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Issue #58: Writing About Festivals and Special Events: What Works and What Doesn't
April 13, 2015
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!

The weather is getting warmer and along with better weather come all the outdoor festivals and special events.

Today’s featured article is for writers who enjoy attending these events and want to write about them. To improve your chances of getting a festival or special event article published, read on ...

Also in this issue is our latest featured blogger, Sharron Calvin.


Featured Article:

Writing for Festivals and Special Events:
What Works & What Doesn't

As travel writers we’re always seeking out story ideas, and looking around our own hometown is a good place to start.

Every city worth its salt has a food & wine festival. Every town has a music festival and an arts & crafts festival. Many cities host film festivals, cultural festivals, boat shows, home & garden shows, and numerous other events.

I’ve been covering the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) every year since 2007 for a movie magazine. My press pass enables me to attend 150+ feature films if I really want to abuse myself. (Fortunately, I don’t have enough spare time to do this.)

I’ll usually watch 25-35 movies each year. And, as a travel writer I enjoy saving money on the price of tickets and getting VIP treatment—like attending special advance press screenings and getting screener DVDs. I also get early entry to the movies and have access to the film stars and directors if I need to interview them. These are nice perks.

So, festivals and special events are a lot of fun, and every beginning travel writer thinks of pitching these stories editors. But most festivals and special events are a hard sell, especially to travel and lifestyle magazines.

The acceptance rate for festival pitches is much lower than for general travel story pitches. Here’s why …

Continue reading the article ...

Featured Blogger:

Sharron Calvin: Four Cornering

Sharron Calvin has been blogging since 2009. Her Four Cornering blog, started in 2013, is about everything and anything associated with the four corners of the American Southwest - Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

Prior to starting her travel blog, she also created The Healing Channel blog, Dancing on the Winds of Heaven (about the power of our touch), Balancing You Write (empowering marketing strategies for business), Sharron’s Musings (a spiritual odyssey), and For Our Furry Friends (all about animals and their care).

Blogging is obviously her passion!

Read more about Sharron and her advice to aspiring bloggers ...

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Until next time, you keep pitching....


Roy Stevenson
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