This week’s Featured Publication, International Living, is looking for off-the-beaten-path stories and photos on Mexico, South and Central America, and Europe, among other places. Scroll down for exclusive insights from Editor Laura Sheridan on getting published in this glossy magazine…
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“Live Better… For Less… In a Tropical Paradise”
International Living (IL) is a glossy magazine that goes way beyond travel… into the realm of picking up and moving — permanently — abroad. The main theme is better living for less money elsewhere… preferably somewhere warm and sunny.
I interviewed Editor Laura Sheridan to get a few insider tips for getting published in International Living. Here’s what she said:
BONNIE: Do you have to live abroad to write for International Living?
LAURA: No. But we only accept submissions on destinations outside the States. And you would have to have good knowledge of the places you write about.
BONNIE: Your Writer’s Guidelines mention that you’re looking for stories on Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, Belize, Panama, Nicaragua, Colombia, Costa Rica, Romania, France, and Italy. Do stories need to relate to living in these places? What kinds of travel articles do you look for?
LAURA: If the story relates to living in these places, then we would like some insider tips. A great local restaurant or a day trip that’s not in the usual travel guidebooks. We are interested in hearing about other countries, too. The information we look for in our travel articles are tips/nuggets — again, not seen in the guidebooks — something a local could tell you about. Travel articles would be best if they are off the beaten path. We’d also publish a round-up of great places to play golf or places to fish, with contact information (websites, etc.) so that the reader can follow up on the advice given in the article. Prices are also important to include. How can our readers do this and how much would it cost them?
BONNIE: What’s one mistake you see new writers make when sending story submissions?
LAURA: Not being familiar with the content. The writer should sign up for the free IL Daily Postcards at our website so that they can get a good feel for the type of information we publish before getting in touch with ideas.
BONNIE: How can a writer make him/herself the kind of person you want to continue to work with?
LAURA: The writer should remember the audience. Who is he writing for? Why would the reader be interested? Readers are only interested if the subject is about something that they can do, too. And something they wouldn’t necessarily know about already. Again, insider knowledge. And writers should focus on not using the word “I.” Change sentences like “I did XYZ” to “you can do XYZ, and here’s how you can do it.”
In a nutshell: We like useful information. How to save on health care overseas (such as a real life story of someone who traveled to Bangkok and saved thousands on getting their teeth fixed); how to get a free stay somewhere (think house swapping); how to save on your cost of living (a profile of someone who moved abroad and is now spending 30% less on their cost of living compared to the States); where to find the best thermal spas in Latin America… etc.
BONNIE: Thanks, Laura.
If you’d like to write for International Living, start by breaking in with a 200- to 500-word Postcard piece. Or, if you’re very familiar with the magazine, or you’ve already been published there, you can consider submitting full-length articles (around 1,000 words long) as well. Payment starts at $50 per Postcard piece and goes up from there.
Photographers: If you have photos of the above countries, International Living would like to hear from you, too.
Find out more in the Writer’s Guidelines.
Submit Postcard pieces to Len Galvin
Or full-length articles to Laura Sheridan
TIP: If you’re an AWAI Ultimate Travel Writer’s Program or Workshop participant, be sure to mention that in your e-mail. While it won’t guarantee your story gets published, it might help. The editors at International Living are very familiar with our programs and know that our graduates know the essentials of a good story.
I’ll tell you about one such graduate — his article and photos are being published in next month’s print issue of International Living — in tomorrow’s issue.
[Editor’s Note: Learn more about opportunities to profit from your travels (and even from your own home) in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.]