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My newest book, Reporters Don’t Hate You: 100+ Amazing Media Relations Strategies , hits the shelves July 7. Corporate spokespeople are on the front lines every day, dealing with reporters. They need an AP Style guide for media relations. This is it. Your copy will be dog-eared in no time!

My previous book, A+ Strategies for C-suite Communications: Turning Today's Leaders into Tomorrow's Influencers benefits communications and government relations experts who counsel their C-suite leaders on strategy. The knowledge demonstrates how they can chart a path toward sustained improvement that helps them achieve long-range business and public policy goals.

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There are probably as many answers as there are authors. I can explain my own experiences.

For me, the writing is the easy part, and one of the least time consuming aspects. That’s not to say writing a book is a walk in the park. It’s just a much more intricate task to sort the materials into cohesive chapters, go through several rounds of self-edits, adopt suggestions from beta readers, and factor in my copy editor’s changes.

Other authors I’ve talked with struggle more with the writing than those other assorted duties. I suppose it depends on what you do best and what you like most.(less)
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Shocking the Conscience — A Civil Rights Conversation with Carol Booker

This edition of C-suite Blueprint Radio features a conversation with Carol Booker. She is the widow of Simeon Booker, the legendary reporter who was among the first to shine a light on civil rights injustices in the 1950s.


Together, they wrote Shocking the Conscience, which draws upon Simeon Booker’s first-hand reports telling the story of how the civil rights movement changed America. He was deter

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Eric Dezenhall is an acquired taste, which may account for some of the relatively low rankings here.

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Aschwanden packs every bit of her research into this book. Some selectivity would make it a more useful resource.

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Magnificent. This is by far Grisham’s best since his early days. I’ve found his writing can be uneven. He has the talent, but sometimes he just doesn’t seem to try that hard. He really pulls it all together in The Reckoning.

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