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Issue #39: Getting Paid for Your Travel Stories
December 01, 2014
Greetings Writers!

It’s December 1st and I’ll say what everyone is thinking - where did the year go? We are truly in the midst of the holiday season here in Seattle. Houses are decorated with festive lights and we had our first snow over the weekend. (Here's a view of our backyard from my office window as I write this. Brrrr.)

As the weather gets colder, my wife and I start daydreaming about warmer climates. Often we leave town for a couple months over the winter, just to escape the cold and to get some sun.

And sometimes we contemplate moving someplace warmer and more exotic on a more permanent basis.

Travel writer Tim Leffel is an expert at living overseas. Here's a review for his latest book “A Better Life for Half the Price”. If you have ever considered living overseas for an extended period of time, his book is full of information to help you. It guides you through everything from selecting a country that suits your needs, to where you can get the best deals on medical care, housing, food and more.

I wrote this review for travel writers because, if you’re like us, winter is a great time to leave home for a while, maybe even a long while ... You can read the review at this link.


December is also a good time to review your accounts and make sure you’ve billed magazines for your travel stories, and to send reminders to clean up any overdue accounts. Magazines want to start the new year with their accounts settled, so you’re doing them a favor, too, when you take care of these business tasks.

In this issue is the complete A-Z guide for getting paid for your travel stories. Here's everything you need to know about invoicing, sending reminders, taking a stand when someone fails to honor their end of the deal (paying you), and some advice about how to identify the deadbeats in advance.

These tasks aren't as much fun as taking a trip - but collecting money owed to you just might help fund your next one. Enjoy!

Getting Paid for Your Travel Stories

After an editor tells you he is interested in your story idea, it’s time to confirm the payment terms.

Three things are important to getting paid: your deadline, the number of words for the article, and the payment terms. Payment terms include how much you will be paid, and when you will get paid.

If the writer’s guidelines spell out what the magazine pays, then it’s just a matter of confirming these terms with the editor.

If there aren’t any writer’s guidelines, or if it’s not spelled out in the writer’s guidelines, then there’s a slightly different approach. Once the editor expresses interest in your story idea, you need to ask the question “how much do you pay?”

In either case, don’t write the article until the editor has confirmed these terms in writing. This becomes a legal and binding agreement.

In my early days of travel writing, there were times when I was naïve enough to think that once I submitted an article everything else would fall into place. Sometimes it did, and sometimes it didn’t. Don’t leave it up to chance. Always get written confirmation before you write the article.

There are a few things that indicate problems when you’re in this part of the process.

Watch for these red flags:

Continue reading the article ....

Please share this e-zine with friends, family or anyone who may be interested in travel writing and can benefit from some free marketing and travel writing information.

That’s all for now.

Until next time, you keep pitching....


Roy Stevenson
Pitch Travel Write

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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