Posts Tagged ‘Don’t Give Up’

How Assumptions Erode Your Travel Writing Success
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[Posted on: 20 August 2018]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles]
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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, [...]

3 Questions Most Travel Editors Want Answered in Your Pitch
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[Posted on: 14 March 2016]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles]
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Most editors are short on time and even shorter on patience when it comes to poorly written pitches. From copy-and-paste emails with the wrong name to queries riddled with spelling errors, you’d be surprised at what editors are sent on a daily basis. The main problem, however, is that the majority of queries are off [...]

How a Travel Bloggers Network Can Fuel Your Blog’s Success
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I typed in “Travel Blog Conference” into the Google search box and my life changed forever. I know this sounds a bit dramatic, and at the time I didn’t know that search was going to change my life, I was just trying to figure out how to take my little travel blog to the next [...]

7 Warning Signs You’re Sabotaging Your Travel Writing
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[Posted on: 16 June 2014]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles]
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Thanks to the internet, your travel writing is available for everyone to read. And for new writers, this can be scary. After all, these days everyone’s a critic, and you may not want to be judged. Who does? Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced travel writer, you may allow fear and doubt to crush [...]

Getting The Biggest Bang For Your Traveling Buck
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[Posted on: 19 March 2012]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Getting Started, Overcoming Obstacles]
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For some reason, most people believe (falsely) that they need loads of cash, and a year long sabbatical to write a travel book. Don’t get me wrong, having loads of cash is never a bad thing, but it just isn’t necessary.  The most expensive part of travel should be the plane ticket, which hopefully you [...]

Changing Priorities: A Year-End Reflection
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[Posted on: 26 December 2011]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Overcoming Obstacles, Year End Reflections]
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Last year at about this time I wrote a blog post about… …how I spend the last week of every year (as I have for many years) in quiet reflection on what I’ve accomplished during the year that’s just passed… …did I meet all of my goals? Some of them? Am I happy with how [...]

Got a Pet Peeve? Most Bloggers Do – Here’s 5 For You
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[Posted on: 18 July 2011]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts]
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Since launching our blog Santa Fe Travelers in December 2010, it’s become a vital part of my life. While I love blogging, there are some inherent things about writing for the web that irk me. I think that to keep quality content on the web and to minimize gaming the system, change is needed. Will [...]

Title? Check. First Sentence? Check.
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Years ago, while driving around Norway, my colleague (also a journalist) suddenly announced quite smugly… …“Well…I’ve come up with a title and a first sentence, so my story is done. Now I can relax and enjoy Scandinavia.” At the time, I didn’t quite get what she meant, but over the years, I’ve come to understand. [...]

Losing it Over Lost Luggage
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A few weeks ago, someone I was traveling with lost her luggage… …well, briefly so. We arrived at our baggage carousel at Heathrow, and within five minutes, two out of three of us had our bags. We waited and watched the conveyor belt empty out and as it ground to a halt, it became very [...]



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