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Denver, CO July 23-25, 2009 American Writers & Artists, Inc. Please turn off your cell phone. Thanks!
By Jennifer Stevens AWAIs Ultimate Travel Writers Program Denver, CO July 2009 Please turn off your cell phone. Thanks!
God gives every bird a worm, but he does not throw it into the nest. Swedish Proverb
What do you need to do to sell an article by August 4?
1. First you must know who your reader is. 2. Appeal to his heart, then to his head. 3. The narrower your article idea, the better. 4. Short articles are easier to write… and easier to sell.
6 Task # 1 -- Come up with an idea for a short article (50-500 words). Keep it close to home – Someplace or something local. Where do you take guests when they come to visit? Your local haunt -- restaurant, bar, café, movie house, a shop you frequent? Someplace new in town -- a new restaurant or a new B&B or a new attraction, perhaps. Attractions offering something new – a program for kids, a new lecture series, a new exhibit.
7 Task # 1 -- Look for three publications where you might potentially sell your article. Check the publications you met at the Expo Look into publications close to your home Look online Check Writer's Market Read the Writers Guidelines Read past issues of publications Task # 2 -- Depending on what your article idea is, you may want to call ahead to set up an appointment to visit the place youll write about.
8 Task # 1 -- Visit the destination you want to write about and take notes. What distinguishes this place from other, similar destinations? What makes it special, unique? What stands out most in your mind? Task # 2 – Define who your audience is. Who would benefit from the information, advice, and guidance you have to share? Write that down. Task # 3 -- Come up with a strong title for your short article.
9 Task # 1 -- Write your short article Between 50 and 500 words. Don't worry about every sentence being perfect. Just write. Get the information you want to include onto the page.
10 Task # 1 -- Read what you wrote yesterday. Edit. Do all the bits of information you've included support that main idea you outlined in your title? Task # 2 -- Read what you wrote again. Edit. Are all your sentences as short and concise as they can be? Have you used strong, active verbs? Have you provided your reader the how-to details he needs to take action -- address or price or phone, etc.? Task # 3 -- Show your article to somebody else and ask him or her to read it.
11 Task # 1 -- Go back to your short list of possible publications and see where your piece fits best. Read the Writer's Guidelines again. Task # 2 -- If you need to rework your article a bit so it fits better in a particular publication, do so.
12 Task # 1 -- Write a cover letter to the appropriate editor at the publication where you'd most like to see your article appear. Task # 2 -- Review the publication's guidelines to make sure you're following them to the letter.
13 Task # 1 -- Reread your article one last time. Make any additional edits you deem necessary. Task # 2 -- Send your article to the editor.
15 Task # 1 -- Start planning your next article. Go back up to Day 1 and start over again. Keep this up, and before the middle of September, you'll have three articles on editors' desks and be well on your way to freelance success!
Keep this up, and by September you could be living the travel writers life… Just like these folks…
Renting In Buenos Aires : Live Like A Local by Sandra Kennedy Why pay for a hotel when you can easily rent an apartment for less? The prices of the apartments range from $25 to $145+ U.S. dollars per day. Hundreds of short and long-term apartments are available with options such as studios, lofts, and several bedrooms to palatial residences. You can save money while living in a fully furnished apartment and live in your own neighborhood. My recent experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina was in a pre-arranged apartment. This convinced me that you might want to know about this idea whether you are a tourist or you are scouting the city to relocate. Living in the Barrio Norte neighborhood led to conversations beyond Hola to dramatic sign language, a worn Spanish dictionary and recalled phrases from my year of living in Peru. Daily visits to my favorite Confiteria for café and masas vienesas (pastries), talking with taxi drivers who have a wealth of information, sniffing and slightly pinching tomates in the local market, stopping by at the next door musty antiquities shop and phoning from the Locutorio (for mail, internet, phone booths) all added to create conversations, questions and a sense of belonging. In a few days, faces and greetings became familiar. Here are some suggestions for pre-arranging an apartment. First, I found a reputable agency through the Internet. The agencys website I used and others are listed at the end of this article. My intention is not to promote the agency I used but I do want to say they were reliable and friendly. It is their rental process that is used an example as each agency has its own procedure.
