To get published quickly, start locally. Write about your hometown. Incorporate your favorite activities, hidden breakfast spots, quirky shops…
But when you’re ready to sell your hometown story, don’t limit yourself to local publications. Foreign markets — travel publications in Great Britain, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and beyond — are hungry for your insider knowledge.
Writing for international markets can deliver good money, too. Take today’s Featured Publication. It’s a British magazine that pays £200 for articles… making you about $320 each. They pay for photos, too.
Scroll down to find out more.
Director, Great Escape Publishing
Traveller: Foreign Market Publication
Excerpt from The Foreign Market Shortcut: How to Write Less and Double Your Sales
Traveller (note the spelling) is a British magazine that appears quarterly and has been going since 1970. It’s distributed to 35,000 members of the WEXAS traveler’s club.
Here’s what the magazine is looking for, in its own words:
“Typically we publish evocative, first-person narratives. Write from your personal point of view, conveying your direct experience. Tell us what it feels like to be there, how it sounds and smells. Introduce local people, through quotes, conversations and interactions.
We look for: vividness, personal reflection, action, respect for local cultures, adventure, authenticity and humour. Articles need a theme and angle, as well as a location; narratives need a plot and ending.”
The following slots are open to freelance contributors:
** Eyewitness — A destination-based narrative telling your own unusual journey or adventure. (800 words.)
** Changing World — An issue-based feature on a political, environmental or cultural topic that travelers encounter: must be based on personal experience of this issue overseas. (800 words.)
** Portrait Of A City — An impressionistic pen-portrait, not a factual guide for visitors. (800 words.)
** Picture This — A six-page photo-story: emotive images, color or black and white, powerful or topical theme, no words.
Payment rates are as follows: Text: £200 (approx $320) per 1,000 words printed (calculated per words printed, not per words submitted). Photos: £50 per photograph used up to A4 (one full page), £80 for A4, £150 for A3 (two-page spread), and £150 for front cover.
You can submit queries and links to your previously-published articles and photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, if you’ve never been published before, send in your completed story with photos.
NOTE: Traveller only accepts articles that are accompanied by photos. The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Program comes with a free copy of Money-Making Travel Photography — a unique mini-program specially created for travel writers. It’s just one more way to ratchet up your income as you travel the world.
[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.]