publicity was great. Kristin, my publicist, was prompt, professional and available, even during Hurricane Sandy! My book was definitely exposed to many people who otherwise would have never have seen it. I'd happily use Kristen and the services of Smith Publicity again."
"Working with Lauren Covello at Smith Publicity was an absolute pleasure. Her understanding of the nuances of our project was impressive and she creatively matched her pitches with that understanding, garnering just the right types of promotion via just the right outlets. Lauren was the consumate professional, communicating often, clearly, and in a timely fashion. I always knew exactly what was expected of me and things moved forward and came to fruition as planned. I would work Lauren and Smith Publicity again any time and will definitely recommend them to my clients as well."
"I've loved working with Marissa Madill and Kathy Weick. NetGalley did a great job, and I'll recommend your services to other authors. I hope to work with NetGalley in the future. If reviews for my title are favorable, it may be worthwhile to consider additional services. I hope so!"
“My publicist Debbie looked at possibilities for me that I would not otherwise have considered and did the utmost to secure features and interviews for me. She was extremely enthusiastic and hugely supportive. I couldn't have enjoyed working with anyone more and as soon as I get the next book ready, I shall be contacting you all at Smith Publicity to ask for your help again. You have come up with some splendid results and have always been available and helpful. I couldn't have asked for more.”
“I contracted with Smith Publicity for a press release. Jennifer Tucker was the lead publicist for the release. To state that she did a good job on my press release is a gross understatement. She crafted an exceptionally well-written press release that exceeded my expectations immensely. Jennifer was easy to work with and extremely helpful. Smith Publicity is lucky to have a publicist of her caliber.”
"We approached Smith Publicity to help us promote our nonfiction book, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life. Although we had already booked some self-aquired PR gigs in the past, we didn't know what to expect from a real PR person. We thought that a publicist might get us a small spike in book sales and a few new readers at our website. Boy were we wrong!
Instead, our publicist, the wonderful and talented Sarah Miniaci, radically exceeded our expectations. Not only did she book interviews for us on dozens of television and radio programs in the US and Canada, including CBS, ABC, FOX, NPR, and CBC Radio, as well as a slew of newspaper interviews with USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, et al., she was incredibly pleasant and easy to work with. She stayed in close contact with us and made sure we had everything we needed to be successful. Successful we were: not only did our book sales experience a nice increase, but our web traffic is at an all-time high."
“Smith Publicity provided exposure for my self-published book that was comparable to any traditionally published work. When Mindi Sue persuaded the Huffington Post to publish an article of mine, hits on my website increased exponentially. Her dedication and enthusiasm were outstanding—information regarding the book reached audiences that I never imagined. Thanks for the wild ride.”
"By the time I contacted Smith Publicity, I was exhausted and stressed from years of researching and writing my book, (The Fifth Decade, Is It Just My Life or Is It Perimenopause), from finding a literary agent and then a publisher...and finally choosing a PR firm. To my pleasant surprise, Smith Publicity, especially my personal publicist, Corinne Liccketto, made the publicity aspect of getting my book to market both easy and stress-free!
I chose Smith Publicity because they, alone, took the time to research my credentials and my book before we signed a contract. It was clear they were willing to personalize my campaign to get the best results in promoting my book. Corinne impressed me in one of our initial conversations with how well she “knew” me, and the message I wanted to send. There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted Corinne, at Smith Publicity, as my publicist.
After a three month campaign, I have been on numerous radio shows, been quoted and featured in magazines and newspaper articles and feel wonderful about the exposure I have gotten. I have only good things to say about this publicist and publicity firm. I highly recommend them!"
"My experiences with Smith Publicity have been of the utmost satisfaction. Personable interaction, attention to detail, and a genuine interest by everyone in fostering opportunities for my success are what I feel set you apart from other firms. Mindi opened doors for me that I couldn't dream of opening on my own, and I can't wait to see how everything matures over the coming weeks and months. All in all, a wonderful experience, and one that I know will continue to pay publicity dividends. Once again, thanks so much for helping me lay the groundwork for what I foresee as the next stages in writing career."
"Fighting your way out of the masses of romance authors to achieve any kind of prominence is an ongoing battle. Thanks to the wonderful Lauren Covello and the very professional Smith Publicity agency I have made that leap. From numerous radio interviews to full page newspaper stories to a feature in a national magazine, Lauren and the agency accomplished it all. They achieved something very difficult in my business-branding. And a brand that separates you from the masses. My Twitter followers, Facebook Friends and Goodreads Friends have increased exponentially and I'm reaching far more readers than before. Thank you, Lauren and Smith, for knowing what to do and how to do it."
