How to Pitch: Art of Backpacking

Travel Writing — By on May 9, 2012 at 7:05 am

By  Kristen Kuchar

Art of Backpacking is a site dedicated to the independent international traveler. Writers are producing great content including
fantastic tips for planning your next trip. Editor Michael Tieso gave us the inside scoop on what it takes to write for the site.

How is Art of Backpacking different than other travel sites?

I like to keep things simple on Art of Backpacking. Our readers are getting great content with little interference with the design. Our
content just looks awesome. We have a team of fantastic regular contributors that talk about their travels so it’s not just a single
author blog.

What can freelancers contribute to Art of Backpacking?

It depends what we’re looking for. There’s a list on our Write For Us page of the articles we’re seeking. We do have a full team at the
moment though. If there’s specific articles that we’re looking for or to hire a new regular contributor, then it’ll be posted on that page.

Are you more interested in guides, narrative pieces, lists, or something else?

We’re pretty open to everything as long as it relates to our audience.

What makes a great pitch? Can you give me a specific example of a pitch that worked?

It’s really important to read our Write For Us page. Everything on what we’re looking for and how to pitch is on that page. One of the most important things is to write a well written email. I’m not expecting a cover letter and resume, but I am expecting proper grammar, correct spelling, and have read the Write For Us page before contacting me.

What do freelancers need to keep in mind before pitching?

We do allow links to blogs and social media profiles. We want to connect our readers to the authors. It’ll be a link in the author bio with the name of your site.

We do require that the author come check up on the article and reply to comments if necessary and share the article among their social media profiles. It’s important that you’re not simply just writing the article and just leaving. Our readers like to ask questions and often get involved in the articles.

What are you NOT interested in?

Don’t bother emailing us if you’re looking for an SEO benefit to your site. We don’t accept them and never will.

What is the biggest mistake you see in pitches? In new writers?

I see noticed many of the new writers pitch to write an article but they don’t know what they’re going to write about yet. Before pitching, make sure you have a few articles ideas in mind. Pitch two or three article titles.

Examples of your own work on other popular sites should be in your pitch as well. I heavily depend on examples in order to make a fair judgment.

If a writer has a great idea, who can they send it to?

They can be sent to I’ll most likely be responding.

Besides the pitch, what else should a writer include in an e-mail to you?

As I mentioned before, they should include examples of previous work. Social media profiles would be great as well to include.

Do you pay for posts? If so, how much?

We have two types of articles, featured and guest posts.

Guest posters are not paid but provides a chance to build up your resume and increase your audience for your own website through
your author bio.

Featured articles are paid articles that we specifically are looking for. It depends on what we’re looking for but we pay anywhere between $20 to $50. We pay up to $100 for sponsored articles.

We also have regular contributors. Currently we’re not looking for any more contributors but in the future, we may have openings.

Kristen Kuchar is the author of Mac n’ Cheese to the Rescue.


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