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Jeff Scott

Jeff Scott - Publicist

Brighton, United Kingdom

30+ years book publicity experience. Non-fiction specialist. PPC Campaign of Year Shortlist (x2). Indy & Major publishing clients

Overview

I have been a Publicist for 30+ years, working successfully, curiously and creatively with publishers, books & authors of all stripes and flavours. I am a non-fiction specialist and my long-time clients include many independents but also major international publishers Simon & Schuster, Cambridge University Press, Portfolio Penguin and Bloomsbury.

I enjoy campaigning for new, self-published & less established authors as well as successfully breaking into highly competitive areas, as the projects section below demonstrates. Over the years I have gathered a strong base of reliable media contacts and this has helped me to build a significant track record of success with US originated titles in the UK market (to go along with a proven track record of success with UK originated titles in UK market). Of particular note for a book publicity freelancer, my campaigns have been twice short-listed for Publishers Publicity Circle (Non-Fiction: Paperback Original) Campaign of the Year as well as one of my quarterly campaigns once being "commended".

I am also a national award short-listed (self-published) author so I completely understand what authors need and what they will feel throughout the process of publication, not only the need for media recognition or effective coverage and publicity.

Most of all, I have had a lifelong love of books and reading.

Services
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences Health & wellbeing History Religion & Spirituality Social & Behavioral Sciences Technology
Fiction
Historical Fiction

Work experience

Publicist

Self-employed
April, 2002 – Present (over 15 years)

I help authors and publishers of all stripes on a freelance basis. Current and previous clients include Anthem Press, BBC Active, Blackwell, Bloomsbury, Cambridge University Press, Capstone, Clairview Books, Continuum, Coptic Publishing, DisInformation Company, Duncan Baird Publishers, Gibson Square, Imprint Academic, Infinite Ideas, Kogan Page, Miles Kelly, Myrdle Court Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Pearson Education, Policy Press, Portfolio Penguin, Prentice Hall Life, Profile Books, Routledge, Solis Press, Wiley, Work Place Law, as well as my first client, Simon & Schuster

Projects

Why You? campaign overview

Why You? 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again
James Reed
Portfolio Penguin (published January 5 2015)
Shortlisted for Publishers Publicity Circle Non-Fiction (Paperback Original) Campaign of the Year 2016

My competition analysis with bookshops, publishers and the recruitment quickly established that there was little or no need for another job interview book. The market is well served (read: over published), has entrenched market leaders, there is a high failure rate. Worse still, the need to be contemporary and of the moment means that pretty well every book is on an annual or bi-annual revision cycle (or gets a regular update).

Luckily Why You? 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again had a number of virtues: not least its publisher and an author (James Reed) who writes well/engagingly but also that it took a unique approach to succeeding at interviews – learn how to prepare for and then be able to respond to the people/questions on the day that allows you to also really be yourself in a job interview situation (rather than pretend to be something other than you are or repeat practiced perfect answers). The book also benefitted from having crowdsourced the latest most contemporary and/or difficult questions from over 1500 consultants at the UK’s biggest/best recruitment agency. The main aim of my PR campaign (I was hired by the author) was to drive his book to #1 in all the relevant interview book categories on UK Amazon (“careers>interviews” “careers>job hunting”, “human resources>interviewing & recruitment”) & to also get a “#1 best seller” Amazon (orange) flash. These achievements along with the publicity coverage could then really validate the importance/integrity/utility of the book as well as be leveraged by Reed Recruitment throughout the year in their various print, broadcast & online campaigns. Since the first week of January is the job search equivalent of Xmas & Black Friday sales rolled into one, timing my coverage to anticipate or build upon possible strands was extremely important. We mailed c100 advance review copies & I individually pitched the key media people, whether specialist or general. As usual, I read the book twice in order to create my own reading and template of the book. From these readings and with the help of the author I generated, a variety (nine) of new/original/creative pitches that I sent to my carefully selected specialist lists that I’ve curated over the past decade or so.

From working with James previously, I knew he was a gifted interviewee keen to make himself available and also able to write elegantly to order in swift fashion. These are handy attributes in an author. In addition to the pitches I leveraged previous coverage. My work was organised to maximise coverage during January (the month of publication), especially the first week of January (the week of publication).

Though I pitched ideas, talking points and content from the book during both November and December with longer lead and prestigious media (and had good take up as well as promises of interest for January) that usually really moves the sales dials, in retrospect the most important pitch was that on the first week of January – it became my breakout pitch - which used humour (biggest blunders of 2014 to avoid in 2015) & material mostly NOT available in the book (but from the Reed website from the summer that I’d deliberately saved to use then) to halo the ideas and content of the book. This started a media conversation about difficult questions asked, what they’re really asking & how to answer them. It led to a live five minute booking for the author on Channel 4, while the sales afterwards again confirmed the brute power of carefully selected broadcast (& took the book to number 16 in the total Top 100 on UK Amazon & also #1 in all Business books). The pitch also confirmed/clarified the review intentions of the Press Association & The Sun; the extract plans of the Sunday Times; garnered various op-ed, article & interview requests as well as a request (after C4) for James to appear on BBC National Radio 2 on the Simon Mayo programme (this took the book to #34 in Top 100). Why You? became the fastest selling new interview book of all time (in UK)! The publisher has sold translation rights into 10 countries using the publicity coverage gained.

