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Have You Got The Travel Bug?

June 10th, 2016

Jacqueline_Jeynes_200The weather has been wonderful recently and I managed to get away for a few days to glorious Wiltshire for some walking. At this time of year I’m sure many writers’ thoughts turn wistfully to travel journalism and how to break into the market. Sounds glamorous and glitzy, doesn’t it?  But a word of warning: until you’re established, and have a track record, hotels and airlines aren’t going to throw freebies at you.  So, it’s important that you make a name for yourself if you’re going to create a career in travel writing.  Here are some tips to get you on the way:

It’s not where you go, but what you uncover when you get there that’s important. Try to find an unexpected angle: what a resort or tourist destination is like out of season; the opening of a new venture, such as a theme park or perhaps you could tie in your article with a new TV series or film.  Never write about the routine – only the remarkable. Read the rest of this entry »




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£500 1st Prize in Writers Bureau Short Story Competition

April 15th, 2011

First, thanks to Natalie – it may be a cliché that ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ but I can’t emphasise too strongly that it also makes a huge difference to whether you sell your work or not. Read the rest of this entry »




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Expanding your horizons as a freelance

January 28th, 2011

There’s nothing like seeing your work published, but you can utilise your writing in other ways.

Louise

Freelance writing is difficult, especially in travel, my speciality.  So, in 2009, I decided to concentrate on renewing my public speaking skills.  Another participant at the Swanwick Summer Writers School spoke glowingly about  Toastmasters International, so my partner and I joined Didsbury Speakers. Read the rest of this entry »




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Make money writing about your travels!

February 26th, 2010

First, thanks to Esther for last week’s blog.  I’ve got a sneaky feeling that she won’t be able to resist signing up for something new to study before too long!  Once you get the bug, it’s addictive.

Marrakech was everything I’d expected – fantastic Islamic architecture, atmospheric winding alleys, the beautiful Majorelle gardens and snake charmers in Djemaa el-Fna.  I didn’t mind them charming snakes but I did object to them slinging them round my husband’s neck and then insisting that I take a picture…for a fee, of course!  What I really wanted was a photo of the craggy local man with his flute and cobra, not one of my other half sporting an embarrassed grin and a thin, docile yellow snake instead of a scarf!

marrakech

I’m not sure I’d ever make it as a travel writer, but our student of the year, Cindy-Lou Dale certainly has.  I’ve just read her book ‘Secrets of a Professional Travel Writer’ and it really does what it says in the title.  There are plenty of useful tips and some invaluable information.  But what comes over most strongly is that you’ve got to have loads of self-confidence.  If you don’t ask, you don’t get and when someone does turn you down, you mustn’t take it personally.

Finally, this week, don’t forget to check out the winner of  February’s 21st Birthday Celebration Competition.   Congratulations to Su Hughes for her tender, evocative poem ‘Grandma Ruby’.  There were some terrific entries – it just goes to show what a polished poem you can produce in only 21 words! And while you’re at it, don’t forget that you’ve still time to enter this month’s headline-writing competition.




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