You’re about hit “send” to submit your travel article. Novice writers and veteran journalists alike have experienced “the moment” - that brief flash of doubt. Is your story ready?
You don’t want to embarrass yourself and submit a sub-standard piece the editor will reject. And you don’t want the editor to think you’re a poor writer - and never work with you again.
In fact, you’re aiming for quite the opposite. You want editors to think your stories sparkle enough for them to commission more work from you.
How do you know when your travel article is ready to submit to a magazine editor?
How can you be sure you’ve covered everything that should be in the article?
This handy checklist will tell you whether you’ve missed any of the fundamental items necessary for turning in a nicely finished piece.
Our checklist isn’t meant to be an in-depth analysis of the important components of a well-written article. There are dozens of other tips and techniques that are covered in our book, The Art & Craft of Travel Writing, and in numerous other books to improve your writing.
This checklist covers the broad strokes writing items. It will help you avoid the most egregious writing errors.
What makes me an authority on this crucial aspect of travel writing?
Since 2007 I’ve sold more than 1,000 articles to over 200 regional, national, and international magazines, newspapers, custom publications, specialty magazines, trade journals, in-flights, on-boards, and online travel magazines.
Very few of my stories have ever been returned for rewriting. In fact, most editors drop my stories straight into their magazine galley with only minimal editing - or none at all.
My final drafts are clean and ready to publish, and editors are happy to commission more articles. This checklist is a summary of what I do before I hit “send”.
Here’s our checklist for assessing whether your travel article is ready to send. Keep it handy to use for your travel articles.
How To Use This Tool:
1. Write your draft article.
2. Compare your draft with each item on the checklist.
3. Go back and address any sections that you have completely missed or skimped on.
4. After you’ve done a thorough review and made your additions and corrections, you can feel comfortable that you’ve covered everything and finally hit “send”.
Roy Stevenson is a professional travel writer and the author of www.PitchTravelWrite.com. Over the past ten years, he’s had more than 1000 articles published in 200 magazines, trade and specialty journals, in-flights, on-boards, blogs and websites and has traveled on assignment around the U.S. and to dozens of international destinations.