Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Not horses, but the same market -
My cousin is a writer and freelance journalist based in the UK. His speciality is music, particularly jazz and all types of indigenous.
He has worked fiercely hard all his life to build up his knowledge and reputation in order to make himself the 'go to' man in the British Media for certain music types. Each year he plans a trip to somewhere exotic, or simply far away, he pulls together all his contacts to make his trip full of interest and unique access to individuals or events. Then he pitches his idea to the newspapers that already give him some credence and tries to get enough advance commissions to pay for the trip.
He has a great holiday which is always on a budget and generally living at the hospitality of his contacts.
This is the basis of freelance journalism. There is no money in it. Ever...
Your competitors are all of us who go on trips and blog about them, or write reviews on Trip Advisor and the like. Also, the Ranches that you want to review will always happily provide interesting puff pieces to newspapers for free.
I do not wish to put you off, just to illustrate that in order to sell anything, your written piece has to be better than, and contain insights that no one else could provide. It can be done... but is hard work.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.