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Issue #276: Make the Most of Every Magazine Relationship
October 14, 2019
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Editorial: Make the Most of Every Magazine Relationship

For many years I had a productive relationship with Lost Treasure magazine: 22 published articles. A few were cover stories and the editor was easy to work with.

Lost Treasure focused on helping treasure hunters look for any form of lost treasure. It was all about using metal detectors to hunt for artifacts and coins on beaches and in ghost towns; finding legendary lost gold caches; exploring gold and silver and copper mines; and gold prospecting in rivers. It even featured stories about ancient Spanish sunken treasure ships.

I used the magazine assignments to land some world-class press trips and Fam tours, so they were gold mines for me. These travel pieces revolved around what happened in historic gold mining towns and what there is to see and do today in those same places.

On assignments for Lost Treasure, I toured gold dredges and museums and gold panning stores. I visited atmospheric ghost towns in Washington and Oregon, plus several towns with rich histories like Arizona’s Tombstone and Bisbee, and California’s Sacramento.

 My Lost Treasure assignments also landed me great Fam tours in Alaska, that mother lode of 19th century gold rushes. I was given VIP treatment by my hosts in Juneau, Haines, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Fairbanks. I've stood in many an icy Alaskan mountain stream, surrounded by magnificent forests, panning or sluicing for gold. I’ve been taught how to pan for gold nuggets by white-bearded living history reenactors.

My overseas Lost Treasure assignments took me to Arrowtown, New Zealand. It also landed me in a fascinating 2,000-year-old Roman gold mine in Wales.

The Lost Treasure gigs helped me build my bylines, gain confidence and hone my writing skills. But above all, they were fun! They took me to places I would have never otherwise visited.

Many of the writers I’ve worked with cut their freelance writing teeth by having their stories published in Lost Treasure magazine including Kerrie Etson, Pam & Gary Baker, Noreen Kompanik, Betsi Hill, and Jed Vaughn. Some of their stories were cover features, too.

R.I.P. Lost Treasure Magazine. Sadly, this popular magazine closed its doors in December 2018.

Magazines come and go. Make the most of magazines you’ve broken into while they last. Use your assignments to land press trips to new places. Enjoy yourself. They may not be around forever.

This Week's Featured Post

Recommended Travel Writing Facebook Sites

Here’s my current list of travel writing Facebook sites (in alphabetical order).

Facebook is replete with tens of thousands of groups that support a huge variety of interests.  Travel writing is one of them but they're not all active or helpful.

If you're on Facebook and you want to tap into a variety of resources aimed at travel writing, join a few groups. It's easy and as you evolve you can swap out the ones that don't work for you and add others to your list.

You’ll find all sorts of interesting posts on the sites listed here, and you’ll see who the power players are in our industry:


Upcoming Posts

October 21: Highly Effective Self Promotions: Gathering Testimonials from Magazine Editors & CVBs
October 28: The Travel Writer’s Resource List
November 4: Travel Writing Tips: A Letter To Myself Back In Time

Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links about Query Letters

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Are you using the most effective type of query letter? This post covers the two main types of query letters and their advantages and disadvantages. Are you familiar with these strategies?

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100 Print Magazines That Want to Publish Your Travel Articles  
This gets you started with a list of 100 print magazines that publish travel articles from freelance writers.  It's the list I use to sell my 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.


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That's all for this week.

Until next week, just keep pitching!


Roy Stevenson
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