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Issue #191: Travel Stories and Publications Destined for Each Other
January 29, 2018
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

I write this looking down on a long blue swimming pool, surrounded by gently swaying palm trees, and flanked by giant ladies at Bali’s gorgeous Mulia Resort.

Much as famous adventurer Henry Stanley explored the dark interior of the African continent in the 1870s, Linda & I have come to Bali to explore the luxury interior of this mysterious tropical island, resort by resort and villa by villa. 

We started our Island Of The Gods odyssey two days ago. The Mulia Resort is the first of eleven luxury resorts, villas and boutique hotels that we will stay at over the next month.

Conde Nast Traveler has ranked the Mulia Resort as the Favorite Beach Resort in The World. TripAdvisor classifies it as one of the Top Luxury Hotels in Indonesia, and VIP International Traveller ranks it as one of the Most Beautiful Honeymoon Hotels. Collectively, the three Mulia properties collectively boast more than 700 rooms, suites & Villas. 

We're awestruck by how grand everything is - giant statues, huge columns throughout the resort, and gigantic doors. It feels like we're staying in a palace or a modern day castle.

In 15 minutes, we’ll tour around the Mulia properties with their media rep. We'll take an electric cart - the property is too big to walk. Then we’ll have lunch at the Table 8 restaurant; and later today we’re scheduled for Afternoon Tea at The Bar.

For 29 days, we’ll be staying in Balinese villas & resorts. Many are beach resorts but some are perched high up over tropical river valleys, and looking down over lush green rice fields, so there's a nice variety of scenery around the island.

We’ll eat spicy and flavorful culinery delights, enjoy exotic spa treatments, and when there’s time, explore the island on private guided tours. Travel writing's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it! We’ll be working the entire month, but our office environment will be at luxury standards.

One of the best things about travel writing is that once you’ve figured out how to land these plush assignments, you can live like royalty - at least for a few days or weeks.

My Facebook page will have many more details in my daily posts. If you’re not already a “friend”, you can find the link toward the end of this newsletter.

This Week’s Featured Post

When The Stars Align: Articles and Publications Destined for Each Other

Every week I receive at least one email from a travel writer asking, “Can you help me find a publication for my story?” My standard reply is this: “Querying a single magazine will, inevitably, end in disappointment.”

Although you may think a particular magazine is a perfect fit, that’s not usually the way freelance travel writing works. Unless you can get inside the editor’s head, you’ll never know who wants your story until you send your pitch.

But sometimes the stars align. There have been times when I’ve barely had to lift a finger to sell my stories. I call these “slam-dunk” stories.

Here’s how it works. When you’re figuring out which magazines to pitch, some magazines simply leap off the page. Your list screams “me, me, me”. Even Homer Simpson would be able to see the strong connection between your story and the publication. Duh!

When this happens to me, I go ahead and query these magazines, of course, along with all the others. Numerous times I’ve been thrilled to receive acceptance emails from the editor saying, “We’d like to buy your story”.

This post lists a few of my perfect matches (article + magazine) where the stars aligned. In these cases, the magazine and my story seemed like obvious partners. And they worked out. Easy money!

There’s also some advice about how to make these matches, and how often you can depend upon them.


Upcoming PitchTravelWrite Feature Posts

February 5: The Ultimate 2018 List of Travel Writing Workshops
February 12: Making Hard Decisions: Know When to Walk Away from a Story
February 19: The Ultimate 2018 Travel Writing Groups & Special Events
February 26: The Secret to Freelance Travel Writing Success

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Most Popular Posts

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Seven Tips to Improve Your Writing Style
Travel Writing for Newspapers: Where to Look for Opportunities

Inspirational Travel Quote of the Week

New Books Coming in 2018!

We’ll be publishing several more freelance travel writing books this year. Watch for our new reference and resource books on ...

• Find Your Niche: For Travel Writers & Other Freelance Magazine Journalists
• Dreaming Up Travel Story Ideas That Sell
• How to Break into the Food, Wine, & Beer Travel Writing Market
• Rock Star Travel Writers: How Elite Travel Writers Sell Their Stories to Top Shelf Travel Magazines
• How to Break into the Military & History Magazine Market

Many of these new books will include samples query letters that actually garnered me published and paid writing assignments in print magazines, and sales leads for those specific niches.

Our Featured Book of the Week


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This manual contains an up-to-date list of 150+ print magazines and travel websites that publish luxury travel articles. It’s the most comprehensive list of luxury magazine outlets you’ll find ANYWHERE. Having immediate access to these lists alone is worth the price of the eBook, saving you hundreds of hours of research.


Resources for Travel Writers

Books and Reference Guides:

The Art & Craft of Travel Writing
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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• links to my travel articles,
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• links to reputable travel writer’s groups, associations, and newsletters,
• magazine cover stories with the back stories about my published articles,
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“As a writer, pen to paper, words on the page and developing ideas are not my obstacles, but rather the continued motivation to seek outlets for my stories. Roy Stevenson inspires, encourages, and ignites the fires of enthusiasm to continually push forward into the often-quiet echoes of the publishing world.

Roy has championed my stories and my queries, when I myself had doubts. I am over the moon with the results and feel prepared for my future as a writer on any subject I may choose.

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That's all for this week.

Until next week, just keep pitching!


Roy Stevenson
Pitch Travel Write

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