The Six Figure Travel Writer

Are You Spending Lots of Time Writing “Literary” Travel Pieces that Editors Aren’t Picking Up?

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Welcome to a new feature here at Dream of Travel Writing–the Monday Mailbag! We often get questions from readers, folks in our accountability group, or coaching program members that we think would apply to a lot of you.

Now, with permission, agony-aunt-style, we’ll be sharing a new one with you each Monday. If you have a question you’d like to see included, please send it to us at questions [at] dreamoftravelwriting.com and make sure to include a line saying we have permission to reprint your question.

On to the tricky travel writing questions!

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How Can You Tell Which Part of a Magazine is a Department?


Welcome to a new feature here at Dream of Travel Writing–the Monday Mailbag! We often get questions from readers, folks in our accountability group, or coaching program members that we think would apply to a lot of you.

Now, with permission, agony-aunt-style, we’ll be sharing a new one with you each Monday. If you have a question you’d like to see included, please send it to us at questions [at] dreamoftravelwriting.com and make sure to include a line saying we have permission to reprint your question.

On to the tricky travel writing questions!

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How Introducing Characters to Your Pieces Will Take Your Writing to the Next Level


In interviews and on panels at conferences, editors are often asked what they’d like to see in pitches.

The most common answer–that the writer is familiar with the magazine and pitching an idea that would actually work–we discuss regularly here.

But the one many editors also share (and secretly wish they could talk more about rather than the very basic pitching essential about) is that they want you to pitch them a story. With characters.

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Big Travel Magazine Database News! (And a little anniversary celebration)


We’re nearly halfway through the year, and the Travel Magazine Database has been publishing a new full magazine breakdown every day, covering everything you need to know about:

  • which parts of each magazine are open to freelancers
  • the exact requirements for each section open to freelancers
  • what they’ve covered in these sections in the past
  • how to reach out to the magazine’s editors directly
  • and more!

In December and January, we also ran two rounds of searches for new writers for the database and have been delighted to add new writers to the team to keep the new magazines rolling your way.

We’re also bringing on a new office manager to help support Travel Magazine Database customers and get updates out via Facebook, Twitter, and email on the new magazines we add to the database each week.

But that means that we’ve added more than one hundred new magazines to the database that you might not have heard about, so we wanted to pull them all together so you can easily see what’s new and check out magazines that interest you by topic.

If you don’t have a subscription to the database and would like to join, until the end of the month, we have a special offer for new members for the one-year anniversary of our first beta group in the database!
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Is Your Travel Blog Actually Serving Its Purpose?

Welcome to a new feature here at Dream of Travel Writing–the Monday Mailbag! We often get questions from readers, folks in our accountability group, or coaching program members that we think would apply to a lot of you.

Now, with permission, agony-aunt-style, we’ll be sharing a new one with you each Monday. If you have a question you’d like to see included, please send it to us at questions [at] dreamoftravelwriting.com and make sure to include a line saying we have permission to reprint your question.

On to the tricky travel writing questions!

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Why Interviews Are Secretly the Answer to Everything You’re Struggling with in Your Travel Writing

No matter what the question is, there is a recurring refrain that I hear from freelance travel writers struggling to earn their desired income.

Whether the question is:

  • how often are you sending pitches?
  • why aren’t you sending more pitches?
  • how long does it take you to write a pitch?
  • what is keeping you income low if you already have a full load of clients they have?
  • what is keeping you from writing for bigger and better outlets

It always comes back to time.

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What Are You Actually Doing During Your “Writing” Time?


Welcome to a new feature here at Dream of Travel Writing–the Monday Mailbag! We often get questions from readers, folks in our accountability group, or coaching program members that we think would apply to a lot of you.

Now, with permission, agony-aunt-style, we’ll be sharing a new one with you each Monday. If you have a question you’d like to see included, please send it to us at questions [at] dreamoftravelwriting.com and make sure to include a line saying we have permission to reprint your question.

On to the tricky travel writing questions!

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Can You Ask Travel Magazine Editors to Send You Their Editorial Calendars?


Welcome to a new feature here at Dream of Travel Writing–the Monday Mailbag! We often get questions from readers, folks in our accountability group, or coaching program members that we think would apply to a lot of you.

Now, with permission, agony-aunt-style, we’ll be sharing a new one with you each Monday. If you have a question you’d like to see included, please send it to us at questions [at] dreamoftravelwriting.com and make sure to include a line saying we have permission to reprint your question.

On to the tricky travel writing questions!

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