We look forward to meeting you soon at one of our free webinars or private workshops, or at a travel or writing conference somewhere in the world!

Upcoming Webinars and Live Workshops

Thursday, September 7: Ghost(writ)ing on the Web as a Travel Writer

So many small travel businesses, whether tour companies or concierge travel bookers, are built around the judgment and expertise of the owner.

A blog showcasing those unique advantages is a no-brainer for these companies to build trust with prospective customers, but the owner rarely has the time–or the writing chops.

In this week’s webinar, we’ll unpack the process of creating ghostwritten content for your travel blogging clients.

Register here.

Workshops at Our Catskills Writing Retreat Center

Weeklong Freelance Travel Writing Bootcamp: Sunday, September 17, 2017, to Saturday, September 23, 2017 – FULL

A brand new offering unlike any other travel conference or workshop aimed at those new to publishing their travel writing in print publications.

Running from Sunday evening through the following Saturday afternoon, each morning we’ll cover idea generation, research techniques, and pitching fundamentals in group lessons, one-on-one coaching, and exercises, and in the afternoon we’ll head out to visit wineries, native plant nurseries, celebrated hiking trails, and historic sites from the dawn of the nation to put your new skills to use in the field, followed by a debrief over dinner.

In addition to walking away with the tool kit you need to pitch, research, and write travel articles, you’ll also leave with a personal plan to grow your travel writing income and portfolio and transition into full-time freelance travel writing if you’re currently in another career. We’ve scheduled this at the end of September to make sure we have as optimal weather as possible for outdoor activities and photography.

This retreat is full.

IdeaFest: Friday, October 20, 2017, to Sunday, October 22, 2017 – FULL

Whether you’re brand new to freelance writing, have a blogging background, or are coming to travel writing from another type of freelance writing, this weekend workshop is designed to make sure that you never run out of the travel writers’ most important currency: article ideas that are laser focused and a perfect fit for the magazine you’re pitching.

As you learn how to become an idea machine and walk away with 100 ideas matched to magazines, we’ll discuss how to find and formulate ideas whether you’re on the road or cooped up at home with nothing to inspire you but the internet, and you’ll see how to take any one kernel of an idea and reshape and slant it for dozens of magazines.

This retreat is full.

TravelContentCon: Friday, January 12, 2018, to Sunday, January 14, 2018

From who to target and how to reach them to building pitches and proposals and setting up your site for success with content marketing clients, we’ll set up you entire infrastructure for building travel content marketing gigs in one weekend through a mix of small group sessions, work time to put together your portfolio, pitch, and packages, and one-on-one coaching and work reviews.

We’re scheduling this at the beginning of January so that you can hit the ground running after the holidays when companies and tourism boards are gearing up for summer travel bookings.

This retreat has just been announced and is only available for early-bird bookings by subscribers. Grab access to this event and exclusive discounts:

Weeklong Freelance Travel Writing Bootcamp: Sunday, February 4, 2018, to Saturday, February 10, 2018

A brand new offering unlike any other travel conference or workshop aimed at those new to publishing their travel writing in print publications.

Running from Sunday evening through the following Saturday afternoon, each morning we’ll cover idea generation, research techniques, and pitching fundamentals in group lessons, one-on-one coaching, and exercises, and in the afternoon we’ll head out to visit wineries, native plant nurseries, celebrated hiking trails, and historic sites from the dawn of the nation to put your new skills to use in the field, followed by a debrief over dinner.

In addition to walking away with the tool kit you need to pitch, research, and write travel articles, you’ll also leave with a personal plan to grow your travel writing income and portfolio and transition into full-time freelance travel writing if you’re currently in another career. We’ve scheduled this at the end of September to make sure we have as optimal weather as possible for outdoor activities and photography.

This retreat has just been announced and is only available for early-bird bookings by subscribers. Grab access to this event and exclusive discounts:

IdeaFest: Friday, March 16, 2018, to Sunday, March 18, 2018

Whether you’re brand new to freelance writing, have a blogging background, or are coming to travel writing from another type of freelance writing, this weekend workshop is designed to make sure that you never run out of the travel writers’ most important currency: article ideas that are laser focused and a perfect fit for the magazine you’re pitching.

