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Since VisitSanMiguel.com’s inception in 2005, we have believed that San Miguel de Allende, and Mexico, and travel in general – transforms us. Travel erases borders. Travel is aspirational, inspirational, and fundamental all at once. We want to continue to bring new voices into the conversation. We want to share the answers to “Why do you love about San Miguel de Allende?” 

Contribute and take part in the VisitSanMiguel.com Community. 

For timing, your pitch will be reviewed and it may get immediate interest if you nail the tips below or it may sit for a while as we work on other pieces (it’s a big site and a small team). We intend to get to every submission within a week, but if we don’t, please look over the tips again and resubmit. 

Here’s what we offer:

  • We provide a platform of more than 20K followers across social platforms and mailing list. 
  • We offer a bio photo, short bio, and 1 link to the site of your choice

Media Submission and Style Guidelines

By contributing to the VisitSanMiguel.com community, you are agreeing to our Terms of Service. When you submit, you also agree to receive emails from VisitSanMiguel.com. You can unsubscribe anytime.

  • Only on-brand submissions will be considered. For a post to be considered, it must always be focused on the power, value, possibility, and community of travel.
  • Want ideas right away? We will often publish Calls For Submission by email to our list.

Brainstorming

To find your best submission idea, look for topics you have experience in or a travel moment that changed your life. Try to find a travel problem that needs to be solved, or take a stand on a travel topic. Always consider your readers and what they should take away from your story.

Who is the VisitSanMiguel.com Audience? 

We reach everyone from family travelers to solo travelers, backpackers to retirees. If they’re passionate about transformation through travel, they belong in the VisitSanMiguel.com Community. Travel isn’t just about vacation… it’s about the stirring in the soul, the widening of the mind, and the deepening of connection to the world and others. Our audience understands that. 

 

Writing Style Guide:

Jargon, Acronyms, and Buzzwords

Explain any specific terms the first time you use them, and avoid unnecessary jargon. Don’t assume our readers are specialists in your topic.

Giving Credit 

When building off of another traveler’s work or quoting them directly, include their name so we can grow as a community. When citing a statistic, please include a reference and a date. And of course, Wikipedia doesn’t count.

Links 

We avoid link spamming and keyword spam. Writers may include a link to their personal website in the bio.

Individual style 

We do our best to keep your unique writing voice clear throughout the piece. However, we do adhere to basic conventions concerning grammar, sentence structure, and clarity. We reserve the right to make small edits accordingly and may occasionally work with writers directly on larger structural content edits. 

Follow AP Style guidelines regarding numbers, capitalization, abbreviations, and punctuation.

Article Introduction

Great introductions are attention-grabbing, clearly explain the main focus of the article, and focus on what our readers can expect to gain from it. Answer the question “Why should the reader care?” right away.

Conclusion

For especially long articles, we may add an “Editor’s Note” to summarize the content of the article. Shorter articles may not need this add-on. In general, conclusions should leave the reader with a strong takeaway to apply to their own travels. You may also consider listing next steps for the reader to take.

Images

If you include photos, images or artwork with your post, you must own the work or have explicit, written permission to publish it. If no images are available, we prefer to publish plain text rather than using stock images. All videos or audio included with the work must have an embed code.

Permissions

Writers retain full rights to their work, but we ask that they not share it to another publication for six months after it goes live on Panoramic Media. You may submit previously published work, but you must include all appropriate credits and links back to the original. By accepting our terms and conditions you acknowledge and grant permission to have the work re-published.

Some General Writing Suggestions:

  • Be clear; say what you mean. Don’t beat around the bush.
  • Avoid cliches and what not.
  • Start sentences without the school essay crutches of “Furthermore,” “However,” “Look,” “Listen,” “You see,” or “Now.”
  • Rip out the “seems” from your language and just make a declaration. Life is short.
  • Write with active sensory verbs. “The Parisian air felt icy in my lungs.” “The city of lights looked frosted under the patchy blanket of gray clouds.” “Paris was cold.” See what I mean?
  • Don’t lose your takeaway in description. 
  • Rhetorical questions are confusing in writing, don’t you think?
  • Avoid fluff.

5 Tips to Get Published:

#1: Be Original

Your submission must be original and not published anywhere else. The search engines don’t allow pieces printed anywhere else online. If we find the article elsewhere, we will reject the submission. 

#2. Be On Brand

The most common mistake we see from contributors is sending us unrelated content. We are all about San Miguel de Allende and Mexico, and we like to think past the shallow end of the pool if possible. Pick a subject that we write about like:

  • Travel or relocation to San Miguel de allende
  • Restaurant, hotel, tour and service recommendations and reviews
  • Insider tips
  • Trip reviews 

#3: Be Of Service, Don’t Be Promotional

You’re going to get a byline with a link to your site or podcast or tee shirt shop – and you can talk about what you do as long as it’s valuable to travelers – but if your submission is a fluffy press release it will be outrighted to an eternity in PR purgatory.

#4: Make the Editor’s Life Easier

  • Run your piece through an editor like Grammarly or double-check it yourself before submitting to catch errors like misspelled words, sentence fragments, and punctuation.
  • Double-check that you have attached your writing to the submission.
  • Please… only one space after a period or colon. It’s the bane of every editor’s existence to have to substitute typewriter-informed spacing with 21st century spacing. 

#5: Be Legal and Ethical

  • It should go without saying, but we will not accept material that is political, sexually explicit or contains profanity, hate language, or slurs. This includes text, video, and/or photos that are part of submissions.
  • You MUST own all images and work included in the submission or have appropriately credited the owner. 

All ready? Email your submission to: contributors@visitsanmiguel.com 

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