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Issue #298: Nine Self-Promotion Activities To Do When You Can’t Travel
March 30, 2020
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Editorial: Nine Self-Promotion Activities To Do When You Can’t TravelThe coronavirus continues to spread around the world. With regional, national and international travel grinding to a halt, I hope you’re looking for constructive things to do at home.
Self-promotion, or “marketing yourself” is something you need to be doing continuously. It’s one of the things writers often put on the back burner.
If you procrastinate marketing yourself, or have ever thought, “I’ll do it when I get some time,” now is the time. You can’t travel so you should have plenty of time.
Here are nine marketing tasks you can do. They’re broken down into bite sized pieces so they’re all easily actionable. Each task will advance your name, help you promote yourself, and further establish your brand. Try doing one or two each day, or more if you’re really motivated.
Use these tips and you’ll rise above the thousands of others, writhing around in that huge travel writer’s mosh pit:
This Week's Featured Post
Your Query Letter Guide: Seven Valuable Tips for Travel WritersWhen it comes to writing successful query letters, I hear the same questions from new writers.
You'll hear conflicting advice about queries because experts all have their own techniques. This article will set the record straight in terms of how I do things, what has been successful for me, and the advice I give to my coaching clients.
With the digital age and the speed at which things happen these days, the game has changed dramatically. Freelance travel writers who want to succeed need to change with it. After all, if your query letters don’t sell your stories, you’ll never get to write them.
Here's my guide to query letters. It answers the questions about query letters that I receive most often. These are the techniques I’ve used — with great success — to sell more than 1,000 articles to 200+ publications and get paid for them.
If you need clarification around the rather murky waters of query letters, you'll find it here . . .
GROUP COACHING MASTERMINDThere's been a lot of interest in group coaching and many of you asked when we’re going to offer it. We're working on it.
We’re planning to make it affordable, fun, helpful and productive for you. And we'll be releasing the final details soon. Stay tuned!
Our BRAND NEW group coaching program will be limited to the first 25 registrants.
Only people on the interest list will receive early signup privileges and discounts.
Upcoming PostsApril 6: Six Ways to Earn More in Travel Writing by Investing in Yourself
April 13: Five Surprisingly Simple Readability Statistics to Improve Your Travel Writing and Blogging
April 20: Selling Your Luxury Travel Stories
PitchTravelWrite.com Success Stories
If you read our first travel writing success story, you’ll recall that we gained considerable momentum with Roy Stevenson as our coach. We made a strategic decision to extend our coaching contract with Roy – and we’re glad we did!
As a result, we’ve moved up the travel writing totem pole and started getting better paid assignments with print magazines. We leveraged those assignments for two memorable complimentary trips this past year.
Our success story continues.
Here’s our travel writing success story for the past 12 months:
Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links about Creating Magazine Lists
Travel writers are always asking me to help them prepare magazine distribution lists so they can send out their queries. 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.
After all, if you can’t find magazines to pitch, you’re not going to get your stories published.
But I wouldn’t be doing you any favors by doing this research for you. If someone else does your work for you, you’re not going to learn how to do your own magazine searches. And, this is such a crucial skill for freelance writing success.
You need to put in the time on the Internet, researching Writer’s Market, and checking out the magazine racks at your local bookstore.
There are some things you can do to enhance your magazine researching skills. The following articles
cover the nuts-and-bolts of creating distribution lists.
Inspirational Travel Quote
RESOURCES FOR TRAVEL WRITERS
Featured Book of the Month: THE ART & CRAFT OF TRAVEL WRITING
“The Art & Craft of Travel Writing: How to Develop Your Craft, Hone Your Skills, Avoid Mistakes, Work Smarter, and Be More Successful”.
What’s in our 21-chapter, 152-page book?
The Art & Craft of Travel Writing has five sections:
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Our aim is to provide you with practical, nitty gritty information to help you gain entry the travel writing realm and all the enjoyment that comes with it, too.
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• and plenty of other useful information to get you up to speed.
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That's all for now. Until next week - just keep pitching! Roy
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