From Hippy to Hip at the Portland Saturday Market By Bonnie Caton For Oregon.com Stepping off the Max train at Skidmore Fountain on a Saturday or Sunday morning, you'll notice a colorful commotion. White tents line the cobblestone streets and brick buildings of the historical Skidmore district. In them, Portland artists and artisans arrange their hand-crafted wares as shoppers and street performers meander about. Music filters through the streets while people sip their fresh coffee and eye the goods. It's impossible to take it in at once, you have to slow down to see it all and let the smells of spicy chicken or frying cinnamon sugary elephant ears tease you. At Portland Saturday Market, you might want to give in and taste one of the international home cooked treats or pick up a hand-crafted gift for someone back home. To come here is to experience authentic Portland, for all things Portland seem to converge on the very spot. Every artist, artisan, musician, and restaurant is chosen by a jury for the market and can be found on the East side of the Max light rail tracks. On the other side is an international import market, offering jewelry, art, clothing, and other interesting objects from afar. Overflowing with unique artwork and crafts, the market is also a place for constant weekend entertainment. Music saturates the air from all directions, whether from the scheduled stage performances every Saturday and Sunday or the talented and sometimes quite colorful street performers. Here, you'll come face to face with the likes of Jimi Hendrix in a purple velvet suit as he and others collect around the Skidmore Fountain, guitars in hand. Nimble fingered balloon artists twist together quick versions of your kids' favorite cartoon characters, flowers, animals, and crazy hats. Wherever you look in Portland Saturday Market, there's something fun going on, and it all takes place in the center of Portland's Historic Skidmore District, with its original cobblestone streets, iron-frame brick buildings, and a vintage trolley rattling by.
The President and the Cowboy One was a Harvard-educated New Yorker. The other was a Canadian-born lawman and rancher. But when the paths of these two men from different worlds crossed on the plains north of Belle Fourche, they began a friendship that would survive the ages. By Scott Moses Judging by the streaks of dust clinging to their riding clothes, their tired faces and their tangled hair, Seth Bullock could tell that the three horsemen had been on the trail for a long time. Bullock, a deputy U.S. Marshall and former Deadwood sheriff, had been riding the range on his Belle Fourche ranch looking for strays when he ran into the mounted trio. He struck up a polite conversation at first, but his instincts told him that something was wrong. Outnumbered three to one, Bullock knew there was little use in being overtly hostile. Instead, the cunning lawman resorted to subtle questioning, hoping to get a handle on the situation before he felt the need to put his hands on his pistols. After a few moments, it became clear that only one of the drifters was a troublemaker. Known as Crazy Steve, the offender was wanted in Dakota Territory as a horse thief, and the other two men had just recently captured him. One of Crazy Steves two captors was a 26-year-old rancher and deputy sheriff named Theodore Roosevelt. A Harvard-educated man who had already published a nationally-acclaimed history book and served in the New York State Assembly, Roosevelt had only recently moved to Dakota Territory before his 1884 encounter with Seth Bullock. Born in New York City in 1858 to a wealthy family, Roosevelt was on track to becoming one of the youngest nationally-recognized intellectuals and politicians of his day. But on Valentines Day 1884, his wife and mother both died, just two days after the birth of his only daughter, Alice. Roosevelt was devastated, prompting him to live a more simple life in the badlands of what is now North Dakota. Bullock, on the other hand, had lived most of his life on the frontier. Born near Windsor, Ontario in 1849, Bullock left home for Virginia City, Mont. in about 1867. There he set up a mining supplies and hardware store. However, like Roosevelt, Bullock had a knack for politics. He served in the upper house in the Montana legislature during the l871-1872 session and participated in special sessions during l873. Following the news of gold in the northern Black Hills, Bullock moved his hardware operation to Deadwood in July l876. By the late autumn, Bullock had been appointed sheriff. Despite their difference in background, Roosevelt and Bullock hit things off well. Their mutual duties as enforcers of the law seemed to provide the initial common ground, as Roosevelt later recounted in his autobiography, referring to their 1884 meeting on the plains north of Belle Fourche. We had had a rather rough trip and had lain out for a fortnight, so I suppose we looked somewhat unkempt. Seth received us with a rather distant courtesy at first, but unbent when he found out who we were, remarking, "You see by your looks, I thought you were some kind of a tinhorn gambling outfit and I might have to keep an eye on you. He then inquired about the capture of Steve with a little of the air of one sportsman to another when he has shot a quail that either might have claimed, My bird, I believe? Roosevelt stayed on his ranch in Dakota Territory until the winter of 1886-1887, when freezing weather wiped out his entire herd of cattle. He returned to New York, where he held various political posts, becoming Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1897. Though they were now separated by distance, Roosevelt and Bullock stayed close, corresponding often. When the Spanish-American War broke out in 1898, Roosevelt resigned his Navy post and organized the First U.S. Volunteer Calvary Regiment, known the media as the Rough Riders. Bullock was among the many Western ranchers who volunteered to serve, and he was made Captain of Troop A in Grigsbys Cowboy Regiment. Although his unit never saw combat, Bullock was given the title captain from then on.
