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Monday, January 18, 2010

eBook on travel writing and photography as a profession

Regular readers will know that I don't use this blog to sell stuff. But in this case I'm going to make an exception, at least I'm going to tell you about something that I think is well worth the money if you've ever considered a career in travel writing.

Some of Australia's leading travel writers have gotten together to write an eBook on the topic and I feel privileged to have been asked to write a chapter on the travel photography industry. Below is the blurb from Global Travel Writers but I heartily recommend it for those who have anything more than a passing interest in turning their passion for travel into a vocation.

GTW Press Release

Many people want to know how to become a travel writer, but don´t know where to start. You don´t need a degree in journalism to become a successful travel writer. A new E-book provides aspiring travel writers with all the information they´ll need to get a foothold in this coveted field.

TRAVEL WRITING AND TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: From Dreams to Hard Reality is the first dedicated E-book on the subject. Written by a group of professional travel writers and photographers, it´s designed to inspire budding writers and photographers wishing to enter the highly competitive field of travel writing.

The new E-book, the collaborative work of the Australian-based group Global Travel Writers together with several special interest writers, is a no-nonsense, hands-on guide that will also appeal to established travel writers wishing to increase their income and/or write for new media platforms.

The 12 highly experienced writers who contribute to the first edition of this E-book on travel writing and photography provide a practical approach to the craft that takes readers through the processes of digging out story ideas, using the services of national tourism offices to arrange writer familiarisation trips and to help in researching stories, pitching story ideas to editors, the ethics of travel writing, writing the exact type of features that editors require and much more.

The chapter on 'New Media' contains exclusive material and advice on the latest techniques that writers can use to enhance the appeal of their features to editors and ultimately, to readers. Included also is indispensable advice on writing for the Internet, together with an in-depth blogging revenue model.

And, because photography is so important, two chapters have been devoted to travel photography for the digital age.

This comprehensive publication is the result of the combined experience of Global Travel Writers, a highly successful w riting and marketing cooperative established in 1997. The group´s members have had their work published around the globe.

TRAVEL WRITING AND TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: From (Lofty) Dreams to Hard Reality is available for immediate purchase and download as a PDF for just USD $17.95 or AUD $19.95.at:


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