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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
May, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 05
Getting More Clients by Submitting Bylined Articles and Columns
By Cary Bayer
A third prominent arrow in your public relations quiver is the bylined article or ongoing column. These should be service pieces that provide useful information to readers; they shouldn't be blatant self-service articles in which you promote how wonderful you are and how people should come to you for massage.If your pieces give valuable information, they'll subtly inspire people to want to work with you.
Your articles should be like fresh breezes of inspiration. Explore the research done on massage that shows its benefits to different parts of the body and to overall health. Talk about the need for regular stress management in these tense times, etc. If the massage that you do is somewhat different — like Thai, Lomilomi or pre-natal — then focus your articles on informing readers of these lesser-known modalities and their benefits.
Since we learned how to walk before we learned how to run, it's better, with better publications, to propose a one-shot bylined article than an ongoing column. The reason should be obvious: it's harder to sell a dozen articles than it is to sell one, just like it's easier for a prospective client to book their first massage with you than to sign up for a package of a dozen. If the editor enjoys that first article, your chances of selling a regular column go up.
Proposing a bylined article has most of the same elements that pitching a round-up article or profile has. The major difference is that instead of having the article that you're proposing be staff written or assigned to a freelancer by the publication, you're proposing to write it.
Before penning your pitch letter for an article, research the publication to see if it, in fact, it carries articles by those who are neither staffers nor freelancers. Then see what their word length is. Your bylined piece can be done in either of two ways:
The downside of this approach is that you've gone ahead and written a piece on speculation with no idea if it will ever see the light of day. (If you have a newsletter, blog or website, it will see the light of day.) It's wise to include a sample of your writing; preferably a piece that shows off your flair with language. If you don't have a flair for language, then send off the writing of someone else who does have such flair and who would write the article if the editor gives you the green light.
The upside of sending off the sample article is that the journalist to whom you're pitching gets a chance to see how well you write and portentially approve the piece right then and there.
Pitching the ongoing column — a once-a-month frequency if the publication comes out monthly — involves additional work than just pitching a one-shot article. In this case, include a working title for your proposed writing, as well as titles for several future articles. It's essential to include a sample column, again making certain that it's of a similar length as other columns the publication carries.
A sample pitch for an ongoing column appears below.
Dear Mr. Smith:
With many holistic healers going out of business and their fees plummeting, with many taking straight jobs to pay the rent, this massage therapist is growing the size of her practice. How, in a deep recession, could a body worker grow so? What kinds of benefits is it necessary for a holistic healer to provide regularly to not only stay in business but thrive? And what are the scientifically documented benefits of massage that has people coming back for more?
I'd like to address these and many other aspects of massage therapy in a regular column that I would like to write for your magazine. The working title for such a column would be "Destress for Success." It would show how regular massage treatments help people become healthier and happier and serves as a foundation for them to become more successful, as well.
A sample column is enclosed; titles of future articles follows:
If I don't hear from you by next week, I'll call to see if you'd like to inspire readers with a monthly column on a modality that removes stress from their bodies and might add years to their lives.
Analyzing the Pitch
Once again, let's take a close look at this pitch for an ongoing column. You'll notice, first off, that it's targeted to Natural Awakenings Magazine, the franchise of regional wellness monthlies throughout the country. If there isn't one in your community, check out your local health food store or metaphysical center to see if there's a similar monthly publication covering the holistic growth scene in your area.
Second, it's implied from the pitch that I've already researched the magazine and seen there is no regular column on massage therapy. And third, I suggested that I'm qualified to write this ongoing column because my business is growing; in other words, despite a difficult recession, people keep flocking to my table.
A fourth key point: I listed several titles for upcoming articles that I'd write. And most importantly, point five, I've enclosed a sample column. (In this case, I haven't actually written such a column for you to read, but I'm suggesting that you would do that to accompany your pitch letter.)
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