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Issue #178: Seven Habits to Take Control of Your Time
October 16, 2017
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

It’s the rainy season here in Da Nang, Vietnam. The tourists have left town and are back at work after their annual beach vacations. We’re seeing way fewer visitors in our district, an eclectic accumulation of large hotels, small guesthouses, restaurants and spas.

The cooler weather is more conducive to sightseeing so we’re visiting more of the local attractions. There’s a lot to see including the Da Nang Museum, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, the Fifth Military Zone Museum, the Da Nang Fine Arts Museum, the enormous Lady Buddha, the Ba Na Hills Cable Car ride, the Cham Ruins at the My Son Archeological Site, the Cao Dai Temple, The Fisherman’s Village at Son Tra Peninsula, and Art in Paradise.

You’ll notice there are several museums on our sightseeing bucket list!

Museums are staple tourist attractions around the world. And, in fact, writing about them has helped me break into the competitive travel writing arena.
My museum stories are one of the keys to my rapid ascent in freelance writing and being published prolifically in print media. I’ve sold a lot of museum travel articles. I mean, A LOT - more than two hundred! I’ve had museum pieces published in several dozen paying print magazines plus a few websites. (Google Roy Stevenson + museums and you’ll see some of them).

A great perk from museum writing is that you get free entry when you have assignments. Often, you receive personal guided tours with the museum curator or a local historian. And, I’ve saved a bundle of money just on entry fees!

Even better, many of the editors have taken repeat museum stories from me, and I’ve become their museum “go to” writer. Pitching an editor becomes very easy with repeat business.

If you’ve had difficulty breaking into travel writing, I heartily recommend you pitch museum stories to specialty magazines. Mine have sold like hot cakes! Yours can, too.

Save the Date!

We’re excited to announce the dates for our 2018 Travel Writing and Marketing Master Class in Seattle, WA: April 27-29, 2018

We keep the class small and personal - class size is limited to the first 25 registrants. Don’t miss out. This class fills quickly!

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

Link to interest list for 2018 Travel Writing Master Class

This Week’s Featured Post

Seven Habits to Take Control of Your Time

When you decided to become a freelance travel writer, you probably thought you’d have more freedom than an employee in a traditional job.  In many ways, that’s true. 

You can wake up without an alarm clock, take time off to exercise, meet a friend for coffee, and take vacations whenever you want. As a freelancer, you have the freedom to design your day to your own specifications.

This freedom is delightful! But there's one big obstacle:  WORK. Too much freedom for many people means they never get around to doing their work.

People ask me all the time, “how do you get so much done?” I’ve pitched a lot of stories, and my work has been published more than 1000 times in ten years.  And, I can tell you, there’s no magic involved

To be successful, I have some regular habits to get my job done – things that work well for me and help me increase my productivity.   They can work for you, too. 

Here are seven habits that will increase your freelance writing productivity and help you get control of your time. The result? You’ll pitch more stories, get published more often, and ultimately earn more money.

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In case you missed it ...

Here's last week's post Where to Find Introductory Travel Writing Classes

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Upcoming PitchTravelWrite Feature Posts

October 23: How to Choose a Reputable Travel Writing Course That's Right for You
October 30: Five Rules for Selling Articles and Getting Travel Perks
November 6: Fascinating People You Meet on Travel Writing Assignments
November 13: Five Reasons to Expand Your Travel Writing Genres

Travel Writing Networking Tip of the Week

ITWA is the world’s largest association of professional travel journalists, with links to more than 2,000 travel industry reps.

Ashley Gibbons, offers a meaty twice-monthly bulletin that contains lengthy updates on world-wide tourist destinations and events that want you to visit their attractions. Ashley’s most recent newsletter was 34 pages long, and packed with good stuff. The travel agencies and destinations will consider your assignments for comped stays, meals, tours, etc.

Subscribe to the ITWA newsletter:

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We’ve Been in the News!

Here’s my recent guest post on, where I share a few mistakes I’ve made in my decade as a travel writer, and what I should have done differently. Can you learn from my mistakes? Read them and weep.

Read the article on Travel Writers Exchange

Inspirational Travel Quote of the Week

Our Featured Book of the Week

The Complete Guide to Query Letters for Travel Writers . . . shows you everything you need to know to create compelling query letters.

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

Here’s what makes this book different than others: you’ll get 20 sample query letters that I used successfully to get paid assignments in print magazines. And I explain the marketing strategies that made the sale:

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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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That's all for this week.

Until next week, just keep pitching!


Roy Stevenson
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