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Issue #244: Using Writers Guidelines to Sell Your Travel Stories
February 25, 2020
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

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Editorial: NZ Report. Explored Whangarei, stayed with niece, Emily. Back to Auckland. Drove to Cambridge to see sister, Penny. On to Napier, Hawkes Bay.

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“It’s one thing to try and increase your skills, or learn a new skill, from reading books. It’s another to have someone to properly teach you how. If you’re looking to improve or learn, travel writing skills, there is only one person that I recommend.

At Roy Stevenson’s travel writing and marketing workshop, you’ll learn everything you need to know about travel writing. The workshop is intense, in-depth, and a lot of fun, all at the same time. There are no holds barred. Ask any question and you’ll get the full answer.

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.

Unlike other classes I’ve experienced, your learning doesn’t finish when the workshop ends. Roy is there to answer questions or critique your work into the future.

Peter Safe, Master Class Attendee, 2016


This Week's Featured Post

Using Writers Guidelines to Sell Your Travel Stories

As a freelance writer, you are constantly submitting query letters to editors you’ve never met.  What if there was a place to go to find out exactly what the editors want? As it turns out, there is!  That's what writers guidelines are for. Writer's guidelines lay out in detail exactly what the editor is looking for.  They give a set of rules that have been painstakingly compiled by the publisher or editor.  The guidelines are meant to make their life easier and reading them improves your chances of being published.
 Writer's guidelines explain exactly what sort of articles the editor expects for his magazine.  This saves the editor from suffering through off-target queries that waste time and drive them that little bit closer to editor’s purgatory. 

It's standard practice for freelance travel writers to review the guidelines for every magazine you query.  Ideally you'll do this before you send your query letter.

Although writers guidelines are straightforward, every magazine is different.  Early on you'll spend a lot of time reading the guidelines. 

To recover some of the time you spend studying the guidelines, it's important to know how to use them to your advantage.  And that's what the rest of this article is about.  So read on to learn how to make the most of them.


Upcoming Posts

March 4: Tim Cotroneo: Another PitchTravelWrite Success Story
March 11: Two Obstacles to Success in Travel Writing
March 18: How To Break Into The Expat Magazine Market
March 25: Query Letter Success Strategies

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That's all for this week.

Until next week, just keep pitching!


Roy Stevenson
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