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Issue #60: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Query Letters
April 27, 2015
|Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!
One of the most important skills for a travel writer is the ability to write a good query letter. It’s your most important sales tool. And every week I receive emails from writers struggling to use this tool successfully.
My coaching clients have also highlighted some pitfalls that new writers face, sometimes because of the conflicting advice that's out there.
My featured article this week focuses on seven questions and pitfalls about this topic - along with my advice and recommendations. If you're looking for ways to make your query letters more successful, this article is for you.
This week we’re also featuring travel blogger Kathleen Poole and her blog Adventuring Women.
Your Query Letter Guide: 7 Tips for Travel WritersWhen it comes to query letters, I hear the same questions over and over again from people just starting out in travel writing.
As a freelance travel writer, you will hear conflicting advice about queries. This article will set the record straight - at least in terms of how I do things and the advice I give to my coaching clients.
There are a lot of experts still recommending a “traditional” approach to writing and sending queries to editors. Following traditional advice is a mistake if you want to succeed at travel writing.
With the digital age and the speed at which things happen, the game has changed and freelance travel writers who want to succeed need to change with it.
This article is intended to answer the questions about query letters that I hear most often, and will help clarify the rather murky waters surrounding this critical topic.
Featured Travel Blogger:
Kathleen Poole: Adventuring WomenKathleen Poole has been blogging for two years. Her blog Adventuring Women is about sharing adventures and accessing your inner resources while you're on an adventure - resources like mental toughness, problem solving and living in the present moment.
With her blog, Kathleen shares stories about her adventures and also about the lessons learned and what she’ll do differently the next time around.
She likes to tell stories of people she meets on her travels. And she likes to be opinionated - blogging gives her this opportunity.
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