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Issue #42: Magazine Editors: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
December 22, 2014
December is great for planning your 2015 assault on freelance travel writing. It’s also an ideal time to research and dream up new story ideas, plan your 2015 travel schedule, hunt for new travel and specialty magazines to place on your distribution lists and start contacting tourism agencies.
If you’ve still got some articles to write, it’s time to get them out the door - you’ve got 10 days left to get them behind you before the end of the year!
Every week I field several questions about travel writing from subscribers. Often I turn their questions into articles. It’s good to hear about your challenges, so please keep sending your questions.
This week’s article is my response to an email from one of our subscribers who is also a well-published travel writer and author. It’s a problem every travel writer faces today - unresponsive magazine editors.
Here’s our email exchange:
Magazine Editors: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Recently a well-published travel writer and author asked me to address an issue that all of us face: unresponsive magazine editors. It resulted in the following email exchange that I think will interest you:
“What I would like to see addressed by you is the increasing lack of response from editors of all types and stripes who simply do not respond one way or the other after you've produced a solid query and spent a good bit of time studying their writer guidelines and back issues.
“I find this extremely frustrating, as I'm sure other writers do. I've been in the business more than 25 years, and it seems that today you are more likely to get NO response than a rejection. I'd much rather know the query was turned down so I can move on, than wonder if it even reached its destination.
How do you handle the silence and do you address this somewhere that I just haven't run across? Thanks so much for any help. Keep up your good work in
supporting writers everywhere. It's a tough business and not for the faint of heart.”
On a related topic, one reader emailed me with a question about whether or not she should do simultaneous submissions. I hear this question frequently, so I've answered her question on my FAQ page ...
WE NEED YOUR INPUT:
First, a big thank you to everyone who has purchased one or more of my eBooks. So far all of my book offerings are digital. As I continue to write books and plan to release a few more in early 2015, I’ve got a question:
“Do you prefer Print or Digital?”
Several people have contacted me with requests for print books. But, before we head down that path, I’d like your opinion.
Let me be clear - this is not a solicitation! We’re just trying to figure out if it’s worthwhile to look into printed products. We also are wondering which books (if any) are more interesting to you if offered in print.
Here are the books available (and coming soon) …
- The Complete Guide to Selling & Marketing Your Travel Articles
Once again, this isn’t a solicitation. Please give us your opinion by replying to this email with your response. Thank you!
I post several (hopefully) interesting travel stories on my Facebook page each week, and they’re a hoot!
My posts range from links to recent online travel articles to covers of print magazines with my stories. There’s always a “Where’s Roy?” mystery photo, and occasionally I’ll publish a photo montage of travel themes (military travel, luxury travel, foodie travel, historic places, museums, beer & wine, etc). Sometimes I post a photo or two of some of my funnest
press trips--plus announcements about my latest eBooks and services.
Please share this e-zine with friends, family or anyone who may be interested in travel writing and can benefit from some free marketing and travel writing information.
That’s all for now.
Until next time, you keep pitching....
Please note: Some products mentioned in this e-zine may result in my receiving a small referral fee if you decide to purchase the product. I only recommend products and services that I believe are high quality and can help you be more successful as a freelance writer. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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