With all the new success stories coming in from our last travel writing workshop, I’ve decided to bring back our “Wall of Fame.”
If you have a success story to share after completing one of our programs — in-person or in-print — we’d like to celebrate you.
And we’d like to share your successes with other members who might not have found their stride yet… who may be struggling and in need of some inspiration.
To share your story, just fill out a very simple questionnaire (link below) that will help us highlight your recent accomplishments and, we hope, motivate others.
Also… and this is optional… we’d love to include your photo, so that other members can see that these are real success stories from real people.
If you HAVE a picture to upload, you’ll find the questionnaire here.
If you DON’T HAVE a photo (or would like to send one later), please use this questionnaire.
Here’s our current Wall of Fame with the folks who have already responded.
You know, these success stories really can inspire you to reach for your goals. Just give what’s up at that Wall of Fame link a read. I’m willing to bet you’ll find yourself saying, “Jeez, if she can do that… seems like I certainly could.” And you’d be right!
These stories can also teach you some very practical lessons about how to get to where you want to be.
For example, you’ll find several useful takeaways from this week’s success story sent in by Bette Bonfleur, who landed a writing gig with her local TV news station…
** 1. It never hurts to ask. So many new writers are afraid to send their articles to an editor because they don’t think they’re good enough. And in most cases, that’s not true. If you follow the advice you read here in our dispatches each week, or if you’ve been to one of our workshops or taken our written program, you know way more than the average freelancer. But if you need a little extra push to get your article off your computer and into an editor’s hands, check out: The Scaredy Cat Writer.
** 2. Travel articles don’t have to be long. Short articles, like the one Bette submitted to her local TV station, are often easier to write and easier to get published. Especially if you’re a new writer just starting out and don’t yet have a track record. Read Jennifer Stevens’ advice on how to localize your travel articles for faster sale, here.
** 3. As Bette told us in her note about her first published piece — you should never send less-than-perfect photographs with your articles. Bette wrote, “They were supposed to take out the slightly blurry [photos], but didn’t… I’ll make sure to edit all the pictures next time, pick out exactly the ones I want to go up on the site and in what order.”
[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.]