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Issue #49: When to Follow Up With Editors About Your Query
February 09, 2015
Two weeks ago I announced my freelance travel writing coaching and consulting services. The response to my coaching program has been great!
I’m currently helping Jed, Elizabeth, Karen, Marilyn, Tracey, Christine, Mary, Linda, John & Kathleen with their travel story ideas, query letters, and locating markets to sell their stories to. And of course, I’ll be giving their articles the once over before they submit them to the magazine editors. Almost all of them purchased multiple packages.
I’m keeping my fees very reasonable for subscribers for another week or so. One writer actually complained that I’m not charging enough for my coaching!
Once my coaching services go public the individual package prices will increase and the combination discounts will be less, so get the subscriber discounts while you can.
I’ve really enjoyed reading the story ideas the writers have generated so far in our consulting sessions. After doing a little fine-tuning to the story ideas and query letters, I’ve already turned a couple of my writers loose to send out batches of killer query letters to magazine editors.
Our goal is to get their articles into print first. And, if their stories aren’t picked up by print media, we’ll use online travel magazines as a backup.
Eventually, all of my writers’ stories will be published somewhere. And, once they receive an acceptance letter or two, I’ll be giving them advice on how to parlay their travel stories into comp entries to tourist attractions and free tours—and where appropriate, accommodations and meals.
A few of the writers purchased my coaching services in advance in order to secure the reduced introductory rates. As a result, I am opening up a few more coaching spots to subscribers.
In about a week or so my coaching services will go public. This means they will be posted on PitchTravelWrite.com for the world to see. I
anticipate a big response. This is a reminder that if you need my coaching services and want the reduced rates, now is definitely the time to sign up.
Last week’s article, “Using Travel Trade Shows to Land Press Trips” was very popular with subscribers. A heartfelt thanks to the writers who emailed me and told me how much they appreciated that post. I appreciate your feedback, and am happy so many people found it useful. Several of you reported that you’ve already registered for travel trade shows after reading the article. I wish you good hunting and hope you pick up some Fam Tours! Thanks for taking the time to send your comments.
This week’s featured article is about following up on your query letters with editors. Here’s my best answer to the question “when should I follow up with an editor about my query letter?” You’ll need to read the article to find out …
When to Follow Up with Editors About Your QueriesFreelance travel writing is mysteriously shrouded in a whole litany of rules and do’s and ‘don’ts. In my experience, I believe that many of these rules are not necessarily constructive and many are downright counterproductive.
Some are just a waste of time.
In that latter category is the rule “you should always follow up on your queries with a magazine editor”.
While perusing several books on freelance writing, I noticed all the experts said to contact the editor about 2-4 weeks after you’ve sent your query. The purpose of doing this is to remind the editor of your query and see if they’re interested in your story.
For those of you who read my posts regularly, you know marketing magazine articles is my thing. I’ve discussed the practice of following up on queries with many of my travel-writing peers on press trips. We’re in vans and busses a lot, so naturally we like to talk shop and pick each other’s brains.
Without exception, my peers all tell me that, over the years, they’ve picked up one or two stories this way. It seems that occasionally the editor has had his or her memory jolted about the pitch, and then accepted it for publication. But it doesn’t happen often.
I consider the practice of following up on queries a waste of time, for several reasons:
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Angela Corrias has been blogging for six years, four of them with her travel blog, Chasing the Unexpected.
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