If you’ve read the previous posts, you know that I had reserved a seat in a 4-hour class on how to write and sell travel articles. Unfortunately, that class was canceled last year. The good news is that the class was held again yesterday at Santa Rosa Junior College. It was great to finally get to go and hear Gordon Burgett speak about the travel writing business and take away some of his knowledge and enthusiasm for the profession.
Learning more about how to sell travel articles was four hours well spent. The class was over in an instant! Gordon was so interesting to listen to and he answered everyone’s questions and kept the class moving right along.
The class included a small workbook that covered many of the topics in the book (The Travel Writer’s Guide). Gordon provided a list of newspapers that he submits articles to, explained how to send the articles in and described how to sell to newspapers within a 100 mile radius of each other. There was also a discussion of how to approach magazine editors. We also discussed the ways to sell and re-sell your articles so it is possible to make 2 or 3 (or even 4 or more) times the amount you spent on the trip. That’s really the key to everything he teaches. If you don’t make money on your trips, then you won’t be able to keep taking them and you won’t have a viable business.
Today’s blog post is just me being excited that I am almost ready to start writing and selling my own articles. I do know that it is going to be a challenge, but I plan to put a lot of effort into it. I know that once I get some practice, I’ll be able stir up interest in the places and things I want to write about. So if you’re considering a career in writing, let me know where you are with it and what you plan to do to boost your chances of getting into print! I’d love to hear from other aspiring writers!
Note: Today I joined Gordon Burgett’s affiliate program because his products are top-notch. The way the information is presented is very clear and easy to follow. It all made sense and will help me move forward with my writing career. Here is the link to use to purchase the Travel Writer’s Guide or any of his other products. If you prefer, you can always go to Amazon.com and buy the book there. However, many of Gordon’s products are available only on his website. Good luck!!