"I just want to let you all know how grateful I am to be a part of such a dynamic crew. You all not only made me a man to look up to to the public, but also made me feel that way too. Most of my life I have had people look down upon me as someone to be pitied, never admired. You have made me feel that I am somebody with worth and worthy of respect. Thank you dearly for that.
Just think of what good you have done for me. It has got to be heartwarming to be able to make a nobody into a well respected author ... you have made me believe that my words have meaning and that I am worthy of respect ... I count this adventure as a great success. Many, many thanks for having the heart to do what you do."
"Hiring Smith Publicity was unequivocally the best decision in promoting the I’ve Been Called the B*Word Marketing Rule Book. Smith Publicity’s sheer level of professionalism is unprecedented!
My publicist, Anita Bihovsky, was superb in terms of her level of dedication, attentiveness, and detail in promoting the I’ve Been Called the B*Word . Throughout the campaign, Anita was in constant contact with me as we coordinated numerous interviews and media placements over the course of the campaign. In addition, I have been featured on the Huffington Post, Business Review USA, Personal Excellence, and a host of other media outlets.
Again, I would like to thank Smith Publicity for a phenomenal campaign!"
Dr. R. Kay Green
Professor of Marketing
author of I’ve been called the B* Word…Now what do I do?
13 Rules for the New-Age Professional Woman
RKG Marketing Solutions LLC, CEO
"Smith Publicity has an outstanding team of sophisticated professionals who work hand in hand with authors to bring new books to the attention of media leaders. I could not have been more pleased with the quality of their service and the depth of their experience in this field.”
I am extremely happy with the results of my publicity campaign with Smith Publicity. Sophia Lazare was incredibly efficient and helpful. She was sensitive to my needs to remain anonymous, publishing under a pseudonym for personal reasons. Her weekly updates were organized and on-time.
She arranged numerous radio interviews and placed my articles on several on-line magazines and web sites.
My two articles on The Huffington Post attracted the attention of a producer from ABC News 20/20, and Sophia helped me negotiate with the producers to ensure that my interview would be performed using my pseudonym.
I couldn’t be more pleased with my campaign with Smith Publicity. As a first-time and self-published author, the amount of press that I received was far above and beyond what I ever expected!
"Hiring a publicist is like choosing a partner.
What credentials and qualities did I look for?
1. Solid contacts and relationships with media;
2. Drive, determination, creativity, intelligence, and excellent people skills;
4. An ability to execute the author’s articulated goals; and
5. Capacity to maintain a positive and winning attitude throughout the campaign.
My representative at Smith Publicity, Kate Knapp, is that 'partner.'
A special thanks to the President of Smith Publicity, Sandy Poirier Diaz, for selecting a perfect partner match for me."
"My publicist at Smith Publicity exceeded our expectations in terms of results – both in terms of the quality and the quantity of coverage she generated. It was a pleasure to work with her. She listened to our priorities and goals, provided us with good advice and feedback, and made sure our time was used efficiently and effectively."
"Just wanted to let you know how delighted I am to have become a client of Smith Publicity. John Grisham once said he found it much easier to write books than to sell them, and after a sluggish year of trying to sell my book on my own, I wholeheartedly agree with him.
Now the tide has turned! In less than two months my publicist has created an avalanche of media attention for me. So far I’ve done about 35 radio interviews and a few print interviews as well. And that’s just the beginning. She wisely suggested I write an article detailing steps parents can take toward becoming their child’s bully coach. When I did the article was quickly picked up by a syndicated columnist, which means it has literally spread across the print media in the US, as well as to several online sites.
Is it any wonder I’m thrilled to be putting my book and my career in the very capable hands of Smith Publicity? I would recommend them to anyone!"
“I was fortunate to find the web site of Smith Publicity on Authors Den.Com. I needed to get more media attention and a wider distribution for the potential sale of my novel Traces of Greed.
An intense six-week campaign was planned with the team who pitched my bio and book in the states as well as overseas. I have to say my publicist did a great job getting me with interviews on radio and TV. Recently I was featured in the American Banker magazine, a national publication of the American Bankers Association, Washington D.C.
My publicist always kept me informed of her activities in the promotion of my book. I plan on using Smith Publicity again upon the completion of my next book.”
My publicist was very effective in getting Dr. Owens media exposure, and he communicated with us extremely well regarding those appointments. He never hesitated in answering all of our pesky questions, and he made himself readily available to us. He provided detailed weekly reports, and a great final report.
My publicist was easy and GREAT to work with and a pleasure to know. We cannot express the difference in our lives because of him. He represented Smith Publicity in a professional, effective, and comfortable manner with the utmost integrity, and genuine concern for us: the client."
