FishbowlDC TVNewser TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser GalleyCat SocialTimes

Pitch Stories, Not Resorts, To ISLANDS

As an intelligent travel magazine with eye-opening photography and bucket-list travel experiences, ISLANDS keeps true to its mission to empower readers to find what editor Eddy Patricelli calls “the last little pockets of independent cultures.” So, to land a byline, freelancers will need to offer literary tales of an exotic destination.

That means no half-baked queries on a resort or spa, Patricelli warns. Editors hate receiving a destination pitch “that smells of a Wikipedia entry” and lacks a unique, compelling and well researched angle. “You know what I mean, in that someone’s just pitching us on, ‘Oh this place has great snorkeling, great diving, great resorts,’ but there’s no story angle there for us,” he said.

For more on freelancer-friendly sections, check out How To Pitch: ISLANDS.

Mediabistro Course

Middle Grade Novel Writing

Middle Grade Novel WritingStarting January 15, work with a literary agent to write your middle-grade novel! In this course, you'll learn how to develop strong characters, write compelling dialogue, master the art of revision, and market your work to publishing houses and agents. Register now!