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Issue #387: How Do You Know Your Article Is Finished?
February 21, 2022
|Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!
. . . and WELCOME all new subscribers. Thanks for joining us.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN!You can still register for our workshops - we still have some seats left.
For the remainder of February you can save $100 off the regular price of the individual workshops, The Travel Writing & Photography Retreat and The Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers.
If you sign up for BOTH workshops, you save $800.
You’ll spend the first 4 days working on your writing craft and photography skills, and then you’ll learn exactly what you need to do to sell your stories in the last 3 days of the week. It’s the complete package!
To add to the excitement, you'll also have the opportunity to take part in a 1-day Press Trip around Charleston with the other attendees.
If you want to boost your travel writing skills to a new level this workshop is for you. We'll focus on travel writing and photography - how to write exciting travel stories and create photo galleries that editors will love.
This interactive course features lectures, writing exercises, in-the-field tours, group readings & discussions, and hands-on experience. You’ll also receive on-on-one feedback and goal setting in a private session with Roy.
This retreat is open to writers of all skill levels. The classroom exercises will help you write personal travel memoirs and stories you can keep for yourself, publish professionally, or share with friends and family on your blog or social media.
Other travel writing workshops gloss over the details, but that’s not how we do things. You’ll walk away from this program knowing where to find hundreds of publications that want to buy your travel stories, how to craft irresistible queries that will sell your stories, and the tried-and-tested way to dream up captivating travel story ideas and assess their marketability.
You’ll learn how to resell your articles multiple times around the world to maximize your profit and how to pitch several story ideas to sky-rocket your acceptance rate.
And, most exciting of all, I’ll show you the secrets behind using your assignments to request complimentary travel perks and land press trips. Hello free hotels, resorts, and spas! Hello free tours, cruises, and first class dining!
We believe our Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers is the BEST of its kind, ANYWHERE!
Editorial: Meeting Fascinating People As A Travel WriterOne of the best travel writing perks is meeting all sorts of interesting people on assignments. Here are a few of the hundreds of fascinating people I’ve met while on assignment.
I toured the famous Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland, with a personal tour by the chapel curator. Our tour took in the main stone carvings in the Chapel and the atmospheric basement, made famous in Dan Brown’s book, The DaVinci Code. I’ve exchanged cultural views and friendship with the head Abbot at Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai’s most historic Buddhist temple, Thailand. Later, I saw the Abbot leading the prayers and chanting while the monks sat down to lunch.
I spent a day with renowned sculptor Al Farrow, in Marin County, San Francisco. Al makes large and potent recreations of cathedrals, synagogues, and mosques from dissembled and stripped down guns, bullets, artillery shells, hand grenades, small arms, and other military equipment. Inside each, he places small altars containing human finger bones. Powerful messages here! His large studio is a fascinating cross between an arms and munitions depot and a mausoleum. Al Farrow’s enormous, 1.5 ton, cathedral is on display in the San Francisco’s de Young Museum of Fine Arts.
I’ve talked puppetry with Martin Gobsch, one of the few remaining professional marionette puppet makers in the world, in his Erfurt studio in Germany. Martin’s handcrafted marionettes are fully articulated, and represent goblins, fairies, elves, and other characters from renowned German fairy tales. They “perform” in his Puppet Theater.
I’ve toured around Port Orchard’s famous Elandan Gardens Bonsai Tree Park, with tree sculptor Daniel Robinson, in Washington state. Daniel’s exquisite work with bonsai trees remains relatively unknown outside the region, but is, in this writer’s opinion, one of Washington state’s finest tourist attractions.
And one of my best “people perks” is hanging with other travel writers on press trips. We’re all kindred spirits, and share a common love of travel and writing, and have some tall tales to tell each other.
Meeting extraordinary, talented people like these is always a great thrill and one of the reasons I’ve stayed in the game since 2007. You can experience these perks too, if you stay with the game, and land those assignments.
With more than 1,000 published stories under my belt, you can imagine the variety of intriguing people I’ve encountered. Here are a few more of the interesting people I’ve met on my writing assignments. I hope this will inspire you, especially if you’re just breaking into travel writing.
