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Meet Roy Stevenson, Travel Writer, Photographer & Coach

January 20, 2016
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I hope to gain exposure to my travel writing brethren via Media Kitty

Are you a long time user of Media Kitty or a recent member?

I’ve been subscribing to Media Kitty for about seven years.

What do you hope to get out of the new relaunched Media Kitty?

As I specialize in helping other travel writers get published, I hope to gain more exposure to my travel writing brethren via Media Kitty. I also appreciate the opportunity to advertise my Travel Writer’s Marketing Workshop in Media Kitty’s hallowed pages.

How can Media Kitty members work with you?

Please feel free to check out my travel writing website at and connect with me on the Media Kitty site.

What is involved in your job day to day?

I work seven days a week, 6-10 hours a day. My daily tasks range from writing travel articles for magazines, writing posts for my website & newsletter, sending out pitches, invoicing magazines, working on press trip itineraries, telephone & email interviews, researching travel story ideas, email correspondence, posting on social media (Facebook & LinkedIn), coaching & mentoring novice travel writers, and of course, actually traveling on press trips and fam tours. I’m on the road from 60-120 days a year.

What challenges do you face in your role?

At any given time I have more than one dozen travel stories to write, so meeting deadlines keeps me busy.

What are the achievements in your job that you are most proud of?

I’ve had more than 1,000 articles published in just over 200 different magazines, trade journals, specialty magazines, in-flights, on-boards, and travel websites. 90% of my work is published in print media.

What’s the most fun part of your job?

The travel! Last year, for example, I went on 12 press trips between May and December.

What’s an interesting or exciting experience you got to have as a result of your job?

Last December I got to fly in a World War II C-47 Skytrain airplane, over Ann Arbor, Michigan, on a press trip. I’ve done plenty of luxury travel gigs too: one month in 12 high-end luxury resorts in Bali; a week long cruise down the Burgundy Canal, France, in a 146-foot long luxury hotel barge; and plenty of very “oddball” assignments around the world.

What makes you good at what you do?

I’m very good at selling & marketing my travel articles. I sell 90% of the stories that I pitch. I’ve written a series of eBooks, guides, and manuals about marketing & selling travel articles in various genres.

What are you working on that you are excited about?

I’m about to release my next guide, ‘How To Break Into The Food, Wine & Beer Travel Writing Market’

What’s ahead for you?

I’ll be doing some long stays in S.E. Asia later this year. We plan on living for a month each in Chiang Mai, Thailand; and Malaysia and Vietnam.

What is the best way for other members to find out more about you and your work?

Check out my website for up-to-date marketing advice on how to sell your travel articles. Also follow me on Media Kitty and  ‘Friend’ me on Facebook. I post some informative & amusing stuff.

What changes or trends are you noticing in the market and your work networks?

There’s still plenty of work in print media despite the proliferation of travel blogs and websites. And print media still pays!

In your work background, how did you progress to your current role?

I took a three day workshop on freelance travel writing and met with instant success.

In what ways does your job differ now from when you started out in your profession?

I’m being published in $1/word magazines and some international and national magazines that I never would have thought I would be published in.

What advice would you give someone starting out in your profession?

Don’t give up your day job until you’re making good coin! Everyone thinks all they have to do is slap up a half-assed travel blog and they’ll make a six figure income in their first year. Sorry, but it doesn’t work like that.

What inspired you to work in this area?

I like travel!

What is your favourite travel destination?

Wherever I happen to be.

What is your special talent?

Selling & marketing my travel stories to print media.

What is on your bucket list?

Myanmar, Cuba, Lichtenstein, Romania, Galapagos.

Connect with Roy on Media Kitty!




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