Dear 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 four ways to start out strong in 2010 — 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.

** 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 2010, the best way to get started is with our live workshops.  We keep everything current and 2010 is going to be another great year for freelancers… so there’s never been a better time to get started.

As I mentioned earlier this week, October was professional stock photographer Shelly Perry’s best month EVER in her five years as a stock photographer. 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.

To learn more about how Shelly Perry and other’s are making money, even in a recession, check out our Turn Your Pictures into Cash program.

Happy New Year!

— Lori
Lori Allen
Director, Great Escape Publishing

P.S. Be sure to let us know of your successes this coming year, and we’ll put you up on our Wall of Fame. You can read success stories from other members.

[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.]

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