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Issue #317: A Guide to Selling Your Travel Stories from Past Trips
August 10, 2020
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Editorial: Selling Stories from Past TripsDid you know you can sell travel stories from previous trips you’ve taken — even years ago? This is a perfect activity to occupy your time when you’re staying home, rather than traveling, due to the Covid-19 virus.
While I prefer to sell my travel stories before I leave for my destination, I’ve also sold dozens of them retroactively. I’m currently working on an article from a trip I took last year.
Here’s what you need to do to ensure a high-quality, accurate article if you’re writing it after you’ve traveled:
1. Identify a destination that you’ve visited and resurrect your story ideas from that trip.
2. Before you pitch a story to an editor, make sure your information is up-to-date. If it’s been several weeks, months or years since you’ve visited, check information online to make sure your facts are still correct.
3. Send the final draft of your travel story to the media relations director at your destination for fact checking.
4. When you send your final article to the editor, 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. If your facts are incorrect the editor will hear about it from irate readers. The result is predictable — the editor will not hire you again!
When I write my automobile museum articles, for example, I only write about the cars that are permanently on display. I ignore the temporary exhibitions. The temporary exhibits are always changing so if a reader goes to that car museum expecting to see it, he’ll be very disappointed if it’s been removed from the gallery floor. And the editor will hear about it from the angry reader.
I also give the museum curators the courtesy of fact-checking my article and photo captions before I submit them to my magazine editor. If there are inaccuracies, they have an opportunity to correct them.
In many cases, your travel stories can be several years old, depending 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!
I’m currently writing a travel story about an automobile museum we visited over a year ago in Detroit. Last year the editor rejected my pitch about this museum. But I decided to resurrect it and pitch it again. This year he was happy to buy it because he was coming up short of stories due to the virus.
What stories can you pitch and write about from past travels?
Rekindle your story ideas from memorable destinations and pitch some stories to editors. You can experience virus-free travel. And you’ll make some money, too.
This Week's Featured Post
Can Print Travel Media Survive the Internet?Doomsayers are announcing that print media will soon become a thing of the past. With the much-publicized closure of a few high-profile print travel magazines, some find it easy to believe this bold statement.
Travel bloggers and website publishers will tell anyone within earshot that the Internet has completely overtaken the print industry. One prominent travel blogger even predicted that by the year 2020 print magazines would cease to exist.
If you’ve visited any major newsstand in the last year you’ll see that this has not happened! According to Linda Thomas Brooks, the President and CEO at MPA (the Association of Magazine Media.) , “The old trope that print is dead is just lazy thinking.”
To check the facts, I hunkered down for three days to do some research - lots of research! I studied the state and health of the print media industry and specifically, travel print media.
Is print media doomed?
Or, is this simply an
Read the article to learn what I found - it was both enlightening and encouraging!
GROUP COACHING MASTERMIND - Coming September 1stAre you tired of talking, thinking, and dreaming of breaking into travel writing?
Are you ready to start writing?
Many of you have asked when we’re going to offer group coaching. So, we're working on it. We’re planning to make it affordable, fun, and helpful and productive for you.
Everything will be done online with video training, a community of like-minded writers helping each other, a robust focus on the craft of writing and the art of selling, and lots of other resources at your fingertips.
Here are a few of the things we’ll be offering through our Group Coaching Mastermind program:
A group coaching place where . . .
- you’ll get helpful critiques of your story ideas
A safe and helpful community where . . .
- you can ask questions and get the answers you need
A mentoring and resource place where . . .
- you'll receive marketing tips about selling your travel stories
You’ll get a writing community, group coaching and resources and content so you can succeed in travel writing - and have fun with other travel writers while you’re doing it.
Registration will open in August. Get your name on the interest and you’ll be the first to hear when it opens. This Group coaching program will be limited to the first 35 registrants.
Upcoming PostsAug 17: Why Roundup Travel Stories are the Most Fun to Write
Aug 24: Six Guidelines For Higher Paying Travel Assignments
Aug 31: Travel Writing About Festivals & Special Events: What Sells & What Doesn’t
PitchTravelWrite.com Success Stories
Rey Waters“I enrolled in a travel writer’s course and published my first article in Travel Post Monthly. It was not long after, that I discovered Roy Stevenson’s travel writing books.
His first book that I read was Get Published Now. It had a section that mentioned getting started in your own back yard.
At the time we were living in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. My wife and I walked a two-mile hiking trail around a lake every day for our exercise. During these walks we met all types of very interesting people. I pitched a story idea to our local newspaper and I guess you can say the rest is history."
Here’s Rey Waters’ remarkable and expanding travel writing success story, so far!
Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links about Business Basics for Freelance Travel Writers
When you decide to become a travel writer, you need to make a decision: is it a hobby or is it a business?
Some people approach travel writing as a hobby and that’s fine.
But, if you plan to earn income from your travel writing, you need to think of it as a business. It helps to know a few business basics.
What are the business basics you need to consider?
Here are 21 of our PitchTravelWrite posts to cover all the business basics you’ll need to know:
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If I’d known, early in my career, what the successful travel writers were doing to get published in top flight magazines, this knowledge would have sped up my entry into this competitive field.
This stellar lineup of highly respected travel journalists offers excellent practical advice and encouragement to help you move up the travel writing food chain.
See how Kimberley Lovato, Bill Fink, Mark Andrews, Irene Levine, Nick O’Connell, Allen Cox, Keith Lyons, James Ullrich, Pam & Gary
Baker, Jessica Pickett, Chuck Warren, & Sandy Bornstein get their travel stories consistently published.
Live WorkshopsPeople have been asking when our 2021 workshops in the U.S. are scheduled. They're scheduled in June, 2021, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Here are the 2021 dates:
We have had a lot of interest for these workshops already. You can sign up for our no-obligation interest list for these workshops and receive our substantial early bird discounts when we open registration:
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You can access the list of the top ten travel writing workshops at the link below . . .
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If you know someone who will enjoy this newsletter,
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Our aim is to provide you with practical, nitty gritty information to help you gain entry the travel writing realm and all the enjoyment that comes with it, too.
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That's all for now. Until next week - just keep pitching! Roy
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