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Issue #283: Print Magazines Are Alive And Well
December 02, 2019
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Editorial: Print Magazines Are Alive And Well

Many travel bloggers seem to believe the print magazine industry is going to disappear. At a travel writing conference three years ago one prominent travel blogger said print media will cease to exist by 2020.

We have one month to go until 2020, and I see no evidence of an apocalyptic magazine collapse. Clearly, this blogger have not taken the time to research the current state of print media.

Another blogger paraded the fact that 35 U.S. magazines folded a couple of years ago. This is only an inconsequential 0.004% of all current magazines and, by the way, a normal attrition rate.

Print is still flourishing. There’s no doubt it’s undergone changes because of the Internet, but these facts show you that it’s still alive and strong.

If you visit the magazine rack at your local bookstore, you’ll see hundreds of different publications. These are only a tiny percentage of the true number of print publications. The immensity of the magazine industry speaks for itself:

• Current U.S. consumer magazines and periodicals on the market in 2018: 7,218 (Figures from

• Current U.K. consumer magazines and periodicals on the market in 2018: 2,639 (Figures from

• Current U.S, U.K, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand consumer magazines, periodicals, trade journals, specialty and custom publications on the market: 16,078

Obviously, these are not all travel magazines, but more than two thousand of them are directly—or indirectly—related to travel and lifestyle and other related sub-genres.

Based on an estimate that each magazine commissions approximately six articles per month, this translates to at least 12,000 commissioned travel and lifestyle related articles each month.

If these figures don’t wow you, look at these revenue figures:

• Magazine units sold in 2016: 373 million

• Magazine advertising revenue and subscriptions and newsstand sales in 2017: $28.26 billion

• Magazine readers in the U.S.A. in 2018: 224 million

• People who buy magazines spend about $22.33 per year in the U.S.

Print media pays writers far better for their articles than online travel media.

For example, a big online payout is $200 for a 1200-word feature story for a travel website. But, such online assignments are rare. Most travel website writers work for free or for tiny payouts of $25 - $50/article. Print media writers would consider these very small payouts.

That same 1200-word story is likely to pay $600 in a print magazine at 50 cents/word. Print gives you a much bigger paycheck than online media. And most veteran print travel journalists regularly earn more than $1000/article.

Even if you’re a novice, it’s not difficult to round up several smaller travel assignments and earn $250-$500 each week in print publications. You’ll have trouble doing that online.

Don’t fall for the exaggerated assessments of some online travel media advocates. Print media is still an enormous industry. There’s no doubt it has taken a broadside from the Internet, but it remains a solid industry with plenty of work for good writers.

I don’t see print magazines disappearing by 2020 (next month!) or even in the foreseeable future. And if you can’t muscle your way into some of these publications, and get paid for it, you’re not trying hard enough.

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This Week's Featured Post

When Writing Assignments Fall Into Your Lap

Now and then, writing assignments drop into your lap, like manna from heaven.

A couple years ago the editor of an Arkansas lifestyle magazine emailed, asking me to write a cover story about American nostalgia for classic cars.  A younger writer had failed to deliver this article so the editor was in a panic.  She found me through an internet search.

As you become published more frequently, you will find this happening to you.  There are a variety of reasons that an editor goes looking for freelance writers, and there are ways to make sure that they find you.

To keep it in perspective, writing assignments (without queries) don't happen frequently enough that you can stop sending out queries for your story ideas. And you can’t depend on a steady income from these lightning strikes because they occur so randomly. 

But you do need a strategy for when this happens.  

And you need to make sure that your work is visible enough to attract an editor’s attention – so they can find you and hire you.

Here’s how you can position yourself to attract these assignments, and how to handle the business side of them.


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January 6, 2020: The Fastest Way To Launch Your Travel Writing Career

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Featured Book of the Month: Rock Star Travel Writers

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Our book, Rock Star Travel Writers, reveals—through a series of in-depth interviews—insider tips, tricks, and secrets that leading travel journalists use to land assignments in the most prominent travel glossies, and be paid well for their efforts.

I wish I had this information when I started out on my travel writing journey! 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.

And, for the novices reading this book, I’ve included a special section about four “Budding Rock Star Travel Writers”. These budding rock stars are starting to consistently accumulate paying print bylines. They’re already picking off some impressive publications. They’re poised to move up into the travel writing big leagues—it’s only a matter of time.

For the novice writers reading this, the budding rock stars are only a few steps ahead of you! It can be done - and you can read all about it in Rock Star Travel Writers.


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