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Issue #332: Four Strategies for Handling Multiple Acceptances
November 23, 2020
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Editorial: An Easy Way To Improve Your Travel WritingDuring my Travel Writing & Photography Retreats, I emphasize an easy and fun way aspiring travel writers can quickly improve their writing.
I recommend they read stories by top shelf travel journalists. If you want to improve your travel writing, you should do this, too.
Of course, your next question is, “Where do I find good travel writing?”
Here’s a list of magazines where you’ll find some of the world’s best travel stories.
There’s a mix of regional, national, and global publications to give you a wide variety of writing styles and topics.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s an excellent cross section.
Here’s My Suggested List Of Magazines:
Afar, Travel + Leisure, Islands, Conde Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet Traveller, Travel International Magazine, Global Traveler, Wanderlust, Coastal Living, Geographical, Maco Destinations, Backpacker, Outside, American Road, Sidetracked, Sunset, Britain, Cruise Travel, Cruising World, Cabin Life, Caribbean Travel + Life, Discover Britain, Food and Travel, France, German Life, Scotland, Robb Report, Southern Travel & Lifestyles, Northwest Travel & Life, Vermont Life, Texas Highways, Arizona Highways, Trailer Life, and Travel 50 & Beyond.
Here’s How You Do It:
Then, buy a few of the magazines that resonate with you and carefully place the rest back on the rack. Subscribe to a few travel publications that consistently deliver good travel writing. Some of these magazines may also be available online.
Skimming through travel stories isn’t enough to learn how to improve your writing. You need to read actively, highlighting the most descriptive and captivating passages. Note how the writer started the story and kept your attention through to the finish.
Study, reread, and take notes. What was it about these sentences and paragraphs that appealed to you?
Reading the works of the very best travel writers has an important place in your education and will move your writing along to the next level.
This Week's Featured Post
Simultaneous Submissions: Strategies for Multiple AcceptancesAnyone who follows my rigorous marketing approach to freelance writing knows that I’m a strong advocate of simultaneous submissions. Sending out queries, conveyor belt style, has been largely responsible for me getting more than 1,000 articles published in 200+ magazines, newspapers, custom publications, trade journals, on-boards, in-flights and specialty magazines.
Many freelance writers shun the practice of submitting their queries simultaneously. Their big concern is, “What do I do if more than one editor wants to buy my story?”
My article answers this burning question and gives you four strategies to use when you strike it rich.
These strategies work nicely for me when more than one editor clamors for my stories, and they’ll work for you, too . . .
Upcoming PostsNov 30: Your Travel Writing Journey: Getting to the Start Line & Taking Your First Steps
Dec 7: Take Our Travel Writing Quiz to See If You Have What It Takes to Succeed
Dec 14: Five Errors That Will Keep You From Success
PitchTravelWrite.com Success Stories
Candi Licence and Her Travel Writing Success Story“I fell into travel writing by accident”, writes Candi Licence. “My husband and I retired at the end of 2013, sold most of our stuff, stored our precious things like art and family heirlooms, and began traveling full time.
We’d go to places we always wanted to see, stay for 3 months and then move on to our next adventure. I started a blog to let people know where we were and what we were doing, and I got feedback from people I trusted that they loved my writing. Writing about our adventures was intoxicating and getting complimented was exhilarating.
Fast forward 3 years, and I attended a travel writing workshop to see if it was possible for me to become a travel writer. I drafted an article during the workshop, and it got a great reception from participants and an editor who was coaching aspiring writers throughout the event. I left the workshop fired up, with stars in my eyes.
Once home, tried to sell the article and learned my first hard lesson. It’s hard for beginners to place a completed article. (Always pitch first, I later learned.)
The second lesson I learned is that you can’t submit queries to one editor at a time — it’s a complete waste of time. I’d wait a month, get no response and then send my query out to the next editor with the same result. I was spinning my wheels and getting nowhere.
I was frustrated. I thought I had the talent to be a good writer but didn’t know how to break into the field.
That’s when I saw Roy Stevenson’s Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers. I signed up, took the workshop, and it changed everything for me.”
Here’s the rest of Candi Licence’s impressive travel writing success story.
Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links about Writing in Diverse Genres
Should You Write in Diverse Genres or Specialize?
I think you should write in as many genres as you can. If I had limited myself to just one genre, I wouldn't have had anywhere near as much success. In fact, I’m known for having my travel stories published in diverse genres.
Although you’ll obviously pitch and sell more stories about your interests and passions, you should always strive to get your stories published in as many different genres and types of magazines as you can.
Writing in multiple genres expands your writing envelope and prevents you getting bored with one subject.
When you increase the number of genres you write in, your potential market increases exponentially. And financially you’ll be better off because it’s easier to sell more stories when you’re writing in multiple genres.
Here's some of our most popular articles about this subject from our website, www.PitchTravelWrite.com.
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Group Coaching Mastermind CommunityOur Group Coaching Mastermind Community kicked off on October 1st and we’ve got a global group with members living in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Vietnam and the U.S. We're very excited about this group of writers and our new community!
Last week we studied "How to Write a Compelling Beginning to Your Travel Story" and this week we'll be discussing my Marketing Mastery system and how it works.
If you missed out on the opportunity to join this session, you can get on our no-obligation interest list for the next session starting in January.
Be among the first to hear when we re-open registration in early 2021. Learn more about what’s included and sign up for the interest list here . . .
Live WorkshopsPeople have been asking when our 2021 workshops in New Orleans, Louisiana are scheduled.
Here are the 2021 dates:
We've had lots of interest 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:
Did You Know . . .Our Complete Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers is ranked #1 on TravelWritersExchange.com’s Top Ten Travel Writing Workshops.
You can access the list of the top ten travel writing workshops at the link below . . .
At Your Service
If you know someone who will enjoy this newsletter,
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.
You can see the entire list by visiting their website - click on the graphic to view the list now.
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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