For instance, if the publication runs a city break feature called . “I painted lots of peoples’ houses to save for my first big trip: eight weeks back-packing in Kenya.
Nothing was published, but I did learn how to keep a journal.
Check whether your target publication prefers proposals or completed article submissions. If you’re sending an article, make sure it includes a synopsis of the piece, a word count, your contact information and details of any available photos.
“If you’re pitching an idea to an editor, keep it (just) long enough to give them an idea of your angle and style, but short enough so they don’t get bored,” advises Liz Edwards. Lyn Hughes adds: Think about the subject line of your email.
Find out the name of the editor or relevant section editor so your submission hits the right desk/inbox.
Addressing your email to ‘The Editor’ (unless that’s the specified approach) shows a lack of effort.
“A good travel feature transports you to the destination.
You should be able to see it, hear it, smell it,” says Lyn Hughes. Writing beautiful prose is no good if the facts are wrong.
“They’ll make constant reference to your ‘holidays’.” But while free trips, global travel and your name in print sound glamorous, there are down sides.
It’s hard work, hugely competitive and – unless you are the second Bryson – you won’t earn much. Read on to find out how you can get this dream job.