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Behind the Scenes of My First Press Trip and Our Biggest Takeaways

We’ve just wrapped up the first time out with our brand new event My First “Press Trip,” and I can’t believe how much we covered in two days!

This new event grew out of our Coaching Program Summer Camp, a very chill week in which we all co-work in the morning and explore the Catskills and the Hudson Valley in the afternoon and on the weekends.

One morning, while having a brunch of housemade Tartine-style sourdough loaves, Greek-style yogurt, and a selection of our jams (apricot rosemary, spiced yellow plum, vanilla peach–to name a few), we launched into an impromptu lesson on food styling, light sources, and minimizing shadows. During a car ride home from exploring a nearby art-heavy town, we have a lively discussion on ethics with sources after one gallery owner spent an hour giving tons of information to one of our writers only to say–as she was walking out the door–that she couldn’t write about anything he said.

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SNEAK PEEK: How to Pitch “Smith Journal” Magazine — An Excerpt from Our New Book

All this week, we’re offering sneak peeks from our new book 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles. Each day, you’ll get the full text excerpt of the coverage from one magazine featured in our book, including the “Editor’s note” exclusive to our print edition, along with all of the detailed magazine breakdown and how-to-pitch data you’ll find for each magazine we cover in the new book and our online, searchable Travel Magazine Database.

This Queensland-based consumer magazine focuses on interesting and humorous stories in travel, history, music, science and more.

Editor’s note: Never heard of Smith Journal? I’d be honestly be a little surprised if you had if you’re outside of Australia or a major city in the U.K., where the magazine is also typically available on newsstands. Think of it as a younger, more indie-style take on the coverage in the Smithsonian or the previous editorial in High Life.

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SNEAK PEEK: How to Pitch “Standart” Magazine — An Excerpt from Our New Book

All this week, we’re offering sneak peeks from our new book 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles. Each day, you’ll get the full text excerpt of the coverage from one magazine featured in our book, including the “Editor’s note” exclusive to our print edition, along with all of the detailed magazine breakdown and how-to-pitch data you’ll find for each magazine we cover in the new book and our online, searchable Travel Magazine Database.

This Slovakia-based consumer magazine focuses on specialty coffee and people and places in the industry.

Editor’s note: I first spotted this Slovakia-based, coffee-industry-focused publication in a very well-known, award-winning café in Stockholm, but it wasn’t long before I started spotting in it coffee spots around the world, including my neighborhood café as I work on this book.

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SNEAK PEEK: How to Pitch “Going Places” Magazine — An Excerpt from Our New Book

All this week, we’re offering sneak peeks from our new book 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles. Each day, you’ll get the full text excerpt of the coverage from one magazine featured in our book, including the “Editor’s note” exclusive to our print edition, along with all of the detailed magazine breakdown and how-to-pitch data you’ll find for each magazine we cover in the new book and our online, searchable Travel Magazine Database.

This Malaysia-based inflight magazine from Malaysia Airlines focuses on travel, food, Malaysian personalities, and culture.

Editor’s note: If you come from a blogging background, whether on your own site or blogging for travel companies and tourism boards or even companies entirely outside of the travel industry, there are certain changes you’ll need to make to your writing style to turn around something $1+/word quality, but certain types of articles are easier to easy into than others.

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SNEAK PEEK: How to Pitch “Canadian Geographic” Magazine — An Excerpt from Our New Book

All this week, we’re offering sneak peeks from our new book 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles. Each day, you’ll get the full text excerpt of the coverage from one magazine featured in our book, including the “Editor’s note” exclusive to our print edition, along with all of the detailed magazine breakdown and how-to-pitch data you’ll find for each magazine we cover in the new book and our online, searchable Travel Magazine Database.

This Ottawa-based consumer magazine celebrates Canada’s natural and cultural heritage.

Editor’s note: At the end of the “What to pitch” section for this geographic magazine focusing on the Canadian outdoors, you’ll find an extensive note on the types of stories opportunities available on the magazine’s website for freelance writers. Specifically, we mention that many stories have “online exclusives” connected to them.

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SNEAK PEEK: How to Pitch “Adventure Travel” Magazine — An Excerpt from Our New Book

All this week, we’re offering sneak peeks from our new book 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles. Each day, you’ll get the full text excerpt of the coverage from one magazine featured in our book, including the “Editor’s note” exclusive to our print edition, along with all of the detailed magazine breakdown and how-to-pitch data you’ll find for each magazine we cover in the new book and our online, searchable Travel Magazine Database.

This UK-based consumer magazine focuses on outdoor activities in adventurous locations.

Editor’s note: I’m always surprised how many U.S.-based writers who consider themselves specialists in adventure travel don’t realize there is a (or pitch to the) magazine literally named for the field. When it comes to psyching yourself up that your pitches will wither among heaps of other better ones in an editor’s inbox, never underestimate the fact that most freelancers simply do not take the time to make themselves aware of all of the markets available for their writing.

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What Are the Next Big Steps for Your Travel Writing?

There is a reason we primarily offer in-person retreat events rather than online programs.

The results are simply so, so different.

Think about learning a language–you can go to Spanish classes for an hour one night a week for years. Or you can go to Spain and be surrounded by signs in Spanish, people speaking Spanish, and constant opportunities to put your skills to use.

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The New Books are Coming! The New Books are Coming! — And a Special Holiday Flash Sale to Celebrate

Already ready already? Grab your launch special collection here.

Don’t forget. This special ends at 12am HST/3am PST/6am EST/11am BST/12pm CET/8pm ACT on Tuesday, May 28th.

Since we announced that we’re debuting two new books this spring, there have been a lot of ways to get special access to our resources:

  • We’ve selected 25 folks who helped us choose the magazine list for 101 Magazines Looking to Publish Your Travel Articles—And Everything You Need to Know to Pitch Them to win free copies of the book and a month in our Travel Magazine Database when the book comes out.
  • We’ve given five folks a week who help us choose the questions to answer in 101 Things You Need to Know to Make it as a Travel Writer to win free copies of the book and coupons for four webinars from our library.
  • We’ve even given out coaching calls to folks who helped us select the covers and titles or have entered every week and won more than once!

We could totally stop there. That’s a lot of resources to give away!

But we’re not done yet. 🙂

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Would You Like to Be Part of Launching Our Two New Books?

You may have heard, through our weekly prizes or our big announcement, that we’ve got two new books coming out this spring designed to solves some of the most fundamental problems I see travel writers experiencing when they are trying to get their freelance travel writing business off the ground:

  1. A general knowledge gap–often described as “there’s so much to learn” “there’s so many options; I just don’t know what to do” or “I’ve overwhelmed,” which we’ve written 101 Things You Need to Know to Make it as a Travel Writer to address.
  2. Issues specifically understanding how magazines work, what editors want from writers, and what ideas magazines will accept, which we’ve written 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles–And Everything You Need to Know to Pitch Them to rectify.

Haven’t heard about the books, couldn’t care less, and are not interested in a new way to make money through your website or social feeds?

Then this post is not for you!

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