"Writing a book is the easy part. Getting people to know about your book and buy the book is the tough part. This is where Smith Publicity comes in. Lynn developed a clever campaign that not only pitched my new book, but highlighted my other talents as well. I could not have imagined all of the publicity I have received. My next book is due out soon, and I will be returning to Smith to work with me again."
“Having worked in the book publishing industry for some time, I must confess that I am truly impressed with the team at Smith Publicity. What I like about them is they listen to my author’s needs; take the time to know the material and write excellent pitches that get results. Whenever I have a book that needs that extra TLC in publicity, I reach out to Dan’s team of pros and let them work their magic. These guys are the real deal and they never disappoint!”
"Smith Publicity was professional, productive, and persistent, with a personal touch that makes the publicity adventure worth every penny you spend on it. The entire staff was super professional, capable and knowledgeable. Marissa Madill was great at receiving you at the door and bidding you farewell at the end of the process. Most of the work, however, was done by my book publicist, and I would go as far as saying no ambitious author should tackle the publicity stunt without a publicist.
Thank you all for the great help and looking forward to working with you on my next project."
“Smith Publicity knows this game. Within the first six months I’ve been on national radio, primetime TV, and been written up in Forbes, USA Today, and the leading journals. Sales of my book Selling to the C-Suite spiked when Smith's campaign started, keeping it in Amazon's top five in-category and driving it off shelves to a second printing. If I were a recording artist, this is the same as "going Silver", with Platinum in my sights! It's difficult to quantify the value, but when I consider the new accounts my consulting business signed this year, I'm confident The Smith Effect was a factor in nearly half a million dollars of new business. That's a stellar ROI in anyone's language.”
"Initially I tried publicizing on my own, with exceptionally poor results. I sent out a dozen press releases to small market and local media and didn’t get so much as an acknowledgement. Smith Publicity was able to quickly generate coverage in venues where I had initially failed to receive any, and their nationwide list of contacts led to radio, magazine, newspaper and TV opportunities/appearances that I never would have gotten without them. Thanks Smith Publicity!”
"It has been a dream working with Smith Publicity. They are responsive, professional, and on the ball. They help us develop reasonable expectations for a campaign and consistently meet or exceed those expectations. I would recommend them to anyone. "
“As an author and publisher, one is never quite sure which marketing dollars will hit the mark and offer the highest return. I can say-- without question--that hiring Smith Publicity to promote me and my book was one of the best decisions we made as a publisher. The high quality media exposure has been non-stop and our representative, Erin MacDonald-Birnbaum, made sure that all of our potential target audiences get the opportunity to know about SO GROWS THE TREE. As we look forward to the publication of our next book, Smith Publicity will no doubt continue to be a member of our team.”
"Wow. All I can say is...WOW. Smith is an outstanding partner, in every sense of the word. They've – from Dan and Sandy to Lynn and the entire Smith team – delivered exceptional service. From the PR press releases you'd expect, to scheduling interviews and pitching PR ideas to me, they've gone above and beyond the call of duty for me and my book Epiphany. I recommend them to you without reservation. Once last time: Wow!"
"What a pleasure it's been to work with Smith Publicity over the last four months or so. Time flies when you're having fun and these months have flown! I've been delighted with both the dedication of my publicist and his accomplishments. The experience was a study in teamwork and the relationship blossomed into one of fellow team members feeding off each other to elevate the quality of the final product. I've learned a great deal and have enjoyed working with Smith immensely. January is closing as a record sales month for my book, SIKANDER and I look forward to bigger and better things in the not too distant future."
“I just wanted to thank Smith Publicity for your continued excellent work on my behalf. I couldn’t be more impressed with my publicist. He is responsive, hard working, creative, a good writer, and a great guy. He is truly a pleasure to work with at every step. I will definitely be recommending Smith Publicity to others."
“Never before have I experienced such professionalism in the way Smith Publicity carried out their business of helping promote my books. I look forward to working with them again on my next book.”
“Working with Smith Publicity was my first experience with a PR firm, and I was happy to see that they surpassed my expectations as far as the volume of connections they made for me. It is always hard to measure exactly the value one gets for publicity, but I am very sure that I get more than my money's worth from the help they gave me."
“The team at Smith Publicity is a pleasure to work with. They are prompt, professional, and always courteous.”
"We have worked with Smith on several projects and have found their staff organized in planning campaigns and effective in implementing them. The people at Smith are friendly, knowledgeable, and conscientious. I would recommend the company to other publishers."
I am extremely pleased with the work done for me by Smith Publicity. The entire team was professional at all times and did everything that they said they were going to do.
Sarah Miniaci, my point person, has been phenomenal. She provided me with minute-to-minute updates and to my surprise, before I knew it, I was getting requests for interviews with Fox News, NBC, and other networks. In the first week of my campaign, I was getting requests for interviews from local and national newspapers and radio stations as well. Among these requests was the Huffington Post.
