Saturday, 16 January 2016

Love Travel, Want to Write? Pitch and Sell

Ladakh ©Solange Hando

Pitch is Best
It saves you time for you don't know what an editor has in the pipeline
It saves editors time, they're more likely to read a pitch than a whole attachment
Pitch well and you should sell every article you write

Pitch to Sell
Brief and Brilliant
Got an idea? Choose the right market, consider the readers age, budget, interests
Show, don't tell the editor you are familiar with the publication
Write your pitch in a similar style
Go straight to the point
Keep it brief
Editors want your ideas, not your life story

Finer Points
Email, don't call 
Keep your subject line precise and clear
If you try to be clever, it may look like spam
Contact the correct editor, if unsure, phone the switchboard
Make sure you have the correct spelling
Address editors as they would address their readers 
Always offer images

Don't mention payment at this stage, wait until your idea is accepted
Don't ask for guidelines
Why not?
Either they're on the web and you should have checked
If not, study the magazine and you'll have the answers

Would you like to read more?
Check this out
Ten steps is all it takes on your way to success

Good luck
and see you on the road...


  1. This is great, Solange - like a poem. Will share with my students.

  2. Please let me know if you’re for a article writer for your site. You have some really great posts and I feel I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please send me an email if interested. Thank you!