Taking Control Collection

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272 minutes of video
272 minutes of audio
79 slides
97 pages of transcript

Taking Control of Your Freelance Travel Writing Finances

In this first webinar in the series on taking control of the business side of your freelance travel writing business, we dive into everything you need to know to get your taxes in gear this year. We are not licensed tax advisors, but unfortunately, most accountants don’t know the nitty gritty of this profession, so we’ll steer you the right way.

Taking Control of Your Freelance Travel Writing Time

In this webinar on Taking Control of Your Freelance Travel Writing Time–the single most important groundwork I lay with our coaching program members so that they can handle the work they want to do when it starts coming in–we dive into the number one difference I see between the people who “do it” and those that don’t: how they spend their freelance time–you always have choices.

Taking Control of How You Travel and Reach Your Freelance Travel Writing Goals

In this webinar, we expand the big picture and how to ensure your big dreams become tangible reality. To grow your travel writing income, you need a reliable, repeatable system for ensuring you have your eye on your benchmarks and pivot to meet them. We explore how to adopt the systems big businesses use to great success for your solopreneur writing business.

Taking Control of Your Pitches, Ideas, and Follow-Ups

You can have all the article ideas in the world, but if you can’t find the information you need to pitch them to the right markets, you’re toast. In this webinar, we explore how to capture ideas the second you have them, store them for later, and how to adapt best practices to what works for you.

Article Nuts and Bolts: Putting Together a Profile Piece

74 minutes of video
74 minutes of audio
16 slides
32 pages of transcript


Profiles of individuals and businesses are the most common types of articles today.

In this webinar, we unpack the ins and outs of this type of article, which is among the most difficult to master, yet the most rewarding to write.

You Are Your Non-Fiction Book’s Best Marketer: How to Make it Work

58 minutes of video
58 minutes of audio
24 slides
26 pages of transcript


In the previous webinar, we looked at one of the two most important sections of your non-fiction book proposal, and in this webinar, we dive into the second: the marketing plan.

No matter what connections you do or don’t have now, you can still make a killer marketing plan that is believable to a publisher and perfectly positions your book in the market. It all comes down to the triad of research, creativity, and a willingness to put yourself out there for your book.

Creating Ambiance with Journalistic Detail

37 minutes of video
37 minutes of audio
19 slides
17 pages of transcript


In this series on journalistic detail, we looked at many specific situations in which you should be thoughtful about how and why you’re introducing detail, from short articles to descriptions of people and places.

In the last webinar in this series, we take it higher level—how do the details that you choose create a larger takeaway for the reader without you coming out and explicitly telling them what you want them to feel?

Weaving Journalistic Detail into Descriptions of Places

52 minutes of video
52 minutes of audio
19 slides
21 pages of transcript


Setting the scene in your pieces can be the single hardest block of text for so many of us to write! How do we be “creative” or write that “flowery” stuff?

The key to writing a description of a place that (1) doesn’t take you forever and push you into a type of writing you may not be so comfortable with, and (2) actually belongs in the piece your writing and shows your writing chops off to your editor (especially in a pitch) is a strong foundation in journalistic detail.

We explore how it works with evocative verbal depictions of places in this webinar.

Weaving Journalistic Detail into Descriptions of People

55 minutes of video
55 minutes of audio
17 slides
22 pages of transcript


Fiction writers are known for their descriptions of characters, but so many writers skip these details in their travel pieces—to their detriment.

Characters are one of the main things editors regularly lament that writers don’t include in their pitches or final pieces. In this webinar, we explore how to get the details you need on the ground as well as how to incorporate them into your pieces.

Journalistic Detail and Why You Need It

53 minutes of video
53 minutes of audio
18 slides
21 pages of transcript


Editors often say they want “researched” and “tight” “copy”, but what does that mean and how do you do it?

In this webinar, the beginning of a new craft-oriented series on uncovering journalistic detail in your field research and incorporating it into different types of pieces, we explore what journalistic detail is, why you need it, and how to know it when you see it.

The Guidebook Guide Series – The Writing Side of Guidebook Work

63 minutes of video
63 minutes of audio
21 slides
28 pages of transcript


For the third webinar in the Guidebook Guide series, we explore what it is like to work as a guidebook writer today, from the money to the travel to the actual writing.

We also answer the question what is it actually like to write a book-length work in a month or two–particularly working in a tried and true formula you have little control over?