My friends and I were amazed that things were happening so fast.
I still feel as if I am dreaming. because each day is full of excitement because I never know what 's coming next. Sarah always has my best interest at heart.
I am so happy that I contacted Smith Publicity.
Dr. Earl Bracy,
Author of The Making of a Psychologist
"Smith Publicity is a “rock star” in the world of publicity. My inbox was constantly populated with opportunities to create a buzz around my book, Will I Ever Be the Same Again? Radio, TV, and print interviews were a daily occurrence—requests for me to write articles were frequently added into the mix. At the end of my campaign, Smith handed over a comprehensive list of all contacts for future reach outs. In my world—Smith Publicity is one class act!"
"Helen McCusker of Smith Publicity has done a sterling job promoting my book Seasons – An inspirational Journey. She managed to get features into very prestigious magazines, such as English Home, House Beautiful and Period Living. Well done Helen!"
“As a first time author, Smith Publicity got me exposure I would have never achieved on my own. From radio and cable access interviews, to blog interviews and book reviews, Smith took the initiative and helped my crime novel, Testarossa and its author get the exposure needed to get us to the next level. I was so pleased with their work that I signed on for a second campaign. Dina Barsky and Lynn Coppotelli were terrific.”
“Much thanks to the Smith Publicity team for the wonderful effort to help publicize my book in a very competitive marketplace. Janet Shapiro who was directly in charge of my campaign was superb--she did indeed invest all that is humanly possible to forge the campaign forward. I won't hesitate to recommend them further.”
“Smith Publicity was instrumental in getting the word out about my book, More Vegetables, Please! as well as the non-profit I direct, Shine The Light On Kids. Erin, my publicist, was always available for me and never lost her patience with my seemingly endless questions. She was tireless! I look forward to working with Erin and Smith Publicity in the future when my next book is published. I can’t imagine a better team.”
"It was an honor and a privilege to have worked with you! I have not come across such a high standard of professionalism in a long time."
“Recently I have published a book, Fabulous Faces, which outlines the transformative journey that patients go through from first considering to ultimately enjoying the benefits of their improved quality of life through facial plastic surgery.
Through my publishing support staff here in Toronto Smith Publicity was recommended to me. During our three-month campaign I am pleased to relate that they carried out all of the duties and performed responsibly in complete compliance with our original agreement. Through my contact with Smith Publicity, Melissa Sileo, our team also received weekly updates as to all of the media outlets that had been contacted and the status of the relationship. Smith Publicity was also successful in obtaining a number of radio interviews and print media placements.”
“Smith Publicity ROCKS! They are professional, prompt and know how to get your name out there. I was so impressed with the research they did about my book’s subject which led to numerous interviews and articles. I am now a “known” expert in my field. Smith Publicity gets results!”
“My publicist worked very hard on my behalf and communicated regularly with me. She had great hook ideas and was open and responsive to my input. The client needs to do their part -- such as preparation and availability -- but they'll do theirs!”
“As a former owner of a book publicity firm (and now an author), I have to say that I was so impressed with Smith Publicity. They got a ton of media placements for my book. Frankly, I was surprised at how many they got in a short amount of time. Corinne, my account manager was very professional and supportive of me and my book. I could tell she really cared about how my campaign turned out.”
“If you are thinking of hiring Smith Publicity, brace yourself: clear your calendar, free up your land line, and check your e-mail daily. These folks mean business, and you will get your money's worth only if you are willing to work as diligently as they do in your behalf. Special mention goes to Kate Knapp, whom I suspect never sleeps. In the six short weeks leading up to Fathers Day, her efforts drove my book, Golf Sonnets, to the top of the search engines, with Google alone returning thousands of "hits" that are all mine. I could barely keep up with the dozens of positive online and print reviews, radio and television interviews, and personal appearances that she orchestrated.”
“Every one of the clients we have ever referred to Smith Publicity has been thrilled, not only with the PR results they get, but also with the professionalism and client service attitude of every member of the Smith team. Smith Publicity specializes in working with authors. They know exactly how to position authors to connect with the media and gain maximum exposure. If you're looking for a publicist to give your book a boost in the market, you can only go right with this firm.”
“Janet Shapiro, my publicist at Smith Publicity, worked tirelessly round the clock on my campaign, with excellent results - at one point, we had more interview requests from network television affiliates around the country than we could possibly handle! Janet's approach to my campaign was passionate and personal, she knew my book inside out and was a joy to work with. Thank you so much, to both Janet and Smith Publicity!”
