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Issue #437: 90 Minute Coaching Opportunity
May 01, 2023
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!

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

90-Minute Coaching Opportunity

For the next 2 weeks I’m offering 90-minute “Pick My Brain” coaching sessions for only $147. (We normally charge $247 for this service.)

Many people are launching or re-launching their travel writing careers and I thought this might help answer your questions, get help with query letters, give advice on how to get comps or give you feedback on story ideas — just a few of the many things you can ask me in your coaching session. Just one session could get you past those stumbling blocks that are keeping you from making progress.

These 90-minute coaching sessions allow you to “pick my brain” and are customized to meet your specific needs. It's designed for freelance travel writers of all levels looking for expert help on specific topics.

We’re accepting registrations from May 1st until May 14th, 2023. It’s limited to the first 20 people to apply. All coaching sessions will take place between May 15 and June 30, 2023.

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90-Minute Coaching: How Can I Help You?

Maybe you're looking for an expert to give you feedback on your story ideas and their viability in the current market? Or to gain insight and help with some aspect of your travel writing process that isn’t working?

Perhaps you need some instruction on how to request complimentary travel assistance from tourism media PRs, or get invited on press trips.

You can “pick my brain” about any travel writing topics you choose.

You can use this time to ask me . . .

  • questions about sales & marketing your travel stories
  • how to write or improve your query letters to capture editors’ interest
  • about writing techniques and what you’re struggling with
  • anything on your mind about general travel writing
  • advice about your travel story ideas and get my feedback to strengthen them and make them more marketable
  • how to leverage your travel assignments for press trips and complimentary travel assistance
  • to critique, proofread and give feedback on your article draft for a final polish before you submit it to your editor

Who am I?

For those of you who are just getting to know me, I’m a full time professional freelance travel writer and photographer with more than 1,000 articles published in 200+ regional, national, and international magazines, newspapers, trade journals, custom publications, specialty magazines, in-flights, on-boards, and online travel magazines. I’m considered one of the most prolific travel writers in the U.S.A.

My work has appeared in American Cowboy, Australia & New Zealand, Beers-of-the-World, Beer Connoisseur, Beer Magazine, Beer & Brewery, Blue Water Sailing, Britain Magazine, Canadian Yachting West, Cheese Connoisseur, Classic Boat, Coast Food & Arts, Collectible Automobile, Emirates Open Skies in-flight, Gorge Guide, International Living, Jeep Action, Lost Treasure, New Zealand Sunday News, Northwest Meetings & Events, Northwest Travel & Lifestyle, Off-Road Adventures, Oregon Coast, Popular Communications, Renaissance, Scotland Magazine, Sculpture, Smithsonian Air & Space, South China Morning Post, Spirit of Ireland, Sunday Oregonian, This England, and 20 travel websites.

90-Minute Coaching: How It Works

  1. This open-ended consultation can be done via Skype, Facetime, phone, email, or a combination.
  2. You can use up all your time in one session -- which is what most people do. You can also use the consulting over multiple sessions, until you’ve used up your 90-minutes.
  3. After you register I’ll be in touch to schedule our session. I’ll need your list of questions prior to our session to make the best use of our time. We’re not limited to that list but it gives us a good starting point for our discussion.

This offer is open for registration from May 1st until May 14th, 2023. It’s limited to twenty people.

All coaching sessions will take place between May 15 and June 30, 2023.

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Coaching Testimonials

After being inspired by Roy Stevenson at a travel writing workshop, I subscribed to his weekly newsletter. When he offered subscribers different mentoring options, very reasonably priced, I chose all of them because I figured I'd benefit most that way.

In the last 2 weeks I've had 4 article queries accepted by Canoe and Kayak Magazine and Cruise Travel Magazine - that's 4 paid stories for a trip I haven't even taken yet!!!!

I've done all the work, but he's guiding me every step of the way. Making suggestions about how to make my queries stronger, how to build up my distribution list, recommending other paid magazines to pitch, and checking my work.

With Roy's skilled guidance, this does not feel so overwhelming anymore. Highly recommend it!!

“I had previously sent out my query letter and received no replies. When I learned about Roy's services I paid for him to help me — and the results were amazing! Within a few days of Roy tweaking my query letter I had two editors contact me and commission my work. He not only provided help with the letter but also sent me a list of possible magazines to query. Both confirmations were from that list.

