Author Profile: Roy Stevenson

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Roy Stevenson Roy Stevenson produces a free weekly newsletter for aspiring travel writers. It’s considered one of the most informative e-zines in the travel writing business. Subscribe here:

Roy has published seven eBooks on selling and marketing freelance travel articles. (See right sidebar)

He operates a personalized coaching business for novice travel writers, and every one of his 60+ novice writers has been published in print or online media. Many have scored cool press trips using their assignments as collateral. (

Roy offers Travel Writing & Marketing Master Classes. Next one: Seattle, Washington State, U.S.A April 27-29, 2018

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Is There A Single Element For Predicting Travel Writing Success?
Posted in First Person Experience, Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, Opportunities, Writer's Education on 27 September 2018
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I’m often asked by novice travel writers if there’s a single predictive skill we can consistently harness to get our travel stories published? They ask this because if there is ONE single skill they can become proficient at, all they would need to do is study it, practice it, and then their travel writing career [...]

How Assumptions Erode Your Travel Writing Success
Posted in Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles on 20 August 2018
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Over the past several years of working with novice travel writers, I’ve noticed they tend to make a lot of incorrect assumptions about how things work in freelance writing. These assumptions cost them assignments with paying magazines and newspapers. One prevalent assumption is that some paying magazines will not be interested in their stories. I [...]

What To Look For In Professional Travel Editors: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
Posted in Uncategorized on 12 June 2018
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I’ve worked with more than 200 magazine editors in my ten years as a freelance travel journalist. Most of these editors have been good at their jobs, and our interactions were smooth and efficient. The Bad But, a few editors were clearly in over their heads. They were disorganized. They lost emails. They didn’t respond [...]

A Clash of Titans: Digital Versus Print Travel Media
Posted in First Person Experience, Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts, Opportunities, Overcoming Obstacles on 22 January 2018
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As a travel writer for print media, I’m often asked by other freelancers how digital media has affected the print travel magazine business. That’s a fair question. DEFINITIONS Print travel media consists primarily of travel magazines, travel memoir books, & travel guidebooks. Digital travel media includes travel websites, travel blogs, travel service websites like, [...]

Your Pre-Travel Planning Should Include This….
Posted in Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles, Writer's Education on 20 December 2017
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Over the past couple of years, I’ve received several desperate requests from novice travel writers, …. ….asking me to help them round up some last-minute assignments, so they can request complimentary accommodations, meals, entry to tourist attractions, rounds of golf, fishing trips, boat cruises, and a host of other freebies, at their destinations. There’s only [...]

We’re Travel Writers, Not Critics. (And A Few Other Shocking Travel Writing Home Truths)
Posted in First Person Experience, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles, Writer's Education on 12 October 2017
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Some travel writers seem to forget that we’re travel writers first and foremost, and not critics. Our job, as travel journalists, is to show and describe our destinations to our readers. We should be painting a picture of the places, showing our subscribers the people, the culture, the food, and all those other neat things [...]

Weird, Eerie, and Strange Places I’ve Visited on Travel Writing Assignments
Posted in Enhance Your Writing, First Person Experience, Guest Blog Posts, Opportunities on 2 October 2017
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Travel writing can take us to some bizarre places. I’m always on the lookout for extraordinary places to visit and write about. Here are a few of the most unusual places I’ve covered, all in the name of travel writing. The Downright Weird Some of my most interesting and bizarre travel writing assignments covered weird [...]

Five Important Things You Can Learn from My Ten Years as a Freelance Travel Writer
Posted in Enhance Your Writing, First Person Experience, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles on 28 July 2017
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Wouldn’t it be great if we had the power of foresight? We could gaze into the future and learn from our mistakes. Well, I may not have the superpower of foresight, but I’ve learned a lot—and gained a lot of valuable experience—in my ten years in the rough-and-tumble freelance travel writing game. Looking back on [...]



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