"Year of the Adopted Family" book release

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Rescued: Overcoming the Pain of Press Releases

Sometimes the word "press release" brings upon the theme music from "Jaws".

It is one thing to write a press release to fit a page and meet the criteria. It is quite another painful experience to determine who to send the press release for the best results.

Then, through Facebook, I learned about Utah News Source. It is a company that keeps current with which reporters write which kind of stories. They give guidelines on what is needed in the press release and send the press release on your behalf.

So someone could rescue me from the shark!

Utah New Source barely started their group on Facebook on Friday, January 9th when I discovered it a few days later. (Today is January 13th!)

Of course, for this kind of service there was a fee. I gladly paid it. My time was more precious to save than some money.

It cost $50.00.

I paid $20.00 more so the press release could also be shared through social networking sites like Facebook, Digg, etc.

My grand total was $70.00.

This is what my press release looked like--

Family Famine: Hunger for Love, a world premiere storytelling concert addresses social concerns PDF Print E-mail

Storyteller Rachel Hedman presents “Family Famine: Hunger for Love” a world premiere storytelling concert, Monday, February 9, 2009 from 8:00 - 9:30 pm. at Covey Center for the Arts, Grand Theater at 425 W. Center St. in Provo, UT.

The concert addresses social concerns and is sponsored in part by the Utah Storytelling Guild, a nonprofit group.

Audience: Minimum age 8, geared for 12-year-olds+ due to themes, program expects to tour worldwide mainly at educational venues from upper elementary to universities as well as other venues similar to Covey Center for the Arts.

"Sometimes the best way to approach sensitive concerns like child abuse and abandonment is through a multicultural tale. It takes us away from the here and now so we can think of people or situations that seem familiar in the present-day," says Hedman.

Hedman will share multicultural tales from Ireland, the Ojibwa nation, and Colombia. The Irish one is storytelling with a mix of personal reflection while the others are enhanced by music like songs sung as duet with Holly Robison for the Colombian piece.

A guitar can howl like a wolf with Joshua Payne, guitarist. Payne will be joined by Geoff Rayback, upright bass player, to create soundscapes for the Ojibwa piece.

Hedman's cousin, Kristen Lorensen, discovered in 2005 that there may be a family history link to the Ojibwa people. Lorensen mailed an Ojibwa story “Forsaken Brother” to Hedman, which she clung to until Elizabeth Ellis, her Storytelling Masters professor from East Tennessee State University, assigned the “My Finest Hour” project in August 2008. That was when Hedman started her blog.

Already people in Utah and worldwide have followed the story development process and marketing through almost daily posts.

Tickets: $10.00 general admission, $5.00 student/senior*, $5.00 for groups of 15+* ***Discount prices available only by phone or in person.

Call (801) 852-7007 or go to www.coveycenter.org for more info.

Contact: Rachel Hedman, Director/Featured Storyteller

Phone: (801) 870-5799

Email: info@rachelhedman.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Website/Blog: http://www.coveycenter.org and http://familyfamine.blogspot.com

Other People of Interest: Elizabeth Ellis (national teller from Texas/guest emcee), Joshua Payne (guitarist), Geoff Rayback (upright bass player), Holly Robison (singer). Contact information for them can be given at request

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman
Professional Storyteller
Former Co-Chair of Youth, Educators, and Storytellers Alliance (2005-2008)
Tel: (801) 870-5799
Email: info@rachelhedman.com
Performance Blog: http://familyfamine.blogspot.com
Other places to find me: Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Professional Storyteller

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