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The Ultimate Travel Writing & Photography Retreat, Charleston, South Carolina, June 18-21, 2022

The Ultimate Travel Writing & Photography Retreat, Charleston, South Carolina, June 18-21, 2022If you want to boost your travel writing skills to a new level this workshop is for you. We'll focus on travel writing and photography - how to write exciting travel stories and create photo galleries that editors will love. This interactive course features lectures, writing exercises, in-the-field tours, group readings & discussions, and hands-on experience. You’ll also receive on-on-one feedback and…

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Seeking editor/writer with good Spanish for corporate travel/tourism blog

Our company is seeking a part-time editor to handle the English-language blog of a major travel/tourism client, which involves writing (and sometimes proposing) four or so original posts in English and translating about an equivalent number of posts from the Spanish blog. Native English speaker required, as well as very good Spanish for purposes of translation as well as dealing with client contacts. For more details, please write to me at dappell@tinkle.lat.

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Fodor's Travel Seeking Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro Writers

Fodor's Travel is looking for writers for the upcoming edition of our Croatia guidebook, specifically concerning the following regions: -Split and Central Dalmatia -Zadar and Northern Dalmatia -Kvarner and the Northern Adriatic Islands -Istria -Zagreb and Inland Croatia -Slovenia -Montenegro Fodor's is a leading guidebook brand for American travelers with more than 300 titles covering most corners of the globe (www.fodors.com). If you are working in the above areas, or know any…

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  • Has this happened to any of you?

    A couple of months ago I pitched a story to one of the top three newspapers in the country (names won’t be named, not to protect the innocent, but to preserve whatever tenuous relationship I may have with the outfit). They completely ignored me on this occasion, and I thought that was the end of that. This past Sunday, however, they ran a story on the very topic. Now, if the pitch had been “restaurants of London,” well, you could chalk that up to coincidence. But it was a very specific topic, about an almost-unknown neighborhood in a European city that’s rarely covered in the travel press. Could be a coincidence, or then again… maybe not. A few years ago, I had a similar experience with a pitch for a round-up of the best pizzerias in Prague. That time I got an actual “no, thank you”… and a couple of months later, the glossy travel magazine ran that very story.

    As freelancers, pitching is our daily bread, and yet we sometimes get used for story ideas for which we don’t get paid. I’m furious, but realize there’s not much I can do… or is there? How have you guys dealt with this kind of abuse?
  • Right on JoAnn. Regarding your question about the shuttering of Gourmet, David, I am neither a contributor nor a subscriber, yet this (combined with two, count 'em, two brides magazines) closing feels like the end of the world. And judging by the posts I saw on FB and Twitter, I'm not alone in feeling this way. Please, Sir, more foam!
  • Hi there. Jumping into this discussion a bit late, but just wanted to add my two cents: yes, these trips are fraught with drama and tensions, between pr folks, writers, and hosts. I tend to go into everything "as is" and often have no idea that so many agendas and cautions -- interpersonal ones, I mean, of course, I know there are business agendas! -- are hidden under the surface. What a bummer! If everyone first minded their business and then, second, when they did nose in, do so in a kindly helpful way, rather than a destructive, competitive way, we'd all be a lot better off. I guess that's obvious, though!
  • And BTW, any thoughts here on the shuttering of Gourmet?
  • Would be happy to, Dave ;)
  • Hi Elyse -- Hot Mixology sounds fascinating, and when it launches I hope you'll share it with us in this site's group "Eating/Drinking the World" -- when is that likely to be, anyway?

    Sorry also to hear about your trials and tribulations with these characters. There's a whole pharmacyful of bitter pills to swallow in business, and this is par for the course. As Laura said, it tends to work out in the end -- the problem is that "the end" is never as soon as we'd like it.
  • Thanks for the support...we think Hotmixology will inspire because it puts cooking, cocktailing and entertaining back into the hands of real people, not the elite. THe travel component will be distillery visits and how real people in other countries entertain.

    I do believe in Karma...I have been through this before, and some people get their just desserts...not the kind with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
  • Elyse, keep your head up. One thing about life - karma will happen. Just keep that in mind and good luck on the Hotmixology Mag. I can't wait to see it.
  • I know...occupational hazard. It's nice to be in a community that understands, though.
  • Sorry to hear that, Elyse. As others have said, good work will win out in the end. But sometimes "the end" takes a long time to come. :-(
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