Portugal's Medieval Jewel: The Walled Village of Obidós by Bob Samborski The ancient wall of Obidós appears suddenly, just off the A8 motorway an hour north of Lisbon. It rests like a tiara on a large hill, a geophysical anomaly in the surrounding low-lying farmland. Inside the wall is a jewel-one of Portugal's most treasured historic villages. A walk up a cobbled road from a nearby parking area delivers you to the original old stone gateway. The small entrance vestibule with large stone steps leads to the top of the wall. A leisurely walk around the ramparts takes about an hour, and is a definite must-do. The walls offer spectacular views of the main castle and countryside. Looking down into the village, a sea of red tiles parts in places to reveal splashes of vivid blues, yellows, and reds against bright white stuccoed walls. Not exactly a secret, Obidós attracts its share of visitors. Tour groups of Britons, Germans, French, and Portuguese visit during the peak hours of the day. It's a convenient one- or two-hour stop between the palaces of Sintra to the south and the religious pilgrimage cities of Braga and Fatima to the north and east. Most groups quickly move on, but to simply rush down what serves as the main street in this village to see the castle and climb to the top of the wall deprives the visitor of a truly remarkable experience. A night within the walls Spending the night within the walls significantly enhances the entire experience. Options range from a fairly pricey Pousada (one in a chain of restored castles and manor houses that dot the Portuguese countryside) to pension-style accommodations in smaller privately owned houses. Once the tour buses and day visitors leave, the place assumes a blissful quiet. There are not many nightlife options in Obidós, but that fits well with its spirit. Unlike many places in Portugal, the restaurants and bars close at 10 p.m., and are usually empty well before then, especially in the off-season. Take an after-dinner stroll through the village's narrow cobbled lanes and you are likely to be completely alone, the only sound…the echo of your footsteps on the stone, the only light…the occasional soft glow of lamps illuminating lace window coverings.
The Cat Who Moved to Mexico Traveling with Pets Barbara Bode Some 37 million pets worldwide traveled in the past three years with their owners to a new home or more frequently, on holiday. By plane, car or on board boats and ships, these cats, dogs, ferrets and occasionally even exotic species like iguanas packed up and took off, clutching their Pet Passports. Not so long ago, such adventures were considered far too difficult and even too dangerous because of required months of quarantine or hotel and local prohibitions. Recently, however, those barriers have come crashing down. In Europe, the UK led the way. Notorious among pets in past years for their 6 month quarantine period, in 2000, that all changed. They launched PETS, their successful Pet Travel Scheme. PETS became the model for the new EU-wide system of passports for dogs, cats and ferrets. The key feature is a single European passport and veterinary certificate 998 which provides authenticated details of the animal's identity, vaccination record and overall health. Thus certified, quarantine is unnecessary. Malta adopted this scheme in 2004, enabling PET-conforming qualified pets from EU countries to enter Malta and bypass the month-long quarantine period. There are two additional requirements: the completed certificate 998 must be in English and owners must get an Import License from the government. Veggie, my Gozitan cat, needed much the same documented proof of similar qualifications in her Pet Passport when she arrived in Mexico. We flew Lufthansa, which like a number of intercontinental airlines is especially solicitous of their flying furries and wont allow a pet to travel for longer than 12 hours without a rest. Thus, thanks to Veggie, we had a leisurely three day journey to the Pacific Coast, spending two nights in pet-friendly hotels along the way. Recognizing the growing number of peripatetic pets and potential profit, upscale hotels have vigorously gotten into the act offering hospitality both to traveling visitors as well as adding special attractions as a pet-friendly holiday destination. The Four Seasons Hotels, Lowes and many resort hotels make particular efforts to be pet-welcoming. There are summer walking trips and hiking trips in the Alps for owners and dogs; boogie board training for dogs who love the water and are visiting the Pacific; gourmet meals for picky cats and all-pet cocktail hours to which owners are also invited.
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