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Issue #183: Eighteen Great Sources of Travel Magazine Leads
November 20, 2017
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

Do you have a Travel Writer’s Press Pass or Members ID Card?

Have you paid for a subscription to a travel writer’s group that includes a member’s “Press Pass” or “Members ID Card”?

If so, you’re wasting your money and possibly endangering your life!

The Travel Writer’s Network recently announced they are no longer issuing press passes to its members.

Here’s what they say:

“The world has changed. For a variety of reasons, and far too often now, a press pass is not worth the plastic it’s printed on, and in some parts of the world it might endanger your safety. Press passes are losing effectiveness. The journalism profession is becoming more and more risky. Journalists are being jailed or killed in increasing numbers”.

I wholeheartedly agree!

You can read this announcement for yourself, here:

You might say, “But I’m just a travel writer, not a political journalist. I’m harmless.”

The problem is journalists of any stripe are fair game to fanatics. The people who would do you great harm DON’T CARE if you’re a political reporter, a travel writer, a business writer, a novelist, or any other kind of journalist. They do not differentiate between different types of writers. They may not even know there are different types of journalists. To them, you’re another journalist who can be brutally exploited for publicity for their cause.

There are numerous other reasons why you no longer need a travel writer’s press card or member’s ID card - if you ever needed one. A professional business card works just fine as your “press pass” if you need to show some proof of your occupation when you’re on assignment.

We recommend that when you travel overseas, you simply say you’re a “Tourist” on immigration forms, at the immigration counter and in conversations with strangers. You’re less likely to become a target.

Do You Need a Travel Writing Coach?

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Did you know . . .

If you sign up for my 12-month coaching & mentoring program you also get the following complimentary benefits:

- FREE attendance at our Seattle Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class in April (valued at $1497)!

- Our Coaching Deep Dive Workshop the day before our April Master Class (valued at $495), and

- Digital products (eBooks and reference guides) valued at more than $225

That’s right! In addition to 12-months of one-on-one coaching, you get more than $2200 of additional benefits, complimentary. Note: The Master Class & Deep Dive Workshop fees are waived for our 12-month coaching clients only. These benefits are non-transferable.

I have two spots remaining for my January 1, 2018, intake.

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This Week’s Featured Post

One of the major keys to freelance writing success is finding magazines to pitch. Without magazines to query, you won’t get assignments—and if you can’t get assignments you don’t get to write your stories.

Most beginning (and, I suspect, veteran) freelance writers find assembling magazine distribution lists the most onerous part of the trade.

I get it. Spending hours surfing the Internet or magazine racks for viable magazine leads and copying down editor’s names and contact details is a daunting task.

Many writers find this process so boring they skimp on this critical aspect of freelance writing. And it costs them big because they miss out on many magazine leads that could potentially buy and publish their stories.

Fortunately, there are plenty of primary resources online where you can find magazine leads. Here’s a list of 18+ websites and resources that will direct you to a plethora of magazines.

Check them out—you’ll be amazed at how many more magazines are ‘out there’, just waiting for you to discover.

Read the article and access the 18+ Great Sources for Magazine Leads

Save the Date!

The 2018 Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class

The best travel writing and marketing workshop, anywhere!

The Complete Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class will help you sell your travel articles. If you’re thinking about attending this workshop, here are a few things to consider:

• If you want to know exactly how to go about converting your assignments into exciting travel perks, saving hundreds or thousands of dollars in the process - this workshop is for you. We’ll be spending almost one half day on wrangling comps, so you will learn how to leverage your assignments, including leaving with a handful of sample request letters.

• Included in your registration is a one-on-one, complete coaching follow-up session with me. This means you still tap into my expertise after the workshop is over.

• This is the only travel writing workshop dedicated to showing you how to successfully sell your travel stories to print media, and how to use your assignments to request comps. That’s our focus. It’s for writers who really want to be successful.

Here are the workshop details ...

“I cannot say enough about how valuable this workshop has been. Roy is a wealth of knowledge and just a joy to work with! I love his enthusiasm, encouragement and passion for helping new travel writers.”
Pam Baker
April 2017 Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class Attendee

There isn’t another travel writer’s marketing workshop like this, anywhere.

