Writing articles for travel magazines is a great way to get your articles published, earn some extra cash and become known as a travel writer. If you travel a lot, this is a great opportunity to share your experiences with others. If you want to succeed with article writing for travel magazines,
here are 10 tips to getting published that will greatly help you along the way:
1. Know the magazine
Know who you plan to submit to and become familiar with their guidelines. Buy a couple of issues of their magazine and read it to see what they’re looking for and the tone that is used in their magazine.
2. Take photos
Photos can seal a deal when it comes to magazine publishing, especially when it comes to travel writing. Take lots of photos.
3. Visit landmarks
When you’re going to be traveling past them anyway, visit landmarks and take photos and write about the experience for the travel magazine of your choice.
4. Don’t make your story too long
Magazines don’t need to hear every single detail of your experience while traveling. Stick to the main points and the things your reader will want to hear.
5. Show your experience
Explain why you travel, how often you have traveled and what experience you have that can be of benefit to the reader.
6. Don’t use first person
Your story shouldn’t read like a journal of your travels and the readers don’t care about what you thought about this or that. They want the facts of what they can expect.
7. Write a killer query letter
Your query should leave the editor begging for more. They will contact you for your story because they want to know what else happened with you and where you traveled.
8. Take lots of notes
When traveling, write down everything. Even if you end up not needing it, you want to have as much info as possible when it comes to writing and selling your article. If an editor comes back and asks you to back up facts or confirm an address, you want to have it all ready
9. Avoid the negative (unless an editor has asked for it)
Travel writing is supposed to focus on the positive, not include every gritty detail about what you didn’t like about your destination.
10. Use proper language
Keep your words short and easily understood by others. Don’t be a “writer snob” by using language and references that the average reader wouldn’t understand.
With these 10 tips to getting published, article writing for travel magazines is a breeze! If you travel or plan to travel, this could be a good way to cash in on something you’re going to be doing anyway.