As you learn how to become an idea machine and walk away with 100 ideas matched to magazines, we’ll discuss how to find and formulate ideas whether you’re on the road or cooped up at home with nothing to inspire you but the internet, and you’ll see how to take any one kernel of an idea and reshape and slant it for dozens of magazines.

This retreat has just been announced and is only available for early-bird bookings by subscribers. Grab access to this event and exclusive discounts:

Pitchapalooza: Friday, April 13, 2018, to Sunday, April 15, 2018

Pitching is the single best way to up your portfolio and income; get all of your questions answer and 25 ideas workshopped into polished pitches. If you know you can write and get good feedback from the editors you’re already working with but are having trouble moving up to bigger and better markets and stories, this event is for you.

This is one of the best and most beautiful times of year at the retreat center, with the garden chock full of fresh tomatoes for ever meal and perfect weather to take lessons and individual writing time outside.

This retreat has just been announced and is only available for early-bird bookings by subscribers. Grab access to this event and exclusive discounts:

Conferences You Can Catch Us At in 2017

  • The New York Times Travel Show
  • TBEX Jerusalem
  • FoodTrekking World
  • Women in Travel Summit
  • Travel and Words
  • Traverse
  • TBEX North America
  • North American Travel Journalists Association Annual Conference
  • NonfictioNow
  • Double Your Freelancing Europe
  • DMAI Annual Summit
  • World Domination Summit
  • Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference
  • Writers Digest Conference
  • Tribe Conference
  • Slice Literary Conference
  • International Food Blogging Conference
  • TBEX Europe
  • World Travel Market

Past Events

WEBINAR: Thursday, August 31: Best Practices When Writing on the Web for Travel Companies

In this webinar, we’re moving past the landing-the-gig stage and into the what-to-do-once-you’re-got-the-client phase.

Even if you’re had your own blog for years, tune in to learn the best practices in blogging technique and style when writing for companies and tourism boards, which are trying to provide information quick to readers who may have never visited their site before and may never come back again once they’ve gotten what they needed.

It’s a different audience from a personal blog that readers tune into because they love your personality, and we’ll handle how to navigate the transition.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

RETREAT: TravelContentCon: Friday, August 25, 2017, to Sunday, August 27, 2017

From who to target and how to reach them to building pitches and proposals and setting up your site for success with content marketing clients, we’ll set up you entire infrastructure for building travel content marketing gigs in one weekend through a mix of small group sessions, work time to put together your portfolio, pitch, and packages, and one-on-one coaching and work reviews.

We’re scheduling this at the end of August so that you can hit the ground running in September when companies are wrapping up their summer tourism rush and planning their marketing for the upcoming year.

This retreat is full.

WEBINAR: Thursday, August 24: How to Sell Blogging to Travel Companies and Tourism Boards

We’ve looked in our January month on finding travel content marketing clients in-depth at the process of identifying, pitching, calling, and writing proposals for travel content marketing gigs of all stripes.

But this week, we’re going to follow up on last week’s call with the director of communications for Visit Tucson on exactly what statistics, industry terms, and buttons to push you need to know to get yourself in the door with, fielding assignments from, and signing recurring contracts with tourism boards and travel companies.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Wednesday, August 16: Tourism Board and Company Blogs vs. Personal Blogs and How to Make the Jump

We’ve got a series of webinars on how to land specific types of travel content marketing gigs coming up, and for this week’s webinar on Tourism Board and Company Blogs vs. Personal Blogs and How to Make the Jump , I’m bringing in the director of communications from Visit Tucson, Dan Gibson.

Dan himself was formerly a journalist before making the jump into the tourism board side, so he has a unique perspective on what you need to know to transition into this type of writing.

In this webinar, I’ll go through examples of the content travel companies and tourism boards are looking for before Dan comes in to talk about how own transition and how freelancers can working with tourism boards like his.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WORKSHOP: Tuesday, August 15: San Francisco Freelance Travel Writing Master Class

This is not just going to be me talking at you about how to pitch, what editors are looking for, and how to make money from blogging. You probably already know everything that you need to know about those things.

