In this book, award-winning travel writer Sarah Woods answers the question she is asked several hundred times each year: 'how do I become a freelance travel writer?' She offers practical advice on turning the dream into reality and shares her tips on contacts, hard work, and the best way to attract a healthy dose of luck. In this book she: - Guides would-be authors through the pitching process and the publishing maze; - Offers guidance on crafting a mission statement and building a brand; - Provides writers with the tools to maximise their experiences - and their incomes; - Looks at how to foster long-term relationships with editors and publishers; - Provides a guide to the world-wide market for those writers who want to maximize earning potential and writing outlets all across the globe; - Includes tips and advice from many of the UK's finest travel-writing talent, editors and publishers, plus sample travel articles.
Contents: Introduction; Thank You; Dedication; 1. Travel writing: fact or fiction?; 2. How to get started; 3. Boosting sales; 4. Building a brand; 5. Expanding your market; 6. Developing your business Appendix 1: Glossary; Appendix 2: Directory; Appendix 3: Travel writing samples; Index.
Sarah Woods is one of the UK's most successful freelance travel writers. She won Travel Guidebook Writer of the Year in 2005 and the prestigious Kenneth Wescott Jones Memorial Prize twice, in 2007 and 2008. She travels around 200 days of each year and achieves as high an income as she did in the well-paid job she gave up to pursue a freelance travel writing career. Sarah's travel writing has taken her to over 50 countries, clocking up almost 1 million kilometres along the way. She has lived with indigenous tribes in the Panamanian jungle, travelled on the Orient Express, scaled some of the world's highest volcanoes, visited over 500 spas and worked on TV shows, films and documentaries. She also leads author tours, gives talks, and hosts events in bookshops all over the planet, from Colombia and Australia to South East Asia and Spain. Sarah also features regularly on travel radio.