Joel Rickett, Publisher at Viking & Portfolio at Penguin Random House commented at the time, “The competitive nature of the ‘job interview’ books space and the fact that it has dominated by a couple of long time bestsellers makes the task of any new entrant difficult. As if that weren’t hard enough, in addition Jeff had been tasked by the author James Reed with making his book #1 in three different Amazon categories. Using the traditional jobs application rush to our advantage (having done careful targeted outreach in the two months prior to publication), Jeff came up with a variety of different/creative pitches to secure a broad range of print, broadcast, online and social media coverage (both nationally & regionally). He also worked extremely well with the author and Portfolio Penguin. Sunday Brunch on Channel 4 was the stand out breakout interview he secured – this turbo charged the book on Amazon.co.uk to number 16 in ALL book sales [two places behind - for example - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn]. Another broadcast media booking Jeff secured boosted interest yet again with another live interview this time on BBC Radio 2 with Simon Mayo. The wide circulation of a Press Association review was also significant regionally. The book has performed beyond expectations – it spent a lot of time in the Top 50 & Top 100 on Amazon, total sales are high five figures & climbing, foreign rights sales have been robust and Amazon customer reviews stand over 100+. It is now considered by the ‘go to’ job interview book. Jeff has shown how creative thoughtful publicity can drive sales & attention, and can successfully launch a market entrant into an established business publishing space.”

NATIONAL PRESS COVERAGE
Sunday Times (18th January) – extract

Interviews in:
Economia (12th January) – interview

Reviews in:
Press Association (14th January) – syndicated review
The Sun (23rd January) - review

Articles written by the author:
Daily Mail (15th January) – advice article (not online)
City A.M. (29th January) – advice article

City A.M. (18th February) – Office Politics article

Cosmopolitan (June)
Management Today (September) – My Top Three Reads column

NATIONAL RADIO AND TV COVERAGE
Sunday Brunch, Channel 4 (11th January) – interview

BBC Radio 2, Simon Mayo Drivetime (23rd January) – live interview

CNBC – interview (26th January) – live interview

REGIONAL PRESS. RADIO & TV COVERAGE
Working Mums (31st December) – review

BBC Radio Surrey & Sussex (5th January) – interview
Yorkshire Post (1st January) – interview

Sunday Post – interview (11th January)

Sunday Post (25th January) - review
Sunday Guardian India (31st January) – review

FEATURES & ONLINE
Daily Express (2nd January) – tips article

Daily Star (4th January) – job interview blunders

Daily Express (4th January) – job interview disasters

Daily Star (4th January) – tips article

Bookbag (5th January) – review

Scotcampus (6th January) – competition

GoThinkBig (13th January) – interview

Tyson Report (7th February) - podcast

IRISH COVERAGE
NOT formally part of my remit! However:
Irish Times (7th January) – interview

RTE (24th January) – interview

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review

Nicholas Stern

The economics of climate change: the Stern review. 692 pages,

The economics of climate change: the Stern review. 692 pages,

The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalization

Richard Baldwin

Between 1820 and 1990, the share of world income going to today s wealthy nations soared from twe....

Between 1820 and 1990, the share of world income going to today s wealthy nations soared from twe....

What is Intelligence?: Beyond the Flynn Effect

James R. Flynn

What Is Intelligence?

What Is Intelligence?

The Serpent and the Moon: Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King

Princess Michael of Kent Princess Michael of Kent

The Serpent and the Moon Princess Michael serves up marvellous details of pageantry, court fashion, and gossip. Full description

The Serpent and the Moon Princess Michael serves up marvellous details of pageantry, court fashion, and gossip. Full description

Newman's Unquiet Grave: The Reluctant Saint

John Cornwell

Newman's Unquiet Grave John Henry Newman was the most eminent English-speaking Christian thinker and writer of the past two hundred years. This title presents a portrait of John Henry Newman, whose beatification is set for September 2010, dealing with the man's exceptional intellect and some of the sensational events surrounding his life and death. Full description

Newman's Unquiet Grave John Henry Newman was the most eminent English-speaking Christian thinker and writer of the past two hundred years. This title presents a portrait of John Henry Newman, whose beatification is set for September 2010, dealing with the man's exceptional intellect and some of the sensational events surrounding his life and death. Full description

The Mystery Feast: Thoughts on Storytelling

Ben Okri

Packed with ideas and inspiration, The Mystery Feast offers numerous pathways into the magical world of storytelling. Beginning with a poem, 'All we do', Booker prize-winning novelist Ben Okri presents his considered thoughts on the purpose and meaning of stories, concluding with a series of condensed 'Notes to the modern storyteller'. The collection is completed with a 'stoku' - a brief tale ... read more

Packed with ideas and inspiration, The Mystery Feast offers numerous pathways into the magical world of storytelling. Beginning with a poem, 'All we do', Booker prize-winning novelist Ben Okri presents his considered thoughts on the purpose and meaning of stories, concluding with a series of condensed 'Notes to the modern storyteller'. The collection is completed with a 'stoku' - a brief tale ... read more

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