Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Publicists, Will You Never Learn?
This morning I caffeinated early and got right on top of putting some finishing touches on an article I'm working on. I've been having some troubles coming up with sources, so I used my good friend Profnet to do most of the legwork.
I was pretty specific in my query: I was looking for experts in the area of travel, home improvement and housekeeping. Keep in mind that I reminded all the flaks that these topics were aimed at men. OK...go...
Thus far I have received e-mails from flaks offering:
Experts on The Physical and Psychological Effects of Port Wine Stains.
A book about a man giving advice to his son. (Snore.)
Some company called Valet Noir that provides "extremely inexpensive" travel arrangements to casinos for its clients. Now, when you say "extremely inexpensive" is this like a cheap, Chinatown bus to Vegas that will no doubt break down somewhere outside Reno?
A flak with clearly some reading comprehension problems offered me nothing what I was looking for, but instead a copy of her client's book about Italian cooking. (Huh?)
However, here's the silver lining: One gal e-mailed and said she could get me in touch with Bob Vila, who I've actually been trying to track down for weeks. Aces.