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PitchTravelWrite.com Issue #15 -- Five Ways to Sell Your Articles
May 05, 2014
In this Issue:
Leading off in this issue is an article about how important it is to use all the tools in your arsenal to sell more articles.
This article is the first part in a series and explains five ways to help you sell more story ideas to editors.
Besides covering the basics of query letters, this eBook includes twenty sample query letters - real queries that I wrote to successfully sell articles in a variety of publications: in flights, cruise mags, international travel mags, specialty mags like yachting and military, and more.
Each sample query letter is introduced individually with key insights about what is unique and what I believe made it successful. All of these queries were crafted by me, and all of them are travel articles.
You know from previous posts that I believe in using templates for query letters and then tweaking them as needed. You can use the sample query letters as a solid starting point for crafting your own template.
For one week only, I’m offering this eBook to subscribers
of this e-zine for $5 when you use the discount code SUB5.
It’s my way of thanking you for being part of the PitchTravelWrite community.
After May 12th, midnight, the price goes up to $9.95.
Every freelance writer encounters publications that don’t pay writers for their work. And every writer needs to establish their own policy on whether or not they will write a free article.
I’ve given you my take on the issue and the reasons why I sometimes write an article for free. I hope my views will help you to decide if and when it’s right for you.
May Marketing Tips:
Five Ways to Sell Your Articles
Everyone wants to be a freelance writer — there’s a certain glamor attached to it. And for travel writers, it’s even more glamorous.
But few people understand the price we pay for our writing career. They think our job is easy. Luxury hotels, sandy beaches, gourmet meals, exotic destinations – it’s a good life.
The reality is, we stay up late at night to meet deadlines. We don’t get paid much for our articles so we’re always working to make the most out of every story.
We’re constantly selling our ideas to someone. It’s the most feared thing about being a freelance writer – marketing our ideas to magazine editors. It inevitably entails dealing with a certain amount of rejection.
When I tell my colleagues how many articles I’ve sold in the seven years I’ve been writing, they look at me in disbelief. (At this writing I’ve sold 900 articles in 190 different publications.)
When they ask me how I’ve managed to sell so many articles, I tell them I spend at least fifty percent of my time on marketing.
In discussions with other writers, I’ve learned they don’t spend anywhere near this amount of time marketing their stories. Then again, they don’t sell as many stories.
Today’s writing arena is competitive. Marketing isn’t an option – it’s a requirement if you want to survive. Freelancers with a sound marketing plan can thrive. And those who don’t know how to go about selling their stories, give up.
The good news is that email and the internet make it very easy to find magazine prospects and to approach magazine editors.
But, without a marketing plan and strategy, you’ll simply be sending out random query letters and hoping for the best.
Your prime marketing mission is to cast a wide net and sell articles to editors who are a good fit for your stories.
Here are five ways to do this:
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