Holiday Tip #12 – 3 Ways to Sell More in 2009
“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” — Abraham Lincoln
Dear Right Way to Travel Reader,
This is it. Tomorrow is the first day of a new year. Are you ready to start living a life filled with travel, freedom, and fun?
Here are three ways to start out strong in 2009 — and set yourself up to start pocketing money for doing the things you love to do…
** 1. Combine your skills: It’s easy (and more lucrative) to combine travel writing with photography. If you’re not doing this already, here is an article from our archives to help you get started.
** 2. Promote yourself as a professional: One of the most common mistakes new writers make is telling editors that they’ve never been published. Unless the editor specifically asks, let your article or photos speak for themselves. Treat yourself like a professional and you’ll be treated (and paid) like one in return.
** 3. Work faster… and smarter: Savvy travel writers know that they can write one article and sell it to multiple publications. Sometimes all it takes is a little tweaking, and sometimes you don’t have to change the article at all. Check individual publications to know what rights you’re selling… and what you can resell elsewhere. Here’s an article in our archives from freelance writer Jennifer Stevens on repackaging articles to sell to multiple publications: 3 Ways to Repackage (and Resell) an Article.
** 4. Set aside some time every month for marketing: If you don’t start looking for publications to publish your articles and photos and you never try uploading your photos to stock sites, you’ll never make any money. It’s not hard. You just have to take say an hour a week to do it.
Remember, if you need help getting started, or you’re already a published writer or professional photographer and you want to break into new markets in 2009, the best way to get started is with our live workshops.
We keep everything current and 2009 is going to be The Year of the Freelancer so there’s never been a better time to get started.
Landscape photographers and nature photographers might feel the pinch of this recession. But stock photographers and even local fine art and travel photographers are setting themselves up to bank buckets of extra cash.
Happy New Year!
Director, Great Escape Publishing
[Editor’s Note: Learn more about opportunities to profit from your travels (and even from your own home) in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.]