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Travel Writing (How to Guide) [Paperback]

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1 Aug 2009 How to Guide
Make your passion your profession...
...pack a pen with your passport, craft prose that flows and become a Travel Writer. Written by established travel writers and bursting with invaluable advice, this inspiring and practical guide is a must for anyone who has ever yearned to turn their travels into saleable tales. Being a travel writer is a dream job - with this guide you're scribbling distance from the reality.
Discover:
The secrets of a great story
The best ways to research
What makes a winning pitch
How to get your name in print
Quirks of writing for newspapers, magazines, Web & books
Extensive writers' resources & industry organizations
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 2 edition (1 Aug 2009)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1741047013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741047011
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful information for aspiring travel writers. 27 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback
A collection of interviews with established and well-known travel writers in magazines and newspapers. As usual from Lonely Planet it is very high quality and a welcome addition to those trying to break into this very difficult field of writing. I highly recommend this book as a guide to approaching your writing with fresh ideas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Advice for the professional writer 16 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
If you aspire to be a professional writer, don't, this book says up front. Too few people earn a living doing so, and manage it renouncing to a lot of personal and physical pleasures. But if the wanderlust and writinglust are eating at you from inside, and at the same time, you'll find useful advice here from different angles: from writing techniques, to explanation of how to pitch a story to a travel publication. It's essentially a guide, so you won't find a narrative from front to cover: several parts include the art and craft of writing, interviews with travel writers and editors, reference pages with everything a travel writer should know, and even release forms for people you might find along the way and deem interesting to photograph.
All in all, I found it useful, if too oriented towards the job of writing (and doing it in UK, Australia or the USA).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very descent book for the purpose 14 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
The first book I happened to read on the way to writing more and developing further my writing style.

Pros:
1. Excellent inclusion of numerous interviews with writers, editors and agents. Valuable information provided there, and I'd advise to read these first that the rest of the book. They tell you again and again (simply because most of them repeat the very same basic rules in the business) what are the essentials in being a good writer, a good specialist in travel writing.
2. Overall good introductory material for all areas where a writer should pay attention to, e.g. structuring his/her writing, photo gear to possibly own/carry with on assignments, other tools of the trade (voice recorder, notepad). I found parts of the 'tools of the trade' information provided very useful indeed. The author does not go into very much detail on everything, all areas of info provided, though, are covered well enough for an introduction to writing.
3. Samples of travel writing excellence provided, there you get an idea (by example) of what is expected of you, should you wish to follow this passion.
4. Section on listing of organizations and resources, which is pretty good. It may of course not be as extensive as the classic 'Writers Handbook' as published every year, but hei, this book is not for this purpose. However, the info provided in this section as well is very good and more than enough for starters.

Cons:
1. For many of the issues mentioned in the book, target readership is mainly aspiring travel writers. But there is only writing, not travel writing - as you will discover after reading all interviews (included in this book) with writers and editors.
2. A great little bit-of-everything book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Immensely practical - but due for an update 6 May 2012
Format:Paperback
If you're interested in travel writing, this book pulls no punches. It explains how to write a travel piece, what to consider and even the best way of conducting your research. There is a huge wealth of information here. You will learn about about writing for the travel markets ... although at nearly 7 years old, this book needs updating. I don't feel the information about pitching to editors is relevant these days ... writing a letter? The practical side of pitching and being commissioned needs updating, and some of the useful information websites are no longer relevant.

So, if you're looking for advice on how to improve your travel-writing features and articles, then this is great, but just bear in mind it is a little dated. (I remember having to submit 35mm colour transparencies for illustrating my travel features!)
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