Back to Back Issues Page Issue #10 -- Five Ways to Improve Your Odds of Getting Articles Published
February 17, 2014
Greetings Writers!

A few months back I wrote a brief article about pitching your stories to editors before you write your article. In this issue I've expanded that article since there are still questions coming in from writers about this. I've also added several tips for increasing your odds of getting published.

The subject of comped travel is alway popular with travel writers. "Quid Pro Quo" discusses what PR and tourist agencies expect of travel writers when they host you on press trips. I think you'll find it an interesting read. See if you agree with my take on the ethics and obligations of a travel writer receiving comped travel.


In this Issue:

- Pitch Before You Write: Five Ways to Improve Your Odds of Getting Published

- Quid Pro Quo: Press Trips and Travel Writing

February Marketing Tip:

Pitch Before You Write - and Five Tips to Increase Your Odds of Getting Published

The most common question from aspiring writers is “when I have a story idea, should I write the story first and then write the sales pitch (aka query letter) to an editor, or should I send a query first?”

My answer to this is an unequivocal “Query first”!

Beginners should always query their story idea to an editor before writing their article. The reason is simple—what if no one is interested in buying the article? 

When you write the story first, you spend a day or two researching and writing your story with nothing to show for it. It’s hanging there in article limbo and you’ve just wasted two (or more) days of your time. 

You can never get back your time. 
For travel writers it’s even more costly. You visit a destination and spend your time and your money, with nothing to show for it. Continue reading article ...

Quid Pro Quo: Press Trips and Travel Writing

So, you’re going on a press trip? How exciting. Have you already sold a story idea or two about the place you’re going before heading out the door?

Press trips are one of the things many travel writers covet. Going to interesting places, being chauffeured around with other members of the press, eating at some of the best restaurants in town, finding gifts waiting for you in your upscale hotel room – it’s all quite delightful.

You might ask why you’re being treated like royalty. What are you doing that’s so special that your hosts are knocking themselves out making sure you have a good time?

At some point, it might occur to you (I hope) that you need to do something in return – something to repay the favor. But what do tourist and PR agencies expect of you after you’ve been wined and dined at their expense?

Quid Pro Quo

The Roman phrase "quid pro quo" means “something for something”. And that sums up exactly what PR, Media and tourism representatives ... Continue reading ...

Please share this e-zine 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 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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