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4 Tips for Crafting the Perfect Pitch

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This story appears in the October 2013 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Pitch the right person. Don't pitch Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times. Or Arianna Huffington. Or BuzzFeed editor in chief Ben Smith. Instead, find a story about a subject similar to your business, then contact the staffer or freelancer who wrote it. In your e-mail, show familiarity with the writer's work; it helps them to understand that, no, this isn't just another blanket-the-media letter.

Make yourself available. This may seem obvious, but you'd be surprised by how many pitches don't include all forms of contact information. Writers are not going to want to work to figure out how to get in touch with you, so make it easy for them. And this e-mail closer is a winner: "I'm available to chat at your convenience."

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