Dealing with the Media

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Darth Florist
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Dealing with the Media

Post by Darth Florist » Thu 14 Feb, 2019 10:53 am

I have compiled a considerable number of puzzles (all of the same type) which, I feel, are ripe for publication in a daily newspaper. I have attempted to contact a number of agencies/newspapers via direct e-mail, or via the electronic "Contact us" forms on their respective web-sites. With the exception of PuzzlerMedia, they have failed to even acknowledge my contact, let alone send me their opinion. One major culprit is Clarity Media, who supply puzzles to The Guardian and the i newspaper. Has anyone else suffer similar difficulties?

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Re: Dealing with the Media

Post by detuned » Thu 14 Feb, 2019 10:37 pm

I can't say that surprises me - I get the impression that there's something of a closed shop within puzzle publishers, particular those which churn out mostly computer generated content (which I think is going to be most puzzles that appear in a newspaper).

My approach would be to try and find at least one named person at the organisation you are trying to contact. I don't imagine that's the easiest thing in the world, but it's worth noting that the one exception to computer generated puzzles in newspapers come in the form of (cryptic) crosswords. It might be worth trying to track down crossword editors as a lead?

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Re: Dealing with the Media

Post by danmoore » Fri 15 Feb, 2019 2:25 pm

Can you send me a direct message with the date you contacted Clarity Media? I have been through all our contact messages for a year and cannot find anything there corresponding to the name on your profile. Note that if the challenge question on our relevant contact form was answered incorrectly then your message would not have reached us.

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Re: Dealing with the Media

Post by Darth Florist » Sat 16 Feb, 2019 8:51 pm

I wish to publically apologise for the tone of my original posting when referring to Clarity Media. They explained why they never received my contact messages, which was due to my using the 'divide-by" sign (a horizontal bar with a dot above and below it), which the contact form couldn't interpret, so dumped my message into its junkbox. The same thing probably happened with my first message to them in 2011. I believed that my message HAD been read, but had been ignored. Both I and Clarity Media were both the victim of what "New Technology" does, and can't do.

Again, my apologies

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Re: Dealing with the Media

Post by Andrew Reid » Fri 10 Jul, 2020 10:12 pm

Interesting post.
I have had encouraging interactions with both Puzzler Media and Clarity while trying to get some kind of market for my puzzles.
The best way I have found to get contacts is to do a search for "editor" as a job title on LinkedIn and send out Connect requests.
This has got me a large number of contacts, some of whom have communicated in one way or other.
However, I still have not received any money for my puzzles.
I have pretty much given up the idea of selling them for now and am considering self publishing an ebook on Lulu or creating an app of some sort.
Either way, I don't think that creating puzzles is any kind of get rich scheme but I will keep on trying.

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Re: Dealing with the Media

Post by Andrew Reid » Sat 19 Sep, 2020 8:29 am

Does anybody know if there is any market for gogen puzzles?
I am working on a program to create them.
Assuming I can get it to work, how can I sell them, who might buy them and how much could I charge per puzzle?

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