Lori Allen is the Director of Great Escape Publishing, which publishes nearly thirty home-study programs, including The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program
, Turn Your Pictures into Cash
, Importing Fortunes and Leading Tours for Fun & Profit
. Lori is also the Editor of The Right Way to Travel
, which features articles geared to help writers and photographers improve their skill, sell their work, and earn an income through travel. Over the past twelve years, Lori Allen has worked personally with more than 3,000 budding travel writers and photographers to help them meet those same goals - to hone their writing and photography skills and to better market themselves to prospective clients and editors. Biggest confession:
I just pretend to be a perfect packer. In reality, I actually violate all my own rules for packing. I always overpack. I always forget to pack headache medicine (and I get a headache on nearly every trip). And I have no idea how to judge temperatures. If the weather report says 70 degrees, I don't know if that means shorts or pants, long sleeve or short. In the end I usually pack both and wear only a third of what I bring. And since I'm already giving up my travel flaws, I should also mention that I get insanely motion sick when I travel and I never take anything for it. You'd think I'd carry Dramamine or Bonine with me wherever I go (even a short taxi ride makes me dizzy). But no, I never remember it. I guess the saving grace is that if I ever get sick, I've got enough clothes in my bag to change.
The lesson here is that sometimes success isn’t a matter of natural talent or years of practice. Sometimes you just have to put yourself “out there” and try your hand at something. Ben certainly wasn’t studying up before he arrived. And BH never dreamed that one short camera lesson could make working an SLR so easy.
You should always submit your story or your query for your story with a well-targeted headline on it. You want it to catch the editor’s eye and show him, immediately, what your article is about. It’s one of the most effective ways to distinguish yourself from the bulk of other writers also submitting material.
Professional photographer Rich Wagner called yesterday to say that he had made $1,300 from a photo he snapped just two hours before our call. Of course, I congratulated him. But I thought, “That’s not something our readers can expect to do, right? Or is it?”
Turns out, the most effective device for getting a dog to sit up when he’s laying down is actually a squeaky, fur-covered rat. Dogs respond best to sounds but a tail… a tail will get the dog to sit up because he/she thinks it’s actually an animal’s backside (and dogs always want to smell a […]