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How to Make Real Money Writing Travel Articles: Part One

There are two secrets to making real money writing travel articles. The first is to write articles you can sell more than once. The second is to support your articles with stunning photographs.

What To Do About Gender...And 8 More Tips for Dealing with Editors

The question of how to address an editor of dubious gender can be tricky. I know an Adrian and a Micky who are both women... and a Jocelyn who is a man. Rather than go down the Ms/Mr. route, address the recipient by his or her full name, i.e. Dear Steenie Harvey.

Five Punctuation Tricks for Travel Writers

Punctuation, says one newspaper style guide, is "a courtesy designed to help readers to understand a story without stumbling."

Get Your Facts Right, Get Them Published, and Get Those Perks

Your article makes editors look good they'll file it. And they'll remember you. It's a smart way for you to stay on their radar screen -- and stay at the top of their "invite" list, too.

From High School Teacher to Travel Writer: An Interview with Freelance Travel Writer

An Interview with freelance travel writer,Gail Lambert in Roanoke, VA TWWTT: Before we get started why don't you tell us a little about yourself.   Where are you from?   What's your main profession? GAIL: I was born in NYC, grew up in Atlanta, and married a Roanoker.   I taught high school & middle […]

11 Ways to Kill an Editor

Strychnine...a stiletto dagger...an AK 47. Texas chain-saws...hit-and-run...the toxic liver of a Japanese blowfish. A noose dangling from cross-beamed rafters...manual strangulation...suffocation by plastic bag. Quicksand...cut brake pipes...hairdryer in the bathwater. Stampeding herds of wild elephants...poisonous spiders...man-eating Bengal tigers. When starting out, many writers experience rejection. Although it’s tempting to fantasize about the monster behind the editorial […]

A Week in The Life of Travel Writing Course Student

SIX FREE SAILING TRIPS AND FIVE DEEP SEA FISHING TRIPS: A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF TRAVEL WRITING COURSE STUDENT, GARY PEACH An interview with Gary Peach in Costa Rica TWWTT: Before we get started why don't you tell us a little about yourself?   How did you hear about the Ultimate Travel Writer's Course? […]

Can You Pitch Multiple Article Ideas in One Query Letter?

Pitching a whole bunch of article suggestions to an editor is definitely a bad ideas. For starters, a well-thought-out query letter shouldn't really be any longer than a page.

How One Never-Before-Published Travel Writer Sold 3 Articles in Less Than 8 Weeks

An Interview with Great Escape Publishing's attendee Maigii Sterling in Toronto, Canada. Read how a never-before-published travel writer sold 3 articles in less than 8 weeks. Get right down to it. Do not procrastinate.

VIP Access and Perks: Travel Like a Celebrity on a Backpacker's Budget

I just returned from Venezuela where I enjoyed the VARIG VIP Lounge in the Sao Paulo International Airport at no charge, landed a complimentary stay in a 3-star hotel in Caracas, and got a free pass to the "Telesferico," the longest cable car service in the world.

A Travel Writer's Gear Guide: From Paper to Processing Power

By John Forde in Paris, France The more you travel, the more you realize it pays to travel light. The good news for travel writers is that you don't need much equipment to get by. (And of course, you're most important writing tool resides between your ears!) Just the same, I get asked all the […]

Why The Shrinking Newspaper Market Shouldn't Concern You One Bit

The number of daily newspapers in the United States has declined every year for the past two decades. Today, ninety-eight percent of American cities have only one daily paper. What's more, travel editors' budgets regularly appear on the chopping block. And the thing is: papers never paid that well to begin with. I think Randy […]

Travel Writing: How to Stop Wasting Time and Get Started

Here's a productivity secret. And it works for anything, not just travel writing: Try inverting your agenda. Put the big projects in front and the small stuff in back, instead of the other way around. You'll find you get a LOT more done.

Most Important Months of Your Career

New Year signals the start of a five-month period that I think of as the Window-of-Opportunity Sprint. If you're serious about accomplishing your objectives, you had better come out of the starting gate fast on Monday, January 3 -- and keep going at full speed through at least the end of May.

Know Before You Go: Five Tips for Getting the Most Out of Every Trip

Getting organized before a trip can make your visit not only more efficient, but more enjoyable, too. I spoke with Lori a few weeks back, as I was preparing to leave for Porto and northern Portugal, and she asked me to share with you what I was doing to ensure my time on the ground […]