I've used the various search features on multiple threads on AW and haven't been able to find anything on Smith Publicity.
I'm exhausted from recent marketing efforts and would like to hire a firm to take over the brunt of the work so I can get back to what really draws in readers -- writing my next book.
I've been in contact with two firms already, here are my findings:
Smith Publicity: http://www.smithpublicity.com/
Website and client list looks impressive. Big price tag for their services, but I've heard from my agent that some publicity firms can be much higher. Their service runs 4 to 6 weeks and I'd get weekly updates on what they are doing on my behalf, plus at the end they'd hand off all of the connections they initiated for me on my behalf.
My initial call with their rep, Dina, left me with a shaky opinion of them. She pitched her company and their services hard, without giving me any concrete details. There was no personal connection made between us, no real interest in my book or my goals, and I debated on just ending the call.
At the conclusion of our conversation, I tried to make a personal connection so she'd stop pitching so hard and we ended things on a better note with her promising to review my website and get back in touch with me early the following week with a game plan.
Well, it's been a week and I haven't heard from her. I waited to send my books to the first publicist because I needed the next shipment of the second editions to come in. I'm not in any real rush to choose and do plan on interviewing some other firms as well.
I was looking for opinions on either one, if you have one.