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Aflame. Delighted. Eager. Fired up. Ecstatic. Thrilled. Electrified. Astounded. Giddy. Anyway you put it, I’m stoked to share such awesome news with you! A week or so ago, I hinted on Facebook of exciting upcoming news here at The Rooted Gypsy . Well, the cats out of the bag! From the proverbial rooftops, I’m here to shout “I’ve been featured in a book!”

But not just any ole book. A book by a man whom I greatly respect and ultimately navigated my travel writing career! Even if he didn’t know it at the time. But I’m getting ahead of myself. A little backstory for you.

Burned out and unhappy with my career, I stumbled upon travel writing when I Googled “jobs that pay you to travel”. Long story short, I found myself in San Diego at a popular travel writing conference a few months later. As fate would have it, the man sitting next to me at my table in the back turned out to be one of the guest speakers and quite possibly the most prolifically published travel writer ever. We struck up a conversation and he gave me his business card. Roy Stevenson, Freelance Travel Writer it read.

I scoured his webpages and immediately downloaded all the ebooks he offered before he ever took the podium. These books became (and still are) the sole references I use from pitching an editor to crafting my writer’s page. If you would have told me that day that I would one day be featured in one of those books I would have laughed out loud. Long and loud. Don’t get me wrong, I never doubted that I could and would write successfully. I just never imagined my writing would ever catch his attention. But it did.


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And in this past year I’ve been humbled to have him feature me on his Pitch-Travel-Write newsletter, invited to speak on his Master Travel Writing Conference Success Panel, and now featured in his latest book Rock Star Travel Writers. Click here to view more details.

Read on to hear more about this book in Roy’s own words::

In Rock Star Travel Writers, you’ll hear about the nuts-and-bolts of successful travel writing from ten elite journalists.  You’ll read about each writer’s personal journey into the freelancing world.  And they’ll give you their best insights of how they’ve broken into the world’s most treasured travel publications.

No matter where you are on your travel writing journey, or what challenges you face, the advice in these pages will help you.  Each writer has something different to teach you.

Some of the things you’ll learn
in Rock Star Travel Writers:


  • The best tips and tactics for getting your stories published in the top shelf glossies
  • How to network with editors to separate yourself from the crowds of wannabees
  • Why face-to-face interaction with editors can help you get published more easily and more often – and the secret to making a connection
  • Inspiration & motivation from writers when your pitch is rejected (yes, even good pitches get rejected)
  • Different approaches to query letters that can lead to success


  • The single most important habit you need to develop to be a successful travel writer
  • Why writing front-of-book services pieces can be good for you & your wallet
  • How keeping a journal while you travel can help you create multiple articles after your trip
  • Why it’s important to follow your passions and develop your own voice
  • The best questions to ask (and answer) when you’re writing a travel story
  • Why you should make sure to publish only high caliber internet posts
  • How the pros approach story angles to create something unique and marketable
  • Why you don’t need a journalism background to become an elite travel writer – and the one important thing you do need


  • Why press trips are good networking opportunities and how to use them to your best advantage
  • How travel writing industry awards can help you
  • The best travel writing conferences to attend
  • The most useful travel writing organizations you should join
  • Why social media is important for travel writers and how to profit from it


  • Why marketing matters (big time!)
  • Why business and branding skills are important to you as a travel writer
  • How a professional writer’s website will help you
  • How the best writers combine their craft with multiple streams of income and ideas for what you might add to your own income streams

I wish I had this information when I started out on my travel writing journey!  This stellar lineup of highly respected travel journalists offers excellent practical advice and encouragement to help you move up the travel writing totem pole.

If you’re thinking, “I’m just a beginner. How can I break into the top travel magazines?”   For those of you who are complete novices, I have added a special section of “budding rock stars” relatively new to the business to inspire and motivate you:

  • Hear how they’re starting to consistently accumulate paying print bylines and getting into some impressive publications
  • Learn about the incredible complimentary travel gigs they’re landing
  • Read their personal stories and inspirational career arcs. For the novice travel writers reading this, they’re only a few steps ahead of you!

The unique tribe of mentors in Rock Star Travel Writers generously share their journeys and dispense invaluable techniques, insightful habits, and practical advice.

You won’t find this information anywhere else.

Reading the profiles of these ten elite journalists and five budding rock stars will help answer your most challenging questions about travel writing and will give you plenty of ideas on how to achieve extraordinary results and bylines.

You’ll be able to put their advice into practice and transform your travel writing career, starting immediately!

I think you’ll find Rock Star Travel Writers as inspirational and as insightful as I have.

To your travel writing success,
Roy Stevenson

Well, there ya have it! If you are interested in travel writing, I can’t recommend these books enough! Got questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me!

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I’m an internationally published freelance travel writer and photographer with over 20 articles featured in I’ve been featured in Heart of Texas Magazine, Texas Lifestyle Magazine, Lost Treasure Magazine, and in Travel by Lightfoot Magazine. I’m a current contributor for my local CVB,, as well as Great Escape Publishing, and


  • Barb says:

    I am so proud of you! You belong in this book Jess.

  • Jessica, You really deserve to be featured in our book, Rock Star Travel Writers. You’ve approached the freelance writing arena with much verve and enthusiasm, and are getting outstanding results. We’re really pleased with your contribution to our book, and we thank you for giving your time and energy into telling the story of your travel writing journey.
    I know talent when I see it, and you’ve got it in spades. Keep on keeping on and you’re going to make a big splash in freelance writing.
    Best Regards,
    Roy Stevenson

    • Jessica says:

      I have loved this travel writing journey and couldn’t imaging diving in without the guidance of your books! Always an honor hearing from you! Hope you and Mrs. Linda are well and hope to see you both soon!

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