– Write for Rovology – At Rovology, we’re dedicated to bringing readers and travelers The Best Things to Do (BTD) worldwide. Whether it’s relaxing on a gondola in Venice, hiking the Machu Picchu trail, a tiny town in the Pacific Northwest, a lively city, or off-the-beaten-path, we’ve got it covered.
We are growing and gaining new readers monthly. Our SEO strategies place Rovology stories consistently in the top 5 Google results. That’s good for us, for the writer, and the destination.
Our publication was created in part to help new writers get those first precious bylines. We’ll guide you through the process of getting your first manuscript and photos ready for publication. Be sure to let me know if you’ve never been published before.
All new writer’s first assignments are roundups, or listicles, as some folks call them. After getting to know each other, you may be offered assignments for narratives, videos, interviews, updates, special projects, and more.
All pitches, submissions, or emails should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips For a Successful Pitch
1. Read Rovology. Take the time to read numerous roundups. Look for your hometown or favorite city. How about a place about which you’re curious?
Look at how the page is laid out. They are all the same style and format with the same photo locations.
What BTDs do you see included? Activities, museums, sports, parks, nature, lakes, rivers, art, lodging, performance, tours, sunsets, haunted places, churches, eateries, wineries, breweries, distilleries, you name it, it has probably been a BTD.
2. Use the Rovology search engine and search for the destination you’re thinking of pitching. We do not duplicate destinations. However, we do occasionally assign an ‘update’ for a destination.
3. Read the Writer’s Guides. Reread them. Follow them to the letter.
4. Show your writing skill in your pitch while keeping it short and to the point.
5. Use Grammarly Pro on your pitch and manuscript.
Your roundup manuscript should be organized as follows:
- Headline—## Best Things to Do in New York City, New York.
- Wordcount—1800—2800 words, depending on the number of BTDs.
Average 100-150 words per BTD.
Entice the reader to continue reading. Draw them in. In radio, it’s called ‘theater of the mind.’ Help them see themselves in the destination.
- A numbered list of 12—19 Best Things to Do (BTDs) in a city, town, neighborhood, or attraction.
- Conclusion—100—300-words. A great place for ‘getting there’ and the final thoughts of why we should go to your destination.
- Manuscript—Don’t include your manuscript with your pitch. (When you receive a Rovology Roundup Assignment, your manuscript and photos will be assigned a due date.)
Short sentences, short paragraphs (they make it easier to read on a phone and keep the reader engaged longer).
Refrain from bolding, italic, or other formatting, please.
Capitalize the subheadings as you would a title.
Embed your Hyperlinks in the BTD name in your copy. Do not link to Wikipedia or other travel sites or magazines.
Add photo credits at the end of the roundup.
Add your contact info at the end of the photo credits.
Use Grammarly Pro set to informal.
- Photos—One photo for each BTD + one as the featured image below the headline. They should be horizontal and sized to 640 x 360 pixels. We can help if you don’t have enough photos or need help with sizing.
Name your photos with the BTD # as the first part of the file name.
Example: 1-New York Street Art ©Sally Smith.jpg – 2-New York Subway ©Sally Smith.jpg
Your opener photo can be numbered 0.
- Submission—Place all photos and your manuscript in one folder and send via DropBox or WeTransfer.
Bio & Headshot
Our readers like to know about Rovology writers. We want a bio from all new contributors.
Please supply a headshot and a 100—150-word biography; we’ll link it to your byline. After three of your stories have been published, we’ll add your bio and photo to our (under construction), Regular Contributors page.
Payment for Rovology Roundups is $20. We pay our writers via PayPal once a month on the 15th of the month following publication.
Photos & Images
We do not pay for photos.
We use images and photos with permission. Credit is always given to the photographer or photo source.
If you wish to supply photos to enhance your editorial, we are more than happy to publish them.
Details about Rights
Rovology functions not only as a stand-alone travel publication but also as a vehicle to profile and promote the work of anyone in the travel writing world.
Contributors retain all rights to articles published by Rovology. Rovology assumes the rights to the submitted article. We will keep past stories, photos , and videos archived on our searchable website so that editors looking for material about a destination can find your story and photos.
Write, Mary Charlebois, Editor, with questions – email@example.com.
All the best, Mary
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