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Issue #205: Getting Paid for Your Travel Stories
May 07, 2019
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

Roy to talk about Indiana and Boston assignments

This Week's Featured Post

Getting Paid for Your Travel Stories

In my early days of travel writing, there were times when I was naive 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. After an editor tells you he is interested in your story idea, it’s time to confirm the payment terms. If the writer’s guidelines spell out what the magazine pays, then it’s just a matter of confirming these terms with the editor.

There are 3 things important for getting paid. Always get written confirmation of these three items before you write your article. But, there are a few red flags that indicate potential problems with getting paid for your article.

Read the article to find out what 3 things you must confirm, and to find out what red flags to watch for to make sure you get paid in the end …


Upcoming Posts

May 14: Business Policies for Travel Writers
May 21: Do You Know About These Travel Writing Scams?
May 28: Advantages & Disadvantages of Blogging for Free
June 04: The Most Common Novice Travel Writing Mistakes

We've Been In The News

Honored to have listed by Claire Shefchik as a travel writing resource. Claire’s article also has five solid tips on how to break into travel writing.

Link to Claire's post

Landing Press Trips & Fam Tours

I field frequent emails from novice and intermediate level freelance travel writers who desperately want to land press trips and Fam Tours. I’m not surprised at these requests because “freebie” travel is the second most important perk of travel writing, after being paid for our work.

To learn more about scoring press trips & fam tours & covering your expenses when on assignment, here are links to some of the most popular articles on PitchTravelWrite:

Press Trips and Low Cost Travel
Press Trips for Travel Writers
Selling Articles and Getting Travel Perks - Roy's 5 Rules
Quid Pro Quo - Press Trips and Travel Writers
How to Land Regional Press Trips and Fam Tours

If you want complete details, my eBook How To Land Press Trips & Fam Tours will tell you everything you need to know about this aspect of travel writing. Here’s the link:

How to Land Press Trips and Fam Tours - reference guide

Inspirational Travel Quote of the Week

Featured Book of the Week


Our best-selling eBook shows you everything you need to know about crafting compelling query letters to sell your travel articles to magazine editors.

Well-written query letters convince magazine editors that you have an exciting travel story their readers will absolutely love.

In ten years of travel writing I’ve had more than 1,000 stories published in 200 magazines, journals, newspapers, in-flights, on-boards, specialty magazines, and travel websites – and they all started with a query letter.  I know how to write killer query letters that work, and I wrote this eBook to show you how to do it.

This is different from all other query letter books because you get 20 sample query letters that worked for me. These are actual query letters I used successfully to get articles published in print magazines. Each sample query letter comes with a clear explanation of the key things that sold the idea successfully. And you can use my samples to create a template for your own query letters, using the same words and layout.


Here’s renowned travel writer & blogger Chris Backe’s review of my Query Letter eBook:

“Pitch letters can sometimes feel like the secret sauce of the blogging world. Many folks have a template or two they use, but few share them as openly as Roy has here. Call this what it is – a master-class of sales writing to get into magazines and newspapers."

“The book itself is clean, complete, yet concise enough to be read in a single sitting. Roy’s real-world experience and credentials underscore the opening chapters, which reads like common sense should – if it were still common sense.

A two-page template is the appetizer, with twenty query letters written by him that resulted in an article placement as the main course. You’ll soon notice the patterns used and feel empowered to try it yourself. Note that some lateral thinking is rewarding – and that tailoring your pitch to ensure that magazine’s angle is taken care of is paramount. Highly recommended.”



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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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