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Issue #216: Writing for Travel Trade Magazines
July 30, 2018
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

Welcome to all new subscribers!

Did you know … you can sell travel stories from previous trips you’ve taken — even years ago?

I prefer to sell my travel stories before I leave for my destination. But I’ve also sold dozens of them retroactively, after I’ve returned.

There are certain conditions that you must meet if you want to sell your articles after you’ve traveled. Most important, your information must be up-to-date.

If you’re writing a piece several weeks or months later, check your information online to make sure your facts are still correct. Better still, send the draft of your travel story to the media relations director at your destination for fact checking.

Then, when you send your final article to the editor, you should mention that it has been fact-checked. This will save them time fact checking. And it will give the editor confidence in your professionalism and make it more likely that you’ll be given more assignments in the future.

This step is crucial, because if your facts are incorrect the editor will hear about it from irate readers, with a predictable result—the editor will not hire you again!

Here’s an example of the importance of making sure your information is current. When I write my automobile museum articles, I always make sure I only write about the cars that are permanently on display, versus the temporary exhibitions.

Here’s why. If I describe a car on temporary display, and a reader goes to that car museum, he’ll be very disappointed if it’s been removed from the gallery floor. And the editor will hear about it from an angry reader!

In many cases, your travel stories can be several years old. Of course, it depends on what you’re writing about. I've sold plenty of military museum articles years after I visited them. Museums don't change much over time. Likewise, if you’re writing about ancient historic places, you’re going to be fine. The Acropolis and the Coliseum haven’t changed for millenia!

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This Week's Featured Post

Writing For Travel Trade Magazines

Most travel writers believe their primary targets are the glossy consumer travel magazines you see on bookstore magazine racks. Because these are the most obvious choices, travel magazine editors are inundated with queries from travel writers.

Editors at the most prestigious and highest paying magazines receive several dozen pitches each day! These editors are highly selective about the writers they work with and the stories they publish.

Beginners aren’t likely to get their stories published in these top shelf glossies. You’ll jostle around in the travel writing wilderness for quite some time before you score a lucky breakthrough into these elite travel publications. And this could take years!

But writing for travel trade journals can be a way to break into travel magazines and get paid – without waiting years to do it. Here’s all you need to know about writing for the “trades” and where to find the publications . . .


Upcoming Posts

August 6: Sound Advice for Bloggers & Web Editors
August 13: Following Up On Your Queries
August 20: Seven Beginner’s Travel Writing Mistakes That Can Jeopardize Your Success
August 27: Preparing an Executive Summary for Your Story Idea

We've Been In The News

Here’s the link to a nice interview of me by renowned travel writer and blogger Charles McCool.

Link to McCool Travel Article

How to Resell Your Travel Articles

Resell your work in US & around the world. I do this all the time. Resell your stories to the same type of magazines in different countries. Here’s how I resell my articles and get a bigger bang for my buck. Here are links to my articles about Reselling, Repurposing, and Repackaging your articles.

Five Ways to Sell Your Articles
Earn More - Sell Your Articles Around the World
The Art of Reselling Your Articles

Inspirational Travel Quote of the Week

Featured Book of the Week


Our best-selling eBook shows you everything you need to know about crafting compelling query letters to sell your travel articles to magazine editors. Available in PDF format, here:

Well-written query letters convince magazine editors that you have an exciting travel story their readers will absolutely love.

In ten years of travel writing I’ve had more than 1,000 stories published in 200 magazines, journals, newspapers, in-flights, on-boards, specialty magazines, and travel websites – and they all started with a query letter.  I know how to write killer query letters that work, and I wrote this eBook to show you how to do it.

This is different from all other query letter books because you get 20 sample query letters that worked for me. These are actual query letters I used successfully to get articles published in print magazines.

Each sample query letter comes with a clear explanation of the key things that sold the idea successfully. And you can use my samples to create a template for your own query letters, using the same words and layout.

BUY THE BOOK (PDF version)

Here’s renowned travel writer & blogger Chris Backe’s review of my Query Letter eBook:

“Pitch letters can sometimes feel like the secret sauce of the blogging world. Many folks have a template or two they use, but few share them as openly as Roy has here. Call this what it is – a master-class of sales writing to get into magazines and newspapers.”

“The book itself is clean, complete, yet concise enough to be read in a single sitting. Roy’s real-world experience and credentials underscore the opening chapters, which reads like common sense should – if it were still common sense. It’s up-to-date with the way things actually work here in 2015 (not the way we want them to work). A two-page template is the appetizer, with twenty query letters written by him that resulted in an article placement as the main course.

You’ll soon notice the patterns used and feel empowered to try it yourself. Note that some lateral thinking is rewarding – and that tailoring your pitch to ensure that magazine’s angle is taken care of is paramount. Highly recommended.”



All reviews of our Query Letters for Travel Writers book on are 5-Star! You can read them at the amazon link above (on scroll down to see reviews).

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That's all for this week.

Until next week, just keep pitching!


Roy Stevenson
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