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Issue #202: How Going Local Ran this Travel Writer Out of Town
April 16, 2018
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

I’m often asked by novice travel writers: “Is there a single element to use to predict whether I'll get my stories published?”

Unfortunately, there is no single factor. There are too many variables in the publication chain.

I’ve already written several articles about this, but here are five of the most important variables:

• Your story idea must be a good match for the targeted publication.

• Your research into the story must be adequate and presented coherently in your query.

• Your query letter must be well-written. That means at a minimum no typos, misspellings, or poor grammar.

• You must locate enough magazines to pitch.

• You must submit a quality article.

Each these factors are vital links for freelance writing success.

If you perform each of these steps well, your chances of seeing your story published and getting paid for your stories improve significantly.

Here’s the most important point: The more stories you pitch, and the more magazines you pitch, the better your chances of getting published. Keep churning out a high volume of queries, as often as possible.

When I first started writing, I would send out 3-5 queries/week, sometimes more. I sent these queries out to every magazine that I thought would be a good target for my story.

I found that over time, more and more of my stories were published. For several years, I was writing up to 15 stories each month. Once I wrote 10 articles in 12 days!

This success continued to snowball and I spent less time pitching and more time writing.

I pitched new story ideas when I sent my submissions to the editor. I pitched multiple story ideas in some of my queries (i.e. more than one story idea in each query letter). I forged longstanding relationships with magazine editors, which I still maintain today.  

This may all seem daunting to novice writers, especially when you're preparing your magazine lists. But I can promise that after a year or two you get much faster.

Writers who can't be bothered improving their writing or doing the prep work required to sell their articles either drop out of freelance writing or doom themselves to writing free articles for websites forever. Put in the work - it’s worth it!

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This Week's Featured Post

How Going Local Ran Me Out of Town

Guest Post by Travel Writer Mary Charlebois

I’m finally a travel writer that travels, writes Mary Charlebois.

Last year I logged over 12,000 miles domestically. This fall I’ll be in England for a month. I still write for local publications. They believed in me from the start of my writer’s journey. They are a source of regular income. My research and photography generally lead to stories for national publications. My bylines help me secure all-expense paid press and FAM trips.

Read Mary’s inspirational guest post about how she has ascended through the travel writing ranks by starting local …


Upcoming Posts

April 23: Query Letter Guide: Seven Tips for Travel Writers
April 30: Simultaneous Submissions Strategies for Multiple Acceptances
May 7: Getting Paid for Your Travel Stories
May 14: Business Policies for Travel Writers

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Preparing Magazine Distribution Lists

I get requests from travel writers every week asking me to help prepare distribution lists to send their queries to.

I’m not surprised that so many travel writers contact me with this request. I get it. Searching for target magazines is perceived as an onerous clerical task and can take up many hours. Yet, it’s an indispensable step in getting your freelance articles published. After all, if you can’t find magazines to pitch, you’re not going to get your stories published.

The following articles cover the nuts and bolts of creating your own distribution lists. These articles will help you find magazines to pitch your stories to.

How to Create Magazine Distribution Lists and Where to Look for Leads
Different Types of Magazines You Can Pitch
Finding Travel Magazine Sales Leads on Vendor Websites

Inspirational Travel Quote of the Week

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Featured Book of the Week

How to Land Press Trips and Fam Tours

Who doesn't like press trips to exotic and exciting destinations? In ten years of freelance writing, I’ve been on 90 press trips & fam tours. Places like Belgium, Wales, England, France, Germany, New Zealand, Bali, all over the U.S.A., and to many other exotic and exciting destinations.

You too can get regular press trip & fam tour invitations. Books about travel writing might mention that press trips are available to travel writers, but they fall woefully short when it comes to telling writers how to get invitations. Most veteran travel writers keep this information to themselves.

My manual, How to Land Press Trips and Fam Tours, tells you exactly what you need to do to get invitations to press trips and fam tours, and how to organize self-guided press trips.


Here’s a review of my manual by travel blogger Chris Backe in

I was extremely impressed with Roy’s last book, reviewed in April, so reviewing another of his books was a no-brainer.

Roy takes a simple, logical approach to getting invited (or getting on the list) by the folks that have the budgets to offer them. Reality checks are aplenty, and he links to several excellent sites or conferences to stay in-the-know. There are also several sample letter templates to borrow from, along with an entire chapter on etiquette (which could easily be titled ‘How to ensure this isn’t your last fam trip ever!’)

At 75 pages long, the only thing it really lacks is fluff. You can breeze through the basics in a single sitting, but actually taking action will be your bigger challenge. The book does everything it can to offer tools and advice, but it’s still up to you to follow it.

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• travel writing & blogging conferences,
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• links to my travel articles,
• travel writing themes,
• links to reputable travel writer’s groups, associations, and newsletters,
• magazine covers stories and back stories,
• links to resources pages,
• links to travel writing archives,
• links to coaching and mentoring resources,
• and plenty of other useful information to get you up to speed.

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That's all for this week.

Until next week, just keep pitching!


Roy Stevenson
Pitch Travel Write

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