Meet My Dear Friend Marsha Friedman of News & Experts and Now Part of The Family of Advantage Media-Forbes Books. I Learn So Much From Marsha …

Hey Authors?

“CELEBRITIZE Yourself” in The Coming NEW YEAR!

And you can by hiring an expert in the media field and she will do that and so much more! Why am I sharing this? Because I have helped many authors through my years of book promoting and marketing and some have needed to take that Next Step and work with a media marketing firm to get them elevated and noticed more so than my little “book promoting” throughout social media.

And they were serious writers and their books are “just that good” to move on to a higher level of media attention. I am only a “One Woman Show” and when those authors were ready?

The only PR Agency, Marketing, Branding, and Publishing firm I recommend is Marsha of News & Experts now part of The ForbesBooks Family. They do it all for your brand and books through Print, Television, Radio, and even have a Satellite TV Tour for Authors! So make you visit Marsha’s News & Experts Website!

SO, PLEASE, MEET MARSHA FRIEDMAN, As she announces some exciting news from earlier this year and just in time for those authors looking to be elevated in the media and beyond. I have known Marsha since I began book promoting for authors almost 7-years ago and I have learned so much from her.

I look up to her as a mentor, as she’s never been “stingy” lol, when it comes to sharing media tips and advice of her “Magic” she uses to help authors flourish. That’s why I love her dearly.
So when you are ready to take a step into the ‘Media Big League?’ 

Give Marsha a call . . . 1-727-443-7115

~Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon and “Lyon Media Services”


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I’m excited to share this news with you!

For the past few months, I’ve been in negotiation with Advantage Media Group|Forbes Books, to acquire EMSI.  Finally, we signed the papers and our new company name is now officially News & Experts.

EMSI with its News & Experts division (our face to the media) has been “my baby” ever since I launched it 28 years in 1990. It’s my legacy in a way and it’s always been my desire to build the brand bigger and stronger so our work can positively impact more people.  This acquisition allows the growth and expansion to happen in a way that was truly beyond my wildest dream.

“In 2016, Advantage Media Group partnered with media giant Forbes to create Forbes Books, the first-ever book publishing imprint by Forbes.
As they are a fast-growing authority marketing and publishing company that spans the globe, we’re so proud to be a part of their team and able to contribute to their continued success.”

This marriage makes sense on so many levels.  We’ve been representing Advantage authors to the media for many years and have a proven track record of working well together.  As a result, our relationship is one of great mutual trust and respect, and we share a total commitment to our clients.

I want to assure you that absolutely nothing will change in our relationship with you!  Adam Witty, Founder and CEO of Advantage|Forbes Books, has insisted we continue doing “business as usual.”  Our services remain the same, as do our rates and agreements.  But even more important, all of our team remains the same.  They’re each very excited about the career opportunities and growth potential joining the Advantage Family offers them personally.

As for me, I have no plans to go anywhere for quite a long time – I love what I do too much!

This is truly an exciting time for all of us.

Marsha Friedman






MARSHA’S NEW YEAR 2020 News Letter and Blog Post

Can 2020 Be The Year That Sets You Apart From Your Competition?

New year, new decade, new opportunity to distinguish yourself from your peers!

I always find the approach of New Year’s Day invigorating because it gives us the opportunity to take a step back, review where we’re at in life (and in business), and consider where we want to go.

There’s something magical about Jan. 1. It’s like the world says to us, “You get another chance!”

So, as you take advantage of that “new chance” and make your business plans for 2020, let me remind you of something that might not be at the top of your priorities list, but can differentiate you from your competition, and if leveraged correctly will open the door to greater success.

I’m talking about getting interviewed or quoted in the media. Each time a newspaper reporter turns to you for an insightful quote, or a radio or TV show host interviews you on the air, you are building your brand as an authority in your field.

You can then leverage this media exposure by sharing links to your press coverage on social media, on your website, and in your marketing materials. Potential clients who are trying to decide whether to hire you or your competition across town are going to be impressed that it’s you – not the other guy – who the media turn to for expertise.

But to accomplish that, publicity can’t be an afterthought.

With 2020 nearing its arrival, let me offer three essential steps that will get you started on this journey and keep you focused:

  • Make a decision.  You have to make a conscious decision that this is the year you will go all in and do what’s necessary to promote your personal and company brand. Then (and this is really important!) stick to that decision no matter how many obstacles you encounter. Publicity is tough sledding at times and success isn’t always immediate.

    Maybe you craft what you think is a wonderful pitch for a story idea or radio interview segment, but the local newspaper doesn’t bite or the radio show host never replies. Persistence pays off in the long run, and in the process, you’re learning what engages the media’s interest and what doesn’t.

