We were fortunate to have travel journalist Gabi Logan as our guest last week and were blown away by her extensive knowledge of the travel writing industry. Follow the jump for three key takeaways for aspiring travel writers. These are just a taste of all the things we learned. For the full scoop on travel writing, check out the episode on Podbean or Apple Podcasts.
- Big name, glossy travel mags might make for a dream byline, but if you want to get published, look for smaller, niche publications. These types of mags are often willing to take a chance on a lesser-known writer and the pay may be better since not everyone is scrambling to write for them.
- Follow up, follow up, follow up! One of the reasons that “aspiring travel writers” remain “aspiring” is because they send one email to an editor and wait for a response that may never come. Be tenacious. Editors are busy people and may be doing more with less in terms of staff and resources. It’s up to you to be your own best, loudest advocate.
- That piece you’re reworking again and again is never going to be perfect. Most of the time, “good” will be sufficient. And getting paid for “good” and not perfection is even better. Your time and money are limited. Maximize them.
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