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Issue #281: Twitter and Travel Writing
November 18, 2019
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Editorial: Outdated Advice You Can IgnoreOver the years, I’ve seen conflicting advice about for novice writers about query letters. Here are two pieces of outdated advice that you can ignore:
1. Outdated Advice: Customize your query letter to each individual magazine.
My advice: send out the SAME query letter to every magazine that’s a good fit for your story. I've never tailored my queries to individual magazines and I’ve never had any problems selling my stories. In fact, on many occasions, more than one magazine has purchased my article even though I used the exact same query.
And, it’s not just me. When the writers I coach send out identical query letters to several magazine editors, they have no problems selling their stories.
It’s not necessary to customize your query letters for each magazine. (But don’t forget to change the editor’s name and magazine name in your salutation.)
2. Outdated Advice: In your query letter, you should suggest which section of the magazine your article fits.
Here’s the flaw in this advice: the editor knows, far better than you, which section of the magazine your story would fit. If the editor likes your story idea, you might be asked to lengthen or shorten your article to fit a particular section, but this is easily done.
My advice: It’s not necessary to tell the editor where your story will fit. If you’re a new writer, concentrate on selling your story idea.
Many novice writers get bogged down and confused reading the magazine’s writer’s guidelines. When you add the task of deciding on the section of a magazine ideal for your story, you stall. Then you never get around to sending out any queries.
I’ve never suggested which section of a magazine would be suitable for a proposed story, and yet I’ve sold more than 1,000 articles!
Here’s what I propose:
- Give the writer’s guidelines a cursory run through if you need to ensure your story idea is a good fit for the magazine
- If you regularly read the magazine and can easily make a suggestion about the section your story fits - go for it. Otherwise, don’t worry about it. Let the editor decide where your story belongs.
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Best wishes for your travel writing success, Roy
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This Week's Featured Post
Twitter and Travel WritingSocial media is important for anyone doing business - no matter what industry you work in. It’s important for travel writers, too.
“I use Twitter to directly contact any organization I think might be interested in working with us, “ says Jan Ross, curator of WanderlustWander.com. "Most usually after they have begun following me, but sometimes if we are heading to a certain location and want to visit a restaurant, for example, I will contact them this way."
"Once they are following me, I can direct message them to express my interest and I will often get a reply. For example, a real estate company in Florida began following me a while back, probably because I often write about visiting the area.”
Here's my interview with Jan where she shares tips about how to turn your travel blog into plenty of great complimentary travel destination gigs.
Upcoming PostsNovember 25: Expand Your Writing Genres: How To Write With Authority When You’re Not An Expert
December 2: What to Do When an Editor Comes Calling
December 9: The Exciting People You Meet on Travel Writing Assignments
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That's all for this week.
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