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Issue #417: Why You Should -- and Shouldn't -- Write for Free
October 24, 2022
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!

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


Group Coaching for Travel Writers

If you’ve been thinking about getting in on our group coaching community, this is your last week to get in on this session.

Who’s it for?

  • It's for people who are launching -- or re-launching their travel writing career
  • It's for people looking for the most affordable way to learn everything we know about travel writing, selling your articles, getting published, and travel photography
  • It's for people who want to earn money for their travel stories
  • It's for people who want to get published in print magazines and learn the sales techniques that get results

You’ll get a new lesson every two weeks on one of these subjects (travel writing, photography and marketing/selling your articles) and you’ll get challenges and activities to practice different techniques as you learn.

All the details are here . . .

In our private Facebook group you’ll have access to Roy and Linda to ask questions about any aspect of travel writing and travel photography. You’ll also have open discussions with other travel writers for motivation, inspiration and information.

Don’t forget, during the 12 months you’ll also be able to have a one-on-one, online, personal consultation with Roy on whatever topics you choose.

This 12-month program, has pre-recorded video sessions including: everything you need to know about travel writing, tips to take your writing to the next level, how to sell your articles successfully, dreaming up story ideas that editors want to buy, writing enticing query letters, and the photography techniques to create photo galleries editors will love. And much more!

If you want to build your freelance writing business successfully and you like learning in a supportive, low-pressure environment, this program was made for you.

Registration is limited so act quickly if you want to join this session!

Read about all the benefits here …

Freelance travel writing is a solo endeavor — why not join a community to help inspire and motivate you? You'll learn everything you need to know about travel writing and travel photography.

Registration closes at the end of this week.

You won’t find a better deal for such a comprehensive and enjoyable Group Coaching Program. We’d love it if you’d join us!

We’ll send out another reminder or two later this week but if you’re thinking about joining us, why not sign up now?


Featured Post

Why You Should — and Shouldn’t — Write Travel Articles for Free

Whether or not travel writers should write for free is a topic that comes up frequently when I work with new travel journalists. 

I believe writers should be paid for their work. But, there are times when you might want to donate an article — and other times when you shouldn’t.

Here are the benefits of writing for free — and the drawbacks.


Upcoming Posts

Oct 31: Seven Reasons Why Assignment Letters Can Be Meaningless for Press Trips
Nov 7: Writing for Boating Magazines & Other Nautical Publications
Nov 14: Our Resource Page for Your Travel Writing Business

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

Janet Rae-Dupree . . .

. . . has been a news reporter, sci/tech correspondent, health/medicine writer, and freelance contributor to dozens of newspapers and magazines over the past four decades.

Now focused on travel writing, she draws on adventures in Tasmania, New Zealand, Australia, India, Japan, Puerto Rico, the Baltics, Scandinavia, Mexico, and all 50 of the United States.

Janet views her role as a translator, taking the complex and arcane and turning them into engaging stories that draw the reader into new worlds and experiences.

Janet recently received a complimentary invitation to attend the 2022 Pacific Northwest Travel & Words Conference in North Bend, Oregon, on October 2-4 along with a select group of 20 writers. We look forward to hearing more about her experience at this event.

Inspirational Travel Quote

Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links to Help You Sell Your Articles

Getting published is the main objective of freelance travel writers. 

Every article you write needs to be published somewhere, so you need solid systems in place to do it quickly, efficiently, and successfully.

After all, if you can't sell your articles, you don't get to write them!

Here’s the link to our entire suite of articles on getting your stories published. It’s a gold mine of information. And, it’s free!

Go to the "Getting Published" Resource Page


Featured Book of the Month:

How To Break Into The Luxury Travel Writing Market: A Handbook For Travel Writers

How To Break Into The Luxury Travel Writing Market: A Handbook For Travel Writers

Would you like to stay at luxury resorts, villas, and lodges—for free?

How about being treated like royalty in high-end resorts?

Would you enjoy personalized tours with your own guide and driver?

Does being pampered with lavish treatments in some of the world’s most beautiful spas sound good to you?

Would you enjoy eating at some of the finest restaurants in the world—for free?

Wine tasting at some of the world’s most gorgeous boutique wineries?

My 12-chapter, 130-page manual will walk you, step-by-step, through the luxury travel writing process. You’ll learn how to get luxury travel assignments and leverage them to land luxury travel trips.

I’ve used these techniques to land assignments at dozens of the finest luxury resorts and spas in the world.

This manual contains an up-to-date list of 150+ print magazines and travel websites that publish luxury travel articles. It’s the most comprehensive list of luxury magazine outlets you’ll find ANYWHERE. Having immediate access to these lists alone is worth the price of the eBook, saving you hundreds of hours of research.

Save $5 this month when you use Promo Code: OL5


Latest News on Workshops & eBooks

Travel Writing & Marketing Workshops

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

Santa Fe is a beautiful small city of 83,000. It has enough good restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops, museums, and other attractions to keep travel journalists entertained for a solid week. We're already 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 it needed a complete overhaul.

We’ve tossed out the magazines that have folded since the 2016 edition and added in a whopping 450 NEW magazines 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 OPEN

Are you ready to join us in the October 2022 session?

This is the last week to register!

You can read all the details at the beginning of this newsletter or access all the details at the link below:

Group Coaching Details and Registration

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 and 2022 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.”

Friend me on Facebook

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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