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Issue #441: How to Market Yourself On the Road
July 10, 2023
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!

. . . and WELCOME all new subscribers. Thanks for joining us.


Our perfect summer weather here in Seattle continues. With daytime temperatures between 60-80 degrees, low humidity, and cloudless skies, we’re enjoying our back garden and the rapidly growing herbs.

I’m wrapping up my one-on-one “Pick My Brain” coaching sessions with all those travel writers and aspiring writers who signed up. These mentoring consultations were sure popular! We’ve had writers from four countries participating: USA, England, Canada, and France.

With so many people re-launching their post-Covid travel writing, these 90-minute sessions were customized to meet their specific needs. This was a diverse age group. The women (plus one guy) who signed up ranged from 28–75 years!

I’ve been answering their questions about where to find magazines to pitch their stories to; creating solid query letters that sell their stopries; promoting themselves better on their social media; expanding their freelance writing market by writing for non-travel magazines; selling stories before they visit their destinations; landing complimentary travel assistance; reselling their travel stories, and much more.

We’ll be offering our customized coaching service again early in the 2024 New Year. Watch this newsletter for our next round.

I’m excited to be planning two assignments for a classic car magazine on August. First, I’ll be in Canton, Ohio, visiting their Classic Car Museum, then in the small town of Eagles Mere (population 151!) Pennsylvania, touring their renowned classic car museum. These will be my 23rd and 24th assignments for this automobile enthusiasts’ publication, starting back in 2011. I'm looking forward to our trips and writing about these excellent museums. 

Later this year our international travel kicks off with 3 months in Vietnam. We’re still planning our itinerary. Of course, it will include Da Nang — where we lived for 4.5 years and a week-long cruise down the mighty Mekong River from Saigon to Cambodia.

Featured Post

Marketing Yourself on the Road

Successful freelance travel writers who make a living in this business all have one thing in common: they’re great at marketing.

The most important skill you need to excel at is selling your story idea to magazine editors. But that’s not the whole story.

As a freelancer, you’re marketing yourself wherever you are, all the time.  Marketing is not something you switch on and off. It’s an integral part of your job and you use it when you’re on the phone, writing emails, sending out query letters, or in the field.

Here are five tips about marketing yourself while you’re out in public, on the road, on a press trip, or outside your office.


Upcoming Posts

July 24: Introduction to Press Trips for Travel Writers
Aug 7: 10 Ways to Write Like a Seasoned Professional
Aug 21: Six Surprising Travel Writing Myths

Inspirational Travel Quote

Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links

As travel writers, we put words together to paint pictures of our destinations.

Writing about a place we love seems like such an easy thing to do. But, as you know, there’s much more to effective and salable travel writing like . . .
- How to say the words in just the right way 
- Sharing information to catch the reader’s attention
- Knowing how to keep readers engaged

Our Travel Writing Craft Resource Page gives you 27 free, full length articles about topics that focus on your travel writing craft -- How you can improve your writing and increase your productivity – and get those articles out to editors.



Featured Book: The Complete Guide to Query Letters for Travel Writers

Our best-selling eBook, The Complete Guide To Query Letters For Travel Writers, shows you everything you need to know about crafting compelling query letters to sell your travel articles to magazine editors.

Well-written query letters convince magazine editors that you have an exciting travel story their readers will absolutely love.

In sixteen years of travel writing I’ve had more than 1,000 stories published in 200 magazines, journals, newspapers, in-flights, on-boards, specialty magazines, and travel websites – and they all started with a query letter. I know how to write killer query letters that work, and I wrote this eBook to show you how to do it.

This is different from all other query letter books because you get 20 sample query letters that worked for me. These are actual query letters I used successfully to get articles published in print magazines.

Each sample query letter comes with a clear explanation of the key things that sold the idea successfully. And you can use my samples to create a template for your own query letters, using the same words and layout.

For the month of July save $5 off the regular price of this book if you use discount code: JQL5


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 summer of 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 list of magazines. Yes, you read that right! We'll let you know next month how to get access to this list.

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

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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
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