Featured Publication: The Real Greek Islands
A PASSION FOR GREECE COULD LAND YOU A BY-LINE IN THIS BRAND-NEW MARKET
By Roberta Beach Jacobson in Karpathos, Greece
The Real Greek Islands is a quarterly print magazine from England, and it launched just this month, March 2007.
The editors hope to “collect an array of informative stories and funny anecdotes from travelers and islanders alike. We want to promote the beauty of the Greek isles to remind those who have been of their last visit, and to entice those who have never been to venture to her shores.”
Their aim is for The Real Greek Islands to become a travel magazine with a twist — they won’t just focus on the well-know islands, their intention is to give attention to the lesser-know islands too.
In addition to travel articles, they will also include editorial covering local lore and legend in addition to culture and local cuisine. They bill themselves as “the gateway to the Greek isles.”
Feature articles in this quarterly run from 1000-1500 words and filler articles (information pieces) run from 200-500 words. Don’t query first, just…
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e-mail your finished manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you prefer to work through the mail, then you can reach the editors, Adam and Karen Perry, at P.O. Box 4843, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 9EJ, U.K.
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The editors will respond to submissions within 14 days. However, right now, they are only paying a few travel writers they’ve already commissioned.
When I wrote them to find out their pay rate I was told, ‘We are looking for people to share their experiences and thoughts and enjoy being published etc.’
To decode for you: That’s a polite way of saying they’re not paying for unsolicited material. But you shouldn’t let that deter you from submitting an article or photos to this publication.
After all, it is a place to get an attractive by-line. And if the editors like what you write for them, they might well commission you the next time around.
Since the publication is so new, you won’t find a lot at the website. But I would check it for updates. And, on the right-hand side, you can click for a sneak preview of the first issue to get some sense for what it’s going to be like. Go to: http://www.therealgreekislands.co.uk
There are no formal Writer’s Guidelines, as is often the case in Europe, so you have free reign in what you write… just remember that the audience is interested in all things Greek.
If you’re curious to learn more about this market, you can order the first issue of the magazine online without subscribing for a full year!
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