[A story, and another self-promoting post. Thank you for indulging me!]
While at a networking function last year, my friend Wendy Sipple – who happens to be the COO and Publisher of Style Media Group, a Folsom (California) publishing company – asked me where my next travel adventure would take me. I told her I was going to New Zealand in early 2013.
And then I boldly asked if SMG’s other publication, Style Magazine, might be interested in having me write an article about my trip.
“Let me present the idea to the committee,” Wendy said.
A few months later I received a follow-up email from Megan Wiskus, Managing Editor of Style, asking if I was still interested in writing a travel article for their July 2013 issue.
“Absolutely!” I said. “And I would be happy to provide my own photos as well.”
So the assignment was made, a contract was signed, and the smile on my face was HUGE!
And from February 5th through March 7th I explored New Zealand. I journaled. I took thousands of photos – literally!
And a few months after I returned I wrote the article: 1600 words, covering 30 days. (That’s an average of 53 words per day, or 134 words per city.) THAT was the toughest part of this assignment.
But I did it, and submitted the article – and 20 photos – ten days before deadline.
A few weeks later Megan sent me another email saying, “We’d love to put more of your beautiful photos on our website. Would it be possible to have you send me a handful more?”
And after I SQUEALED with delight, I very calmly emailed my response: “Yes!”
If you live in the Roseville / Granite Bay / Folsom / El Dorado Hills areas and would like to get your hands on the print version of “The Land of Plenty; Navigating New Zealand,” described as “[an] inspiring read and visual feast journaling a local’s trek around the magnificent island country,” go to Stylemg.com and click on “Get Your Copy” to find out where it’s available.
I hope you’ll be inspired to fulfill your own travel dreams.
And thanks for allowing me to publicly celebrate mine!