Back to Back Issues Page Issue #8 -- Nine Way to Beef Up Your Stories
January 06, 2014
Greetings Writers!

Happy 2014! It's a new year with new goals and resolutions. Maybe in 2014 you want to do more to hone your writing skills. Or maybe your goal is to get published more often. This issue is full of ideas to do both.

In this Issue:

- Nine Ways to Beef Up Your Travel Stories

- Using Writer's Guidelines to Sell Your Stories

- Six Ways to Dream Up Story Ideas that Sell

- Found a New Magazine? Here's How to Pitch the Editor and Start Building a Relationship

January Marketing Tip:

Your Travel Writing Craft: Nine Ways to Beef Up Your Travel Stories

How many times have you picked up a travel magazine, scanned through the articles, and found yourself drawn into some stories while abandoning others?

Much as we’d like to, we can’t really say it’s because some topics are more interesting than others.  I’ve read plenty of boring stories about Paris even though it’s one of my favorite destinations.  Yet I’ve been fascinated by stories about some rather mundane topics. 

Two stories come to mind that completely captivated me, yet were about topics that would seem destined to be dumped.  

The first story was about a train trip from Thailand to Malaysia.  It didn’t describe a place.  Instead it told a story about the people he met on the train.  A simple story, but a memorable one.  

The second story that entranced me was about the daily duties and life of a private butler at an uber-upscale London hotel.  I learned nothing about London, but was riveted by the description of the butler’s work: organizing birthday parties for rich Arab children, hustling tickets to plays and sports events at the last moment, purchasing clothes on Bond Street for a businessman whose luggage had been lost.  I loved hearing about how this butler was taking care of every whim of the bored but wealthy clientele that frequent these posh hotels.  Great stuff!  

These stories both had one thing in common: they were well written, compelling, and I just had to read them to the end.

The popularity of the internet and the proliferation of print travel outlets have opened up many opportunities for travel writing.  With this has come the public airing of a huge variation in writing styles – some good, and some not so good.

There are numerous techniques you can use to hone your travel writing craft, and I’d like to share a few of the more important ones with you. Continue reading ...

Using Writer's Guidelines to Sell Your Stories

As a freelance writer, you are constantly submitting query letters to editor’s you’ve never met.  How do you know what the editor wants?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to go to find out?

That’s exactly the role of writer’s guidelines.   They lay out, in detail, exactly what the magazine is looking for.  They are a set of rules that have been painstakingly compiled by the publisher or editor to make their life easier.  And it improves your chances of being published.

So part of your standard practice, as a writer, is to review the writers guidelines for each magazine you query.  Ideally you will do this before you start writing your travel story.

Writing guidelines explain exactly what sort of articles the Editor expects if you hope to get your article published.  This saves the magazine from suffering through off-target queries that waste time and drive them that little bit closer to editor’s purgatory.

Is it necessary to read the writers guidelines before querying an article?  Continue reading ...

Six Ways to Dream Up Story Ideas that Sell

For novice freelance writers, trying to figure out what story to pitch to an editor is a daunting task.  Because of inexperience, you have no frame of reference. 

Often, beginners lack confidence in their story ideas. 

So where do you start?

It takes some groundwork to become savvy at recognizing and mining gold nugget ideas.  Here are six ways to enhance your potential for getting your stories published. Continue reading .....

Found a New Magazine? How to Pitch the Editor and Start Building a Relationship

I always get excited when I discover a new magazine on the rack at my local bookstore. Getting published in new magazines on the market is a good bet for beginning and experienced freelancers alike. Here’s why:

A magazine that has just hit the market is worth pursuing if you’re a novice writer because they don’t yet have an established network of writers. They’re more likely to accept stories from new, less experienced writers—making it easier for newbies to break in.

For seasoned writers, they are easy targets because the editors are thrilled they’re getting a veteran writer right off the bat and they can count on good, solid stories. Listing experienced writers in the magazine masthead shows the readers they’re getting stories from the pros.

According to Samir Husni’s Guide to New Magazines, about 700 to 1000 new magazines are launched each year in the U.S. And several hundred more ... continue reading ...

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....


Roy Stevenson
Pitch Travel Write

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