What we are going to do is much more hands on.

We are going to look in naked, nitty gritty detail at exactly where your travel writing (or general freelance writing if you do more things but would like to transition to just travel) income is coming from, how you earn it, how you’d like to earn it, and what type of work you need to do and clients you need to work with to hit your big, fat, crazy income goal.

Learn more and register here!

WORKSHOP: Sunday, August 6: Get Published in Travel Magazines Now! Sydney

In this Get Published in Travel Magazines Now! Workshop, you’ll learn the all the most important tricks of professional travel writers:

  • the magazine landscape and the best places for you to break in, even if you’ve never been published before
  • what travel magazine editors really want—and exactly how to give it to them
  • how to break your trips into story ideas and match them to magazines
  • a verifiable way to come up with solid story ideas editors will love
  • how to write pitch emails that editors respond to—in just 15 minutes (including research)

Learn more and register here!

WORKSHOP: Sunday, August 6: Sydney Freelance Travel Writing Master Class

This is not just going to be me talking at you about how to pitch, what editors are looking for, and how to make money from blogging. You probably already know everything that you need to know about those things.

What we are going to do is much more hands on.

We are going to look in naked, nitty gritty detail at exactly where your travel writing (or general freelance writing if you do more things but would like to transition to just travel) income is coming from, how you earn it, how you’d like to earn it, and what type of work you need to do and clients you need to work with to hit your big, fat, crazy income goal.

Learn more and register here!

WORKSHOP: Saturday, August 5: Get Published in Travel Magazines Now! Melbourne

In this Get Published in Travel Magazines Now! Workshop, you’ll learn the all the most important tricks of professional travel writers:

  • the magazine landscape and the best places for you to break in, even if you’ve never been published before
  • what travel magazine editors really want—and exactly how to give it to them
  • how to break your trips into story ideas and match them to magazines
  • a verifiable way to come up with solid story ideas editors will love
  • how to write pitch emails that editors respond to—in just 15 minutes (including research)

Learn more and register here!

WORKSHOP: Saturday, August 5: Melbourne Freelance Travel Writing Master Class

This is not just going to be me talking at you about how to pitch, what editors are looking for, and how to make money from blogging. You probably already know everything that you need to know about those things.

What we are going to do is much more hands on.

We are going to look in naked, nitty gritty detail at exactly where your travel writing (or general freelance writing if you do more things but would like to transition to just travel) income is coming from, how you earn it, how you’d like to earn it, and what type of work you need to do and clients you need to work with to hit your big, fat, crazy income goal.

Learn more and register here!

RETREAT: Pitchapalooza: Friday, July 28, 2017, to Sunday, July 30, 2017

Pitching is the single best way to up your portfolio and income; get all of your questions answer and 25 ideas workshopped into polished pitches. If you know you can write and get good feedback from the editors you’re already working with but are having trouble moving up to bigger and better markets and stories, this event is for you.

This is one of the best and most beautiful times of year at the retreat center, with the garden chock full of fresh tomatoes for ever meal and perfect weather to take lessons and individual writing time outside.

This retreat is full.

WEBINAR: Thursday, July 27: What Types of Articles Should You Be Writing?

In the previous webinar, we looked in detail about all of the things that you need to clarify expectations on before your press trip (including several recommendations of how to handle requests for itinerary changes, additional nights, and flights).

In this webinar, we look more about the story side of pre-trip preparation, including how to break your trip into stories, what is safe to pitch based on a limited itinerary or destination you’re not familiar with, and how to handle the catch-22 of pitching when you haven’t yet been accepted on a trip.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, July 20: How to Get the Most (On the Ground) Out of Your Press Trips

In past webinars, especially those on breaking your trips into pitches, we often discuss the different major types of articles that you should be looking out for when you’re on the road.

