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…outdoor adventures for the non-adventurerBy Susan Dejanovic, ITWPA Member Travel domestically and experience outdoor adventure, there’s more to it than hiking and swatting bugs as beads of sweat trickle down your face. I admit, when the world seemed to come to a stop just a few months ago, I thought the days of feeding my…

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How to Find New Publications for Travel Writers

Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, we’re all facing the same dilemma these days…how to find new publishers for our writing. Travel writers need to find a new niche for a while until the pandemic loses its grip on the world and people can actually start traveling again. How do we find new publishers?…

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Mastering the Art of the Query Letter

To be a successful freelance writer, you need to understand and follow certain best practices. Building good relationships, paying attention to writers’ guidelines, and submitting articles at or before deadlines are all examples of this. Possibly the most important, however, is the practice that gets your foot in the door with publications in the first…

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How to Get Published in Challenging Times

Strategic planner and speaker Carece Slaughter once said, “We start by setting the course, we succeed by staying the course.” Whether you’re a new writer or one with more experience, we all share one thing in common. We’re all navigating through some rough waters these days. But just like a good sailor, we need to…

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How to Take Stock Photos Without a Model Release Form

As a cultural photographer here in Mexico, one of my favorite subjects to shoot are the people. So much color, wonderful expressions, and interesting activities abound. My archives are full of these types of photos. After attending a GEP photography course three years ago, I got excited about submitting to stock agencies. Then came the…

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7 Common Travel Writing Mistakes to Avoid

If you’re serious about making it as a travel writer, it’s important to know what you need to do. But, I would say it’s as important to know what not to do. Below are seven things I didn’t do, that helped me become a successful travel writer with 500-plus published stories under my belt. 1.…

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How to Photograph People on the Street

Lucy Brown Photographing people on the street can at first seem daunting. However, I find it rewarding and fun and once I start, it can be hard to put my camera down. I’ve found that if I’m approachable, polite, and friendly, it can invite some unique photo moments. Such as these cheeky ladies who jumped…

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Diversity and Inclusivity in Stock Photography

Think about the images you see in magazine ads, commercials, billboards, all sorts of mediums, and then think about all the people you know and encounter daily. If you’re not seeing similarities between the people you surround yourself with and those you see in the media, then I would suggest you do something about it.…

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5 Reasons to Write About Your Hometown

Travel writing for me began with covering stories about my hometown. Why? Because in 2014, when I launched my travel writing career, I was still working full-time as a nurse. With limited time and limited vacation days, my opportunities for travel were somewhat restricted. Therefore, it was more convenient to cover stories about San Diego…

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The Perfect Imperfection of Real Life

Stock photography used to be all about creating perfectly polished images. Buyers wanted photos that showed a clean, orderly, highly curated version of life. Sarah Ehlen Photos like the ones below showing perfect, well-dressed, smiling models posing for the camera in sterile settings were pretty typical in stock photo collections. But times have changed and…

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