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Issue #430: How to Query Multiple Travel Story Ideas and Multiply Your Sales
February 13, 2023
|Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!
. . . and WELCOME all new subscribers. Thanks for joining us.
2023 Workshop NewsWe’re very excited to announce our upcoming 2023 Travel Writing & Photography Retreat May 21-24, and our Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers May 24-26 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
If you’re thinking about attending these workshops, here are a few things to consider:
• If you’re looking for workshops where you will get ALL your questions answered - from pitching and selling your travel articles to requesting complimentary travel, these workshops are for you.
• If you want to leap past all the beginner writer’s mistakes with query letters, editors, and the myriad other hurdles that crop up in freelance travel writing, these workshops are for you.
These are not just your everyday, run-of-the-mill travel-writing workshops that solely focus on the craft of travel writing. Those travel writing workshops overlook one huge detail: if you can’t sell your articles, you don’t get to write them! We will show you, step-by-step, how to sell your stories.
These aren’t workshops for dreamers -– they’re for people who want to get out there and do it. It’s for writers who are dedicated to selling their travel stories in 2023.
This year our destination workshops will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.
If you want to really see how far you can go, these are the travel writing workshops for you.
Please note — workshop size is limited to 25 people. If you enjoy learning in a small, supportive atmosphere, these workshops are for you.
If you want to learn the writing and selling tricks, techniques, and tradecraft to become a successful freelance travel writer, place your name on our no-obligation workshop interest list, below. You’ll get a special insider offer & a large discount off the course fees.
We expect to open registration later this week so watch your Inbox for our early bird offers.
Santa Fe is an outstanding place for a destination workshop! We had so much fun looking around last month.
This beautiful city of 83,000 punches well above its weight for tourist attractions. It has great restaurants, fascinating history and culture, museums, creative art galleries, enticing boutique shops, and other interesting attractions to keep travel journalists entertained for a solid week. Best of all, it’s easily walkable!
The Santa Fe CVB is giving our travel writing workshop attendees a VIP Tourist Pass to explore the city and find story ideas. This means you’ll get complimentary entry to …
Registration opens later this week so watch your Inbox for our early bird offers!
If you're not already on our interest list, here’s the link:
How to Query Multiple Travel Story Ideas and Multiply Your SalesOnce you’ve built up some bylines and worked with a few editors, there’s a sales technique that you should try. It involves sending out multiple story ideas in each query letter to editors who know you.
If applied wisely, this technique multiplies your chances of having more stories accepted for publication.
I’ve used this simple technique to great effect and sold dozens - perhaps hundreds - of stories using this method.
Let’s backtrack for a moment.
When you’re starting out as a travel writer, I recommend that you pitch only one idea at a time in each query letter. In the beginning you need to get to know the editors and give them a chance to get to know you and your work.
But sending out one query at a time is like a retail business offering only one product to a customer with each visit. The retail business wouldn’t last very long with this approach!
But, as you gain more experience, it’s more profitable to offer multiple products with each editor you work with. And, it’s better for the editor, too.
Here’s how I pitch multiple story ideas & the steps you can take to do this.
Upcoming PostsFeb 20: How to Get Published and Make Money
Feb 27: Fact Checking: It Can Make or Break Your Travel Stories
Mar 6: Types of Travel Stories to Help You Find Your Niche
Here's Who Joined Us in Charleston SC for Our Travel Writing & Photography Retreat and Our Marketing Master Class For Travel WritersAngela Dowdy . . .
. . . searches the southeast for beauty and joy. She shares uplifting stories to encourage others to embrace southern states through her blog.
Since the USA is so large, she stays focused on the 13 southeastern states — the part nearest and dearest to her heart.
From tiny towns to huge cities, she introduces readers to fascinating food, folks, and fun. Her “sassy yet sweet” southern heart and attitude keep you amused and fascinated.
She looks at the positive aspects of a place and never gets into any unpleasantries. She delves into “the beautiful and the best, the fancy and the frugal, the heartfelt and the hilarious, the quaint and the quirky."
She has lived in several southern states and currently resides in Florida.
You can read her blog at
Embrace Southern States
For a complete list of bios from our 2022 Charleston Workshop participants, follow this link and scroll down . . .
Inspirational Travel Quote
Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links About Creating Your Magazine Distribution ListsI get requests from travel writers every week asking me to help them prepare distribution lists to send their queries to. I’m not surprised that so many travel writers contact me with this request. I get it.
Searching for target magazines is perceived as an onerous clerical task and can take many hours. Yet, it’s an indispensable step in getting your articles published.
MORE RESOURCES FOR TRAVEL WRITERS
Featured Book of the Month:
BEGINNERS’ THREE-PACK FOR TRAVEL WRITERS
If you're just getting started in travel writing try our Beginner's 3-Pack—the perfect way to kick off your travel writing career.
The Complete Guide to Query Letters tells you everything you need to know about query letters - and 20 examples you can start using immediately.
125 Websites That Want to Publish Your Travel Stories is a ready-made list of 125+ quality travel websites where you can collect some bylines. It includes more than 50 websites that pay.
100 Print Magazines That Want to Publish Your Travel Articles
is a list of 100 print magazines that want to publish your travel articles. These lists will save you hours of time researching and creating lists yourself. They give you a foundation of sales leads you can use and build upon.
Latest News eBooksNew eBooks Coming Soon
We’re about to publish another eBook to help you get your travel stories published. It’s called The Best of Roy’s Blogs: Roy’s Solutions for Selling More Travel Stories, Writing Better, and Earning More Money.
You need to have a lot of skills to be successful in the freelance travel writing game. In the past fifteen years I’ve been bombarded with hundreds of email questions about many aspects of travel writing. The blogs you’re about to read are my succinct answers to these urgent questions.
These blogs are gathered from my email replies, Facebook posts, LinkedIn posts, blogs, and newsletter editorials. They provide quality solutions in summary form to the myriad challenges travel writers face.
Even better, at the end of each blog I give you the link to a more detailed and comprehensive coverage of each topic so you can continue on to a more in-depth post on our website PitchTravelWrite.com.
Follow the advice dispensed in this eBook and you’ll earn more from your travel writing by selling more stories and improving your travel writing.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve finished the draft of our ebook and our new release date is March 2023: 500 Print Magazines That Want To Publish Your Travel Articles. Rather than revise our current eBook, “100 Print Magazines That Want To Publish Your Travel Articles” we decided to write an entirely new book.
We’ve tossed out the magazines that have folded since the 2016 edition and added in a whopping 450 NEW magazines (maybe more) to this eBook. Yes, you read that right!
This compilation is far more specialized for travel writers than what you’ll find in Writer’s Market. Compiled over fifteen years from a wide variety of online sources, field resources, and book references, this comprehensive list includes international publications for the English-speaking market.
The magazine lists include . . .
Watch this newsletter for release dates soon to be announced.
Group Coaching Registration is ClosedWe'd love to have you in the next session starting in Q2 2023.
If you want to get on our Interest List, follow the link below . . .
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 will be in 2023, in Santa Fe (see top of this newsletter).
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 our website, PitchTravelWrite.com has made The Write Life.com’s list of 100 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS for 2020 and 2021!
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, PitchTravelWrite.com has made Writer’s Digest Magazine’s 2016, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 101 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS.
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, 2021 and 2022.”
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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