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A PAYING ONLINE MARKET IDEAL FOR NEW WRITERS COLLECTING CLIPS By Wendy VanHatten, for The Right Way to Travel At TouristTravel.com, you'll find The Traveler, that site's monthly e-letter, which has been around since 1999 and is a great online travel resource.  Tom Schueneman, the owner, editor, and publisher, is also a freelance travel writer […]

How To Make Your Subjects Pop

MAKING YOUR SUBJECTS REALLY POP: 3 EASY TIPS FOR USING DEPTH OF FIELD By Carol Shields, in Atlanta, GA Dear Reader, One of the most effective ways to catch a viewer's eye with your photo is to put the main subject in sharp focus and blur the background. In technical terms, this makes use of […]

Gift Guide: How to Shoot the #1 Photo Gift

Framed photographs make great gifts for family, friends, and coworkers (just about anyone on your list).  They don't have to take much time to create and they're a wonderful expression of your love and creativity. This week and next, I'm going to tell you about the three types of photos that make the best gifts. […]

Five Hundred Bucks For A Photo... Fast

Today: *** Reader Feedback: How Shannon Earned $500 for One Photo *** Practical Writing Prompt of the Week: You're An "Insider" Where You Live - Turn Your Expertise into $$$ Dear Reader, She took her camera to Appalacia in September and sold two of her photos for $250 a piece... I just got this email […]

FEATURED PUBLICATION: Parenting Publications

How to increase your potential audience by breaking into parenting magazines. Here is the featured publication for this week: Parenting Publications.

November “Photos for All Seasons” Winners

By Carol Shields, in Atlanta, GA If you entered our November photo contest ("Photos for All Seasons" was our theme) -- thank you. And if you didn't... don't miss your opportunity to submit a photo this month. The images have been really fantastic -- varied, interesting, and just plain beautiful. Choosing a winner is proving to […]

Two Higher Paying Niche Markets...

Blessed with travel-writing perks, you can find yourself gallivanting around the world like a millionaire... an invite to a luxury resort here... complimentary theater tickets there... And, of course, if you're writing about your travels, many of your expenses are likely tax-deductible -- savings that can add up to a fine stack of greenbacks at […]

How to Write about a "Discovered" Spot

A few tips from freelance writer and editor Jennifer Stevens, how to write about a "discovered" spot.


THINK BEYOND CONVENTIONAL TOURISM TO WORK, STUDY, AND LIVING OVERSEAS By Roberta Beach Jacobson Transitions Abroad (TA) has been around since 1977, which was right around the time I happened to relocate abroad. So I've been an avid reader and contributor for years. I started my association with TA by sending short tips to the […]

December's Photo Challenge Theme

THIS MONTH'S PHOTO CHALLENGE THEME: THE TRUE MEANING OF THE SEASON By Carol Shields Because December is a special time of year, we decided on a photo theme that we think is special, too. It's "The True Meaning of the Season," and we're looking to see how you can express that as a story in […]

Four Tips For Selling More Photos

Hey, look at me! I'm a professional photographer! Just like a movie actor who yearns to direct, I, a life-long freelance writer, have always had a yen to see one of my photographs in a glossy magazine with a byline attached (and a check in the mail.) And now it's happened a few times, thanks […]

Finding The Best Hotel Deals

Tips on how to fund the best hotel deals. Here are four things you can do to uncover new gems with less risk...


GAIN GREAT EXPOSURE TO EDITORS THROUGH TRAVEL POST MONTHLY Travel Post Monthly, an online travel magazine, does double-duty as a travel content wire service. It means you get more than the usual "bang for your buck" as it were, when you land a by-line or photo credit there. Not only do you gain an attractive […]

Leaves, Clouds, PVC Pipes, And More: How To Turn The Everyday Into Salable Abstract Shots

Tips from Carol Shields, on how to turn the everyday salable abstract shots.

How to Sell More by Making Your Articles Balanced

Granted, writing marketing sales copy and travel articles may seem like two very different things. But they're not as far apart as you probably think. Both need to be persuasive and well-balanced. And that's exactly what applying "The Four-Legged Stool" will do for your writing -- whether its intent is to sell somebody a product or service (as a marketing piece does) or sell somebody a destination (as a travel article does).