Please note - workshop size is limited to 25 people. If you enjoy learning in a small, supportive environment, this workshop is for you. Join us in Seattle on April 27-29, 2018 and launch your travel writing career.

Put your name on our interest list and you’ll be the first to hear details when we open registration and offer our substantial early-bird discount:

Link to interest list for 2018 Travel Writing Master Class

In case you missed it ...

Here's last week's post:

4 Reasons to Expand Your Writing Genres and How to Do It

Read the article

Upcoming PitchTravelWrite Feature Posts

November 27: Finding Gold Mines in Low Paying Magazines
December 4: Unusual Travel Writing Assignments
December 11: How Photographs Will Help You Sell More Travel Stories
December 18: The Scary Travel Writing Journey is . . . . Not So Scary. Really.

Travel Writing Magazine Sales Leads

Beyond this week’s post, the following articles cover the nuts and bolts of things like creating your own distribution lists and finding magazines to pitch your stories.

Different Kinds of Magazines to Query

Step-by-Step How To Create Magazine Distribution Lists

How to Use Vendor Websites to Find Magazine Leads

We’ve Been in the News!

Thank you, Claire Shefchick, for listing us as a resource on in your article, Five Tips for Publishing Your Travel Writing on Major Sites.

Read the article: 5 Tips for Publishing Your Travel Writing on Major Sites

Inspirational Travel Quote of the Week

Our Featured Book of the Week

How to Land Press Trips and FAM Tours
A Handbook for Travel Writers and Bloggers

Who doesn't like press trips to exotic and exciting destinations?

In ten years of freelance writing, I’ve been on more than 90 press trips & fam tours; places like Belgium, Wales, England, France, Germany, New Zealand, Bali, all over the U.S.A., and to many other exotic and exciting destinations.

Books about travel writing might mention that press trips are available to travel writers, but they fall woefully short when it comes to telling writers how to get invitations. Most veteran travel writers keep this information to themselves.

My manual, How to Land Press Trips and Fam Tours, tells you exactly what you need to do to get invitations to press trips and fam tours, and how to organize self-guided press trips.

Learn more and buy the book

Here’s a review of this book by travel blogger Chris Backe in

"Roy takes a simple, logical approach to getting invited (or getting on the list) by the folks that have the budgets to offer them. Reality checks are aplenty, and he links to several excellent sites or conferences to stay in-the-know. There are also several sample letter templates to borrow from, along with an entire chapter on etiquette (which could easily be titled ‘How to ensure this isn’t your last fam trip ever!’)

At 75 pages long, the only thing it really lacks is fluff. You can breeze through the basics in a single sitting, but actually taking action will be your bigger challenge. The book does everything it can to offer tools and advice, but it’s still up to you to follow it."

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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We’re the ONLY travel writer’s website on the list! We urge you to forward our newsletters on to your friends that might be interested in taking up travel writing. Testimonials

“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.

He also helped me write my About page which I believe is the most influential piece when editors consider my stories.”

Jennifer Trandell,Freelance Writer & Photographer

“While attending a travel writers conference in 2014, Roy and his wife Linda sat at my table and, to my good fortune, easily struck up conversation. After chatting with Roy, I immediately purchased his eBooks, even before hearing him speak on stage.

A few short weeks after the conference, I landed my first byline. Bolstered by the knowledge gained from Roy’s books and his posts, I pitched a well-known regional magazine and blog.

Upon submitting my first article they offered me a permanent contributor’s role. There, I published dozens of articles, both digital and print, in over a year of writing for them. I’ve also simultaneously pitched and written for other outlets to maximize my bylines.

I've only been writing on a part-time basis, but thanks to Roy I’ve landed several press trips and have nearly 100 published articles. I even launched my own blog, where I was recently discovered by a neighboring city’s CVB and invited to write for them.

And all thanks to Roy's unfettered knowledge. I can’t wait to attend one of his workshops! Who knows where that will take me!”

Thank you again!

- Jessica Pickett, Travel Writer and Blogger

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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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