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PitchTravelWrite.com Issue #007 -- Lauch Your Business - Find a Niche
December 02, 2013
The holiday season has begun and the new year is just around the corner.
If you haven't yet launched your travel writing business, this is a good time of the year to set up your office and make plans for 2014 travel. The first article in this newsletter tells you just how to do that.
The second article is related: do you have the personality attributes to be a travel writer? We're all unique but there are a few things that will help you succeed.
Or maybe you're into soft, luxurious vacations. The article about breaking into Luxury Travel Writing might be just the thing you need to inspire and motivate you forward.
Enjoy the holiday season and travel safely!
In this Issue:
November Marketing Tip:
How to Launch Your Business FastOne of the best things about being a freelance travel writer is that it’s easy to get your business up and running.
In terms of skills and abilities, you already know how to write. Add to that a few bits of technology and common sense, and you’re ready to get started.
Here are the few things that you need to get started:
You also need to know about some of the things you don’t need – they’ll only trip you up and stop you getting started.
Here’s my take on each of these things:
12 Traits of Successful Travel WritersTravel writers come in many forms. Age doesn't matter. I’ve met them as young as twenty two and older than seventy.
Subject doesn't matter. Some writers specialize and write about food and wine, while others write about extreme adventures.
Some cover places and events in their region, while others spend months trotting around the globe each year, visiting places off the beaten path.
Indeed, a career writing about your travels can encompass many things.
But all travel writers have some things in common - certain attributes - no matter what small or large part of the world they cover.
If you're thinking about a travel writing career, you'll want to see how you measure up against these twelve common traits of successful travel writers:
How to Break Into Luxury Travel WritingOne of the fastest growing forms of travel is the luxury travel industry. This creates a special opportunity for the travel writer.
What exactly is luxury travel? Who would be interested in reading articles about these kinds of destinations? And how does a travel writer break into this growing niche? That’s what we’ll explore on this page.
As for the question “what is luxury travel?” - I’m not sure there’s a precise definition. Every time I think I’ve heard about every kind of travel in this particular category, I learn about a new twist on an old idea that brings a new element of luxury to the traveler.
Often we think of it as visiting exclusive spas around the world and being pampered to the point of insensibility with spa treatments. For some people, this is the height of luxury.
For others, it can mean taking a rail tour across an exotic landscape on a plush vintage train, with gourmet meals prepared by cordon bleu chefs.
Or traveling on a luxury barge down the Burgundy Canal in France, stopping in little cobblestone French villages along the way, sampling the wines and cheeses of the region, exploring ancient chateaus, and eating exquisitely prepared regional foods.
A lot of luxury travel includes being pampered and eating exquisite food, but there’s more to it than that.
Please share this newsletter with friends, family or anyone who may be interested in travel writing and can benefit from some free marketing information.
That’s all for now.
Until next month, you keep pitching....
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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