Posts Tagged ‘Roy Stevenson’

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 […]

Travel Bloggers: You Could Be Sitting on a Gold Mine!
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I’ve met hundreds of travel bloggers during my freelance travel writing career. Almost without exception they tell me they hadn’t realized how much work would be involved in creating and maintaining a blog. And, most of them tell me they’ve made little or no money from their travel blog, even after two or three years. […]

Nine Questions That Travel Writers Need To Ask Themselves
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[Posted on: 5 March 2019]
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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 […]

Is There A Single Element For Predicting Travel Writing Success?
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[Posted 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
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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 […]

We’re Travel Writers, Not Critics. (And A Few Other Shocking Travel Writing Home Truths)
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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 […]



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