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Issue #422: A Travel Writing Secret for Success
November 28, 2022
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!

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

What We're Doing

In May 2023 we’ll be holding our Travel Writing & Photography Retreat and our Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

We’re excited to be going on a scouting Fam Tour of Santa Fe from December 4-9 with the Santa Fe Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. The primary purpose of our trip is to find a suitable venue and host hotel for the workshops.

Santa Fe will be an outstanding destination workshop!

We'll also be touring Santa Fe's main tourist attractions because it punches well above its weight here. This beautiful city of 83,000 has great restaurants, fascinating history and museums, creative art galleries, enticing boutique shops, and other interesting attractions to keep travel journalists entertained for a solid week.

We’ll tell you more about Santa Fe, the attractions and the hotel we found to host our workshops in an upcoming newsletter. Stay tuned!

Featured Post

A Travel Writing Secret for Success

Every week aspiring writers ask me to share my travel writing secret to success. They want to know the one key that has opened the door to my most notable writing achievements so they will know how to be successful. 

They ask . . .

“How have you managed to get so many articles published in such a short time?”
“How have you managed to get your stories into so many different magazines, trade and specialty journals, in-flights, on-boards, and blogs and websites?”

“How do you get all those press trips and FAM Tours?”

Aspiring travel writers reason that if they know the answers to these questions, they can simply emulate my actions and reap the accompanying perks and rewards. That’s logical - find out what makes someone tick, and then copy them. 

But those of you who’ve been around for a while know there is no single secret to achieving success in any field. Achieving success is due to a balanced combination of factors and talents rather than being expert at just one thing. 

There are a handful of common success traits.


Upcoming Posts

Dec 5: Improve Your Travel Writing: Six Easy Ways to Get Useful Feedback (Without Taking a Class Or Joining a Writer's Group)
Dec 12: Our Travel Writing Craft Resource Page
Jan 9: Are You Getting Paid for Your Travel Stories?

Here's Who Joined Us in Charleston SC for Our Travel Writing & Photography Retreat and Our Marketing Master Class For Travel Writers

Donna Hall . . .

. . . has lived in Scandinavia and traveled throughout the U.S., Europe and China. She worked in public relations and marketing for 20 years before becoming a special education teacher.

Donna is an Alaska Travel Expert, certified by the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) and a member of ATIA. She’s also the author of travel website Homer by the Bay (.com)

Her blog is about the ongoing discovery of Homer, Alaska — the enchanting and beautiful place where she lives. It’s about all the things that make this place a treasure and an amazing place to visit and call home.

Donna enjoys new experiences, reading, diving down the research rabbit hole, and sharing the joy of exploring new places. And she's one of our biggest fans. At the Charleston workshop Donna showed me her file with my ten travel writing eBooks — she has them all!

Thank you for attending our workshops, Donna. You traveled the farthest of all the participants!

Inspirational Travel Quote

Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links About Your Writing Goals and Productivity

Do you want to sell more travel stories, maximize your time, & wring as much money as possible from your freelance writing?

Here are three articles packed with advice and ideas to boost your productivity and help you achieve those goals . . .

Seven Ways to Increase Your Productivity

Six Tips to Save Time and Earn More Money

How to Sell Multiple Story Angles About a Destination


Featured Book of the Month:

The Art & Craft of Travel Writing

We’re thrilled to offer this month’s book, “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?

We’re glad you asked!

Here are some of the chapters . . .

  • Creating a Sense of Place and Ambiance

  • Turning Your Destination into a Compelling Read

  • How to Write Like a Seasoned Professional

  • Five Travel Writing Blunders and How to Avoid Them

  • Why Some Travel Writers Have More Success

  • How to Plug into the Travel Writing Community

  • Seven Ways to Take Control of Your Writing Time

  • Set Up Systems to Create More Writing Time

This book will help you hone your travel writing skills and get more stories published.

We’ll show you how to allocate your writing time for maximum efficiency, and exactly what you need to do to break into the competitive travel writing market.

This month only you can get $5 off is you use Promo Code ACN5 at checkout. It's a great resource and this month you can get this book for less than $10:


Latest News on Workshops & eBooks

Travel Writing & Marketing Workshops

We’re already planning next year’s Travel Writing and Marketing workshops. We'll be holding them in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Santa Fe is a beautiful city of 83,000 people. It has plenty of good restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops, museums, and other attractions to keep travel journalists entertained for a solid week. We're looking forward to seeing you in Santa Fe!

New eBooks Coming Soon

We’re excited to announce that we’ve finished the draft of our ebook “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!

We’ll have more details in an upcoming newsletter once we’ve done the finishing touches.

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.

More information on both eBooks coming soon.

Group Coaching Registration is Closed

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If you want to get on our Interest List, follow the link below . . .

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Did You Know . . .

Our Complete Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers is ranked #1 on’s Top Ten Travel Writing Workshops.

Your next opportunity to attend these classes be in 2023. Our travel writing & marketing workshops are highly informative and a blast, socially.

Our travel writing & marketing workshops are highly informative and a blast, socially.

Get on our interest list for updates:

Travel Writing Workshops 2023 Interest List

You can access the list of the top ten travel writing workshops from Travel Writers Exchange at the link below: Travel Writers Exchange workshop list: #1 Marketing Master Class

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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 is once again on The Write Life’s list of 100 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS! 

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 Magazine also lists us on their Best Genre/Niche Websites for 2021.

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
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