BGTW Talks Travel: How to freelance more effectively

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What’s the secret to effective freelancing? From tracking pitches and building relationships with editors to self-motivation and managing our time, what can we all do differently or better in our freelance careers?

BGTW members and freelancers Emma Thomson, Shafik Meghji and Karen Edwards talk about how they manage their diverse, busy freelancing careers.

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What’s the secret to effective freelancing? From tracking pitches and managing your time, to self-motivation and organising yourself, to staying on top of emails and networking more effectively (after all, who doesn’t want repeat work and editors coming to you?) — and even dealing with ‘freelancer envy’ and self-doubt — what can we all do differently, or better, when it comes to managing our freelance careers?

Join the BGTW at 4pm on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 (on Zoom) when we chat to three prolific freelancers for an insight into how they manage their time, work and careers. The event will consist of a 45-minute discussion followed by a 15-minute Q&A.

When: Wednesday 22nd September 2021
Time: 16:00-17:00 BST (UK time)
Where: Via Zoom
Price: Free to BGTW members (contact Benita/the Secretariat for details) or £6 including booking fee and recording for non-members.

The panel

Karen Edwards, Freelance writer, editor and author
Karen is a travel and lifestyle journalist contributing to national titles, including British Airways High Life, Grazia, Guardian and Time Out. She specialises in responsible travel and sustainable food, and is the author of The Planet-friendly Kitchen: How to shop and cook with a conscience. She is also a senior journalist for Journo Resources which offers tips and advice on all aspects of journalism, including freelancing
Twitter: @KarenNEdwards
Instagram: @karenedwards_writer

Shafik Meghji, travel writer, journalist and author
Specialising in Latin America and South Asia, Shafik writes for publications such as BBC Travel and Wanderlust, has co-authored more than 40 guidebooks for Rough Guides and DK, and talks about travel on TV, radio and podcasts. He also works as an editorial consultant for Amnesty International UK, and his first book, Crossed off the Map: Travels in Bolivia, is out soon.
Twitter: @ShafikMeghji
Instagram: @shafikmeghji

Emma Thomson, travel writer, journalist and photographer
Since leaving her post as commissioning editor at Bradt Travel Guides, Emma has freelanced for the UK’s major national newspapers and magazines, including National Geographic Traveller, Wanderlust, The Telegraph and The Times, and was awarded the 2019 BGTW Travel Writer of the Year.
Twitter: @emmasthomson
Instagram: @emmathomsontravels

Meera Dattani, events director, BGTW
Meera is a freelance travel journalist, co-editor of online travel magazine and co-founder of the Unpacking Media Bias newsletter.
Twitter: @no_fixed_plans
Instagram: @nofixedplans

About BGTW Talks Travel events

The event is free to all BGTW members.
Non-members are welcome to attend for the small sum of £6.

You can also purchase past events from our webinars page (Guild members can access the video library in the members’ section).

Can’t make it on the day? If you register, you’ll receive a recording/link to the discussion (usually within a week).

How do I join a BGTW Talks Travel webinar?
Once you’ve purchased a ticket, you’ll receive a confirmation email. Please register for the Zoom link when you get this. At the time of the webinar, click on the Zoom link — you can join via the website or the desktop or mobile app. (Guild members, you will receive the Zoom link itself when you email Benita).

On the day: Once the panel is ready, you’ll be admitted to the room. You’ll see and hear the panel and can message in the Zoom chat, but you won’t be visible. Your name will be visible if you join in the chat.

Feel free to send questions in advance to – we want to ask the questions that you want the answers to. During the debate, the chat box and Q&A will be open too. Thanks.

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