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SPECIAL SECTION: Bahamas Workshop - Day One

Bahamas Report: Day 1 -- Don't Go Fishing Dear Reader, I can see palm trees and blue sky through the windows. It's a travel writing perk you can't underestimate, particularly if you live in a place where it's already snowing, this time of year. Our first-ever photography and guidebook writing workshop is underway on Paradise […]

How One Reader Discovered Her True Artistic Passion: An Interview

An Interview with Sue Wright in Carmel Valley, CA TWWTT: Sue, it's obvious that photography has become a real passion for you. We've already told our readers many of your stories - $150 here, an upgraded hotel room there, trips to Vegas, Vancouver, etc. You even said that you've already sold enough photos to more […]

What Editors Want: Rule #1 - People Sell Pictures

PEOPLE SELL PICTURES! By itself, it will enable you to sell more pictures than you ever thought possible.

Editors Buy Practical Advice: Sell Your Insights on the Art of Travel

Surely you've learned some lessons in all the travel you've done. No doubt you've picked up a trick or two along the way that make your trips more enjoyable or efficient or affordable now than they were years back -- before you were so wise. I'm certain you've got ideas, advice, and guidance to share […]

The Simple Secret to Giving Editors What They Want

I'm sitting in a green-and-yellow striped club chair in the lobby of the Delray Beach Marriott in Southern Florida. I'd be perched poolside, but it's pouring out. The palms on the beach across the street are whipping in the wind. Good thing I'm not on vacation. In fact, I'm here to teach a few pointers […]

Free Lodging and Lobster Dinners: An Interview a Travel Writer

AN INTERVIEW WITH TRAVEL WRITER JEANINE BUCKLEY TWWTT: Before we get started, Jeanine, why don't you tell us a little bit about your background and what made you decide to turn to travel writing. JEANINE: My background is in international marketing. While studying a semester in Paris, I fell in love with France and wanted […]

More Bylines Mean More Checks: Two Tips for Selling More Travel Articles

By freelance travel writer and photographer, David Morgan Back in the days when I worked in the editorial offices at International Living, it was my job to rewrite articles to make them publishable. In those times, information on living abroad was sparse. We'd take poorly written articles and rework them - so long as the […]

15 More Profit Boosting Photography Tips for Travel Writers

By freelance travel writer, Jennifer Deng-Pickett Last week I attended Great Escape Publishing's Ultimate Travel Photographer's Workshop where I picked up innumerable tips to help me add photos to the articles I already publish. If you missed my ten tips from last week, you'll find them archived here: www.thetravelwriterslife.com Today, I'm offering up 15 more... […]

10 Useful Photography Tips I Learned In Less Than Two Hours

By freelance travel writer, Jennifer Deng-Pickett I'm writing from the lobby of a DuPont Circle hotel in Washington, DC. I'm here attending Great Escape Publishing's Ultimate Travel Photographer's Workshop -- learning what I can in the interest of adding photos to the articles I already publish. One of the best -- and easiest -- ways […]

How to Write Humorous Travel Stories: Seven Ways to Ensure Something Goes Wrong On Every Trip

By freelance travel writer, Stan Sinberg There's a whole lot of travel writing I can't, for the life of me, do: I get bored silly writing long, adjective-laden descriptions of hotel rooms I've stayed in or of restaurants where I've eaten. Historical facts cloud my head, and I could barely tell you the difference between […]

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. […]