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The Travel Writer's Handbook: How to Write — and Sell — Your Own Travel Experiences

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Veteran travel writer Jacqueline Harmon Butler shows readers, one step at a time, how to research, write, and sell travel articles--but most importantly, she details what makes a travel article a winner.

In this new edition, Butler updates her bestselling handbook for the 21st century with helpful tips on conducting Internet research, utilizing new advancements in digital p
Paperback, 350 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Agate Surrey (first published October 25th 2006)
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Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Now that I've finished this book, I think that, aside from the authors declaring that writing can't be taught, and focusing over-much on mechanics, the book could use a reorganization. I don't mean to be down on this book; it has a lot of useful information, but in terms of tone, style, and organization, it's best for the developed writer who has already had some pieces accepted. As a handbook for the beginning writer, I'd find something else.

The authors give you information on how to write a q
Sean Smith
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 rounded down. A comprehensive guide to travel writing taking in all areas from trip preparation, writing query letters and also tips on typical types of travel writing.

The 7th edition features more about writing for online publications and also how technology can help the travel writer, but given the pace of change in the tech sector, some of these sections could do with an update.

However, overall I found this to be a useful and informative guide.
Jacqueline Butler
Mar 19, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is a guidebook for guidebooking and a vessel for the rules of good travel writing, which makes it a useful book whether you’re dreaming of becoming a travel writer from your cubicle or you’ve got a folder of clips and need a reference designed not just for general craft, but one that details the intricacies of the travel market. This 7th version, based on the original ideas of the original author, now deceased Louise Purwin Zobel, Jacqueline fleshes out the most modern of dilemmas about cam ...more
Sapphire Kharyzma
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is by far — a must-have for anyone looking to break into the travel writing industry — as it is the ultimate travel maven’s bible! It covers everything — internet research, digital photography, mobile apps, blogging, social media — to chic ways to expand your platform and reach out to editors (via queries) to get your experience published, and you paid! I especially loved the pre-trip research feature (as it is something that I personally — never did) — and the various marketing strate ...more
Melanie Faith
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This text is burgeoning with thoughtful and wise tips for the emerging travel writer. From practical chapters on researching and what to pack for long-distance destinations to the various markets and patterns a travel article may take (including how to market travel photography to coordinate with your pieces), I found my highlighter consistently uncapped and denoting ideas and tips to put into action for my next article pitch. This book includes many anecdotes and first-hand accounts of the trie ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is a great source for writers who want to be travel writers and travelers who want to be travel writers! It has a very comprehensive list of where to start, who to send your articles to and what to write about. Tips such as sending a travel story about traveling with a dog or places to go where you can get the best tan to Glamour, tips on how to market yourself or how to enable one story to be sent to various publishers are just a few of the great things about this book.

I love to trav
John Orman
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book loaded with many details of how to prepare for a trip, and what to do while on one.
Substance and style of stories, and markets to enter to sell your work. How to use websites, blogs, and social media to publicize your work and seek new contracts. The author notes the need to take something to show you are a writer, such as business cards. That may get you into locations you could not enter otherwise, or get you a special interview.
Importance of photos, interviews, and a discuss
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some books make you imagine the author so vividly that you start enjoying your mental picture more than you do the actual words. The book took me on a journey into the life of the author herself, a travel writer *before* the advance of the *that's* novel! ...more
Great reference guide for travel writers.
Nate Jordon
May 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm giving it three stars because 90% of the information is stuff I already knew. If I were a beginning writer, or a beginning travel writer, perhaps I would rate this differently. ...more
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Assigned school reading. Some solid techniques within but much of the writing felt outdated in its instruction. Little focus on technology.
Elizabeth Olson
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, how-to, read-2014
A solid course and course of action for anyone aspiring to travel writing.
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