After a busy travel schedule the past few months, I’m finally getting caught up on some of my reading. Here’s my review of The Travel Writers Handbook by Jacqueline Harmon Butler and Louise Purwin Zobel.
First published in 1980, this book is on its 7th edition. The travel writing field has changed dramatically since that time and the writers have done a good job in making sure the content is updated and relevant in today’s market. They also provide insight on not only the nuts and bolts of HOW to be a travel writer but also how to THINK like a travel writer. I especially liked the To Market, To Market chapter which provided many “outside the box” markets to pitch travel articles to. There’s a query letter section that provides tips on how to structure your pitches and what has worked for them and what hasn’t.
All in all it’s a handy addition to any travel writers library and would be an invaluable resource to new travel writers just starting out or as a handy reference for season professionals.