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Issue #242: My 5-Step Pitching Process
February 11, 2019
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

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We’re at the tail end of our first week in New Zealand. We stayed the first few days with my oldest sister, Nerida, and had an epic family reunion at her daughter’s place. My brother, two sisters, and their prodigious offspring – three generations in all - all rolled up for this whanau (the Maori term for a gathering of the clan).

It’s always fun seeing how our nieces and nephews have grown and become productive members of society, and how their healthy and robust kids are now at various stages from toddler to university. These gatherings are very emotional, of course, and always a lot of fun.

Nerida indulged my request for a “Nostalgia Day”, where we drove around Auckland’s North Shore, revisiting our childhood ancestral homes. What strikes me the most about Auckland is how it has developed a very upscale standard of living; trendy coffee shops and cafes, and little boutique shops and gourmet restaurants.

The main downtown Auckland shopping drag, Queen Street, is busy but nowhere near as crowded as many U.S. cities. Couple this neat Kiwi lifestyle with good clean air and water, friendly residents, and a multi-cultural society that actually works, and you’ve got a fine quality of life. And I’m not even being paid by the N.Z. Tourism Board to say this!

We’ve spent the last couple of days with Corrie, my best friend in New Zealand reliving our glorious former distance running days in technicolor detail.

This afternoon we’re heading to the northern part of New Zealand to the rural city of Whangarei, to stay with my brother, John, and then with his daughter Emily in Ngunguru.

I’ll let you know more next week. Until then, keep pitching your stories!

If you’ve decided to make 2019 your year to break into travel writing, our Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class coming up on April 25-27, 2019, in Seattle, Washington, USA, will help you launch your career in this exciting field.

We’ll show you—step-by-step—exactly how to break into print and online media and get paid for your travel writing. You’ll learn the same secrets I’ve used to get more than 1,000 stories published in 200+ regional, national, and international magazines, specialty publications, in-flights, on-boards, newspapers, and travel websites.

And, I’ll tell you how I’ve scored thousands of dollars’ worth of complimentary travel perks at exotic resorts and fine dining restaurants. I’ll show you how to parlay your travel writing assignments into luxury tours with personal travel guides, and even free transportation.

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Roy is a master of his trade of travel writing and teaching. He imparts his knowledge and experience in a way that makes it very easy to absorb. He isn’t afraid that you’re going to steal business from him. His ambition is to help you to become a master at travel writing. Be prepared for surprise tutors who will also pass on their knowledge about other skills associated with travel writing.

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Peter Safe, Master Class Attendee, 2016

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This Week's Featured Post

My 5-Step Pitching Process

Pitching travel stories can be a mystery to new writers.  When I first started travel writing, I had no clue how to go about pitching travel stories to magazine editors.  Completely lacking experience, I felt totally lost about how to sell my stories.

If you’re a new travel writer, you’re probably in the same boat.  So, for you novice travel writers out there, here is my five-step process for pitching travel story ideas to print magazines:


Upcoming Posts

February 18: Creating a Sense of Place in Your Travel Articles
February 25: Using Writers Guidelines to Sell Your Travel Stories
March 4: Tim Cotroneo: Another PitchTravelWrite Success Story
March 11: Two Obstacles to Success in Travel Writing

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Until next week, just keep pitching!


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