Gosh, the end of 2013 is just about a month away! I am off this week and hope you are too. The best part of being full time freelance and 100% work from home is taking time off whenever I want and for as long as I want and wherever I want, with whoever I want! Some will argue that its not paid leave but if you have earned enough through the year then that should not matter at all. I am thankful for this being a great year professionally - lots of writing assignments, copy editing projects, press trips, new website and book writing coming along nicely. Next year is looking even more promising. Excited to have close friends drive over to celebrate the holidays with us and thankful for friends hosting parties over the holiday weekend for us folks who really cant go home to celebrate with family this holiday season. I hope you celebrate well with near and dear! Happy Thanksgiving!
I have been trying to break into travel writing for a little while now so it should not come as a surprise yet I was terribly excited when I received the email confirming me on a press trip this month to Yukon Valley in Canada! As a guest of Yukon Tourism, I will be part of a group of writers and bloggers travelling to Whitehorse in the Yukon and doing a roadtrip that will include a drive to Alaska. Our itinerary reads very exciting so I hope we get to do everything they have planned for us. I already have interest from a few publications I have pitched to so hoping I can spread the word about this little know destination that (from all my online research) looks beautifully breathtaking. I will have links to future articles here and will hopefully have more in-detail information on my travel website which is taking longer than expected to publish but I hope will be well-worth the effort and time I put into it. Cant wait!
because you never know when they will get back!
I am talking about writing to editors for opportunities with their publication. I always make it a point to write in to an editor of an online or print mag if I find no way to send them a pitch on their website or magazine. No editorial calendar, no contribute or write for us tab with information, no way to know how to write for them at all. I always send in a query saying I would like more information. What's to lose? Sometimes they reply with an editorial calendar, sometimes they want samples, sometimes they have enough writers and do not need more, sometimes they connect you with somebody they think needs writers, and sometimes they just do not get back at all. It's alright - at least you know what the circumstances are. But every once in a while, they will keep your information on file, and check back with you when they do have an opportunity. So don't ever go to a site and just give up because the information you are looking for isn't easily found. Ask around, and the fact that you asked, shows that you take initiative, and you do want to write for the outlet.
I wrote to one such magazine about a year ago inquiring about an opportunity with them. I never heard back, and I let it be. Today, the editor of the magazine emails me thanking me for my expression of interest, and if maybe I would like to do some food and travel writing for them. Yes, it helped that I had written on those topics before and had samples to show when asked for it, but the fact that a note sent to them a year ago was now bring back paid work my way was a fabulous way to begin the day! I'll be sure to share a link to that article once it is published.
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