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Issue #168: Query Letter Self-Sabotage - What Not to Say in Your Pitch
August 07, 2017
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It’s been hot here in Da Nang, Vietnam the past few weeks. Temperatures have hovered over 90 degrees F. during the day. Fortunately, it cools off quickly in the evenings, helped by a brisk breeze off the ocean.

Despite the heat, we still slip out for some sightseeing when we can. Last week, we visited one of the city’s newest and most underrated tourist attractions, the Buddhist Museum. Opened in 2016, this is Vietnam’s first Buddhist museum, and it turned out to be an undiscovered gem!

We had the entire museum to ourselves, and were guided around by a novitiate monk. This modern, air-conditioned gallery boasts a world-class collection of Buddhist statues, relics, and artwork, from around the globe.

Located at the Avalokitesvara Pagoda, in the Ngu Hanh Son District, the Buddhist museum displays more than 200 artifacts including the Bodhisattva Guan Yin and Kuan-yin Statues, the Avalokitesvara riding dragon, Sakyamuni and Maitreya sculptures, plus Buddhist scriptures, incense burners, and mandalas. Some artifacts date from the 7th century, and a few were even dug up at local archeological digs.

This Week’s Featured Post

Query Letter Self-Sabotage: What NOT to Say in Your Pitch

Victorian romance poet, Elizabeth Barret Browning’s Sonnet 43, starts out with, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” It’s easily one of the world’s most famous love poems.

Well, in counterpoint to Browning’s breathtaking poem, I’m thinking of creating my own poem titled, “How can you mess up your query letters? Let me count the ways”.

Some aspiring travel writers have a tendency to shoot themselves in the foot with their queries, sabotaging their chances of getting their stories published.

My article this week looks at the nine creative ways neophyte travel writers blow their chances of getting their stories published—and, more importantly, how you can avoid making these cardinal sins in YOUR query letters.

Are you making any of these mistakes?

Read the Article

Upcoming PitchTravelWrite Feature Posts

August 14: The Best Travel Writing Facebook Groups
August 21: Getting Testimonials from Editors & CVBs
August 28: Will Travel Writing Awards Help You Get Published?
September 4: Coping with Editorial Changes: Strategies for Travel Writers

The Art & Craft of Travel Writing

We were thrilled to release our seventh book last week, The Art & Craft of Travel Writing”.

What’s in the book?

The five sections cover . . .
The Craft of Travel Writing
Things That Go Wrong in Travel Writing
Keys to Success in Travel Writing
Working Smarter
Goal Setting for Your Travel Writing

This book will help you develop your craft, hone your skills, avoid mistakes, work smarter and be more successful.

You can learn more about it here: The Art & Craft of Travel Writing

Featured in

Last week, we were delighted to have Roy’s travel writing success story featured on Angela Hoy’s renowned website.

Roy describes his freelance writing achievements and dispenses some valuable advice in this piece, titled "From Exercise Physiologist to Travel Writer".

Read the article in Writers Weekly - From Exercise Physiologist to Travel Writer

Inspirational Travel Quote of the Week

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”

- Greg Anderson, Author

Have You Planned Your Travel Calendar for 2017?

Have you planned your travel writing calendar for 2017 yet? We at spent days preparing lists of:

24 Travel Writing and Blogging Conferences
11 Travel Writing and Blogging Workshops
11 Special Travel Writing Groups, Meetings & Events
5 Travel Shows (and a link to access many more)

Get organized now: Use these lists to plan your travel writing & blogging events for 2017.

Resources for Travel Writers

Books and Reference Guides:

Beginner's 3-pack Reference Guides
The Complete Guide to Query Letters for Travel Writers
100 Print Magazines that Want to Publish Your Articles
Fifty Websites that Want to Publish Your Travel Stories
Advanced Travel Writing 2-Pack Reference Guides
How to Land Press Trips and FAM Tours
How to Break Into the Luxury Travel Writing Market
The Complete Guide to Marketing and Selling Your Travel Articles
Digital Bookstore - Guides, Manuals and Special Reports

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My Facebook page is about freelance travel writing. I frequently post:
• travel writing & blogging conferences,
• links to other well produced travel websites & blogs,
• links to my travel articles,
• travel writing themes,
• links to reputable travel writer’s groups, associations, and newsletters,
• magazine cover stories with the back stories about my published articles,
• links to resource pages,
• links to travel writing archives,
• links to coaching & mentoring resources,
• and plenty of other useful information to get you up to speed about travel writing.

If you haven’t ‘friended’ me yet on Facebook, please feel free to do so here:

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That's all for this week.

Until next week, just keep pitching!


Roy Stevenson
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