Journeywoman Lori Beattie is dedicated to teaching the art of documenting
travel. As one travellin' woman to another, she generously shares
some tips from her cache of travel writing know-how. Lori writes...
travellers may simply be interested in recording their travel adventures
in lined notebooks that they take out to reread every once in a
while. Others will be a bit more ambitious. Their goal is to have
one of their stories published on a website, in a local paper or
are my ten basic rules that will set you on the path. However, be
forewarned -- many, many women who love to travel dream of free
holidays in return for a terrific story. That is a myth. Selling
a story is an extremely difficult job (yet not an impossible
one). The competition is fierce and editorial budgets are small.
Even if your story is chosen, a beginner may earn nothing or not
very much from her local newspaper. Still, the successful
writer will possibly get her foot into the front door and who knows
where that door may lead?
these ten pointers intrigue you I suggest you keep your eyes open
for certified continuing education course on the art of travel writing.
Not only will you learn an awful lot in the classroom you will also
meet kindred souls who are irreplaceable when you'll need someone
to appraise some of your future stories. Browse the shelves of your
library or local book shops for titles about the art of travel journalism.
It is not unheard of that a hobby becomes a wonderful first, second
or third career.
Ed. note: Journeywoman
welcomes travel writing teachers and students, alike, to e-mail:
and tell us about courses that are available. Put "travel writing"
in the subject line.
it easy for editors...
|Before you go on your adventure, pick your
angle. Remember, "Paris" is not the story, it's the destination.
You, as the travel writer, must think of a unique way
to present "Paris" to your readers. It is this special
angle that will be necessary to grab the interest of a
|Know who you are! Are you a
woman travelling alone through China? Then that may be
your angle, your expertise. Perhaps you are a woman physician
travelling alone through China. Suddenly more markets
open up. You can write from the independent female traveller's
angle or from that of a physician, or both, simultaneously.
Are you a culinary expert who loves the tastes of the
countries you visit? Lots of newspapers have food sections
and there are many magazines dedicated to scrumptious
stories from around the globe.
|Editors are very busy people.
The easier you can make their job the more chance you
have of being published. Before sending a query to anyone,
be sure to read their writers guidelines. You can write
or call the publication for these guidelines.
|Once you have read through the guidelines
be sure to read some back-issues of the publication to
get a feel for their style. It helps to know what they
have published in the last year so you don't propose a
Never phone an editor and
say "I'm going to Mexico, do you want any stories?"
What you should say is "I'm going to Mexico and I have
some angles for stories that I'd like to run by you......"
If the editor is interested, she/he may invite you to
submit your story ideas or angles on paper.
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