Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Help Linda Coss Get on TV

One of my food allergy idols Linda Coss is now a great television personality. Check out my review of her really great television premier here. Now that she has taken the local airways by storm with witty insight such as my new mantra "It is not cool to eat it if it causes you to die" she is ready to take on the national scene.

Linda is asking everyone to help her meet Oprah, Rachel, and Martha, and anyone else who might benefit from an education of food allergy awareness to spread the word. I figure since she is an idol, I would pass along her request in her own words.

"Greater public awareness of the realities of life-threatening food allergies helps all of our children – and one of the best ways to reach the masses is through the most popular TV talk shows.

I’m writing today to ask for your help. I’d like to start a grass roots campaign to get a few of the big shows to invite me to come on as a guest to discuss life-threatening food allergies. As the author of 3 books on food allergies, including a cookbook that is still considered to be “brand new” (an important consideration in the publicity world), I believe I am just the sort of “expert” that TV shows like to have as a guest. Plus, now that I’ve had a successful appearance on local TV (you can view the video at, I’ve gotten over my fear of the camera!

I’m asking you, your readers, and anyone else you can get to participate to go online to the shows’ “suggest a topic” pages and recommend that the program does a segment on life-threatening food allergies, with Food Allergy Author Linda Coss as the guest expert. You can say something from your heart about why they should cover this topic, and then say something about why you’re recommending Linda Coss as the guest expert. Possibilities here include the facts that I’m the articulate author of 3 food allergy books, a former support group leader with over 13 years of experience, the parent of a college-age child with multiple life-threatening allergies, and one of the “pioneers” in the food allergy world.

Here are links to the first 3 shows I’m targeting:

§ Oprah:
§ Rachael Ray:
o Scroll down to the bottom to the “Anything Goes” section and then click on “Hey you…what’s on your mind?”
o Be sure to click on the “pass it on” button and give them my email,
§ Martha Stewart:
o Click on “Email Martha” on the left-hand side of the page

Of course, I’m open to suggestions for other shows that would be likely to present food allergies in a sympathetic light.

Thank you in advance for your help and support!

Best wishes,

Linda Coss
Plumtree Press
Books to Help Your Family Live with Food Allergies "


Linda Coss said...

Thank you, Jennifer, for posting this. And a big thank you to everyone who participates for helping me with this effort. Wouldn't we all like to see Oprah telling the world about the realities of life-threatening food allergies? Imagine how much awareness this would bring!

Jennifer said...

Hi Linda,

I always enjoy when you stop by in "person". Good luck!!!


(writing away now to all those talk show hosts)