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Shameless Self Promotion: New World Review Launches

Date: July 9th, 2009 | No Comments

I’ve become increasingly worried about the state of the media as newspapers cut staff and magazines fold left and right, so I have felt a growing urge to begin posting something significant on the web. It has been a long time coming, but I finally have my own independent ezine to launch: New World Review. [read more]

Three Small Questions This New Year

Date: January 2nd, 2009 | 7 comments

Happy New Year all! Here at Written Road we may be separated by oceans, mountains and a few thousand miles, but our goals are the same: to become better writers, editors and tell the wonderful stories associated with travel. So as 2008 comes to a close and 2009 begins, I wanted to ask three small [read more]

The Death of the American Newspaper Travel Section

Date: October 22nd, 2008 | 4 comments

So, after countless times of hearing a reply from a newspaper travel editor that goes something along the lines of “we are only doing regional stories now” or “are budget has been cut back and I really don’t buy many stories from freelancers these days” I have come to this conclusion: the American newspaper travel [read more]

Meet the Frugal Traveler in New York

Date: September 15th, 2008 | No Comments

Here are two chances to meet one of the most known travel-writers in the industry today: NY Times Frugal Traveler Matt Gross will be telling stories of his experience traveling around the world and writing.
1)What: A talk at Idlewild Books about the Grand Tour, literary travel, frugal travel and so on.
When: Thursday, September 18 at [read more]

August Is Travel-Query Writing Month!

Date: August 6th, 2008 | 1 comment

Friends over at Almost Fearless have put together an initiative to help push ourselves to get our work published. The idea is to write a query letter a day, throughout the ENTIRE month of August, and keep an open log of it. Ok, ok, we’re already 6 days into August, but it’s never too late [read more]

Why You Should Start Your Writing Career in College

Date: January 13th, 2009 | No Comments

I came across the Transitions Abroad Student Travel Writing Contest this morning and it got me thinking about writing at a younger age. There is information on the contest at the end of this post, but I wanted to start with this:
It’s never too early to start your writing career, and there are several reasons [read more]

Travel Writing and Editorial - one print editor’s utopian view of online travel content

Date: November 30th, 2008 | 11 comments

Regular readers will know that my professional transition from print guidebook publishing to the web is still very much in its infancy. My experience is rooted in a world of well-established publishing schedules, editorial style guides, procedures and decades of travel writing experience embodied by a community of writers, plus translators, editors, photographers and factcheckers [read more]

Too Much Time Online?

Date: September 16th, 2008 | 4 comments

Because of a trip down to San Francisco this weekend, I didn’t get online for a whole four days… four days! Well, that’s not entirely true — I did have to check my work email and send some things out Monday morning — but for the rest of the time I didn’t do any blogging, [read more]

The Frugal Traveler On Travel Writing

Date: September 9th, 2008 | 1 comment

A quote from Rolf Pott’s interview with Matt Gross:
“Go into travel before you go into travel writing. You should know how to cross a land border, book plane tickets in a language you don’t speak and befriend the old lady who squints evilly from the second-story window at everyone who passes by. In other words, [read more]

Writing for Suite101.com and About.com: Is It Worth It?

Date: June 4th, 2008 | 24 comments

Again and again I get questions about whether it is worth it to write for websites such as Suite101.com or About.com, so I thought I would breakdown my experience with Suite101 and what I have heard about About.com.
Suite101
I began writing for Suite101 about two years ago when very few people had heard about it. I [read more]



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