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Issue #316: Finding Magazine Sales Leads the Easy Way
August 03, 2020
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!

. . . and WELCOME all new subscribers. Thanks for joining us.

We’re back in lockdown for 2 weeks in Danang, after an outbreak primarily linked to local hospitals. It’s a different strain of the virus than previously seen, and the Vietnamese medical team is tracking down what country it came from - so far we haven’t heard a result.

We were lucky that we got away to Hoi An and Dalat before this happened. It gave us a much needed change of scenery. Unfortunately, with Danang at the epicenter, we won’t be going anywhere for a while.

The good news is, lockdown isn’t much different than our normal life - we’re homebodies. But we have to do our own cooking, which takes time and planning, so we can’t wait until restaurants and cafes reopen.

In the meantime, I’ve got an article to write for an automobile magazine and we’re building the content and videos for our new Group Coaching Mastermind program. So we’ll be very busy while we wait for the virus to subside.

The Vietnamese government has done an outstanding job so far keeping the virus contained, and we’re expecting they'll get it back under control soon, despite the recent outbreak.

Thank you to all who have sent emails and messages asking about our welfare. We’re happy and healthy and hope you are, too.

Editorial: Mistakes Novice Writers Make

Novice travel writers make frequent mistakes during their formative months while they’re trying to break into travel writing.

These errors include . . .
- the story idea was a poor match for the targeted publications
- the research about the topic was inadequate
- the query letter was unclear about the story angle or was poorly written
- the query letter had typos, misspellings, and poor grammar
- too few magazines were pitched
- the article was rejected because it was poorly written
- writer failed to meet the editors’ deadline

All of these mistakes ruin your chances of getting your story published.

Travel writers who can't be bothered doing the necessary prep work, or don't have solid writing skills, won’t succeed. They’ll drop out or end up writing unpaid, poorly written (often cliché-riddled) travel stories for some else's travel websites.

But the mistakes mentioned above are all easily fixed. If you can avoid these common mistakes, you’ll have a smoother path to success. You’ll get your work published more frequently, and much earlier—and you’ll make a lot more money.

Are you making any of these mistakes? Take steps to correct them today.

This Week's Featured Post

Finding Magazine Sales Leads the Easy Way

Finding print magazine sales leads to pitch your story ideas is one of the cornerstones to getting your work published.  After all, if you can’t find outlets for your stories you won’t get published. 

I never stop looking for fresh magazine leads, so I was delighted when a travel writer who I’m coaching told me about a useful online resource. When I looked at it, I was impressed with what I found.

I think you’ll find it useful, too.



Are you tired of talking, thinking, and dreaming of breaking into travel writing?

Are you ready to start writing?

Many of you have asked when we’re going to offer group coaching. So, we're working on it. We’re planning to make it affordable, fun, and helpful and productive for you.

Everything will be done online with video training, a community of like-minded writers helping each other, a robust focus on the craft of writing and the art of selling, and lots of other resources at your fingertips.

Here are a few of the things we’ll be offering through our Group Coaching Mastermind program:

A group coaching place where . . .

- you’ll get helpful critiques of your story ideas
- you’ll learn how to write successful query letters
- you’ll get solid advice about pitching your stories
- you’ll get feedback on your articles
- you’ll get photography tips for preparing galleries for editors
- you’ll have an opportunity to showcase your articles & photos

A safe and helpful community where . . .

- you can ask questions and get the answers you need
- you can gain the confidence to leap over roadblocks
- you can gain insight, encouragement, and support
- you can tap into for help when you’re stuck with your writing
- you can give and receive solid advice about problems
- you can celebrate your writing successes
- you can ask for help with magazine leads to pitch your story ideas
- other members can help with“in-the-trenches” perspectives
- everyone exchanges thoughts on story ideas and what works

A mentoring and resource place where . . .

- you'll receive marketing tips about selling your travel stories
- you’ll find new resources to boost your freelance travel writing knowledge
- you’ll get advice on the craft of travel writing
- you’ll have opportunities to fine-tune your photography skills
- you’ll get a chance to share your articles & best shots

You’ll get a writing community, group coaching and resources and content so you can succeed in travel writing - and have fun with other travel writers while you’re doing it.

Registration will open in August. Get your name on the interest and you’ll be the first to hear when it opens. This Group coaching program will be limited to the first 35 registrants.

Click here to get on the Group Coaching Interest List

Upcoming Posts

Aug 10: Can Print Media Survive the Internet?
Aug 17: Why Roundup Travel Stories are the Most Fun to Write
Aug 24: Six Guidelines For Higher Paying Travel Assignments Success Stories

Rey Waters

“I enrolled in a travel writer’s course and published my first article in Travel Post Monthly.  

It was not long after, that I discovered Roy Stevenson’s travel writing books. 

His first book that I read was Get Published Now. It had a section that mentioned getting started in your own back yard. 

At the time we were living in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. My wife and I walked a two-mile hiking trail around a lake every day for our exercise.  

During these walks we met all types of very interesting people. I pitched a story idea to our local newspaper and I guess you can say the rest is history." 

Here’s Rey Waters’ remarkable and expanding travel writing success story, so far!

READ Rey Waters Travel Writing Story

Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links about Business Basics for Freelance Travel Writers

When you decide to become a travel writer, you need to make a decision: is it a hobby or is it a business?

Some people approach travel writing as a hobby and that’s fine. 

But, if you plan to earn income from your travel writing, you need to think of it as a business. It helps to know a few business basics.

What are the business basics you need to consider? 

Here are 21 of our PitchTravelWrite posts to cover all the business basics you’ll need to know:

Access to Business Basics Resource Page

Inspirational Travel Quote



Have you ever wondered how travel writers get their stories published in the top shelf travel magazines?

Our NEWEST book, Rock Star Travel Writers, reveals through a series of in-depth interviews the insider tips, tricks, and secrets that 10 leading travel journalists use to land assignments in the most prominent travel glossies, and be well paid for their efforts.

I wish I had this information when I started out on my travel writing journey!

If I’d known, early in my career, what the successful travel writers were doing to get published in top flight magazines, this knowledge would have sped up my entry into this competitive field.

This stellar lineup of highly respected travel journalists offers excellent practical advice and encouragement to help you move up the travel writing food chain.

See how Kimberley Lovato, Bill Fink, Mark Andrews, Irene Levine, Nick O’Connell, Allen Cox, Keith Lyons, James Ullrich, Pam & Gary Baker, Jessica Pickett, Chuck Warren, & Sandy Bornstein get their travel stories consistently published.


Live Workshops

People have been asking when our 2021 workshops in the U.S. are scheduled. They're scheduled in June, 2021, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Here are the 2021 dates:
June 3-6, 2021, Travel Writing & Photography Retreat
June 8-10, 2021, Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers

We have had a lot of interest for these workshops already. You can sign up for our no-obligation interest list for these workshops and receive our substantial early bird discounts when we open registration:


Did You Know . . .

Our Complete Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers is ranked #1 on’s Top Ten Travel Writing Workshops.

You can access the list of the top ten travel writing workshops at the link below . . .

Travel Writers Exchange workshop list: #1 Marketing Master Class

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That's all for now. Until next week - just keep pitching! Roy

Roy Stevenson
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