The Six-Figure Travel Writer

“How do I discuss pricing in a proposal for a travel content marketing writing client?”

We’ve got a new book out, 101 Things You Need to Know to Make it as a Travel Writer, that answers 101 questions that we hear from travel writers all the time that are holding them back from achieving their Dream of Travel Writing. To celebrate the new book, we’ll be tackling a new sticky travel-writing situation each Monday here on The Six-Figure Travel Writer blog.

“How do I discuss pricing in a proposal for a travel content marketing writing client?”

Give three choices doing different amounts of work for different prices: a small, medium, and large. (Yep, Goldilocks style!)

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Daily Free Travel Writing Webinars for July

You can now stream all of our past webinars–one each weekday–for free.

These webinars are only available at the times listed, live, but you can catch the replay in video, audio, and transcript form, along with the webinar slides, at any time in our on-demand webinar library.

Check out the full schedule of July’s webinars and register for your favorites below.

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Join Us for Free Travel Writing Lessons on the Types of Articles to Write and Tripling Your Travel Writing Income

In the two years since we began running regular one-hour travel writing classes, we’ve covered more than 80 topics, including:

  • how to land free trips
  • how to get paid really, really well for your writing
  • how to get on magazine editors’ good sides
  • how to navigate every step of the process to land travel content marketing work, including phone calls and proposals
  • how to keep your hourly rate down so your bank account goes up
  • how to get work done on the road
  • how to write, step-by-step, 15 different types of travel articles
  • how to land guidebook and other traditional publishing deals

You can grab access to all of our past webinars (and a ton of other resources you can’t find anywhere else) with a subscription to our Dream Buffet or grab them one-by-one when you need them in our On-Demand Webinar Library for a set with the video, audio, transcript, and slides.

But we also air a free replay of one of our travel writing classes each and every weekday.

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Get Your Travel Writing MBA with Our New 16-Part Series

I don’t know about you, but when I was in my 9-to-5 job imagining and dreaming and finally planning my escape to be a full-time freelance travel writer, I never once considered getting an MBA in travel writing.

Before I made the leap, I did spend every commute and probably many idle hours in the office reading up on the hows of making it work as a freelance writer. And I spent more than a year building up clips and gigs before leaving my job.

But I never thought there would be any reason to study how big corporate businesses make things work. Isn’t that what we gleefully give up having to care about when we go rogue freelance?

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How to Pitch Five Magazines Looking for Business Owner Profiles

Welcome to the Friday Freebie Five, a new weekly feature on Dream of Travel Writing’s Six Figure Travel Writer blog.

Each week, we comb our Travel Magazine Database to bring you five magazine sections open to freelancers around a theme–front-of-book trend pieces, long-form first-person features, short narrative postcards–to inspire your pitches.

United Rhapsody

“Designer Profile” is an up to 1,000-word section that looks into the life and work of a fashion designer such as Tommy Hilfiger or Edgardo Osorio. Written in the third person, the section combines quotes from an interview with the designer and provides readers with a more personal insight into their lives.

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SNEAK PEEK: How to Pitch “Smith Journal” Magazine — An Excerpt from Our New Book

All this week, we’re offering sneak peeks from our new book 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles. Each day, you’ll get the full text excerpt of the coverage from one magazine featured in our book, including the “Editor’s note” exclusive to our print edition, along with all of the detailed magazine breakdown and how-to-pitch data you’ll find for each magazine we cover in the new book and our online, searchable Travel Magazine Database.

This Queensland-based consumer magazine focuses on interesting and humorous stories in travel, history, music, science and more.

Editor’s note: Never heard of Smith Journal? I’d be honestly be a little surprised if you had if you’re outside of Australia or a major city in the U.K., where the magazine is also typically available on newsstands. Think of it as a younger, more indie-style take on the coverage in the Smithsonian or the previous editorial in High Life.

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SNEAK PEEK: How to Pitch “Standart” Magazine — An Excerpt from Our New Book

All this week, we’re offering sneak peeks from our new book 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles. Each day, you’ll get the full text excerpt of the coverage from one magazine featured in our book, including the “Editor’s note” exclusive to our print edition, along with all of the detailed magazine breakdown and how-to-pitch data you’ll find for each magazine we cover in the new book and our online, searchable Travel Magazine Database.

This Slovakia-based consumer magazine focuses on specialty coffee and people and places in the industry.

Editor’s note: I first spotted this Slovakia-based, coffee-industry-focused publication in a very well-known, award-winning café in Stockholm, but it wasn’t long before I started spotting in it coffee spots around the world, including my neighborhood café as I work on this book.

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SNEAK PEEK: How to Pitch “Going Places” Magazine — An Excerpt from Our New Book

All this week, we’re offering sneak peeks from our new book 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles. Each day, you’ll get the full text excerpt of the coverage from one magazine featured in our book, including the “Editor’s note” exclusive to our print edition, along with all of the detailed magazine breakdown and how-to-pitch data you’ll find for each magazine we cover in the new book and our online, searchable Travel Magazine Database.

This Malaysia-based inflight magazine from Malaysia Airlines focuses on travel, food, Malaysian personalities, and culture.

Editor’s note: If you come from a blogging background, whether on your own site or blogging for travel companies and tourism boards or even companies entirely outside of the travel industry, there are certain changes you’ll need to make to your writing style to turn around something $1+/word quality, but certain types of articles are easier to easy into than others.

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SNEAK PEEK: How to Pitch “Canadian Geographic” Magazine — An Excerpt from Our New Book

All this week, we’re offering sneak peeks from our new book 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles. Each day, you’ll get the full text excerpt of the coverage from one magazine featured in our book, including the “Editor’s note” exclusive to our print edition, along with all of the detailed magazine breakdown and how-to-pitch data you’ll find for each magazine we cover in the new book and our online, searchable Travel Magazine Database.

This Ottawa-based consumer magazine celebrates Canada’s natural and cultural heritage.

Editor’s note: At the end of the “What to pitch” section for this geographic magazine focusing on the Canadian outdoors, you’ll find an extensive note on the types of stories opportunities available on the magazine’s website for freelance writers. Specifically, we mention that many stories have “online exclusives” connected to them.

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“I want to tell an editor I have more than one idea for their travel magazine in my pitch, how should I do that?”

We’ve got a new book out, 101 Things You Need to Know to Make it as a Travel Writer, that answers 101 questions that we hear from travel writers all the time that are holding them back from achieving their Dream of Travel Writing. To celebrate the new book, we’ll be tackling a new sticky travel-writing situation each Monday here on The Six-Figure Travel Writer blog.

“I want to tell an editor I have more than one idea for their travel magazine in my pitch, how should I do that?”

Usually I advise to send one fully fleshed-out pitch and save your other ideas for when you get a response from an editor or when you’re following up after no response.  

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