The anatomy of a pitch email

You’ve enticed a reporter or blogger to open your email. Congratulations! Now, did you include all of the right components?

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To break through the mess, you need to research the person you’re pitching and make sure your email subject line is informative, unique, and short.

Once you’ve followed these steps and the reporter, editor, or blogger has opened the email. What should this pitch email look like? Here are some suggestions:

Address the reporter/editor/blogger by his or her name. It shows respect, and adds a personalized touch. Reporters don’t feel warm and fuzzy receiving “standard” email pitches. Take a line or two and mention one of those previous articles you researched. Personalizing your email shows the reader you appreciate his or her time.

Emails should be no longer than four short paragraphs. As most emails with attachments arrive in spam folders, focus your pitch on three important points, and let the reporter contact you. Don’t send attachments unless they’re requested.

Edit, and edit again.
Fine tune your pitch to ensure it includes the most pertinent information. If you spark the recipient’s interest, you’ll get a response. To that end, include appropriate contact information (hint: phone numbers!) in your email signature. In my experience, reporters would rather call for details than waste precious minutes typing.

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