We get success story e-mails all the time from people who take our programs and, today, I’d like to pass some more of them along. Here are a few from our AWAI Success Story mailbag you can use as inspiration — along with some of my advice for beginners:
AWAI Success Story #1
In my short time as a member, I have been impressed with everyone’s courtesy and their willingness to share information. Without Jen Steven’s suggestions, I doubt that I would have had my first piece published in such a short period of time.
My second article has just been published with my photos and the third article with photos will be published in the next issue of SCENE magazine, a local publication for Sarasota.
I am looking forward to meeting some of you in Ecuador.
LORI: Fred, thanks for the kind words. We’re a small group here (there are only four of us publishing and managing 27 products, 3 newsletters, 6 websites, 10 live workshops a year, over 300 e-mails a day, and 50,000 subscribers), but we do our best to answer every e-mail and phone call we receive.
Our gurus are widespread – but our readers can interact with them at workshops (like the events we have coming up.)
AWAI Success Story #2
I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how useful your tips have been, especially the three in this current newsletter. And how much I love the Turn Your Pictures into Cash program, because that’s exactly what I’m doing!!
I took the advice of Rich Wagner and started taking pictures of my local area. You may think, well, plenty of others are doing that, but my hometown is called Silverton. It’s in the middle of outback Australia and has a population of 45.
It’s a historic village with lots of character and lots of people with more experience than me have taken photos of every nook and cranny in the place. I took all your advice and started looking at this little town in a way no one else had.
I have sold four fine art photos since April and dozens of smaller photos presented purely for the tourist trade. I can’t keep up with them. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your newsletters and tips. Keep them coming. I’ve even got my two daughters-in-law hooked on photography.
LORI: That’s awesome, Helen. Beginners need to know what I said last week — it’s not the size of the dog in the fight… it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Our most successful workshop attendees are never the best writers and photographers in the group. They’re always just the ones that get out there and do it. If you missed last week’s note, you’ll find it here: Sell your travel articles.
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.]