Gain Great Exposure to Editors through Travel Post Monthly
Travel Post Monthly, an online travel magazine, does double-duty as a travel content wire service. It means you get more than the usual “bang for your buck” as it were, when you land a by-line or photo credit there.
Not only do you gain an attractive clip to add to your portfolio, but you get excellent exposure for your work, too. That’s because each issue goes to a list of travel editors who buy content for their own publications. When they see an article or photo they want, they contact the contributor directly to negotiate fees and rights.
Travel Post Monthly is looking for sound travel advice that saves readers time, money, and trouble when they travel.
The issues also include short, engaging stories about destinations the world over — those, too, with a practical bent. In other words, the feature articles don’t just tell a reader what makes a place unique, they also include the how-to information he or she needs to follow in a writer’s footsteps.
The magazine is divided into departments, including How To, Destinations, Humor, Dining, Overnight, and others. Most articles run 100-600 words. You’ll find specific details about each department in the Writer’s Guidelines, here: http://www.travelpostmonthly.com/writers_guidelines/
Don’t query. Simply follow the Guidelines closely and submit a complete article that’s well-targeted for a specific department.
Photos are welcome as well — both to illustrate your article and as stand-alone images. Submit each photo with a caption of no more than 75 words. You’ll find detailed Photographer’s Guidelines here: http://www.travelpostmonthly.com/photographers_guidelines/
Travel Post Monthly is produced by the International Travel Writers & Photographers Alliance (ITWPA) and gives priority to submissions from its members. That said, the staff is happy to consider contributions from non-members as well.
Currently, Travel Post Monthly does not pay writers or photographers. But, as I said, a clip here nevertheless helps build your portfolio.
And with the exposure to editors who are shopping for travel content, this is a publication that works on your behalf — so it can be a particularly productive market to pursue.
In the interest of full disclosure: I’m the one who gives the final OK on the articles that run, and I have a couple of pet-peeves you should know about:
1.) A destination article should be about a place… not about you. So if you’re writing in first person, limit (severely) your use of the word “I.”
2.) Make sure your descriptions are as rich in specifics as they can be. Little bothers me more than a sentence that reads: “X is full of delightful shops and upscale restaurants where the food is lovely.”
That doesn’t tell me anything at all about what makes a place unique. Generalities like those are guaranteed to kill your article.
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