  • Set a budget.  As with anything else in business, you spend money to make money. How much? That will depend on you, your message and your goals. Do you plan a do-it-yourself publicity campaign? Do you plan to hire someone in-house to execute your campaign? Or do you prefer to enlist the aid of a PR firm? Regardless of your approach, you need to make sure you’ve set aside the necessary funds to accomplish what you set out to do.


  • Commit to the time.  If you aren’t prepared to carry through on this step, then the first two steps won’t make much difference. I’ve witnessed publicity campaigns fizzle because a client wouldn’t take the time to be interviewed by a journalist from a top-tier publication on short notice, or provide answers to questions from a reporter who’s on a tight deadline.

    Yes, it can be a pain and I realize you have other responsibilities, but you must find ways to make the time. If you’re not willing to do that, the newspaper reporters, radio show hosts, and TV producers will find someone who is.

When you think about it, vowing to make publicity a priority in 2020 is much like any other New Year’s resolution. You have to make a decision about what you want to accomplish, make sure you have the resources you need to accomplish it, and then commit to following through.

Do those things and 12 months from now you’ll be able to look back at your 2020 publicity efforts and realize how the recognition you’ve gained has set you apart from your competition.
Here’s to a wonderful and productive New Year!
P.S. If you want professional advice on getting the most out of your publicity efforts, give us a call at 1-727-443-7115 …

Marsha Friedman


Marsha From PR Insider Is Back Sharing Why Publicity Is Important If You Are Online Like Cat …A Lot!

How smart ‘influencers’ are benefiting from publicity!

Why Publicity is the Next Step for Online Influencers


Marsha Friedman

Practically all of us are on social media these days, but some of us have found ways to make a bigger splash than others.

These are the people who have become known as social media influencers. They have established credibility in a specific industry, drawn a ton of followers, and each day manage to use that credibility and reach to persuade others.

A couple of the more extreme examples are Zoe Sugg, a fashion and beauty blogger with nearly 40 million online fans; and Mark Fischbach, a video-gaming guru with more than 20 million subscribers on YouTube as well as millions of followers on other social media platforms.

Other social media influencers may not have nearly as much reach, but all of them have established themselves as trusted sources of information for their followers – and, yes, can influence those followers when it comes to making decisions.

But here’s what I believe: Even an online influencer can benefit from a publicity effort that targets the more traditional media, such as print, radio, and TV.

In fact, I’ve seen that play out just recently with one of our clients, who has a YouTube channel with more than 13 million total views, and a large following of more than 1.5 million fans – and counting – across his social media pages.

Yet, despite that success, he also recognized that some old-fashioned publicity could spotlight him before an audience he hadn’t previously been reaching. He came to us to arrange interviews with the press, and TV and radio shows–connecting his digital presence with the traditional media.

And let’s face it. If even influencers need the credibility that publicity in traditional media gives them, then certainly you do, too.

So, here are a few reasons influencers – and you – should make use of print and broadcast media to gain publicity:

  • Diversify your audience. Yes, if you’re an influencer on Instagram, for instance, you have high-name recognition among your followers – and that’s wonderful. But how does that name recognition hold up when you stray away from those followers? If you want to establish yourself as a widely recognized authority in your field, it’s important to diversify your audience. A proven way to reach that broader audience is through interviews with the print media, with TV  appearances and with radio talk-show interviews.

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  • Elevate your sphere of influence. Those media and social media interviews do more than just get your name floating around. They also add to your credibility. Whenever you appear in print, on TV or on talk radio, you are in essence receiving an implicit endorsement from the media, which decided you had something worthwhile to say to their audiences. You stand out from your competitors, and now have an edge over them. In short, elevating your sphere of influence also elevates you.
  • Grow your audience even more. As you get that publicity in the mainstream media, many more people will learn about you and some of them are likely to become followers on your social media platforms. Your success builds on itself.
  • Grow your business. If you are a social media influencer who derives income from advertising sponsors, then you can leverage your influencer publicity to attract even more sponsors. In addition, all the new eyes that find you, as a result, are potential customers or clients for your product or service.


In all these ways, publicity for influencers is like publicity for anyone who wants to raise the profile for a business or personal brand. As you build your credibility through your success with the media, you can set yourself apart and gain an edge over your competitors.

Influentially yours,



Amazon Has Great Tools For Authors and a Website to Accomplish This With Helpful Tips and Advice and much more.

When selling your books on Amazon books and Amazon Kindle, the first thing authors need is an Amazon Author page to go along with your books listed. It helps readers who are inquisitive and want to know WHO the authors are they choose and enjoy reading their books. This can be done here at  Amazon Author Central and you’re on way!

While your there setting up your author page, you will learn about some tools and a new website Amazon has to help market your books and checking out the author insights website here is a must! They have so much helpful information for authors with marketing, writing, publishing and more. So I wanted to share some of the exciting information with writer and authors in this post to help you feel more comfortable with using all of Amazon Centrals tools, tips, and advice in your marketing plan for the New Year and can be found on Author Central News and Amazon Author Insights!



