~ SO YOU WANT TO BE A TRAVEL WRITER SERIES ~
Writing for a travel magazine is a dream come true. I didn’t think it was possible as I was just starting out my crazy adventures. (Ohhh and I really s*ck on my grammar)
Real life story:
Writing for Philippine Airlines (Mabuhay) and Cebu Pacific Smile magazine was unexpected too. It all started when I pitch a travel story for another airline. I proposed a series of budget travel articles that would somehow tell passengers that traveling can be cheap. So I started to write an email to the editor and I got a positive response. He told me that he wants to meet me for a possible work assignments. So I went to his office and we talked about possible writing assignment. The editor wants my writing style and asked if I could write for them. But…
He said that since I’m just beginning to write I should write for free for my maiden article. That note from the editor was the last thing I wanted to hear. He then added, that if ever they got positive response on my first article, they would ask me to write again and start paying for Php3-4 per word. Okay, that was it. I can’t believe what I just heard. I was furious inside. There I was going to the Metro to have a possible freelance writing job and what I heard was that he wants my work for free. Do I have to tell you that I even borrowed money for my transportation from my mom? Yes, I was just starting out that time.
When I got back home, I sent the emails to other In-flight magazine editors pitching them the same story. I was lucky enough to get a positive reply and an editor would be willing to pay for the article. I emailed back the editor whom I was in talk with and told him that Mabuhay Magazine just bought my article.
After a month, Cebu Pacific emailed me and asked me to make a story about Zamboanga City. And as they would say, the rest is history. You can check my previous articles here: Press and Media
Remember my previous article- Trade Secret #3 “Avoid writing for free. You don’t want to be known to be someone who writes for free. I tell you, these publishers have lots of funds for your article, you just need to be patient. Plus, you can’t buy your next plane ticket with a “thank you.” (from Purpose: Why You Want to be a Travel Writer?)
Now I want you to practice some of the learnings you had from this series.
Think of the most unforgettable travel experience you had. I would give you 15 minutes to write about it using just 150 words (That’s about 8-12 sentences).
I offered this challenge to blog readers months ago and you can read their work by visiting the Facebook Album: Readers’ Travel Stories
You have to write down your adventures. You can’t be a writer if you are lazy sharing your story, your jaunts and your memories.
If you really want to be a travel writer. Don’t you ever quit. If an email returned to you saying, “You have a nice piece but we are not looking for that right now.” Don’t take it personally rather look at it on a different perspective- you just made a new contact. Or better yet, maybe your story is for a better publication.
Real life story again:
When I first pitch my travel story to Mabuhay and Smile magazines, I really don’t know that I would make it in their in-flight mags. Heck, I don’t have a training on writing travel stories except for English 1, 2, 3 and 4 that I learned during college but I pitched my story anyway. It was kinda disappointing when I didn’t get the reply I was hoping for. Actually there was no reply. But…
They read my pitch and somehow got an idea what I was into- budget travel. So when Cebu Pacific was about to open a new series called “Shoestring Diaries” the editor contacted me and gave me the project brief. It was ten months after I sent my first pitch. I wrote the maiden series- Zamboanga City on a Budget
As I always say, “opportunities come to those who are already doing the work not to those who are just planning to do it.”
There you go. I hope this series encourage you to try Travel Writing. If you have friends that might be interested, I wish you can have the time to share what I wrote. Thanks and always be inspired!
You can check the whole presentation here:
SO YOU WANT TO BE A TRAVEL WRITER?