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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: i have to write a press release on: December 17, 2007 04:49:43 AM
It is super easy, I promise!

Press releases serve two purpose: to inspire reporters to call you up to get more information and to serve AS the article.

Begin the press release with a contact person and include all contact information, including email address, phone numbers, and contact hours (if it doesn't matter, then don't include contact hours at all). If there's a website with pertinent information, include that as well.

For the press release, all you need are two or three complete paragraphs and a quote. Quote yourself if you want! It shouldn't take more than an hour, even if you're an absolute perfectionist. Smiley Oftentimes reporters will use your press release and add on their information gathered from calling you. This is great because YOU can decide how your article is written!

Some quick tips:
* Don't underestimate how busy reporters can be! Don't miss the phone call from the reporter, because you may not get them again!
* Email to EVERY media source: TV, radio, newspaper, magazine, etc. Every little bit makes a huge difference!
* Email to EVERY pertinent editor at each source! Since you're writing for an art show, shoot for the sections that include Community/Regional News, Entertainment, Business (if you're selling), and the General Editor.
* Follow up! Sometimes reporters skim over emails. Feel free to call them and chat them up about your story! If they are too busy, ask them when you can call back or ask if they will recommend you to a different reporter who might not be. Reporters are used to this and won't bat an eyelash at it.
* Call newsdesks every day about getting on the nightly news for the couple of weeks leading up to your show. Some nights they might have a slow night and would be grateful to cover an art show! If they've been keeping up with their email, it will take two seconds to know whether or not it's a slow night.
* Send SEVERAL press releases if you can help it. If you can send one out a couple months ahead of time, you're more likely to get featured in TV segments and newspaper articles that are focusing on your career and your work. Send one two weeks before so they can schedule you for a solid spot. Send one three days before so they can pick you up when they're scurrying for something last-minute!

It sounds really complicated and time-consuming, but it isn't. Smiley Feel free to post your press release here (or email it to me) and we can all give you whatever reassurance you may need. Cheesy
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: What's on your list for chrismas this year? on: October 19, 2007 12:34:40 AM
Oh dear.

*Mom: Coupon book, Knit stocking with candy, knit laptop cozy, oven mitt puppets (my grandmother made these with me when I was wee), dinosaur costume for her pug
*Dad: Knit beanies -- he's hard because he's a paraplegic and isn't independent yet.
*Younger brother (16): Knit beanie, scarf, mittens, cell-phone cozy, laptop cozy
*Grandmother: Oven mit puppets, knit dishcloths
*Boyfriend's Mom: Colorful/patterned dishcloths, indoor plant?, knit scarf?, gift certificate?, cat toys
*Boyfriend: Double-boiler, no idea what to make.
*Roommate: Something purple
*Friend (20): hat & mittens?
*Taekwondo student (18/m): Jayne hat?
*Taekwondo student (22/f): hat & mittens?, bath bombs
*Taekwondo peer (52/m): mohawk hat
*Taekwondo instructor's father: something edible or smokeable
*Ex-tkd student (17/f): scarf?, scoodie
*Taekwondo students (~70): cards (and magnets?)

oy vey.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Noro Miho? on: September 18, 2007 10:30:50 AM
Neither is the Adrienne Vittadini "Olivia" I got, too. Bizarre.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Noro Miho? on: September 17, 2007 11:33:02 PM
I recently lucked out and got a TON of Noro Miho for 50 cents/ball at a local thrift shop. It appears to be discontinued. Does anyone know when it was?

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Wonder Woman Jumper (4 images) on: September 01, 2007 02:34:15 PM
freaking win.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Skull Tuque - Kind of pic heavy on: August 30, 2007 10:03:43 AM
Awesome! I would love to see the charts if you wouldn't mind! :>
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: leather leaf necklace on: August 19, 2007 02:37:46 PM
This is great. I would totally buy one. Cheesy
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: scull cardigan on: August 12, 2007 05:47:21 PM
A-freaking-mazing. A chart would make my day. Yesplz!!! Cheesy:D:D
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Order of the Phoenix knits!! on: July 27, 2007 01:09:12 AM
Thanks for the suggestions/general replies. :]

I feel silly for not paying more attention to what Ginny was wearing. I keep hearing about this gold top she's wearing and I have no recollection of it!

I do like Hermione's grey sweater with pastel stripes, but I would not wear it. Ever.
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted Mythbusters: Jamie and Adam on: July 26, 2007 06:07:36 AM
I joked about making these for my boyfriend. ...Now I'm almost convinced Cheesy

Awesome job!
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