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PitchTravelWrite.com Issue #006 -- How Travel Photographs Will Help You Sell More Stories
November 04, 2013
We are truly into autumn in the Pacific Northwest. The leaves are changing colors, the nights are getting chilly and our air is foggy most mornings. Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner. It's still a great time to travel or just write articles about what's happening in your corner of the world.
In this newsletter:
November Marketing Tip:
How Travel Photographys Will Help You Sell More StoriesAs a freelance writer, it seems like common sense that you will do the writing and someone else will provide the travel photographs to go with your story. When I first started out on my journey as a travel writer that’s certainly what I thought.
Sometimes this is true.
If you’re working with editors of glossy, high end, upscale magazines, chances are they will commission professional photographers to take the shots. All you have to do is provide the copy.
In reality, that’s not usually where you start out in your travel writing career.
During your early years as a travel writer, you will sell more travel stories by providing photographs to illustrate your article. In my estimation, you'll get published at least twice as often if you are able to provide your own photos.
In my first year of writing, editors would sometimes ask if I had any travel photographs to accompany my story. If I was lucky and my wife had been along on the trip, then I would have her gallery of photos to offer to the editor.
After a while, I would simply pitch the editor my travel story and automatically offer a gallery of photos. And that’s how I learned about the power of providing a gallery of high-resolution photographs to accompany my articles – especially travel articles.
It turns out that editors love writers who can provide high quality images with their articles. Providing a photo gallery with your articles saves the editors time tracking down stock photos for the story. And, it may also save them money.
Where Travel Writers Can Get PublishedA big factor behind the success of travel writers is that their stories get published in many different magazines and a variety of other media. And conversely, many unsuccessful travel writers make the mistake of establishing relationships with only a few “regular” magazines and then cease to look for new markets. A big mistake!
Magazines come and magazines go with alarming regularity. Your favorite editor leaves, to be replaced by someone who insists that you start from scratch with them, leaving you high and dry, without an outlet. Thus, you should always continue to expand your writing outlets, even when you have established a good rapport with several magazines and media—and the more outlets, the better.
The good news is that there are thousands of magazines, newspapers, in-flights, and online travel magazines that are potential markets for your work. And they come in many different stripes.
Here are some of the media where you should be attempting to place your work.
Free Articles About Freelance WritingHere is a link to several freelance writing articles that have been published since starting my freelance writing career. Just click on the title of the article that interests you and you'll be able to read the article. They're all free and very informative - I promise!
Please share this newsletter with friends, family or anyone who may be interested in travel writing and can benefit from some free marketing information.
That’s all for now.
Until next month, 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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