Posts Tagged ‘Mistakes To Avoid’

How to Make Your Editor Love You
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[Posted on: 17 March 2014]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Overcoming Obstacles]
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  As a travel editor, I can admit that sometimes communication between the editor and the writer fails.   These tips might be useful for beginning writers – whether travel or any other genre.   Respect Word Count limits When your editor says one thousand words, it really means “one thousand words”. Maybe one thousand [...]

Travel Writing in the Digital Age
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[Posted on: 2 September 2013]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles, Technology]
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Once upon a time, travel writers scoured the globe with a pen in hand ready to record the abundant secrets of the great unknown. Nowadays, travel writers have a lot more to think about. Search engines have completely changed the game, and now online writers need to be smarter than ever to get noticed in [...]

Navigating the Freelance World with E-Contracts
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Freelance work is a great way to supplement your funds especially when you have a regular 9-5 job. Some even decide to go freelance full time when their loyal clientele has grown too huge to manage on a part-time basis. Becoming a freelancer, however, comes with risks, including not getting paid by your client. Here [...]

6 Tips to Improve Your Writing
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[Posted on: 11 February 2013]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Overcoming Obstacles, Tips & Tricks]
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Have you been reluctant to take lessons in writing, watch online seminars or read books on improving your writing? Perhaps you fear that if you are too heavily influenced by outside sources you will lose the originality and raw talent of your own style. Or, that your writing will become like the boring literature they [...]

10 Tips for Staying On the Writing Beam
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One of the biggest challenges I have as a writer these days is just staying on the beam. For example, just now, rather than write that first sentence and move on to the next, I Googled ‘staying on the beam.’ I wanted to check—was it being used in this context by all sorts of writers [...]

Is It REALLY the Best Place on the Planet?
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[Posted on: 3 October 2011]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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  With the rush to get scoops on stories or simply to just write and post a piece before one heads out to the gym in the morning… …. we all know, editorial standards have taken a nose dive. Some of this I can live with occasionally. The word “there” inadvertently spelled “their” for example. [...]

Going Someplace? Bring Money.
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[Posted on: 5 September 2011]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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About a year ago, I was on a press trip with three other journalists. Our driver did a yeoman’s job of taking us places to get great stories and really amazing photographs. He personally went out of his way many times for us, taking group pictures, working very long days, even lugging one writer’s camera [...]

7 Proofreading Tips Every Travel Writer Should Know
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Travel writing is a competitive field, which means it’s especially important for you to turn in flawless, polished pieces. By following these essential proofreading tips for travel writers, you can improve your writing and offer vivid information to readers: Proofread your draft shortly after your trip. Do your best to begin the proofreading process shortly [...]

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 [...]

Six Ways To Avoid Going to PR Prison
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[Posted on: 23 May 2011]
[Posted in: Confessions of an Optimistic PR Chick, Guest Blog Posts]
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  Spam comes in many variations. In fact that thoroughly researched email pitch you just sent to a blogger or journalist might just fall into that category. According to CAN-SPAM Act, the following transactions are subject to the Spam Laws: The CAN-SPAM “covers all commercial messages, which the law defines as “any electronic mail message [...]

What Makes You an Expert Anyway?
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[Posted on: 2 May 2011]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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Over the last several weeks, I received a couple of e-mails from writers who told me they were experts in various parts of the world. One fancied himself an Asia expert; another, an Israel expert. The first one really threw me, because I can’t even call myself an expert on the country I’ve spent my [...]

A Positive Lesson in Rejection
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  Rejection is a natural part of being a writer. Even those writers and authors who have gone on to achieve international success were, at one point or another, rejected. One of the differences between those who go on to be successful and those who don’t is the willingness to learn from the experience and [...]

How to Score the Love and Admiration of your helpful PR Professional
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[Posted on: 17 March 2011]
[Posted in: Confessions of an Optimistic PR Chick, Guest Blog Posts]
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  I cringed when I saw the headline… … “How to Score a Press Trip”, By Christy and Scott, from The Ordinary Traveler and as I hovered over the link to click it, I braced myself to read something that was going to get me all fired up. As a PR pro, the last thing [...]

Getting a New Perspective
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[Posted on: 7 March 2011]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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Today more than ever, there’s such an urgency to post stories. No sooner do we have an idea, there’s pressure to get it written and get it out there. So what’s up with that? Fear. Fear that someone else is going to beat us. Fear that they’ll be perceived as the originator of the idea. [...]

Q&A: Why Are My Article Pitches Getting Rejected?
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[Posted on: 31 January 2011]
[Posted in: Opportunities, Overcoming Obstacles, Q&A]
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  Welcome to another installment of Ask The Editor! Today I cull once again through the copious questions from my email inbox, and pull another one that I hear frequently enough that it belongs in an FAQ somewhere: Q. Why do my article pitches and guest posting efforts get rejected? Sometimes I don’t even get [...]



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