But you often ask me for examples of these types of articles, how to pitch them, and how to write them. This week, we’re going to do an overview to start your creative juices flowing.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

 

WEBINAR: Wednesday, July 12: How to Prepare for Your Press Trips

In the previous webinar, we looked in detail about all of the things that you need to clarify expectations on before your press trip (including several recommendations of how to handle requests for itinerary changes, additional nights, and flights).

In this webinar, we look more about the story side of pre-trip preparation, including how to break your trip into stories, what is safe to pitch based on a limited itinerary or destination you’re not familiar with, and how to handle the catch-22 of pitching when you haven’t yet been accepted on a trip.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

 

WEBINAR: Thursday, July 6: What to Expect on Press Trips

Summer is prime travel time for leisure travelers, but increasingly press trips, travel industry conferences, and individual sponsored excursions are taking place during these peak travel months, so we’re going to spend the next four weeks looking at the pre-, during, and post- aspects of press trips so you can get the most of any sponsored travel you have coming up this summer or are planning down the line.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

 

WEBINAR: Thursday, June 29: How to Handle Questions and Responses in Interviews (Live Demo!)

Featuring Visit Lane County and Visit Milwaukee!

In this very special webinar, I will interview real tourism boards and other representatives to show you exactly what to ask, how to expand, how to move on, and how to make sure you get what you need on the fly in your interviews.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

 

WEBINAR: Thursday, June 22: Transforming Interviews into an Article (Live Demo!)

By popular request, in this webinar, I’ll walk through the process of organizing notes and quotations from interviews into a full reported feature article from start to finish. The entire webinar will be a live demo using real interviews.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, June 15: Securing Interview Sources to Make Your Stories Sing

I’m always shocked when I see people selling lists of contacts at tourism boards. They aren’t hard to find! And, you’d be shocked how many (important!) people are not only available, but very happy to speak with you for your articles. We’ll look at how to find the right people for each piece.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, June 8: Secrets to Successful Interviews for Your Travel Articles

If you come into travel writing from a non-journalism background, the prospect of conducting official interviews can be daunting.

This week, we’ll cut past the anxiety and unpack exactly what you do and don’t need to know about doing interviews to flesh out your articles–and how learning to rock them can make your writing process much faster and more effective.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, June 1, 2017 – How to Become Part of an Editor’s Stable

To have a stable source of recurring revenue–the best way to build a sustainable, worry-free, forward-looking freelance travel writing career–writing for magazines, you need to stop writing for a magazine just once and focus on long-term relationships.

We look at how to build those relationships with editors with copious quotes right from the sources that I’ve drawn from editor panels at recent events with major newsstand titles represented.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, May 18, 2017 – How to Write a Letter of Introduction–The Pitch Equivalent for Trade Magazines

Unlike consumer and custom magazines, trade magazine editors are approached by something called an LOI or letter or introduction, which has more in common with a cover letter on a job application than a magazine pitch.

We look at when to use a letter of introduction, how to craft your own boilerplate one for each vertical within the travel trade world that you’re looking to pitch, and how to avoid information overload.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Writing for Travel Trade Magazines 101

These magazines work quite different than custom and consumer titles in many ways, notably editors pitch you ideas rather than the other way around, making your hourly rate go way up. Some trade editors will even provide you with interview sources!

Trade magazines are the single best way to establish a clear pipeline of assignments and also maximize your hourly rate when writing for magazines, and we look at how, why, and how to get started writing for them in this week’s webinar.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, May 4, 2017 – How to Build Serious Business Partnerships at Travel Conferences

Made up stat (from covering conferences for magazines for four years and attending them for work for considerably longer), but I really think that only around 2-5% of people follow up with those they get cards from at conferences. And it’s on the decline. And those that do follow up by and large make it all about them.

In this webinar, you’ll hear how to be the one that walks away with the juicy content writing gig, sponsorship contract, or kick-ass individual fam trip.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WORKSHOP: Thursday, May 4, 2017: Seattle Freelance Travel Writing Master Class

This is not just going to be me talking at you about how to pitch, what editors are looking for, and how to make money from blogging. You probably already know everything that you need to know about those things.

What we are going to do is much more hands on.

