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Issue #36: Where to Find Travel Writing Opportunities in Newspapers
November 10, 2014
Welcome to new subscribers of my weekly PitchTravelWrite.com e-zine. This valuable newsletter is full of useful tips to sell and improve your travel stories - tips you can implement immediately.
It’s been a busy week, trying to get a lot of things done before the holiday season begins. It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is only a couple weeks away.
The first item that we’ve been hard at work on is the update/revision of my book Selling and Marketing Your Articles to Magazines
As a writer, you know that if you can’t sell your articles, you’ll never be published. You’ll see these words in my posts repeatedly.
Selling and marketing articles to magazine editors is where the vast majority of freelance writers struggle. It’s probably where you have the most difficulty, too, because most travel writers fear sales and marketing as much as the Ebola virus.
Those of you who’ve been following me for some time know that I’m a fanatic (and an expert) on figuring out how to sell articles to magazine editors. That’s my thing.
I’m always exploring, inventing, and experimenting with ways to market articles to magazines. I’m lucky to have an innate sense of jungle cunning and street smarts in this department.
I sell 90% of the travel articles I pitch, somewhere around the world. And, I’ve sold more than 900 articles to 190 magazines of all sorts, in print and online, over the last 8 years.
Most freelance travel writers writing for that same amount of time would consider themselves lucky to have sold twenty-five percent as many articles. Clearly I’m doing something right.
I enjoy showing other writers how easy it is to sell their stories and that’s what I share in this e-zine and on www.PitchTravelWrite.com.
My marketing system gets extraordinary results.
What if there was a place where you could learn every one of the marketing techniques, tricks, and secrets that I use?
What would it be worth to absorb all of my freelance writing, querying, selling, and marketing knowledge and experience?
My updated book, Selling and Marketing Your Magazine Articles is that definitive source. We’re hard at work making revisions and adding more content to make it even more valuable.
Watch for further announcements as we get closer to launching this book.
A note to those of you who already own a previous version of this book: You will receive a free upgrade when the revised book launches, so be watching this space so that you’ll know when to expect your free upgrade link.
I mentioned back in September that I presented a talk about “Breaking into Travel Writing” at the Edmond’s Write on the Sound writer’s conference. One woman who attended my presentation, Claire Luana, wrote up a lengthy summary of my presentation.
Several of you asked for more information about my presentation at the conference. If you’re interested in reading a description of the presentation,
here's a link to Claire's blog ...
Occasionally I’ll talk about some things that don’t work - or about what not to do in travel writing. In this issue, I talk about writing for newspapers.
Major newspapers in the U.S. have been through a lot of changes lately. This post will give you plenty of insight and will save you many hours of time if you’re thinking about breaking into this medium.
Be sure and read the article through to the end, because although the first part of the article is kind of a downer, there is light at the end of the tunnel - and at the end of the article.
Where to Find Travel Writing Opportunities in Newspapers
Having newspaper bylines is considered a rite of passage for travel writing. Most travel writers like to boast about their newspaper clips on press trips, because newspaper clips can be almost as prestigious as in-flights.
I have five newspaper bylines to my name, and I’m proud of them. They include the Sunday Oregonian, the New Zealand Sunday News, and the South China Morning Post. These clips were all racked up in my first three years of freelance writing, from 2007-2009.
During my third year of freelance writing, I systematically and relentlessly bombarded newspapers with travel story ideas. I wanted to see if I could make a nice sideline income from newspapers. Every month I would query the top two newspapers in most of the 50 states, plus a few overseas ones. It would take me a day to complete this onerous task, but I hoped it might pay off.
Here’s what happened:
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....
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