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Understanding Writer's Guidelines: How Travel Writers Get Paid

Can you make a full-time living as a travel writer? Yes, you can. Some established travel writers we know log annual earnings of $50,000 or more working full time. Can you get super-rich working strictly as a freelance travel writer? Probably not. This kind of writing is more about the lifestyle, the freedom, the travel […]

Writer's Guidelines Decoded: 22 Terms Every Writer Should Know

By Freelance Writer, Roy Barnes Every publication has guidelines that answer the questions freelancers like you have about things like article length... departments... style... and so on. Last week, we talked about where to find these guidelines. (http://www.thetravelwriterslife.com/?p=86) This week, let's take a look at some of the terms you'll typically find in Writer's Guidelines... […]

Where to Find Your Next Paycheck: 853,000 Places to Get Published

By Freelance Writer, Roy Barnes The first step to getting an article published -- and the most important one -- is to find the publications best-suited for your story. If you get your audience right at the start, chances are you'll have a much easier time landing assignments and getting paid. So that's what we'll […]

Specific Details: How to Write Descriptions That Mark You As a Pro

I'm going to show you one of the most important things you can do to ensure that your descriptions help your articles stand out in an editor's mind.

How to Sell Your Photos to Large Newspapers

Last weekend during our Ultimate Travel Writer's Workshop in San Francisco, I picked up a great tip about selling photos to large newspapers from Kyle Wagner, travel editor for the Denver Post... The number one way to break into large newspapers with photos, she said, is to get a hold of the publication's editorial calendar. […]

Two Ways to Pinpoint Your Audience and Sell Your Story

Not only do you need to sell your destination... whether a hotel, restaurant, or rarely visited beach... you also need to sell your article, whether to a reading audience or, more importantly, to the editor who will accept or reject it.

From Retired English Teacher to Travel Writer

An Interview with Steve Weisman Like many of our readers, former high school English teacher and coach Steve Weisman launched his freelance writing career so that he would have something to keep him occupied (and paid) when he retired. Now, two years since that retirement, he’s downright busy as outdoor editor for three newspapers in […]

Six Ways to Conquer the Blank Page

By freelance travel writer, Jerre Repass in Brinkley, AR Sitting in front of a blank page has been described as watching a rabbit in a snow storm. Not a pleasant experience for the rabbit or the writer! But truth be known, almost all writers have moments, days, weeks, when productivity is zero. Fear of writer’s […]

The Right Way To Use "Rights" -- So You Can Sell Your Article Again and Again

When you're submitting an article for publication, the kinds of "rights" you sell with it will make all the difference in your ability to resell that same piece, word-for-word.

When (And How) To Sell and Resell Your Specialty Story

Do you send your article to many publications at once, hoping for a taker? Or do you target one at a time and wait for a response before you peddle it elsewhere? It depends, is my answer. WHEN YOUR ARTICLE HAS NICHE APPEAL… Say your story is "specially focused" toward a particular, niche audience. In […]

Stand Out From the Crowd: 5 More Ways to Promote Yourself

Do writers grab every opportunity to promote ourselves? Read about these 5 ways to promote yourself and stand out from the crowd.

Who's Responsible for Fact-Checking? 3 Steps for Getting (and keeping) Your Facts Straight

By freelance travel writer and editor, Roberta Beach Jacobson, in Karpathos, Greece I was assigned to cover a small island for a weekly newspaper. It was the sort of tranquil spot you'd go to get away from it all. You'd swim, fish, or hike. There wasn't much there beyond pebble beaches to help me reach […]

SPECIAL SECTION: Paris Photography Workshop - Day 5

Be Prepared: Photography News from Paris Special Paris Dispatch #5 On-The-Ground Reports from the Ultimate Travel Photography Workshop in Paris Since you couldn't be with us in Paris for our workshop, I asked David Morgan -- a freelance writer and photographer -- to fill you in on what we've learned. You'll find his last report […]

SPECIAL SECTION: Paris Photography Workshop - Day 4

Your Hometown $700/day: Photography News from Paris Special Paris Dispatch #4 On-The-Ground Reports from the Ultimate Travel Photography Workshop in Paris Since you couldn't be with us in Paris for our workshop, I asked David Morgan -- a freelance writer and photographer -- to fill you in on what we've learned. You'll find his fourth […]

SPECIAL SECTION: Paris Photography Workshop - Day 3

Retire on $1: Photography News from Paris Special Paris Dispatch #3 On-The-Ground Reports from the Ultimate Travel Photography Workshop in Paris Since you couldn't be with us in Paris for our workshop, I asked David Morgan -- a freelance writer and photographer -- to fill you in on what we've learned. You'll find his third […]