We are going to look in naked, nitty gritty detail at exactly where your travel writing (or general freelance writing if you do more things but would like to transition to just travel) income is coming from, how you earn it, how you’d like to earn it, and what type of work you need to do and clients you need to work with to hit your big, fat, crazy income goal.

Learn more

WORKSHOP: Tuesday, May 2, 2017: New York Freelance Travel Writing Master Class

This is not just going to be me talking at you about how to pitch, what editors are looking for, and how to make money from blogging. You probably already know everything that you need to know about those things.

What we are going to do is much more hands on.

We are going to look in naked, nitty gritty detail at exactly where your travel writing (or general freelance writing if you do more things but would like to transition to just travel) income is coming from, how you earn it, how you’d like to earn it, and what type of work you need to do and clients you need to work with to hit your big, fat, crazy income goal.

Learn more

WORKSHOP: Friday, April 28, 2017: London Freelance Travel Writing Master Class

This is not just going to be me talking at you about how to pitch, what editors are looking for, and how to make money from blogging. You probably already know everything that you need to know about those things.

What we are going to do is much more hands on.

We are going to look in naked, nitty gritty detail at exactly where your travel writing (or general freelance writing if you do more things but would like to transition to just travel) income is coming from, how you earn it, how you’d like to earn it, and what type of work you need to do and clients you need to work with to hit your big, fat, crazy income goal.

Learn more

WEBINAR: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – How to Use the Travel Magazine Database to Power Up Your Pitches

Experienced pitchers dive right in and start pounding out queries and increasing their income, but newer writers (or those new to pitching) need more dot connecting in terms of how the sections in a magazine that are open to freelancers translate to the actual words on the page of a pitch.

In this webinar, I not only walk through some different ways to use the database that can open up new avenues for your pitching, but also write some pitches live based on sections in the database to show how it’s done.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Answers to Your Most Common Pitch Questions

In our weekly webinars, in my inbox, on coaching calls, and in my talks at conferences and workshops, I’m always getting questions on pitching. While there are some basic questions that come up again and again, there are also deeper, more “circumstance”-based questions that many are afraid to ask in a group setting because they think they’ve done something wrong in their pitch or editor-writer etiquette to get into the situation in the first place.

In this webinar, I share from my huge store of these pitching questions for both the newer writers and people who have been doing this for a while.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WORKSHOP: Thursday, April 20, 2017: Chicago Freelance Travel Writing Master Class

This is not just going to be me talking at you about how to pitch, what editors are looking for, and how to make money from blogging. You probably already know everything that you need to know about those things.

What we are going to do is much more hands on.

We are going to look in naked, nitty gritty detail at exactly where your travel writing (or general freelance writing if you do more things but would like to transition to just travel) income is coming from, how you earn it, how you’d like to earn it, and what type of work you need to do and clients you need to work with to hit your big, fat, crazy income goal.

Learn more

WEBINAR: Thursday, April 13, 2017 – Putting Together a Pitch Portfolio to Support a Big Trip

In this webinar, we walk through several press trip itineraries to show who and what to pitch to set up a varied portfolio of coverage for each trip. We discuss five techniques you can use to ensure an impressive pitch portfolio to accompany any press trip request, and how to handle this process whether you’ve never been published and have no connections or have editors that you work with already but perhaps want to branch out to a new subject or geographic area.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, April 06, 2017 – Getting a Spot on a Group Fam or Press Trip

In the past few webinars, we’ve looked at the basic tenets of sponsored travel and how to piece together an individual sponsored trip.

In this webinar, we focused on group familiarization and press trips, which primarily come out of tourism boards and PR agencies, but can also appear in other surprising places. We look at where to find these trips and best practices for applying for them.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WORKSHOP: Sunday, April 2, 2017: Portland Freelance Travel Writing Master Class

This is not just going to be me talking at you about how to pitch, what editors are looking for, and how to make money from blogging. You probably already know everything that you need to know about those things.

What we are going to do is much more hands on.

We are going to look in naked, nitty gritty detail at exactly where your travel writing (or general freelance writing if you do more things but would like to transition to just travel) income is coming from, how you earn it, how you’d like to earn it, and what type of work you need to do and clients you need to work with to hit your big, fat, crazy income goal.

