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Issue #423: Six Easy Ways to Get Useful Feedback
December 05, 2022
|Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!
. . . and WELCOME all new subscribers. Thanks for joining us.
Six Easy Ways to Get Useful Feedback Without Taking a Class or Joining a Writer's GroupFreelance travel writing is a solitary occupation. Like many of the creative arts, one of the biggest challenges we face is getting useful feedback to improve our writing.
Unless you’re in a writer’s group that meets regularly to critique each other’s work, you simply type and pray. When editors buy your work, that’s one positive sign that your words are up to snuff.
Here are six techniques I use to improve my travel stories. You’ll find these techniques easy to implement and very useful for improving your writing over time.
Upcoming PostsDec 12: Our PitchTravelWrite.com Travel Writing Craft Resource Page
HOLIDAY BREAK: DEC 15 - JAN 8
Jan 9: Are You Getting Paid for Your Travel Stories?
Jan 16: Writing Exceptional Ledes And Why It Matters To Travel Writers
Here's Who Joined Us in Charleston SC for Our Travel Writing & Photography Retreat and Our Marketing Master Class For Travel WritersDonna Hall . . .
. . . has lived in Scandinavia and traveled throughout the U.S., Europe and China. She worked in public relations and marketing for 20 years before becoming a special education teacher.
Donna is an Alaska Travel Expert, certified by the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) and a member of ATIA. She’s also the author of travel website
Homer by the Bay (.com)
Donna enjoys new experiences, reading, diving down the research rabbit hole, and sharing the joy of exploring new places. And she's one of our biggest fans. At the Charleston workshop Donna showed me her file with my ten travel writing eBooks — she has them all!
Thank you for attending our workshops, Donna. You traveled the farthest of all the participants!
Inspirational Travel Quote
Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links About Dreaming Up New Travel Story IdeasIt's getting harder and harder to be a generalist travel writer because you’re trying to do what thousands of other generalist travel writers are doing. These days, you have to be really creative to come up with unique story ideas that editors haven’t heard before.
It takes some groundwork to become savvy at recognizing and mining gold nugget travel story ideas. A huge factor in getting your story ideas published is the quality of your ideas. While this may seem self-evident, finding an interesting story to pitch is a daunting task for novice freelance writers.
So where, and how, do travel writers start their quest for a salable story? Here are 6 tips to help you:
If you want to boost your bylines, try my winning system. These seven techniques can be used to constantly generate marketable ideas:
This page will give you some idea of the types of travel stories you can write and sell:
MORE RESOURCES FOR TRAVEL WRITERS
Featured Book of the Month:
How to Land Press Trips and FAM ToursWho doesn't like press trips to exotic and exciting destinations?
Since starting my freelance travel writing career, I’ve been on more than 200 press trips & Fam tours in over 25 countries. Places like Belgium, Wales, England, France, Germany, New Zealand, Bali, all over the U.S.A., and many other exotic and exciting destinations.
I'm telling you this not to show off but because you too can get regular press trip & fam tour invitations.
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 press trip 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.
Latest News on Workshops & eBooksTravel Writing & Marketing Workshops
We’re already planning next year’s Travel Writing and Marketing workshops. We'll be holding them in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Santa Fe is a beautiful city of 83,000 people. It has plenty of good restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops, museums, and other attractions to keep travel journalists entertained for a solid week. We're looking forward to seeing you in Santa Fe!
New eBooks Coming Soon
We’re excited to announce that we’ve finished the draft of our ebook 500 Print Magazines That Want To Publish Your Travel Articles. Rather than revise our current eBook, “100 Print Magazines That Want To Publish Your Travel Articles” we decided to write an entirely new book.
We’ve tossed out the magazines that have folded since the 2016 edition and added in a whopping 450 NEW magazines (maybe more) to this eBook. Yes, you read that right!
We’ll have more details in an upcoming newsletter once we’ve done the finishing touches.
We’re about to publish another eBook to help you get your travel stories published. It’s called The Best of Roy’s Blogs: Roy’s Solutions for Selling More Travel Stories, Writing Better, and Earning More Money.
You need to have a lot of skills to be successful in the freelance travel writing game. In the past fifteen years I’ve been bombarded with hundreds of email questions about many aspects of travel writing. The blogs you’re about to read are my succinct answers to these urgent questions.
These blogs are gathered from my email replies, Facebook posts, LinkedIn posts, blogs, and newsletter editorials. They provide quality solutions in summary form to the myriad challenges travel writers face.
Even better, at the end of each blog I give you the link to a more detailed and comprehensive coverage of each topic so you can continue on to a more in-depth post on our website PitchTravelWrite.com.
Follow the advice dispensed in this eBook and you’ll earn more from your travel writing by selling more stories and improving your travel writing.
More information on both eBooks coming soon.
Group Coaching Registration is ClosedWe'd love to have you in the next session starting in Q2 2023.
If you want to get on our Interest List, follow the link below . . .
Did You Know . . .Our Complete Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers is ranked #1 on TravelWritersExchange.com’s Top Ten Travel Writing Workshops.
Your next opportunity to attend these classes be in 2023. Our travel writing & marketing workshops are highly informative and a blast, socially.
Our travel writing & marketing workshops are highly informative and a blast, socially.
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At Your Service
PitchTravelWrite.com, is our information-packed website for travel writers. This e-zine, a series of travel writing books and reference guides, coaching programs, and our workshops all work together to give you guidance in this field.
Our aim is to provide you with practical, nitty gritty information to help you gain entry into the travel writing realm and all the enjoyment that comes with it.
Awards and AccoladesWe're thrilled to announce that www.PitchTravelWrite.com is once again on The Write Life’s list of 100 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS!
You can see the entire list by visiting their website - click on the graphic to view the list now.
We're proud to announce that our travel writing website has made Writer’s Digest Magazine’s 2016, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 101 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS.
Writer's Digest Magazine also lists us on their Best Genre/Niche Websites for 2021.
Writer's Digest doesn’t bestow these awards lightly. And we’re the only travel writing website on their lists!
And the accolades for PitchTravelWrite.com just keep pouring in! Our website helps travel writers successfully sell their travel stories. Thank you, Writer’s Digest Magazine, for listing us on your “Best Genre/Niche Websites for 2020, 2021 and 2022.”
Friend me on FacebookMy Facebook page is about freelance travel writing. I frequently post about:
• links to other well produced travel websites and blogs
• links to my travel articles
• magazine cover stories and back stories
• links to resource pages
• links to coaching and mentoring resources
. . .and plenty of other useful information to get you up to speed
That's all for now. Until next week - just keep pitching! Roy
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