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Issue #405: How to Use Executive Summaries to Sell Your Stories
August 01, 2022
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How to Use Executive Summaries to Find Travel Stories and Sell ThemExecutive summaries aren’t just for corporate executives. Travel writers can use them too. You list the tourist attractions for an upcoming trip and give a brief summary of each. It helps you pinpoint the stories you can pitch to editors.
It’s one of the techniques I use with my coaching clients to help them find potential story ideas. You can also use your executive summaries to target magazines to query.
Here’s how I create and use executive summaries before I take a trip:
Here's Who Joined Us in Charleston SC for Our Travel Writing & Photography Retreat and Our Marketing Master Class For Travel WritersEmily Corak . . .
has lived, traveled, and eaten her share of good food around the world. She now calls Portland, Oregon, home where she lives with her husband, two young children, and a hyperactive lab.
An educator for over a decade, Emily received her MFA degree in creative writing in 2022 and writes for various creative nonfiction and travel sites.
As both a travel writer and photographer, she enjoys exploring the world and seeking out used bookstores, tea shops, and the best street tacos.
While visiting Charleston she told us she quizzes her Uber drivers about their favorite local eating spots. It’s a great way to avoid tourist prices, find out where the locals eat and taste the best food in town.
Upcoming PostsAug 8: Six Tips to Save Time and Earn More Money
Aug 15: Writing Free Travel Blog Content: Should You Do It?
Aug 22: Planning and Organizing a Customized International Press Trip
PitchTravelWrite.com Success Stories
Tim Cotroneo: My Story as a Golf and Travel Writer
In 2011, I attended a travel writer’s workshop and listened to a presentation by a speaker named Roy Stevenson who shared several travel writing tips. I thought to myself, “if I can accomplish half of what this guy has achieved in his short travel writing career, I’ll be as happy as a clam.”
After the workshop my wife and I planned a trip to the Turks and Caicos Island of Providenciales. I emailed the golf professional at the island’s only 18-hole course in advance of the trip and presented myself as a golf and travel writer. I thought to myself, “I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.” On the trip I met with the pro and played the course.
My First Yes
During our stay in Providenciales, I noticed a glossy magazine on the coffee table in our hotel room and read it. Upon returning home to Minneapolis, I pitched this magazine a story idea about what I experienced at the golf course when I played there. The editor said yes!
I wrote the story and got paid $300. I was officially a travel writer and have been writing about golf and travel ever since.
Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links About How to Land Press Trips and FAM ToursOnce you’ve established your reputation as a prolific writer in your region — or around the world — and you have a good relationship with several travel magazine editors, you’ll find a whole new world opening up to you, that of Familiarization Tours and Press Trips.
These press trips and FAM Tours will provide you with free or low cost travel if you have assignments.
Our Press Trips Resource Page gives you 16 free, full length articles on how to land these free travel assignments and cushy press trips. They show you, step-by-step, how I’ve scored more than 100 press trips to 25 countries around the world.
Inspirational Travel Quote
RESOURCES FOR TRAVEL WRITERS
Featured Book : The Complete Guide to Marketing & Selling Your Travel ArticlesIf you can’t sell your travel stories, you don’t get to write them.
My guide shows you EVERYTHING you need to know about selling your travel articles to paying print media.
My manual, The Complete Guide to Marketing and Selling Your Travel Articles tells you how to select saleable story ideas, how to write first class query letters and pitch your ideas the right way.
This comprehensive manual shows you how to find magazines that will be interested in buying your story, and how you can start selling your travel articles to magazines immediately and reap the fantastic travel benefits, while being paid for your work.
You can get $10 off during the month of August when you use promo code AMMTEN
As I shared with you, in one month I took a brutal hit and my 3 biggest outlets no longer exist or have ceased generating content. So it was back to square one for me - having to reach out and pitch editors and find new outlets.
The query letter section in The Complete Guide To Marketing & Selling Your Travel Articles is an enormous help; it is packed with useful, practical information and not a bunch of fluff. Thanks one again for generously sharing all of your tips and info that you’ve acquired over the years.”
Group Coaching Mastermind CommunityOur first Group Coaching Mastermind Community kicked off in October, 2020, and we’ve got a global group with members living in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Indonesia and the U.S. We're very excited about this group of writers and our new community! We added new members to our community in 2021 and they're getting to know the group and participate in writing activities.
If you missed out on the opportunity to join earlier sessions, you can get on the waiting list for the next session starting later this year:
Did You Know . . .Our Complete Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers is ranked #1 on TravelWritersExchange.com’s Top Ten Travel Writing Workshops.
Your next opportunity to attend these classes be in 2023. Our travel writing & marketing workshops are highly informative and a blast, socially.
Our travel writing & marketing workshops are highly informative and a blast, socially.
Get on our interest list for updates:
At Your Service
PitchTravelWrite.com, is our information-packed website for travel writers. This e-zine, a series of travel writing books and reference guides, coaching programs, and our workshops all work together to give you guidance in this field.
Our aim is to provide you with practical, nitty gritty information to help you gain entry into the travel writing realm and all the enjoyment that comes with it.
Awards and AccoladesWe're thrilled to announce that www.PitchTravelWrite.com is once again on The Write Life’s list of 100 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS!
You can see the entire list by visiting their website - click on the graphic to view the list now.
We're proud to announce that our travel writing website has made Writer’s Digest Magazine’s 2016, 2020, 2021 and 2022 101 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS. Writer's Digest Magazine also lists us on their Best Genre/Niche Websites for 2021.
Writer's Digest doesn’t bestow these awards lightly. And we’re the only travel writing website on their lists!
And the accolades for PitchTravelWrite.com just keep pouring in! Our website helps travel writers successfully sell their travel stories. Thank you, Writer’s Digest Magazine, for listing us on your “Best Genre/Niche Websites for 2020” & “Best Genre/Niche Websites for 2021.”
Friend me on FacebookMy Facebook page is about freelance travel writing. I frequently post about:
• links to other well produced travel websites and blogs
• links to my travel articles
• magazine cover stories and back stories
• links to resource pages
• links to coaching and mentoring resources
. . .and plenty of other useful information to get you up to speed
That's all for now. Until next week - just keep pitching! Roy
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