Learn more

WORKSHOP: Saturday, April 1, 2017: Seattle Freelance Travel Writing Master Class

This is not just going to be me talking at you about how to pitch, what editors are looking for, and how to make money from blogging. You probably already know everything that you need to know about those things.

What we are going to do is much more hands on.

We are going to look in naked, nitty gritty detail at exactly where your travel writing (or general freelance writing if you do more things but would like to transition to just travel) income is coming from, how you earn it, how you’d like to earn it, and what type of work you need to do and clients you need to work with to hit your big, fat, crazy income goal.

Learn more

WEBINAR: Thursday, March 30, 2017 – How to Set Up an Individual Trip from Scratch

In this section we’re going to dive head first into how exactly to plan your own individual sponsored trips that fits your interests, travel preferences, and schedule.

Here we look at where to find these trips and best practices for applying. I pull real press trips, read between the lines, and break down exactly what you would do in each situation of your application.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Setting Up Sponsored Trips 101

Getting on a sponsored trip is the holy grail of travel writing, right? Living a life in which you effortlessly hop from one free trip to another, spending your days enjoying haute cuisine and your nights in the fluffy king bed of your complimentary suite? Here we discuss the basic tenets of free travel as a travel writer, from ethics to minimum barrier of entry to the different types of trips, and their various pros and cons.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, March 16, 2017 – How to Get Work Done When You’re On the Road

As a freelance travel writer, your days are composed of some balance of three things: marketing your travel articles, writing the articles, and traveling to commissioned research articles or those that you’ll pitch next.

In this webinar, we cover are approaches to partitioning your time on the road, maximizing efficiency in times that don’t at first look like work opportunities, and tricks for being productive anywhere.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, March 2, 2017 – Don’t Create “Ideas” Out of Nowhere: How to Always Find Them When You Need Them

I’ve found the the process of coming up with the right ideas is much more of an issue than actually writing the pitch. Once you’ve got the idea right, the rest comes much more easily.

In this webinar, we work in detail through three different ways to generate ideas from magazines and three ways to come up with ideas “from thin air”. Never be worried about *what* to pitch again.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, February 23, 2017 – The Magazine Landscape: Where All the Assignments are Hiding

As we come up on a milestone of 300 magazines in the Travel Magazine Database, even I’m struck by how many fully-travel and travel adjacent magazines are out there looking for content.

In this webinar, we look at five types of magazines looking for travel content that you may be missing out on, and three ways to find more magazines that you’ve never heard of to pitch.

WEBINAR: Thursday, February 16, 2017 – The Secrets of Six-Figure Travel Writers

As a travel writer earning six figures for several years, I used to get a lot of questions at industry conferences about just how exactly I did it, so I started coaching new, struggling and transitioning travel writers along the journey.

In this webinar, we explore the misconceptions that keep people from achieving their income goals as a travel writer and you’ll leave with tools to increase your income right away.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, February 2, 2017 – Pricing, Negotiating, and Contracts (for Travel Content Marketing and Magazine Writing)

In this webinar, in addition to covering the sections to make sure you include in your travel writing contracts, I cover general pricing and negotiation. Here you can find out what you “should” be charging in different situations…along with what you could be asking for when an editor names a price to you.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, January 26, 2017 – How to Close the Deal: Proposals and Phone Calls that Get Results

In the last few webinars we covered what types of opportunities are out there, how to identify the right companies to approach, and how to write your travel content marketing pitch so that people will be compelled to reply. Here we walk through how to qualify what a prospect needs on the phone and then put it into a tantalizing collaboration proposal.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, January 19, 2017 – How to Craft a Travel Content Marketing Pitch that Gets Attention

In the third portion of our coverage on travel content marketing writing, I break down the steps of putting together your own pitch to send cold to companies and tourism boards you think would benefit from your services, including powerful statistics on content marketing ROI to include and just how much information to give away to keep your prospect interested without setting them up to go execute your plan without you.

