Just make sure you deliver for them on future press trips.) The dreaded words that writers never want to read are that the magazine or newspaper will cease operations.
Unfortunately, you have already taken a press trip based on an assignment.
That way their press trip ends up with only qualified journalists who can guarantee published articles. It’s common to ask that the assignment letter specify contact information for the assigning editor so the CVB/PR agency can follow up and verify that both the publication and the assignment are real.I was left holding the bag and now found myself frantically searching for a new outlet for my orphaned story.After all, it was my good name I wanted to protect. What can you do when a new editor refuses to publish your work? If you make an honest attempt at finding a new outlet and it still doesn’t work out, you should let the press trip organizer/PR agency know that you made an honest attempt to find a new home for the article.I knew something was wrong when she didn’t always respond to her name.1.When we send our request letter (email) to a tourism agency that is sponsoring a press trip, we should mention where we have been published previously.I have 190 potential outlets and can generally find an editor or two that are happy to provide me with LOA's and assignments.If they don‘t pay well, I still may make the business decision not to take the trip. I’ve also found that some editors will not write assignment letters.We do this to establish our credibility as an experienced travel writer.However, to suggest that these past bylines are outlets for the upcoming press trip is fraudulent. The writer must make it clear that past bylines are simply to establish their travel writing background, and that these are NOT the outlets for the upcoming press trip.Though we are both professional writers with published bylines in numerous outlets, there are many ways to take that journey toward seeing your name and your article in the spotlight.I understand the need by media hosts to weed out legitimate writers and an assignment letter helps them do this.