I have recently started to take an online class through Matador U to learn how to be a travel writer. This may seem a little odd since I receive over a million downloads a year for my travel show, but it is clear to me that I still have a lot learn on the subject.
I love the art of travel writing that pulls me from my world and draws me into another one using only the power of words. I consider it some sort of wizardry that can make this world fade and another one appear. It is one of the reasons I am drawn to travel in general.
My first writing assignment for this course is to set some goals. Where would I like to be published? I was asked to do research, and then to commit publicly to these goals. So here is my wish list of where I would like to see my writing appear:
San Jose Mercury News
- Editor – Linda Zavoral – email@example.com
- Submissions policy: unknown
- Senior Editor – Rachel Levin – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submissions policy: Writers must submit a query letter to the editor in advance. The letter should explain and outline the proposed story idea, and suggest an appropriate month or season. E-mail queries are preferred. Send them to email@example.com.
National Geographic Traveler
- Editor in chief – Keith Bellows – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submission policy: Restrict each submission to one or two well-developed proposals that have been crafted especially for us. A carefully considered proposal combines support for doing a particular destination with some premise or hook. A good query has a headline that suggests what the story is, a deck that amplifies on that, a strong lead, and not much more than a page that clearly sets out the premise and approach of the piece. The query should represent the writer’s style and should answer these questions about the story: Why now, and why in Traveler? Mail your proposal to Query Editor, National Geographic Traveler, 1145 17th St NW, Washington DC 20036.
- Managing Editor: Julie Schwietert – email@example.com
- Submission guidelines: Write an original draft that does not exceed 1,000 words. 800 is ideal. Submit via web form.
- Editors: Jim Benning and Mike Yessis – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submission guidelines: Paste your submission or a short pitch as well as a brief bio into the body of an email and send it to email@example.com. Writing submissions should be no more than 2,000 words.