Pitching publications is just a fact of life for most freelance writers. A lot of resources are available online for how to write the perfect travel article pitch, as many writers are afraid of pressing send on a pitch they’ve spent hours writing and researching only to never hear back from the editor.
But I’m going to let you in on a little secret…
Pitching works best, for me, when I don’t overthink it.
I don’t agonise over every word. I don’t stress over my bio note. I don’t second-guess myself. I certainly don’t spend hours and hours pitching.
I follow the publication’s guidelines (where available) and trust I have the skills, knowledge, and experience to pull off the story I’m pitching.
Not every travel article pitch I send gets me a commission. But I do have a pretty good track record of landing pitches, and with the added bonus of not spending too long on them, leaving me with more time to do writing and editing work I know I will be paid for.
Now I’m offering a freebie for travel writers that brings together several of my successful travel-related pitches from over the years.
It’s not my intention to share secrets that anyone would consider confidential. The intention is to show you—an aspiring or already established travel writer—the variety within pitching. How I write and structure the pitch, and how I tailor my bio information for each publication.
Are these perfect pitches? Probably not. But they did get me assignments, and that’s the ultimate goal of a pitch.
This document contains pitches that landed me assignments in:
- Architectural Digest
- Lonely Planet
- Culture Trip
- New Zealand Herald
- Literary Hub
- Earth Island Review
- Unearth Women
- Travel Age West
- HuffPost Personal
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