commit: 6b2ca8a - #414 (2014-03-05 12:54:44 -0500)
I'm not sure how useful these tips are, and I think point two clashes hugely with point three. Bullet points isn't keeping it brief in terms of a pitch.I'd suggest these as alternatives1: Have a descriptive subject line. Something as simple as "Contributing to [site name]" can work wonders. It allows people to quickly categorize your message which is always appreciated.2: Keep your initial contact brief. In the past I've sent initial pitches a simple as "Hi [Name of whoever you're emailing], I'm interesting in contributing to your site. Could you please let me know the best person to contact about this?" Obviously that only works if the site doesn't make it clear who handles outside contributions, but you get the idea.
3: Explain why the publication's *readers* should care. The fact your new app racked up x number of downloads in its first week probably isn't as interesting you think it is. There are plenty of good, solid apps which have clocked up hundreds of thousands of downloads that don't get press coverage off the back of it because they're not exciting.
If you can say "our app will solve a problem commonly found among your readership in a cool, exciting way and, oh, it was downloaded 5,000 times last month" then you'll do a better job of generating interest.Writers care about their readers and if you can convince a writer their readers will be interested in what you have to say/offer, you're on to a winner.Finally, the only truly perfect pitch email is one that gets you what you're after.
I wouldn't worry. All Onboardly submissions miraculously get a ton of upvotes really quickly from people who never interact here. Bunch of spammers.
Steven, Not sure what you are referring to as we all organically submit links to numerous sites. Also, this is the second time you have made a public opinion of such a matter. If you have an issue, please email me directly and I'd be happy to talk. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opinions aside, please don't just self-submit. If everyone did that this community wouldn't be what it is :(