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Issue #447: Writing About Automobile & Military Vehicle Museums
October 02, 2023
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EditorialWe’ve been in Vietnam for almost a week now, and are staying in the lovely Eco Green hotel near My Khe Beach in Danang City. We’re recovering from the lengthy air trip and jet lag and are excited to be back in our old stomping grounds. We lived here for 4.5 years (2017-2021) so it has a special place in our hearts.
We’re catching up with our Vietnamese friends and are excited to see them after two years away. We’ve had morning and evening walks along the beautiful beach and enjoy watching locals and tourists relaxing and playing in the sand and surf. And we’re having fun seeing what’s changed and what’s still the same. Fortunately most of our favorite restaurants are still open and thriving.
We’ll update you with more details in our next newsletter.
Writing About Automobile & Military Vehicle MuseumsNo matter where I travel, I always take time to visit local bookstores. While I’m examining the magazines on the racks, two genres I consistently see are automobile and military vehicle magazines. You may wonder how writing about automobiles & military vehicles relate to travel writing? There’s a beautiful intersection between travel writing and automobiles and military vehicles.
Tourism agencies around the world classify automobile museums and military vehicle museums as bona fide tourist attractions. These museums house a wide variety of historic, classic and antique automobiles and military vehicles with lots to write about.
My automobile and military vehicle assignments have taken me to at least eight countries (USA, England, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Finland, and the Netherlands.) When touring the museums, I'm fascinated by the economic and social impact and history of the automobile, and of the innovative evolution of military vehicles.
I’ve written more than 60 articles about classic cars and military vehicles. They’ve earned me significant revenue — well in excess of $40K. And my automobile museum articles have broken me into at least 12 different national and international magazines, between three countries.
Somebody’s got to write articles for these automobile magazines!
If you like vehicles, here’s how you can break into writing about automobile museums and military vehicles — and make it interesting and lucrative . . .
Travel & Words Conference 2023Allen Cox, editor of Northwest Travel & Life Magazine, would like to invite qualified travel journalists to attend the annual Travel & Words Conference, in Missoula, Montana, from November 12-14, 2023.
This conference is one of the best travel writing conferences in the country. In addition to presentations by some top-notch industry professionals, attendees get to meet media reps from up to 30 destinations in the Northwest (OR, WA, ID, MT, AK, British Columbia.) At the conference, you discuss your writing outlets and interests with them in one-on-one meetings and see if you are a good match for potential press trips. I’ve scored dozens of press trips from the contacts I made at this conference.
In addition to some great presentations and networking with the destination media reps, you'll get to meet a lot of fellow travel writers and talk shop with them. Last year, Allen invited four attendees from our June 2022 Charleston Travel Writing Workshop. They all
had a blast!
Here’s the link to the website:
Travel & Words 2023
Upcoming PostsOct 16: Guide to Successful Press Trip Invitations for Travel Writers
Nov 6: The Benefits of Hiring a Travel Writing Marketing Coach
Nov 20: Types of Travel Stories to Help You Find Your Niche
Inspirational Travel Quote
Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links - Should You Specialize or Should You Write in Diverse Travel Genres?You’ll obviously pitch and sell more stories about your interests and passions, but you should always strive to get your stories published in as many different genres and magazines as you can. When you increase the specialty areas and genres you write in, your potential market increases exponentially.
I’ll always recommend that you write in as many genres as you can. If I had written solely in one genre, I wouldn't have had anywhere near as much success.
By writing in multiple genres, I’ve sold more than 1,000 stories to 200+ regional, national, and international magazines, newspapers, trade journals, custom publications, specialty magazines, in-flights, on-boards, and online travel magazines.
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