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Issue #47: How to Tap into resources for press trips and fam tours
January 26, 2015
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Featured Article:This week’s article is about how you can break into travel writing in your town, city, region, or state. This is where most aspiring travel writers start their travel writing career.
When I started writing, I didn’t know how to tap into the vast network of resources out there to find press trips and FAM tours. I don't want you to miss the opportunities I missed!
This article will tell you who you need to add to your network, and how to find out about trips they have planned. Read on ...
How to Tap Into a Network of Resources for Press TripsRegional and State press trips are fun, rewarding and a great place to start your travel writing career.
I’ve been on a lot of press trips. Just in the three-year period from 2011 to 2013 I was on forty-three press trips and FAM tours. This included tours in Nebraska, Missouri, Oregon, Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Idaho, California, Florida and Oklahoma. I’ve been to some of these states multiple times.
I’m frequently asked how I get invited to go on so many regional press trips and FAM Tours. There are three ways to do this:
- Accumulate dozens of bylines in magazines and online outlets in a variety of subjects. This will help you to find places that interest you and match it up with your outlets. Bingo! Instant assignments!
- Establish a reputation to produce multiple stories after your press trips. You’ll find invitations to more press trips coming in thick and fast. You’ll be invited on more press trips than you can handle.
- Plug into the travel writing community. It’s easy to find out very quickly about any press trips on offer when you have several sources of intelligence.
Clearly the first two bullets relate to being an active travel writer for a few years and getting published prolifically. There’s no shortcut to this that I’m aware of. Sending out queries, getting your stories published and building your bylines are the most important things for a travel writer to do.
I’ve discussed many strategies to help this happen faster on other pages of this site. Mastering the art of writing query letters, using simultaneous submissions for selling your stories faster, and writing for a broad range of genres and niches improve your chances significantly.
Your reputation and credibility as a travel writer are backed by plenty of bylines. It makes you a desirable commodity to tourism agencies. They want well-published travel writers to visit their region because they know you will follow through and write your stories after the trip.
But, if you’re a beginning writer, don’t despair! The third bullet is for you.
Even beginners can plug into the travel writing community and find out about currently circulating press trips on offer. If you can come up with an assignment or two, you may qualify for a press trip.
My goal here is to get you invited on press trips early in your writing journey -- and help you build your bylines at the same time.
Here is a list of resources to help you tap into the travel writing community and learn about press trips on offer:
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