“Smith Publicity has far exceeded even the very high expectations I had when I hired them. Kate Knapp and the team at Smith have consistently raised the bar higher in terms of the quantity and quality of media coverage they secure for me, including an article in TIME magazine. There are many publicity and promotional firms out there, but look no further if you want the best -- Smith Publicity is it.”
“I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how happy we have been with the work Erin McDonald-Birnbaum has done to promote our recent book, New Neighborhoods: The Consumer's Guide to Condominium, Co-Op and HOA Living. Gary and I knew at the outset that it might be difficult to promote our book to a very specific audience that, while voluminous, is not well represented by the mainstream media. From the very beginning Erin has done an excellent job of placing the book in both targeted publications (such as Habitat Magazine) as well as in mass-market media (NPR, Fox Business News, various local network programs, and dozens of general-interest national newspapers and magazines). Her ideas on topics for articles have been very effective in communicating our message to a wider population of readers and in making sure that our names, as authors, are consistently and frequently mentioned across the country. Since working with Smith Publicity, I have received a number of inquiries from people for interviews who found me through articles that I wrote according to Erin's recommendations. In short, we feel that Erin and the Smith Publicity team have done an excellent job of promoting New Neighborhoods, and we look forward to continuing our work together!”
“We’re pleased with the media strategy, attention to detail, thoughtful follow-up and initiative taken by the team at Smith Publicity in promoting our advisory firm and published work”
“The phrase that best describes Smith Publicity is ‘above and beyond.’ They're delivering services above and beyond our expectations and performing above and beyond the call of duty. Our newly formed venture, Just the Skinny Publishing, worked hard to release its first title, Photoshop-Just the Skinny, but paid scant attention to the promotional plan that needed to follow. We needed professional help. We also needed to stretch our promotional dollar, as additional titles in our series were on the way. We interviewed Smith President Sandy Diaz as part of our search and were immediately impressed with her ideas and in particular with her suggestion of a phased approach to marketing. Our Smith publicist, Erin MacDonald-Birnbaum, is extremely creative and knowledgeable and seems to work around the clock for us. Within a few short weeks, our articles were appearing in, or committed for, 30 different domestic and international media outlets, well beyond our expectations. We will embark on our 2nd phase of promotion with Smith shortly and look forward to the media buzz it will create. We started with a limited understanding of book promotion and were very lucky to have found Smith Publicity. Smith Publicity - you rate five stars in our book!!”
“Kate Knapp ran the publicity campaign for the book. I can readily say that it was conducted in the most professional manner, was extremely well organized, and the communications were excellent. She always somehow managed to communicate all of the important information to us in a very timely fashion. It is absolutely remarkable to see the depth of Kate’s understanding of the book and Daniel’s story, and her thoughtful approach to the publicity campaign. I am sure that Kate learned more about chess in these two months than most people would learn in their entire lives. It is this sense of professionalism, combined with the experience of Smith Publicity, personal connections they have, and the energy and effort of the employees which go far beyond the standard duties that make a successful company – and Smith Publicity definitely deserves the utmost praise.”
“As a first time author it was a difficult decision on how best to spend the modest resources that I had promoting my novel. After doing some research I decided to invest in a publicist and choose Smith as the company I would trust to help market my book. After an initial meeting, I was assigned a personal publicist who stayed on my project throughout and was always available to help guide me through the process. Their professionalism and patience put me at ease and made the daunting task of alerting the mainstream media of who I was much, much easier. Thanks to my team at Smith, I now have international media interest in my novel including the BBC (British Broadcasting Company) and the likes of Teen Vogue and Disney radio here in the states. I can honestly say that while my book has the merits it needs to be recognized, it may never have been, if it wasn't for the hard work of the people at Smith publicity.”
“To all at Smith Publicity and especially Dina. What can I say but thank you, thank you thank you. I have had the most wonderful time working with you. I had no idea how creative and resourceful you would be. I have had radio interviews across the country and articles printed in various publications. Your expertise was astounding and you not only showcased me to the American public but you helped me realize what made me different and how I could showcase myself. Dina has been wonderful, her professionalism, her kindness and understanding of what needed to be done has made the whirlwind that is Smith Publicity a joy and a pleasure to work with. I feel like I am leaving friends and will certainly be back when I am ready to publicize my next book. Again thank you for all your hard work.”
“Kate Knapp spent the last three months publicizing my book Life in the Wrong Lane. I couldn’t be more impressed with what she did and how she did it. Kate is creative, energetic, persistent, organized, and accessible almost 24/7. On top of all that, she is delightful to deal with, which for me was a bonus. Thanks for assigning her to my project. She is a jewel.”
“With his extensive publishing experience, and his pleasant, professional approach, Ben Cameron of Smith Publicity has opened doors for me that I suspect would otherwise have remained firmly shut to an author attempting to publicize her first book.”
