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Issue #241: 9 Questions to Ask Before You Pitch
February 04, 2019
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

. . . and WELCOME to all new subscribers! Thanks for joining us.

Right about the time you read this newsletter, we’ll be touching down at Auckland’s Mangere International Airport. I was raised in New Zealand until I left to study in the U.S. at the tender age of 25. Then I got waylaid, big time, in the U.S. when I married an American. I only return to “GodZone” (a Kiwi euphemism for “God’s Own Country”) every 5 years or so. Our last visit was in 2013.

Returning to New Zealand is always an emotional time for me. I get together with my old friends and relive our glorious distance running and drinking feats and catch up with each other’s lives. I spend time with my family; two older sisters, one younger brother and a multitude of nieces, nephews and their offspring.

Some of our planned activities will be visiting my family’s ancestral home on Auckland’s North Shore—a middle class suburb named Mairangi Bay. It’s a small village really, with maybe a 600-meters shopfront, and a beach where I spent an inordinate amount of time as a kid.

And we’ll be visiting Auckland, Whangarei, the Bay of Islands, Cambridge, Napier, Hastings, and a few other smaller towns during our 3-week tour. I’ll keep you posted on my travels and misadventures through this newsletter.

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• The tried-and-tested way to dream up captivating travel story ideas and assess their marketability.

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• Why you should always query your story idea before writing it.

• How to craft irresistible query emails that will sell your stories.

• The exact query email formatting and structure used by elite travel writers.

• How to avoid making amateur mistakes that damage your relationships with editors.

• How to pitch several story ideas to skyrocket your acceptance rate.

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This Week's Featured Post

Successful Travel Stories:

9 Key Questions to Ask Before You Pitch

How can you write successful travel stories that will sell to magazine editors? Figuring out what an editor wants seems like a mystery, but it doesn’t have to be.

Time is your most valuable asset when you’re a freelance writer. And pitching weak story ideas is a massive time waster. All those hours you’ve spent researching your topic, writing a query letter, and tracking down potential magazines goes down the drain if your story is rejected for publication. Rejection also causes a dent in your morale.

Save yourself some time and stress when dreaming up new story ideas. Use this simple screening technique to examine the feasibility of successful travel stories and getting your work published.


Upcoming Posts

February 11: My 5 Step Pitching Process
February 18: Creating a Sense of Place in Your Travel Articles
February 25: Using Writers Guidelines to Sell Your Travel Stories
March 4: Tim Cotroneo: Another PitchTravelWrite Success Story

Pitch Travel Write: Most Popular Links

Building Your Travel Writing Platform

Building a Professional Website for Freelance Writers
4 Reasons to Get Published Online on Travel Websites
How to Get Testimonials from Editors and CVBs

Inspirational Travel Quote of the Week

Featured Book of the Month: Advanced Pack

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We want to say THANK YOU to all our subscribers and social media followers. Running the PitchTravelWrite site would not be possible without your support. Thank you for following us, reading our posts, and emailing questions, comments, and compliments.

We value you more than you can know. Our goal is to help you break into travel writing, get paid for it, and land some cool press trips and free travel.

So keep emailing us - we love hearing from you!

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• travel writing & blogging conferences,
• links to other well produced travel websites and blogs,
• links to my travel articles,
• travel writing themes,
• links to reputable travel writer’s groups, associations, and newsletters,
• magazine covers stories and back stories,
• links to resources pages,
• links to travel writing archives,
• links to coaching and mentoring resources,
• and plenty of other useful information to get you up to speed.

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That's all for this week.

Until next week, just keep pitching!


Roy Stevenson
Pitch Travel Write

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