Promote your book outside the bookstore ~ BY ETHAN GILSDORF



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When it comes to promoting your book, you need to think beyond the ordinary book store reading.

Really, you should think beyond the traditional book tour. Your goal is to get your book into the hands of as many potential readers as you can. But people don’t find out about books only on the bookstore shelves anymore. There’s the Internet, and blogs, and subcultures, and niche groups, all to tap into. It’s a whole new world out there. So take advantage of it.

These are all things you can do yourself. You don’t need a publicist or a publisher’s PR person to open doors for you. Get on the phone, send out some emails, press the flesh, and get your promotional campaign rolling.

Think outside the bookstore. Bookstore readings are fun. But if you can appear at more targeted organizations related to your book, all the better. If your novel is about World War II, then send out an email blast to related book groups, Meet Ups, organizations and their various and associated conferences and hoedowns that specialize in that time period. If your book is about kids with allergies, find specialty shops, natural food stores, and parents’ groups where you can appear.

Go back to school. I’ve had a lot of success appearing at high schools, colleges, libraries, teen centers, youth groups, writing centers, and adult education centers. I offer a variety of talks – sometimes regular readings, but sometimes PowerPoint slideshows, writing workshops, “what it’s like to be a writer” Q&As, etc.

Be an expert: Any speaking engagement where you can appear as an expert in a topic related to your book is good. Same with moderating or being on a panel, or pitching yourself to local media (TV, radio, or as an op-ed contributor) to weigh in on some trending issue or news item.

Don’t just read. Book events are more fun when your event is as much a party or performance as it is a reading. Partner with musicians or fellow writers. Rent a back room of a bar, or offer prizes or discounts for anyone who attends. Ask a related local business, school program, or club what they think would attract people to your event.

Scale your presence. Sometimes you’ll be asked to speak in front of 500 souls. Sometimes your “event” is just five people sitting in a circle. Sometimes you’re given a table to sit at with a stack of your books, and you’ll need a big splashy banner, a “Meet the Author” sign, and a basket of goodies to get people to stop by.

Be prepared to present. Make preparations for the variety of appearances you’ll be wanting to make. Type up bullet-point lists of topics you want to make sure to hit during an interview or a lecture. Pack your PowerPoint with interesting images related to your memoir, novel, or idea books, and prepare a few versions: one long, one short, one for adults, one for kids. Come up with flexible plans and props for each potential situation.

Hit the Internet. For every niche topic that relates to your novel or nonfiction book — video games, Korean cooking, PTSD, New Orleans — there’s going to be leading blogs, reviews, journals, and other publications. Make sure those editors know about your book. Ask if they’d review it, or offer to write a guest post.  (A version of this article appeared at GrubStreet)

Happy Book Promoting. 


My Guest Today is PR Expert Marsha Friedman.

I am excited and honored to have my good friend back, PR Expert Marsha Friedman from “The PR Insider.”  Marsha is CEO of, an award-winning, top national public relations agency; EMSI has been delivering highly specialized publicity campaigns for over two decades. “Our specialty is creating angles we know the media will want to cover and will obtain quality media exposure for our clients.”  Marsha is a lot like me, as she enjoys helping others by sharing many Social Media tips and advice through her awesome newsletter which I get each week, and highly suggest all authors do on when you visit her website.

She happened to share a couple of articles this past week that I felt needed to be shared as it stress’ the importance of media and social media as part of your book promoting platform or brand. Since I book promote throughout social media, because as we all know, many authors can not afford to hire a PR Firm. So let’s see what advice Marsha has for us today  …

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* When Media Opportunities Knock, Swing Your Door Wide Open! *

One piece of PR advice that I have shared with clients over the years is that they need to take advantage of every media opportunity they possibly can no matter how big or small.

Why? Because the media follow the media – or in more generic terms, one thing leads to another!

Here’s what I mean: Members of the media routinely check what topics other members of the media are reporting about and who they are using as sources. If they see that some other media outlet has made use of your expertise, they are more likely to view you as credible and someone they might want to turn to as an authority on your subject.

Just within the last week we experienced a terrific example of this phenomenon when one of our EMSI clients wrote an opinion piece we got published in the New York Daily News.

After the piece appeared, our client was sitting down to dinner with his wife when his cell phone rang.

On the line was someone from MSNBC, calling to check on whether he might be available to be interviewed for the network’s “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” show.



The reason he made their list of potential guests: Someone at MSNBC had seen that New York Daily News article. One thing had led to another!

