One of the questions we ask students early in the U’s curriculum is: Where would you like to see yourself published?
I’m going to put two blanks here and see if you can fill them in:
___________ ____________ *
_______ _________ ________ ____________. **
Did you get them right?
There are few, if any, writers who don’t want to see their name in print, preferably on the pages of a publication with a multiple digit circulation rate, death-throes-of-the-publishing-industry cries be damned.
But I’m curious whether some people like the idea of being in these two publications for the name recognition or whether, having carefully studied the style and voice of these two (very different) platforms, they honestly think their writing and these publications are a good fit.
I read the Times travel section every Sunday and wonder if its pieces have always been so trite, dependent on cliches. Clearly, there’s still an audience for the kind of travel writing that’s characterized by words and phrases like “paradise,” “oasis,” and “hidden gem,” but the question is: Are you the kind of writer who wants to use those tired, too easy descriptions?
If the answer is no, it’s time to get true to your own voice and style and to start reading publications that feature the kind of writing you’d be proud to be publish your words alongside.
Matador’s senior editor, David Miller, offers some recommendations about some of those kinds of publications in this article: “11 Magazines, Journals, and Blogs Every Travel Writer Should Know About.”