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Issue #69: Turns Your Worries into Wins
June 29, 2015
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

I’ve just returned from another four days in Eugene watching the USATF Champs. Yes, I'm a track fan. This was just on the heels of a trip to Reno.

The weather was sweltering hot in both places, so I’m looking forward to my upcoming press trip in Anchorage, Alaska. Some cool air will be nice change.

Speaking of Reno …

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We're taking a vacation!

The July 4th holiday is next weekend and we decided to take a week off from publishing this newsletter.
The next e-zine you’ll receive will be on July 13th.

I hope all our U.S. readers enjoy the holiday - be safe if you play with fireworks.
To subscribers who own the original (2011) version of my marketing eBook: We sent out a link on Wednesday for your free download of the newly revised manual. If you didn’t receive our email, please let me know at: Be sure to include your preferred email address in case we have an outdated one on file.
The featured article this week is about the most common fears and worries that I hear from travel writers.

Read it to find out if you're struggling with the same worries and fears and more importantly, how to move past them and get your work done.


Featured Article:

How to Turn Your Worries into Wins

Freelance travel writing is not for the timid or the indecisive.

I started coaching travel writers in February 2015, and now maintain a stable of about twenty coaching clients. During this short period of time, I noticed some interesting and similar recurring habits among the new writers.

Almost without exception, they have a tendency to worry about things that are highly unlikely to happen. Their emails to me are crammed with, “What if…?” questions.

Helping them is why they hired me in the first place, so the questions are welcome. The point is, it made me realize their concerns are universal.

I hear the same questions and concerns when I’m at conferences, in workshops, and even on press trips.

I’m sure it’s human nature to hesitate when learning something new, and new writers are no exception. And, what I’ve noticed is new travel writers second-guess themselves about things that will probably never happen, or things that are easily remedied.

Instead of sending out queries to magazines, the writers tie themselves up in knots and let these imaginary problems stop them.

Constantly asking “What if…?” may cost a travel writer many magazine assignments. It makes them reluctant to take action. Instead of functioning effectively, they get hung up on the “What ifs…?” and come to a halt.

So I decided it was time to write an article about it. In this post I’ve listed the worries, fears and concerns that I hear most often.

Read them and see if any of these things slow you down - or stop you - and then see what you can do about it to get yourself moving again.

Continue reading the article ...

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That’s all for now.

Until next time, you keep pitching....


Roy Stevenson
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