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Issue #57: Five Travel Writing Tips for Beginners
April 06, 2015
|Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!
A few months ago, I opened up my travel writing coaching services to readers of this newsletter. The interest has been great! Almost two dozen aspiring travel writers have signed up for my various coaching packages.
I had no idea how much I would enjoy giving advice and watching these enthusiastic writers become successful in selling their stories and getting comps for their trips. Coaching them has been a trip!
And I've learned a lot along the way - it's been a few years since I was a beginning travel writer, and it's reminded me about the excitement and some of the pitfalls of getting started.
Today’s featured article addresses some of the lessons I’ve learned with my coaching clients and with many other writers I’ve worked with in the past few years.
What I’ve noticed is that all beginning writers seem to make the same few mistakes. If you’re not getting published as often as you’d like, it's possible you are making some of these mistakes, too.
If you’re a beginning writer, this post is written for you …
Five Travel Writing Tips for BeginnersTravel writing requires a lot of creativity. Dreaming up salable story ideas and selling those ideas to an editor is very difficult if you’re just getting started.
Earlier this year I started coaching some aspiring travel writers. I’m thoroughly enjoying the process of giving advice, and steering them to success.
It’s fun watching enthusiastic beginners get all fired up when their stories are published. It reminds me of how excited I was when my first stories were accepted for publication, and then a few months later when the stories appeared in print.
In my coaching program our first goal is to approach print magazines. Generally, print magazines pay their writers while most online sites don’t pay. And print media still comes with a hefty dose of credibility, more so than with online media.
I’ve learned that most new writers have the same areas for improvement - shortcomings clearly due to lack of experience. Once you learn what to do to succeed, all that’s left is doing the work!
My ‘stable’ of writers has already had a number of notable print successes with stories accepted for Canoe & Kayak Magazine, Renaissance Magazine, Discover Britain, New Dawn, Overland Journey, 4 x 4, Northwest Travel, and several other print magazines.
In a very short time these new writers produced amazing results!
If you are a beginning travel writer, here are the five areas where you can focus your efforts to improve your chances of selling your travel stories and getting comped travel:
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Please note: Some products mentioned in this e-zine may result in my receiving a small referral fee if you decide to purchase the product. I only recommend products and services that I believe are high quality and can help you be more successful as a freelance writer. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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