“I really enjoyed working with Smith Publicity, they are a very professional company and the campaign they designed was implemented just like they promised. They kept me abreast of the progress of the campaign and solicited my feedback and input regularly. I felt like I was part of a real team. My assigned publicist was Marissa and I found her to be quite talented. She quickly learned the material in my book and wrote pitches that were creative and compelling. She generated a lot of interest in my book. I was particularly impressed with Marissa because even on the last day of our campaign, Marissa was working on booking two radio interviews for me. A week after the campaign ended a newspaper interview request came as a result of Marissa's efforts. If you are looking for a results-oriented, hardworking and professional company ... Smith Publicity is it.”
“Smith Publicity did an outstanding job of promoting my book. The attitude and dedication of the staff is exemplary.”
“Trusting someone in this business is always tricky and at times it can not only be scary but dangerous. However, not when it comes to Dan Smith and his team at Smith Publicity Ever since I walked into his office and explained my dreams that I wanted to come true, I felt as though I was no longer alone in the fight to build a name and a career. I not only gained a dynamic publicity team, but I gained an extension to my family. Their excitement and encouragement for their clients never seem to fade. Without question, I know that Smith Publicity looks out for me. They listen to my concerns and fears, and we share a few laughs along the way. All these things I could never put a price tag on. Working with Dan and his staff was truly a gift.
Everyone at Smith Publicity goes above and beyond to make sure everything is perfect. I was honored to have Dan Smith at my wedding and truly it would not have been complete without him-- he is what I consider a business partner, a great friend, an advisor and a part of my family. I find myself calling him to share how my day went after my publicity appointments occur. One sunny California day involved calling the office to tell everyone I met Trace Atkins after appearing on The Doctors Show. I felt as though I was calling one of my best friends-- Dan not only radiates that vibe but also those surrounding him at his office deliver an unbelievable feeling of friendship.
Today, weeks after my wedding, I'm still honored to have the privilege to work with Smith Publicity. As my life continues and my dreams keep becoming reality, I wouldn't want anyone else by my side. Ever.”
“Thank you for all of your hard work—very thorough and comprehensive. You did a great job, and we really appreciate it!”
“In my case, the Smith Publicity team took on a really difficult mission: first-time novel, a relatively unknown author and living in Israel. Despite these difficulties they succeeded in getting the news of my book distributed across numerous websites, telephone-radio interviews in the US and Canada as well as procuring a number of potential reviews. For all this I wish to thank the agency, and in particular Erin Flynn Jay for being so efficient, motivated, courteous and dedicated in endeavoring to help me in penetrating today’s saturated literary market.”
“The staff at Smith Publicity did a great job, working diligently to place me into interviews and get exposure for both my book and my CDs. I'd gladly use their services again.”
“More than the standard services, Smith excelled at two things: responsiveness and knowledge transfer. All of my questions and leads were addressed within one business day, usually sooner.”
“Smith Publicity helped me to get my name out there. I am so pleased with their efforts in securing publicity for me and my book that I re-signed with them for two additional contract terms! The return on my investment has been worth it. I highly recommend this firm.”
“If you want results and visibility, Smith Publicity is the group you want to work with. Dan and his team give you personalized professional service, creative cutting edge ideas, and enough enthusiasm to see you through the promotion maze. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Dan and Corinne to promote the Momager messages. It’s so exciting to share uplifting and empowering messages with others and Dan opened all the right doors. It’s such fun to be a local celebrity and positioned as the ‘go to’ expert for moms/management. Smith Publicity will be the first ones I contact when I need ‘top notch’ publicity in the future. I am grateful you got me so much national visibility!”
“Hiring the services of Sandy Diaz and Smith Publicity was the best decision I have made with regards to marketing my two contemporary mystery novels. I had sent queries to several publicity firms and was very impressed that Sandy got back to me within 24 hours with a written proposal of the services they provide. They love what they do and it shows! They care about their clients and are always available to answer any questions an author may have about their campaign ... or anything else for that matter. I have completed one successful book campaign with Smith and am about to embark on my second. I would not hesitate at all to recommend this agency. As I mentioned, retaining their services is the smartest marketing move I have made in the past ten years.”
“Thanks again for everything you've done. Your service is rivaled only by the quality of your personnel.”
“Although the Smith people worked for our publisher (The Key Publishing House), and not for me personally, as an author I was impressed by Corinne Liccketto's efforts to keep the authors closely involved in her PR activity. The organization of Smith's publicity, their ability to reach relevant media and thorough targeting of appropriate audiences was also very impressive. Many thanks.”