So with that in mind, what are some steps you can take to improve the chances of getting the media to follow the media that’s following you? Here are a few:

  • Be prepared to say “Yes!” to interview requests. You’re right! I’m back to the advice I opened this piece with, but it’s an important bit of advice. The first step for a good publicity campaign is to get on the playing field. If you aren’t in the game, then nothing is going to happen. In my experience, the people who have some of the best publicity campaigns are those willing to snatch every opportunity that arises, from the local weekly newspaper to major broadcast operations. Momentum can’t build if you don’t get the ball rolling and keep it rolling.
  • Be willing to step outside your core message. Often, much to our frustration, clients turn down media interview requests because they don’t see the reporter’s angle as the right fit for them. These clients have specific messages they want to push, and though they are qualified to discuss the topic the reporter is calling about, they view doing so as getting “off message” or being outside their comfort zone. So they pass. I think that’s a mistake. Not only do they miss out on another opportunity to get their name out there, but with a little skill they can steer the interview toward what it is they really want to say.
  • Link your topic to current events. This one might be the most important of all! At EMSI, we regularly follow what’s happening in the news to see if we can tie a client’s message to something that’s trending. Is there a change in Social Security that a financial planner could discuss? Is there new medical research that a doctor could weigh in on? You can do this too by following Google Trends or other online resources that will keep you abreast of what everyone is talking about. Then you can pitch yourself to the media using a breaking news angle. One major reason our client drew the attention of MSNBC is because his New York Daily News article connected his message about branding to the current presidential election.

Another thing worth keeping in mind is you need to stay persistent in your efforts and not expect quick results. Unless you happen to be incredibly lucky, one article is unlikely to do the trick. The more you take advantage of opportunities, the more your name is out there and the better the odds that the larger media operations will take notice.

Of course, when that happens, you better be ready! Media opportunities don’t knock every day  ….

Now here is the other article I feel is very important to all authors when out promoting your books. Social Media is a great place to be and Marsha tells us WHY.”



* The Key Ingredients To Developing A Social Media Strategy *

It’s hardly a secret that, if you’re promoting a brand like let’s say books, a great tool at your disposal is all the social media sites that have sprung up over the last several years and continue to flourish, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and others.

But, as I hope everyone also knows by now, it’s easy – much too easy – to make brand-damaging mistakes on social media if you’re not careful. Big mistakes!

In fact, if your aim is to promote your brand successfully, you shouldn’t even attempt social media without a carefully planned strategy. The willy-nilly approach won’t do it, and you even could end up in worse shape than before you started.

So how does someone go about developing a social media strategy that works?

Glad you asked!

To answer the question, as I often do in such circumstances, I turned to one of the team members here at EMSI for assistance. In this case, it was Jay York, our senior social media strategist, who understands the nuances of social media and how to make the best use of social media’s advantages while avoiding the disadvantages.

Jay says these four steps are critical as you develop your social media strategy:

  • Identify your target audience. It’s important to decide just who it is you are trying to reach because that will affect the subsequent steps in your strategy. For example, knowing the likes and needs of your target audience will help determine the type of content you share on social media. If you sell a pricey item for teenagers, for instance, your target audience might actually be their parents who have the money and the final say on purchasing decisions.
  • Choose the social media platforms you’ll use. Each social media platform appeals to a difference type of audience, though there definitely is overlap. Each attracts niche audiences that may or may not be useful to your brand. For example, Instagram might not be the right choice for you unless you’re promoting a lifestyle product to Millennials and Generation Xers. If you are in search of Baby Boomers, Facebook would be a good place to look because that’s far and away their favorite social media platform.



  • Solidify your content strategy. Once you know your target audience and the platforms you will use to reach them, it’s time to focus on your content. You want to develop a stream of content that will be relevant and valuable to the right individuals through the right channels. Here’s where it’s important to remember that each social media platform has different ways of handling and displaying content. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. Twitter puts a limit on the number of characters you can use, yet there are still ways to get across a timely, interesting and valuable message. Facebook allows room for more detailed messages. Regardless of the platform, variety is important. Don’t just post links, for example. Your content should be a mixture of links, images, videos, and articles.
  • Define how you’ll network. Once your social media strategy is in place, you’ll want to attract and increase your following. Determining how and when you’ll do that is important. Will you follow like-minded people in an effort to get them to follow you back, or will you let your content do the talking to attract new followers? With Facebook, perhaps you would want to consider purchasing social media advertisements to help keep your momentum going.

    Finally, Jay emphasizes that consistency is incredibly important. You can’t post on social media once a week or once every two weeks and expect followers to start multiplying as if by magic.

    It simply won’t happen!

    Your social media platforms need tender, daily care, because once you’ve grabbed your audience’s attention, you don’t want to lose it. That doesn’t mean cluttering their news feed with an avalanche of posts, but it does mean checking in regularly to remind your followers of what you have to offer and that you’ll be there when they need you.

    Strategically yours!


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