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Issue #176: Four Reasons to Sell Multiple Story Ideas About a Destination
October 02, 2017
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

We’ve just returned from a week-long stay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. If you’re looking for a fun S.E. Asian city that offers enough quality tourist attractions to keep your attention for four or five days, Phnom Penh will do the trick.

What does this city have to offer? Plenty, as it turns out!

The Royal Palace complex is a spectacular example of grand Cambodian architecture, while the adjoining Silver Pagoda offers all sorts of delightful Buddhist treasures like the central Wat Preah Keo, towering memorial Chedis, Buddha’s footprint, and my favorite, the mural gallery.

While the guidebooks barely mention the Silver Pagoda’s 604-meter-long mural gallery, it was the most jaw-dropping sight of all. These vivid, beautifully decorated frescoes of scenes from the Ramayana line the inside of the Silver Pagoda’s four walls.

Among Phnom Penh’s more sobering sights is the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, that tells the tragic story of the seventeen thousand innocent Cambodians who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Rounded up by madman Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge squads, these innocent men, women, and children, were tortured into signing meaningless confessions. Then they were driven a few kilometers out of town to the infamous Choeung Ek killing fields, where they were brutally murdered. We visited both these somber places on the same day. Although we found them shocking and disturbing, they were a reminder of the incalculable damage and misery that insane dictators have wreaked, even as recently as 1979.

We also visited some of Phnom Penh’s writing landmarks; the Foreign Correspondents Club (now a restaurant, bar and hotel), the plush Writer’s Bar at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal, where Somerset Maugham, Charles DeGaulle, Charlie Chaplin, and Jacqueline Kennedy hobnobbed, and Monument Books, a fine bookstore with an excellent selection of English books.

Other Phnom Penh attractions include the National Museum; the thriving Central Market; Phnom Chisor, a Buddhist temple high atop a mountain that offers a perfect panoramic view of the green Cambodian countryside; and the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where we saw birds, monkeys, crocodiles, elephants, and lions and tigers and bears, oh my.

This Week’s Featured Post

Four Reasons To Sell Multiple Story Ideas About a Destination

Many of my freelance writer friends tell me they have difficulty coming up with multiple story ideas about one place.  

And on press trips, I’ve noticed that so many travel writers arrive with only one assignment in hand. No matter how many things they see on the press trip - and they see a lot - they usually only publish one article afterwards.

This breaks my heart.  So many opportunities to get published are being overlooked!  

I think it’s important to sell multiple story ideas about a destination and I always do it.

Try it! If you’re not sure why you should, here are four reasons it makes sense for every freelance writer, followed by strategies on how to do it ...

Read the article

In case you missed it ...

Here's last week's post Travel Writing Tips: A Letter to Myself, Back in Time where I talk about what I'd do differently if I was just starting out today ...

Read the article - Travel Writing Tips : Letter to Myself Back In Time

Upcoming PitchTravelWrite Feature Posts

October 9: Where to Find Introductory Travel Writing Courses
October 16: Seven (More) Ways to Increase Your Travel Writing Productivity
October 23: Choosing the Travel Writing Course That's Best for You
October 30: Five Rules for Selling Articles and Getting Travel Perks

Travel Writing Networking Tip of the Week

Want to improve your travel writing? Take a course through Nick O’Connell’s online school, The Writer's Workshop.

Seattle travel writer and instructor, Nick O’Connell, has list of bylines to make even the pros drool: Newsweek, Gourmet, Condé Nast Traveler, Saveur, Food and Wine, The Wine Spectator, Outside, GQ, National Geographic Adventure, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commonweal, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Westways, Sierra, and others. These are $1/word glossies, and you’ve got to be an outstanding writer for these top shelf magazines to publish your work.

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Link to The Writers Workshop

We’ve Been in the News!

We're honored to have listed as one of the best resources for travel writers on Claire Shefchik’s site.

Her article is called How to Publish Your Travel Writing On Major Sites.

Link to Claire Shefchik's article

Inspirational Travel Quote of the Week

Have You Planned Your Travel Calendar for 2017?

Have you planned your travel writing calendar for 2017 yet? We at spent days preparing lists of:

24 Travel Writing and Blogging Conferences
11 Travel Writing and Blogging Workshops
11 Special Travel Writing Groups, Meetings & Events
5 Travel Shows (and a link to access many more)

Get organized now: Use these lists to plan your travel writing & blogging events for 2017.

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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