“I am sitting in a motel room with my suit laid out, ready to dress for a TV interview. On my way here, I listened to a radio station advertising a show that I recognized, because I have been a guest on it. The major newspaper in the next city over will soon be running a photograph of me, along with an interview. After my TV interview this morning, I have to rush home for an hour-long radio interview, this evening. There will be two more TV interviews later this week. Last week, I walked into a business where I have never met the people, and they acted like I was someone special. All this, after working with Smith Publicity. Thanks!”
“Many times with the amount of companies in the world today- we as consumers can become overwhelmed with the idea of selecting a business. Especially with authors, because this is their intimate work, the job of selecting a publicity company becomes even more complicated. I feel very settled having found Smith Publicity - I will never use anyone else…as authors what we are really looking for is someone that can promote our work but not because this is their job but because they understand the importance of our message(s) - you need not look any further- start with Smith Publicity, you will, like me, never leave.”
“In today's saturated marketplace, getting noticed is everything. How do you build awareness for a blog devoted to edgy literary criticism and unorthodox political commentary in an age of tabloid headlines? Through a media mix of newspapers, magazines, journals, and Internet connectivity, Smith Publicity developed national exposure for www.literarygulag.com. Dedication and passion yielded ‘eyeballs.’ In January of 2008 alone, the site had over 11,700 ‘hits,’ a major accomplishment given its intellectual content. I am grateful!”
“Dan Smith, Sandy Diaz and Corinne Liccketto have done an outstanding job of publicizing my book. Within three months of beginning work with them I have appeared on prominent radio talk shows, my book has created a 'buzz' in the political world, and my book sales have increased so dramatically that I have had to order a hurry-up second printing. Dan and his associates are true professionals: skilled, committed, understanding and accessible. I recommend Smith without reservation to anyone seeking to 'get out the message' and increase book sales.”
“After first trying to handle my own publicity campaign, I was blown away by the instant response and success of the campaign when it was placed in Smith's capable hands. How come I couldn't do that myself? I was equally impressed with the personal attention I was given by my publicist, Marcia. I still haven't figured out when she sleeps as she seems to be available 24/7.”
“Working with Smith was a productive experience, and the Smith folks were always responsive and communicated well. Book publicity is not overnight magic, but the primary characteristics to look for in an agency are tenacity, creativity, honesty, and aggressiveness. I believe Smith provided good service in all these areas.”
“Smith Publicity is a firm committed to customer satisfaction and immediate results. Although my budget was small, they worked with me to design an exciting campaign for my book that would grab the biggest audience in the shortest amount of time. They secured book reviews, radio interviews and television appearances in a matter of weeks, all the while, making me feel as if I were their only customer. I highly recommend this firm, and especially Erin MacDonald, whose dedication to her clients is exceedingly obvious.”
“I have been very pleased with your efforts, and I will come back to you…”
“Smith makes thousands of contacts in just a short time to find press, radio, and TV interest in your work. If it’s out there, they’ll find it.”
“I was very pleased with Smith Publicity. They worked hard with the right sources, and were able to get my book some excellent publicity in general as well as specialized publications.”
“Smith Publicity was instrumental in developing my name recognition nationally via high-level media placements. Highly recommended.”
“When I first met with Dan Smith and his staff, I knew without doubt it was their compassion for my project and dedication to my cause that made them the PR Company I was blessed to have found. What their staff did and the work ethics they showed were far more than I realized, until I witnessed it first hand, as a client. I look forward to working with Dan and his staff for all my PR needs. I know I could not find a better team. Thank you Smith Publicity, Dan and your team.”
“...Thanks to the hard work of Sandy Diaz and Smith Publicity and 110% dedication, my daughter Taylor’s legacy will live on and help other families and loved ones. I strongly recommend this company because they treat you like family.”
“… Smith Publicity won all sorts of newspaper and radio exposure for my book, helping me far exceed what both me and my small publisher could have done on our own. In those and many other ways, working with Smith Publicity earned a great return on an important investment. I'm absolutely sure the book would not have been successful without them.”
“A creative, hard-working, and first-class organization. Combine this with proven results and you have what Smith Publicity is all about.”
“Smith Publicity has been an important part of the marketing program of InfoLink Screening Services for the last three years. We value our relationship with their organization and their very capable staff.”
“Smith has been a friendly experience, and the best part was being kept up to speed with the progress of the campaign without having to ask. Many thanks!”
“Working with Smith Publicity was a breeze. I found Deborah Ruriani to be extremely professional and competent. The best part was our collaborative effort; Smith Publicity worked with me, giving my ideas just the right publicity slant to create a winning pitch. I never felt out of the loop. On the contrary, I felt that Deborah kept me up-to-date on everything, and I was always treated like an important part of the team. Great people to work with-- I gladly recommend them!”
