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Issue #258: Where’s The Best Place To Start Your Travel Writing Career?
June 10, 2019
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Small, repeated acts of kindness by our Vietnamese friends here have humbled us and warmed our hearts. They’ve greeted us like we were returning family members. The girls who work in the local restaurants all welcomed us back, and shyly confided they were worried we had moved away.
It’s their little acts of kindness that move us. Like our friend, a barista at the nearby Avatar Hotel who insisted on making me a sweet hot ginger and lime drink when she learned I had a sinus infection. It’s a traditional Vietnamese remedy for such ailments.
And then there’s Oanh, a lady who owns some small rental apartments on our street. We chat with her some mornings when we’re out walking. She invited us over for a delicious dinner of Bun Nam. This simple meal was a traditional mix of rice noodles, fried pork, seafood rolls, bean sprouts, and handfuls of vegetables, doused in a sweet sauce. Delicious!
And there’s Miss Youm, our friend who runs a local spa. Miss Youm cuts my hair, does my pedicures and arranges my foot massages. She was so thrilled that we were back that she took us out for a traditional Vietnamese breakfast of Banh Mi Hoa Ma. It was a yummy dish, delivered in a small skillet filled with fried beef strips, eggs, sausage, and vegetables plus a baguette to soak up the sauce.
These small unconditional acts of friendship remind us daily how lucky we are here in Da Nang, embraced by our Vietnamese friends and always made to feel at home.
Editorial: Dealing With RejectionPick up any writer’s magazine or “how to” book about freelance writing off the bookstore racks and there’s a 50/50 chance it’ll have a story about how to deal with rejection from editors. These grim little articles are usually accompanied by depressing graphics of dark storm clouds hanging over the dejected writer’s head.
The purported symptoms of “writer’s rejection” range from disappointment to devastation – or from damage to one’s self-esteem to a bruised ego. The list of reactions to “writer’s rejection” goes on . . . anger, pain, bitterness. Maybe you’ve had some of these feelings.
I’ve always been puzzled by this “writer’s rejection” phenomenon because I’ve never experienced it. Never. I even wondered if I was some kind of low-level sociopath because I couldn’t feel that awful sting that other people feel with rejection.
Well, good news - it turns out I’m not a sociopath. I learned this just last month in Seattle, while holding our annual Deep Dive workshop for coaching clients. James Ullrich , one of my travel writing peers, gave a presentation about his experience in breaking into travel writing. He briefly touched on the subject of writer’s rejection.
James is one of the ten elite travel writers featured in our eBook, Rock Star Travel Writers. He’s been well published in top shelf magazines, has been a tour guide with Rick Steves in Europe and he’s a psychologist.
Curious about my lack of emotional response to “writer’s rejection”, I asked James if he thought I was a sociopath.
James didn’t even blink as he answered, “No. You were a fully formed adult when you started writing (I was 53), so you handle rejection better than younger people”.
He added, “Since you’ve been a professional writer right from the start, you expected rejection to be part of the process. You’re not a touchy feely kind of guy, so it makes sense you don’t take it personally when your queries are rejected or when you don’t hear back from editors.”
My lack of emotion when I see a rejection email from a magazine editor finally made perfect sense to me.
How about you?
Do you feel devastated when an editor rejects your pitches or doesn’t respond to your queries?
you come to terms with rejection, and accepted that it’s simply part of the freelance writing game?
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This Week's Featured Post
The Best Place To Start Your Travel Writing Career
It’s almost a rite of passage for travel writers to start their careers selling articles to regional magazines. Regional travel & lifestyle magazines aren’t intimidating to beginners. And most states have dozens of them.
Here’s what regional travel & lifestyle magazines can do for you, and how to break into them.
Upcoming PostsJune 17: A Day In The Life Of A Travel Writer
June 24: How to Target Specialty Magazines
July 1: Earn More: How to Sell Your Articles Around the World
July 8: How to Be a Prolific Travel Writer
Pitch Travel Write: Most Popular Links for Press Trips and Comped Travel
Getting press trips to interesting and exotic destinations is a major incentive for travel writers. It’s the primary reason so many of us stay in the game. Solid assignments play a major role in helping travel writers get press trips. How Assignments Can Help You Fund Your Travels
What exactly do tourist and PR agencies expect of you after you’ve been wined and dined at their expense? Quid Pro Quo - Expectations for travel writers & press trips
Stop dreaming and take steps to get successful press trip invitations! I’ve listed out the five things I've found key to making it happen in this article. How to Get Invited on Press Trips and FAM Tours
I’m frequently asked how I get invited to go on so many of these trips and FAM Tours. Here are three ways to do this. How to land regional press trips and FAM tours
Here are some of the questions that writers ask about applying for comps. My answers will clarify the tenuous process of requesting complimentary travel, so that you can enjoy some of the fine fruits that travel writing can provide. 5 Rules for Selling Articles & Getting Travel Perks
How to Land Press Trips and Fam Tours will tell you exactly what you need to do to get invitations for Press Trips and FAM tours. Complete with sample letters you can use to request assistance. How to Land Press Trips & FAM Tours
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RESOURCES FOR TRAVEL WRITERS
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