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Issue #305: Five Simple Tips To Add Life to Your Travel Story
May 18, 2020
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Editorial: Falling In Love With A Destination Does Not Equal An Article Sale

I’ve visited plenty of destinations that I just itched to write about. These were places that excited me and that I connected with at some emotional level.

After my first visit to Paris, for example, I just wanted to tell the world about this marvelous place. As a novice writer, I sent out 50 query letters pitching a standard roundup story about the City of Lights. The results were predictable: I didn’t hear back from any of the editors.

Why didn’t editors want to buy my Paris story? Because Paris roundups have been flogged to death for decades, perhaps even centuries. While thumbing through an ancient 1960s copy of National Geographic I found a Paris roundup story. No wonder all those editors ignored my Paris query!

If I wanted to see my articles in print—and be paid for them—I realized I would have to dream up some unique story angles about the destinations that resonated with me.

Only a few months later, somewhat wiser, I had several Paris features published in print after pitching unique story angles. One article was about the remarkable funerary sculptures at Pere LaChaise Cemetery, published in an in-flight. Another published piece was about the eerie catacombs deep beneath Paris’ bustling streets.

When you fall in love with a place, you just want to share it with everyone. I get that. But selling a story idea about that place to a magazine editor is a different proposition altogether.

When you're considering a story that you want to pitch and sell, your success will always come down to . . .
1. Is the story angle unique?

2. Is there enough “juice” in the story to interest an editor?

3. Are there plenty of magazines that might be interested in your story idea?

If you answer "no" to any of these three questions, the chance of selling your story plummets.

There are times when you’ll have to place your story idea in a back-burner file because it just doesn’t have enough juice or it’s just not the right time to pitch this piece. Get over it and move on. Work on more viable story ideas instead.

This Week's Featured Post

Five Simple Tips To Add Life to Your Travel Story

Successful travel writing consists of more than just stating that a tourist attraction is “there”. Unfortunately, many novice travel writers and bloggers believe making a list is all they have to do. They list the names of a destination’s main tourist attractions and think they’ve done their job. 

If you want to break into glossy travel magazines and quality travel websites, and get paid, your writing is going to require more effort than simply making lists.

Magazine editors expect you to entertain as well as inform.  They’re paying you to conjure up images of the destination in their reader’s minds. 

Here are five valuable and easy to implement travel writing tips to spice up your writing . . .



Are you tired of talking, thinking, and dreaming of breaking into travel writing?

Are you ready to start writing?

Many of you have asked when we’re going to offer group coaching. So, we're working on it. We’re planning to make it affordable, fun, and helpful and productive for you.

Everything will be done online with video training, a community of like-minded writers helping each other, a robust focus on the craft of writing and the art of selling, and lots of other resources at your fingertips.

Here are a few of the things we’ll be offering through our Group Coaching Mastermind program:

A group coaching place where . . .

- you’ll get helpful critiques of your story ideas
- you’ll learn how to write successful query letters
- you’ll get solid advice about pitching your stories
- you’ll get feedback on your articles
- you’ll get photography tips for preparing galleries for editors
- you’ll have an opportunity to showcase your articles & photos

A safe and helpful community where . . .

- you can ask questions and get the answers you need
- you can gain the confidence to leap over roadblocks
- you can gain insight, encouragement, and support
- you can tap into for help when you’re stuck with your writing
- you can give and receive solid advice about problems
- you can celebrate your writing successes
- you can ask for help with magazine leads to pitch your story ideas
- other members can help with“in-the-trenches” perspectives
- everyone exchanges thoughts on story ideas and what works

A mentoring and resource place where . . .

- you'll receive marketing tips about selling your travel stories
- you’ll find new resources to boost your freelance travel writing knowledge
- you’ll get advice on the craft of travel writing
- you’ll have opportunities to fine-tune your photography skills
- you’ll get a chance to share your articles & best shots

You’ll get a writing community, group coaching and resources and content so you can succeed in travel writing - and have fun with other travel writers while you’re doing it.

Our BRAND NEW Group Coaching program will be limited to the first 35 registrants. The people on the interest list will get first option to register, so if you’re interested, get on the no-obligation list so you’ll be notified first:

Click here to get on the Group Coaching Interest List

Upcoming Posts

May 25: Free! My Freelance Writing Articles Published In Writing Magazines Around The World
June 1: Seven Reasons Why Aspiring Novelists Should Write For Magazines
June 8: What A Year In The Life Of A Fulltime Travel Writer Looks Like Success Stories

Persistence & Passion Lead to Success

Sandra Bornstein was already an accomplished author when she attended our Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class in April 2017. But, she wanted to learn more about marketing her work to paying print magazines.

To gain traction in paying print media she needed to learn the marketing and sales component of freelance travel writing.

Sandy says, “Marketing continued to be one of my weaknesses, so I attended Roy Stevenson’s Seattle Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class. After the class, I flew back to Colorado with a revised marketing plan.”

Her 3-step marketing process led to exciting and predictable results – getting more stories published!

Here’s how she did it …


Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links about Improving Your Travel Writing

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. From the readers perspective, we live a charmed life.  

But, there’s much more to the travel writing craft. There are things behind the scenes that your reader doesn’t know about like . . . - how to say the words in just the right way  - sharing valuable information to catch their attention - knowing how to keep them engaged

All of this, and more, is part of travel writing.

There’s also a lot to learn about controlling your time and freeing yourself up from mundane tasks so that you can spend more time on the things you love to do – writing about travel.

This resource page includes information 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.

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Featured Bundle: The Creative Pack

Our Creative Pack provides resources to help you with the first piece of the travel writing puzzle. These three eBooks give the starting point for every travel writer: dreaming up unique story ideas, finding the best writing niches for your interests, passions and experience, and the art & craft of travel writing. You can learn more here . . .

Here's how these reference guides will help you.

The Art & Craft of Travel Writing is a handy reference guide to make your travel stories sparkle and help you become a more successful writer.  

The tips and techniques packed into the 170-page book will help you develop your craft, hone your skills, and work smarter.

In Find Your Niche you'll learn why it’s important to write in a variety of genres.  It explores the multitude of opportunities available to travel writers and other freelance writers.  

You'll learn to identify the niches that are most interesting and meaningful to you. 

And you’ll find out how to hone in on the most profitable niches.

Full of  tips, advice and inspiration, this 85-page book will help you find your niche!

Story Ideas that Sell guides you along the highly creative path of inventing and discovering potential travel stories to pitch and sell to travel magazines. Conjuring up viable story ideas are the very bedrock of every successful travel writer today.  

In this 76-page book you'll learn my winning system to generate story ideas that sell.  Master this first step - and combine it with a great pitch - and you’ll soon find yourself immersed in exciting experiences with fascinating people.

You can buy the books individually, or save 10% by grabbing the bundle. Learn more and purchase the Creative Pack. . .

Live Workshops

People have been asking when our 2021 workshops in the U.S. are scheduled. They're scheduled in June, 2021, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Here are the 2021 dates:
June 3-6, 2021, Travel Writing & Photography Retreat
June 8-10, 2021, Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers

We have had a lot of interest for these workshops already. You can sign up for our no-obligation interest list for these workshops and receive our substantial early bird discounts when we open registration:


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That's all for now. Until next week - just keep pitching! Roy

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