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Issue #91: 5 Reasons You Should Query Your Story Before Writing It
December 07, 2015
|Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!
I’ve just been home a couple of hours after my press trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan. I’m happy to say, the travel journalists had a marvelous time.
We were wined and dined in style.
A few of my highlights were: attending Handel’s Messiah at the auditorium, seeing a play written by Jeff Daniels at the Purple Rose Theater, watching a concert by Celtic fusion band Nessa, visiting a creamery and seeing how cheese is made, flying over Ann Arbor in a World War II C-47 Skytrain, walking through a B-17 bomber, visiting the Yankee Aviation Museum, and eating ourselves silly at a plethora of Ann Arbor’s finest restaurants.
You too can do these things — for free, as I regularly do — if you know how to play the travel writing game. One of the rules of this game is that you should always query your travel story before you write it.
Writing a travel story, and then trying to unload it afterwards, inevitably results in disappointment.
I can think of five very sound reasons why you should query before you write. And, I can’t think of any reasons at all why you should write a story and then try to find somewhere to pitch it. It’s backwards!
That's what this week's featured article is about.
Querying your story first results in a much higher acceptance rate than the practice of writing a piece and then trying to sell it later.
And after you're convinced about why you should query first, I also give you five tips to improve your chances of getting your stories into print.
Read the article for all the details (link below) ...
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5 Reasons You Should Query Your Story Before You Write ItRead the article ...
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