“Those in need of a knowledgeable, loyal and hard-working book publicist would do well with Dan Smith and Smith Publicity. He and his team will lift up every rock and look behind every opportunity to get you maximum exposure. You won't be relegated to a junior staffer in the back room, and you won't spend your life savings on meaningless results. Working with Smith Publicity has been a joy and I now consider Dan a lifelong friend.”
“Smith Publicity played an important role in initiating the campaign for my children's picture book, On This Beautiful Island. The appearances they arranged for me at Barnes & Noble bookstores and the reviews the book received helped give me credibility to continue the second phase of the campaign. Their patience and responsiveness to my input was much appreciated.”
“If you want to get your message out, Smith Publicity will do it.”
“Smith Publicity tells it how it is, and does so nationwide. I believe I got more than I paid for.”
“Two weeks after my book was released, Smith Publicity not only had it in the Barnes & Noble distribution system, she got someone to read it. Because of that, B&N made it a book club selection and the Philadelphia Inquirer agreed to review it. This was huge!”
“Tremendous exposure in a short period of time. The day after I signed with Smith Publicity I was booked for my first radio interview and the bookings were nearly non-stop from that point on. Nice folks to work with.”
“Smith Publicity has been the best investment I ever made. Their account representatives leave no stone unturned to find opportunities for promoting my book. I strongly recommend them to any new or experienced authors who want their books to have the widest possible exposure.”
“In addition to being good writers, Smith Publicity has a realistic understanding of the media. Their staff, who were always quick and responsive to my requests, booked me interviews on two major cable TV shows and an ABC affiliate. I did many radio interviews over several months, including an hour-long show on Sirius satellite out of L.A. with David Lawrence. I couldn’t have done it without them!”
“Thank you for working hard to get me reviewed in several dozen newspapers and even interviewed on the radio across the country. I know it's difficult for an unknown author to get precious air time, yet you made thing happen and managed to secure three radio interviews for my book in only a few short weeks. I look forward to working with you again as soon as I have a release date for my second in the trilogy... A good publicist is hard to find, and even harder to get. You evidently know your craft exceptionally well and I am very grateful that Smith Publicity took me on.”
“Smith Publicity conducted the campaign for my book with great energy, continuous creativity, and superb follow-through. They generated dozens of local and regional media 'hits' as well as national mention in Newsweek. It was a pleasure to work with them.”
“Smith Publicity helped to establish a national profile for my first novel. They do a great job at rates that authors can afford. If you want your book to realize its full potential, I recommend hiring Smith Publicity.”
“Smith Publicity got me seen and heard in places I never could have reached without their skilled, professional service. They were a big boost in the promotion of my book. I would use them again without hesitation.”
“Smith Publicity was instrumental in the successful launch of our magazine ... I recommend them highly.”
“Until I worked with Smith Publicity, I had never experienced how easy the marketing and publicity aspect of writing could be. They work hard and smart; and are tireless and highly organized. Because they bring such focus to the business of marketing, the writer is free to write! Most importantly, Smith Publicity believes in their clients; in the parlance of my historical writing world, they are sword and shield. I would not go into a new publishing season without them.”
“Smith Publicity publicists are dedicated, creative and determined. They helped me achieve bestseller status on Amazon.com, secured many interviews for me, and got great exposure for my book in newspapers and magazines. I recommend them highly!”
“Smith Publicity is simply an outstanding promotional firm. The best I’ve ever used.”
“I like working with Smith Publicity because they know what the media wants, and deliver top-quality stories in a professional manner.”
“Smith Publicity is a dynamic, high-energy agency. In three weeks they managed to promote my book to the media with amazing results, and their never-ending list of plans is constantly in motion. Their timely responses to my questions and concerns have made it a pleasure to work with them. I recommend them highly!”
“The publicists at Smith Publicity are consummate publicity professionals. As a result of their dynamic approach, Dan was able to arrange 50 successful radio interviews to help promote my novel. These interviews were with top-market stations from Massachusetts to Hawaii. Media interest was phenomenal. The City Section of the New York Times ran a great feature article on me and my [novel]. Because of their tireless efforts, my sales ranking at Amazon.com was among the top 1000 book sellers, and sales everywhere were vigorous. I recommend them highly.”
“I worked closely with Smith Publicity for over five months. They without a doubt bring more energy, literary penetration and commercial imagination to the intricate business of getting the word out about a book than anybody I've ever dealt with. Best of all, they have remained patient and approachable and jumped right in whenever the moment required. Strongly recommended.”
“The publicists of Smith Publicity are 'attack' publicists. Their cutting-edge press releases and professional standards have earned them the respect of the media, and the authors [they] represent. If you want book publicity on TV, radio, newspapers and magazines, you want Smith Publicity!”