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Issue #431: How to Get Published and Make Money
February 22, 2023
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How to Get Published and Make Money

I started freelance writing in 2007, after attending a three-day travel writing workshop. Before attending the workshop I didn’t know how to get published, or whether I could make money from my writing. 

Within three months of starting freelance writing, my stories began appearing on the national magazine racks without interruption. Since then I’ve had well over 1000 articles published in 200+ different magazines, newspapers, in-flights, on-boards, trade journals and websites. I have a stack of magazines and newspapers eight feet high to prove these claims.

I have a system that works. With my system there are six things that must be done well. If you do these things each time you have a story idea, your success rate will improve. 

Follow these steps and you’ll get published more frequently and make money with your writing:

1. Dream up a marketable story idea
2. Research your topic thoroughly
3. Create a query letter that resonates with editors
4. Find publications where you can pitch your idea
5. Deliver a quality article on time
6. Get repeat business with the editor

In this post I elaborate on each of these crucial steps . . .


Upcoming Posts

Feb 27: Fact Checking: It Can Make or Break Your Travel Stories
Mar 6: Types of Travel Stories to Help You Find Your Niche
Mar 13: Query Letter Success Strategies for Travel Writers

Here's Who Joined Us in Charleston SC for Our Travel Writing & Photography Retreat and Our Marketing Master Class For Travel Writers

Angela Dowdy . . .

. . . searches the southeast for beauty and joy. She shares uplifting stories to encourage others to embrace southern states through her blog. 

Since the USA is so large, she stays focused on the 13 southeastern states — the part nearest and dearest to her heart.

From tiny towns to huge cities, she introduces readers to fascinating food, folks, and fun. Her “sassy yet sweet” southern heart and attitude keep you amused and fascinated.

She looks at the positive aspects of a place and never gets into any unpleasantries. She delves into “the beautiful and the best, the fancy and the frugal, the heartfelt and the hilarious, the quaint and the quirky."

She has lived in several southern states and currently resides in Florida.

You can read her blog at Embrace Southern States

Inspirational Travel Quote

Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links About Creating Your Magazine Distribution Lists

I get requests from travel writers every week asking me to help them prepare distribution lists to send their queries to. I’m not surprised that so many travel writers contact me with this request. I get it.

Searching for target magazines is perceived as an onerous clerical task and can take many hours. Yet, it’s an indispensable step in getting your articles published.

This article shows you—step-by-step—how to create your magazine distribution lists, and where to look for them.

Here are six ways to find magazines to pitch.

Magazine vendor lists are portals to a treasure trove of magazine leads.

Here are the six best print reference books that I use to find new magazine leads.


Featured Book of the Month:


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. 

The Complete Guide to Query Letters
 tells you 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 is a ready-made list of 125+ quality travel websites where you can collect some bylines. It includes more than 50 websites that pay.

100 Print Magazines That Want to Publish Your Travel Articles 
is a list of 100 print magazines that want to publish your travel articles. These lists 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.

The Beginners' 3-Pack is already 10% off when you buy the bundle. This month you can get an additional $5 off if you use Promo Code BP3F at checkout.


Latest News eBooks

New eBooks Coming Soon

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

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.

We’re excited to announce that we’ve finished the draft of our ebook and our new release date is March 2023: 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!

This compilation is far more specialized for travel writers than what you’ll find in Writer’s Market. Compiled over fifteen years from a wide variety of online sources, field resources, and book references, this comprehensive list includes international publications for the English-speaking market.

The magazine lists include . . .

  • General Travel & Lifestyle Magazines
  • Regional Travel & Lifestyle Magazines
  • Luxury Travel & Lifestyle Magazines
  • Travel Magazines about Select Countries
  • Motorcycle Travel Magazines
  • Outdoor Magazines
  • Airline In-Flight Magazines
  • Cruise Line On-Board Magazines
  • Hotel In-Room Magazines
  • Wedding Destination Magazines
  • Food & Travel Magazines
  • Family Travel Magazines
  • RV & Motor Coaching Travel Magazines
  • Gold Prospecting & Travel
  • Inns, B&Bs, Victorian Homes
  • Expat Travel Magazines
  • Lighthouses
  • Travel Photography
  • Canals & Waterways Travel

Watch this newsletter for release dates soon to be announced.

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HERE., 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 Accolades

We're thrilled to announce that our website, has made The Write’s list of 100 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS for 2020 and 2021! 

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 doesn’t bestow these awards lightly. And we’re the only travel writing website on their lists!

And the accolades for 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 Facebook

My 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

Link to Roy's Personal Facebook page

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

Roy Stevenson
Pitch Travel Write

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