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You may have heard, through our weekly prizes or our big announcement, that we’ve got two new books coming out this spring designed to solves some of the most fundamental problems I see travel writers experiencing when they are trying to get their freelance travel writing business off the ground:
- A general knowledge gap–often described as “there’s so much to learn” “there’s so many options; I just don’t know what to do” or “I’ve overwhelmed,” which we’ve written 101 Things You Need to Know to Make it as a Travel Writer to address.
- Issues specifically understanding how magazines work, what editors want from writers, and what ideas magazines will accept, which we’ve written 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles–And Everything You Need to Know to Pitch Them to rectify.
Haven’t heard about the books, couldn’t care less, and are not interested in a new way to make money through your website or social feeds?
Then this post is not for you!
Not ready to hit the gas pedal of a Maserati and tear up the open road with the momentum of your travel writing career?
We get it.
Not everyone is!
Over the years I’ve met people finishing graduate degrees, or whose spouses are finishing graduate degrees so they are the sole breadwinners, or whose parents are in and out of the hospital several times a month, or who have just had a serious bout in the hospital themselves.
We all have our own pace and our own times to accelerate it and move on to the next stage.
If now is not that time for you, please keep enjoying our free webinars, newsletters, and blog posts for inspiration.
But, if you hit 2019 saying, “Wtf? 2020 is next year. That’s like the end of my personal Mayan calendar. Now. Is. The. Time.”–then I’ve got news for you.
We’ve had meet-ups and workshops at our retreat house in the Catskills and all over the world for the two and a half years that Dream of Travel Writing has officially been in operation, but this week, we’re having a big first–the main freelancers who work for us have flown in for our first team meet-up!
For the folks who joined us, they told me that some of their biggest takeaways were that:
- We do a lot of stuff! It became a recurring joke that there was one thing that we offer that two of the three ladies here didn’t even know we had, or did know about but didn’t realize just exactly how much great stuff was in it.
- We do everything for very deeply thought out reasons, and that is how all of the products and services we offer have grown into being–as a result of listening to what you need.
- While there are other people out there who may offer some things similar to some of the things we do, there is a big gap in a lot of those offerings in terms of the level of how-to, researched information based on the whole market, and clarity between them and what we all work on everyday here.
- Everyone on our team (not just me!) wears many, many hats. I’ll share more with you about who is on our team, what they do for us, and what other awesome things they get up to in the upcoming weeks, but there was an strong sense of respect and pride among the group to be working with such a savvy group of ladies with such interesting experiences and backgrounds. Members of our team live in four countries, and two of the U.S.-based ones are originally from other countries, so it’s a very international team–just as a company focusing on serving travel writers should be.
- How tough it is to be clear about all of this to the very diverse audience we have, from those who don’t know anything about travel writing and are trying to figure out if this can even work for them, to those that are preparing to make a leap from a full-time job doing something else into freelance travel writing as a main gig, to those who have been travel writing in some capacity or another for years and want to take things to the next level.
One of the interesting things that we noticed when reviewing the survey results was that in some cases, there wasn’t an obvious winner on one count or another, but there was a clear display of the direction people wanted to take things in.
As a result, for the covers of one of our books, we’ve taken a slight detour back to the drawing board to consider some new choices in line with what people seemed most excited about, and we have a very exciting new cover that we’re working on for that and jazzed about presenting to you very soon.
In the meantime, I’m very pleased to announce the final titles of our new books and share more about what they will cover and contain!
“ People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind…So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself. ”
— Marcus Aurelius
Do you need a getaway to get things done?
We are very excited and humbled to announce that (some) awesomeness has miraculously aligned for us to throw a party for our new book on what magazines are looking for freelance articles from travel writers and how to pitch them in Boston this Thursday evening!
I’ll be traveling for the next month in a lot of places, but none with so many people I know who love travel and writing, so we’ve chosen Boston to celebrate our next book coming out later this month.
We’re getting so close to our new books coming out (you can read all about what we’re working on here), and it’s time to put the final touches on things and wrap it all up in a bow.
Too many mixed metaphors? 🙂
It’s time to choose the final titles and covers for the two books we’re putting out this spring! And we want to know what you would most like to see (and we’ll sweeten the deal a bit too).
Will You Win a Free Travel Writing Coaching Call This Week? + Let Us Know What Are Your Biggest Questions on Getting Started in Travel Writing
Our customer service person has spent the last two Mondays sending out awesome emails.
Seriously–what’s more awesome than giving people the great news that they’ve won something!
Here’s how to get in on the action:
It’s time to open up early-bird registration for our new event: My First “Press Trip.”
Early-bird registration is a special opportunity that we offer once for each event to get two things:
- $150 off the event
- special bonuses that are only available to early-bird registrants!
I just finished a coaching call that made me so verklempt over and over.
The person I was talking to was a single mom in a very sandwich generation time of her life who was literally in the process of giving up on her writing dream when we started working together.