I can’t believe it’s the last week of August. Everyone I know is taking some time off to enjoy what’s left of the summer, and I hope you are, too.
I’ve been at home quite a bit this summer, working on a variety of eBooks. It’s been a nice change of pace, since I’m usually on the road and end up missing the beautiful northwest summers.
In travel writing circles, I’m known for doing non-stop travel around the Pacific Northwest, the U.S., and Internationally. In the past few years, I’ve been on the road as much as 150 days per year.
So, I’m often asked, “How do you get to go on all those press trips and fam tours?”
I receive an average of 2-3 press trip invitations each week from regional, national, and international tourism and PR agencies. I decline the majority of them because I just don’t have the time to visit all of these places. (I’d never get any work done!)
Last week I had to politely decline a fun, 4-day press trip to Bellingham, Washington, where the writers do nothing but visit six microbreweries, sample their amber products, and participate in Bellingham Beer Week activities. Unfortunately, I had another trip planned and turned it down.
A couple months ago I enjoyed a weeklong tour of Belgium’s beautiful Ardennes mountains region. It cost me nothing.
Everything was paid for courtesy of my sponsoring agencies.
Last year I spent 6 weeks cruising around Europe, and 35 of my 42 nights’ accommodation were covered . . . plus complimentary entry into all tourist attractions, transportation, and most meals.
The total cost of my trip was a small fraction of what it costs other tourists.
How do I arrange all of these trips for free or next to nothing?
My new eBook, How to Land Press Trips & Fam Tours, will walk you through exactly how I do it. Currently in the final editing stage, this eBook is due for release in a few weeks time.
How to Land Press Trips & Fam Tours will help you land those dream press trips and save you thousands of dollars on your future travel assignments.
Watch for announcements and subscriber discounts for this new all-secrets-revealed manual - COMING SOON!
The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop in San Diego is only a couple weeks away, but it's not too late to sign up. Great Escape Publishing is offering a $200 discount through August 31 when you sign up at this link:
2014 Ultimate Travel Writer's Workshop, September 11-13, 2014 in San Diego
August 25 Travel Writing Tips:
5 Reasons to Expand Your Writing Genres
and How to Do It
Are you finding that some of your regular writing gigs are drying up? Or, editors are not taking your stories as often as they used to want them?
Are you feeling burned out about your usual travel topics?
Are you looking to earn more from each article that you write, but you don’t know how to do this?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, it’s time to start expanding your writing genres.
I’ve written in a wide variety of genres over the past seven years. By writing in multiple areas outside of my expertise I’ve managed to get 900 articles published in 190 different magazines, newspapers, in-flights, on-boards, trade journals, and e-zines.
So I’m a big believer in expanding your writing genres to get your articles published more often.
This article highlights the benefits to doing this, and how to do it.
Five Reasons to Expand Your Writing Genres
1. It multiplies the chances of
getting your work published and onto the magazine racks.
Travel writers who specialize in one field or genre (e.g. luxury travel, wine, food, etc.) limit themselves tremendously. In tough times they feel the worst pinch because there are a finite number of magazines in their genre.
Inevitably some of their regular magazine gigs fall by the wayside.
Even the saltiest old travel-writing dog is watching as his regular base is eroded. Magazines and newspapers fall by the wayside, cut back on freelance contributions, or change editors.
By writing in more than one genre, you will multiply your chances of getting published. More magazines will be available to you as you broaden your approach into other writing genres. You lift the limitation present with only one genre.
2. It prevents single-topic boredom.
Maybe you’re comfortable in your own travel niche, whether you’re a foodie, or you’re writing about
luxury spas. (Who wouldn’t be comfortable in these well-fed and well-pampered niches?)
After a while, though, you can write your articles in your sleep. And you lose some of your original enthusiasm for the topic. You lose your edge.
Expanding into new writing genres keeps you enthusiastic, learning new things, interested and engaged. Definitely not bored.
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