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Issue #59: A Surprising Way to Find Magazine Leads
April 20, 2015
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!

After hurrying to get our taxes filed earlier this week, we are now enjoying perfect Seattle weather - a nice way to end a hectic week.

Today is another amazing day as I write this, with mountain views everywhere we look. I hope you are enjoying beautiful weather, too, wherever you are.

For those of you looking for an opportunity to write for an online travel magazine, here's a sales lead for you:

Gecko Tales

Geckos Tales, an upbeat travel blog, is soliciting travel stories (

If you’re a published amateur, semi-professional or professional writer who has always wanted to have a crack at travel writing, listen up: we’re after some freelance travel writers to contribute to Geckos Tales.

What we’re looking for:

✓ You’ll be reasonably well travelled and have at least a moderately loose grasp on the latest travel trends - You’ll be able to spot a typo from thirty paces, blindfolded

✓ You’ll have some form of journalism, marketing or communications degree, or real life experience in any of those Fields (because we know the School of Life is as good as, if not better than, Real School)

✓ You’ll be bursting with story ideas and worldly knowledge that you’re dying to put to good use - A sense of humour, a sharp wit and a sadomasochistic bent for deadlines 

And yes! Contributors will be paid per article submitted.


Shoot an email through to:

Include: - a brief bio on yourself, your writing and your travels,
- two examples of published or unpublished writing and
- three headline ideas for stories for the Geckos Tales blog.

They don’t have to be mind-bendingly amazing, we just want to know if you’ve done your homework.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Oliver at Gecko Tales

Featured Article:

A Surprising Way to Find Magazine Leads

During my years as a travel writer, I have created my own ‘universal’ travel magazine distribution list. It’s enormous, with 275 magazines of all stripes that accept travel articles for publication.

I’m always keeping my beady eyes looking out for new magazines to add to this list.

In a previous issue of my e-zine, I showed you one way to locate magazines to pitch your travel stories to, using the Internet.

I also use another way to locate potential magazines online - I use magazine vendor lists. For a long time I didn’t tell anyone about this because I thought everyone was doing it.

Well, it turns out that hardly any other travel writers utilize this simple technique, and many have been surprised when I mention it to them.

What’s it all about?

Online magazine vendors unwittingly provide us with nice lists of hundreds of magazines—for free! The magazines you glean from these vendor listings are excellent additions to your master distribution list.

With magazine vendor lists there is some homework involved. The lists, as they appear on the vendor listings, do not give you direct access to the information travel writers need (editor’s name and contact details & writer’s guidelines). But they do provide you with an entry point.

So, all you have to do is follow the link to the magazine’s website. Once you’re there, you look up the editor’s name and contact details and scan through the writer’s guidelines. Voila!

Magazine vendor lists are portals to a treasure trove of magazine leads.

Continue reading the article ...

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.

They can sign up for this e-zine at this link.

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If you haven’t already done so, please ‘Friend’ me (Roy Stevenson) on Facebook. My posts are generally travel writing-related and I try to keep it fun.

My Saturday morning ‘Where’s Roy’ Facebook post has been particularly popular! I post a travel photo—usually with me in it—and you have to guess where the heck I am. A few friends and subscribers have proved particularly adept at this.

That’s all for now.

Until next time, you keep pitching....


Roy Stevenson
Pitch Travel Write

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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