In addition Roy provided follow up advice when the editors had questions I wasn't sure about. Without his help, I might have made some beginner mistakes and not get commissioned.

I highly recommend Roy's services to anyone. The cost is low and the results high. He not only provided me with advice on the query letter but also a list of magazines that would possibly buy my story. As soon as I sent it out I received confirmations from two editors the same week!

I believe even seasoned travel writers could learn a thing or two from Roy, but for the novice the advice is invaluable. His fast responses meant I was able to make decisions on what to do immediately, and his continued advice when the editors had questions meant I was able to reply to them with confidence about rights and payment. - Tim Campbell, UK Travel Writer

I've just returned from the Billings, Mt area where I spent 5 days researching 2 articles that I have for NW Travel magazine. Custer's Battlefield" a 400 word article and "Best of Billings" - a round-up piece 600 words. Publication will be July and September respectively.

I was the recipient of free tours, lodging and quite a few meals, courtesy of the Montana CVB and others. I will also be paid for the articles.

I have also secured articles for a trip I'm taking to UK this summer. Renaissance magazine, Discover Britain magazine, Kindred Spirit magazine and online magazine have all commissioned me to write 800-1400 word articles and I'll make about $1000.00 USD for them, besides any travel perks that I am afforded.

I couldn't be happier with the coaching I've received from the prolific magazine article writer Roy Stevenson, who not only is an excellent teacher but also has the tremendous amount of patience required to deal with me when it comes to technical stuff. (I'm sure many of you who are new to the arena can relate.)

I highly recommend Roy’s services. Thank you, Roy !!! - Jed Vaughn, Travel Writer

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Featured Post

Press Trip Tips: Resources for Travel Writers

Once you’ve established your reputation as a travel writer in your region or around the world, and you have a good relationship with several magazine and travel website editors, you’ll find a whole new world opening up to you - that of FAM Tours and Press Trips.

With assignments, these trips will provide you with free or low cost travel. You’ll find links to 16 FREE Press Trip articles on this resource page. Each article is packed with tips that I’ve used to land more than 200 press trips in 25 countries around the globe.


Upcoming Posts

May 15: The Benefits of Hiring a Travel Writing Marketing Coach
June 5: Getting Published: Tips and Resources to Help You  Sell Your Articles
June 19: Do You Have These Two Skills to Succeed in Travel Writing?

Inspirational Travel Quote

Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links About Getting Published

Getting published is the main objective of freelance travel writers. If you can’t sell your articles, you don’t get to write them.

Every article you write needs to be published somewhere, so you need solid systems in place to do this quickly, efficiently, and successfully. presents our free Tips and Resources Portal to help you sell your travel articles.

Here’s the link to our entire suite of 30 articles on getting your stories published. It has everything we’ve ever published about getting travel stories published!

Getting Published Tips and Resource Portal


Featured Book: Rock Star Travel Writers

Have you ever wondered how travel writers get their stories published in the top shelf travel magazines?

Our book, Rock Star Travel Writers, reveals—through a series of in-depth interviews—insider tips, tricks, and secrets that 10 leading travel journalists use to land assignments in the most prominent travel glossies, and be paid well for their efforts.

I wish I had this information when I started out on my travel writing journey!

If I’d known, early in my career, what the successful travel writers were doing to get published in top flight magazines, this knowledge would have sped up my entry into this competitive field.

You might ask, What qualifies these contributors to offer expert advice on the art and science of travel writing?

The proof is in their bylines. Read through the (partial) list of their bylines that follows this introduction. Collectively, these writers have had their work published in the world’s most prestigious and heavy hitter travel magazines like National Geographic Traveler, AFAR, BBC Travel, Lonely Planet, Condé Nast Traveler, American Express, Robb Report, Business Jet Traveler, Australia & New Zealand Magazine, plus in-flights like American Way, Hemispheres, Delta Sky, and many other notable publications.

The detailed interviews you’re about to read get right down to the nitty gritty of travel writing. They tell the personal stories of these writer’s journeys and show how they’ve managed to get their stories published in the world’s most treasured travel publications.

For the month of May you can save $5 if you use PROMO CODE RSTW5


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 May 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.”

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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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