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Sales & Marketing are NOT Dirty Words!
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[Posted on: 21 October 2019]
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The marketing component of freelance writing scares away many writers. Most novice writers are clueless at marketing themselves and their work, and worse, fear it like the plague. Other writers “just want to write”, believing that somehow, miraculously, editors of top shelf magazines will call them with assignments. However, if you want to be successful […]

Focus Your Query Letters
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[Posted on: 16 September 2019]
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Many aspiring travel writers never get around to sending out pitches because they can’t quite figure out how to write a query letter. Writing a marketable query is especially difficult in travel writing because beginners have the tendency of wanting to pitch a story about every attraction at a destination. I get this. Early in […]

Book Review: Ten Years a Nomad
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[Posted on: 1 July 2019]
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Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) has finally remained still long enough to pen a memoir about his many years as a globe-trotter…. … and how he wound up building a blog that inspired hundreds (maybe thousands?) to follow in his footsteps as he followed those whose guides he devoured and who served as his own […]

Now Is the Golden Age of Travel Writing*
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*If you own your own website. Travel writing has never been a lucrative business. The glamorous view which people had of the profession ensured that there were always more people who wanted to do it than there were jobs available. Nonetheless, it was possible several decades ago to make a decent living as a travel […]

Nine Questions That Travel Writers Need To Ask Themselves
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[Posted on: 5 March 2019]
[Posted in: General News & Info, Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles, Podcasts]
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There’s plenty of advice floating around on the Internet about what prerequisites you need to be a travel writer. I’ve certainly contributed to this pool of information. For this post, I’d like to toss out a few more pearls of wisdom about what it takes to get your travel stories published and get paid for […]

On Being A Flexible Freelance Travel Writer
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[Posted on: 26 November 2018]
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Freelance travel writing is definitely not for people who expect the freelance world to conform to them. A willingness to be flexible by adjusting our approaches, writing styles, topics, and sales and marketing techniques, is absolutely essential if we want to see our work published in print, and be paid for it. We must adapt […]

The Only Consistent Thing About Freelance Travel Writing Is . . . Its Complete Lack of Consistency
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[Posted on: 29 October 2018]
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If you’re contemplating taking up freelance travel writing as a career, and hoping to make a regular and stable income right from the start… … understand that it could take you a long time to make your dream come true. As advanced sentient beings, we crave stability and consistency. I get this. This is a […]

How Assumptions Erode Your Travel Writing Success
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[Posted 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 […]

A Clash of Titans: Digital Versus Print Travel Media
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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 TripAdvisor.com, […]

Your Pre-Travel Planning Should Include This….
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[Posted 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 […]



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