WEBINAR: Thursday, January 12, 2017 – How to Locate the People Who Need Your Travel Content Marketing Writing

We continue looking at where the big money in travel writing is hiding this week in part two of our series on travel content marketing writing: how to identify the people you can approach for this type of work, whether companies or tourism boards.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, January 5, 2017 – How to Earn Big with Travel Content Marketing Writing

Have you had a blog at any time in the past? Even if you never got the numbers to where you felt like you could become a professional blogger, you have a valuable skill set that travel companies and tourism boards need.

In this webinar, we talk about the different opportunities for travel content marketing writing–from blog posts to content strategy to choosing and editing photos for Instagram–what kind of pay you can expect, and where to start looking for these opportunities.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, December 29, 2016 – How to Generate Sure-Fire Saleable Ideas

Instead of generating article ideas and then trying to find a magazine that will take your idea, I find starting your brainstorming with the sections magazines include yields a much higher success rate.

In this webinar, we cover techniques that you can also use with any magazine that you have a copy of and ensures that your pitches hit the mark and you get responses from editors.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, December 22, 2016 – How to Hone Your Travel Article Ideas to Perfectly Fit Each Magazine

In this webinar we workshoped article concepts into ready-to-pitch, focused ideas with multiple angles matched to specific magazines.

I pre-matched them with specific sections from multiple magazines and walked through the process of honing an article “idea” from your concept into something adapted to a magazine and ready to pitch.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, December 15, 2016 – How to Break Your Trips into the Maximum Number of Article Ideas

Does one trip equate to just one story? Certainly not if you’re looking to make a living as a travel writer. In fact, it’s much more normal for full-time writers deriving their entire income from travel writing to place 10-12 articles from one trip–right when they first return.

In this webinar, we discuss the basic tenets of free travel as a travel writer, from ethics to minimum barrier to entry to the different types of trips and their various pros and cons.

Read more about this topic, and what we covered in the webinar here.

WEBINAR: Thursday, November 17, 2016 – How to Craft the Perfect Travel Article Pitch

You can take workshop after workshop on how to write the perfect travel article, but if your pitches aren’t landing assignments, it’s all for naught. In this webinar, we walk step-by-step through what you need to know to write the perfect pitch–and everything that you should leave out.

WEBINAR: Thursday, November 10, 2016 – How to Increase Your Pitch Success Rate by Analyzing Magazines

The process of pitching regularly will drastically improve your income and portfolio, and editors respond best to pitches that demonstrate a knowledge of their publication.

The best way to demonstrate that knowledge is by only pitching specific sections of the magazine. In this webinar we show you exactly how to do just that.

WEBINAR: Thursday, November 3, 2016 – Triple Your Travel Writing Income Writing for Magazines

For years naysayers have claimed that there is no money to be made in the magazine industry, the fact is that magazines still pay significantly better than websites–and there’s many more opportunities to write about travel for print magazines than you realize. Sleek, well-paying, new travel magazines are actually popping up every week. You just need to know where to find them.

RETREAT: February 17-19, 2016 – IdeaFest

As you learn how to become an idea machine and walk away with 100 ideas matched to magazines, we’ll discuss how to find and formulate ideas whether you’re on the road or cooped up at home with nothing to inspire you but the internet, and you’ll see how to take any one kernel of an idea and reshape and slant it for dozens of magazines.

RETREAT: November 11-13, 2016 – Pitchapalooza

Pitching is the single best way to up your portfolio and income; get all of your questions answer and 25 ideas workshopped into polished pitches. If you know you can write and get good feedback from the editors you’re already working with but are having trouble moving up to bigger and better markets and stories, this event is for you.

WORKSHOP: November 5, 2016 – Get Published in Travel Magazines Now! London

In this Get Published in Travel Magazines Now! Workshop, you’ll learn the all the most important tricks of professional travel writers:

  • the magazine landscape and the best places for you to break in, even if you’ve never been published before
  • what travel magazine editors really want—and exactly how to give it to them
  • how to break your trips into story ideas and match them to magazines
  • a verifiable way to come up with solid story ideas editors will love
  • how to write pitch emails that editors respond to—in just 15 minutes (including research)

 

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