Posts Tagged ‘Travel Writing’

Are Press Trips REALLY ‘Traveling’?
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[Posted on: 11 June 2012]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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I recently asked my friend and colleague, Ed Wetschler, if he was traveling much these days. It was a fair question for Ed, who is the Executive Editor of Tripatini and chair of the Northeast Chapter of SATW. But his answer baffled me. “No,” he said. “I’m not. I’ve taken some press trips, but I’m [...]

Expand Your Portfolio To Access New Markets
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[Posted on: 14 May 2012]
[Posted in: Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts, Opportunities]
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A short while ago I wrote this post about the emerging online market for travel writing. I explained how changes in search engine and social media technology were causing commercial travel websites to start seeing themselves as travel publishers in their own right, opening up significant new opportunities for professional travel journalists. The idea is [...]

FREE SEX and other Attention-Getting Words
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[Posted on: 30 April 2012]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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When I was at Conde Nast, my colleagues and I periodically talked about how powerful the words “Free” and “Sex” were. Those were the two words that sold the most magazines, the two most frequently used words on the covers. However, they were never used together (which, quite frankly, would have drawn even more readers). [...]

Getting The Biggest Bang For Your Traveling Buck
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[Posted on: 19 March 2012]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Getting Started, Overcoming Obstacles]
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For some reason, most people believe (falsely) that they need loads of cash, and a year long sabbatical to write a travel book. Don’t get me wrong, having loads of cash is never a bad thing, but it just isn’t necessary.  The most expensive part of travel should be the plane ticket, which hopefully you [...]

Writing (and Selling) Travel Fiction
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[Posted on: 12 March 2012]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Overcoming Obstacles]
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Travel writers make great novelists. They have all the ingredients – writing ability, courage and the creative fuel of seeing new places. With this in mind, I thought I’d share a few tips about how to write and sell travel fiction. I now write travel fiction for a living, but writing novels and getting paid [...]

10 Tips for Staying On the Writing Beam
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One of the biggest challenges I have as a writer these days is just staying on the beam. For example, just now, rather than write that first sentence and move on to the next, I Googled ‘staying on the beam.’ I wanted to check—was it being used in this context by all sorts of writers [...]

Book Review: Travel Writer’s Guide
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[Posted on: 13 February 2012]
[Posted in: Book Reviews]
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The travel writing journey is different for everyone,… … and how you get where you’re going is often a matter of connections, good ideas, strong writing skills and a little bit of luck. I’ve never stumbled across step-by-step instructions on how to become a successful travel writer, but if such a thing existed, Travel Writer’s [...]

Taking a Look at Your Own Backyard
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[Posted on: 23 January 2012]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Getting Readers, Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts]
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Victorian towns with a touch of the Old West swaggering out the saloon doors. Stickball in a 19th century Native American village. Discovering over 500 varieties of soda. A wildlife refuge where Teddy Roosevelt once hunted with Comanche war chief Quanah Parker. Celebrating a centennial. Oil barons and their riches. Experiencing the sights and smells [...]

Are You Cut Out to Be a Travel Writer?
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[Posted on: 2 January 2012]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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If you’re already an established travel writer, you’ve heard it dozens of times. “Oh what I would do to have your job!” Indeed, the life of a travel writer can be an enviable one, but at the same time, it’s not for everyone. Take a few minutes and answer the following 12 questions. Jot down [...]

Changing Priorities: A Year-End Reflection
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[Posted on: 26 December 2011]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Overcoming Obstacles, Year End Reflections]
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Last year at about this time I wrote a blog post about… …how I spend the last week of every year (as I have for many years) in quiet reflection on what I’ve accomplished during the year that’s just passed… …did I meet all of my goals? Some of them? Am I happy with how [...]



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