This Week's Featured Post
Is Your Travel Article Ready to Submit?How do you know when your travel article is ready to submit to a magazine editor? How can you be sure you’ve covered everything that should be in the article?
This handy checklist will tell you whether you’ve missed any of the fundamental items necessary for turning in a quality piece. The checklist covers the broad strokes writing items. And, it will help you avoid the most egregious writing errors.
Upcoming PostsFebruary 28: The Best Travel Stories Aren’t About You
March 7: Three Ways to Find Unique Story Angles
March 14: Successful Travel Writers & Their Secrets
PitchTravelWrite.com Success Stories
Candi Licence: Another PitchTravelWrite Success StoryCandi Licence accidentally fell into travel writing but it didn’t take long for her to get serious about it. Here’s her story:
“I fell into travel writing by accident. My husband and I retired at the end of 2013, sold most of our stuff, stored our precious things like art and family heirlooms, and began traveling full time.
We’d go to places we always wanted to see, stay for 3 months and then move onto our next adventure. I started a blog to let people know where we were and what we were doing, and I got feedback from people I trusted that they loved my writing. Writing about our adventures was intoxicating and getting complimented was exhilarating.
Fast forward 3 years, and I attended a travel writing workshop to see if it was possible for me to become a travel writer. I drafted an article during the workshop, and it got a great reception from participants and an Editor who was coaching aspiring writers throughout the event. I left the workshop fired up, with stars in my eyes.
Once home, tried to sell the article and learned my first hard lesson. Always pitch first! It’s hard for beginners to place a completed article.
The second lesson I learned is that you can’t submit queries to one editor at a time — it’s a complete waste of time. I’d wait a month, get no response and then send my query out to the next editor with the same result. I was spinning my wheels and getting nowhere.
I was frustrated. I thought I had the talent to be a good writer but didn’t know how to break into the field. That’s when I saw Roy Stevenson’s Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers. I signed up, took the workshop, and it changed everything for me.”
Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links About the Business of Travel WritingWhen you decide to become a travel writer, there are certain business basics to consider. There’s a great deal more to the business of travel writing than just "traveling" and "writing".
Some people approach travel writing as a hobby—and that’s fine. But, if you want to earn income from your travel writing, you need to think of it as a business. And it helps to know a few business basics specific to travel writing.
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RESOURCES FOR TRAVEL WRITERS
Featured Bundle : Beginner's 3-Pack
If you're just getting started in travel writing, try our Beginner's 3-Pack—the perfect way to kick-off your travel writing career.
Here's what's included:
The Complete Guide to Query Letters Everything you need to know about query letters - and 20 examples you can start using immediately.
125 Websites That Want to Publish Your Travel Stories A list of 125+ quality travel websites where you can quickly collect some bylines - without all the struggle of finding websites who want your stories.
100 Print Magazines That Want to Publish Your Travel Articles A list of 100 print magazines that will save you hours of time researching and creating lists yourself. They give you a foundation of sales leads you can use and build upon.
When you buy the bundle you get 10% off the price of individual books. And this month you can get an addition $5 off when you use discount code f5b
Group Coaching Mastermind CommunityOur first Group Coaching Mastermind Community kicked off in October, 2020, and we’ve got a global group with members living in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Indonesia and the U.S. We're very excited about this group of writers and our new community! We added new members to our community in 2021 and they're getting to know the group and participate in writing activities.
If you missed out on the opportunity to join this session, you can get on the waiting list for the next session starting soon in 2022:
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 Charleston, South Carolina, June 2022. There are still a few open seats in these workshops, so sign up while we have space.
Our travel writing & marketing workshops are highly informative and a blast, socially.
ONLINE Travel Writing & Marketing Master ClassNow, you can study our Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers online for only a fraction of the price of the live class! We recorded it LIVE in Seattle, for aspiring travel writers who weren’t able to attend in person.
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, and 2021 101 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS. Writer's Digest doesn’t bestow these awards lightly. And we’re the only travel writing website on their lists!
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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