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  • Series: Teach Yourself: Writing
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (February 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444171224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444171228
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Beth Blair is a Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota-based travel and lifestyle writer. Her articles have been featured in Aviation Security International, St. Paul Pioneer Press, AirTran Airways GO, Midwest Meetings, Toastmasters, Savvy.MN, CBSMinnesota.com, FoxNews.com, Prime Kansas City, HerLife, State Farm's Good Neighbor, Hybrid Mom, Draft, Arizona Star, Tucson Citizen, Tucson Newcomer and Tourist Guide, Arizona Bride, Tucson Bridal, Desert Leaf, Oro Valley/Marana, Association News, Christian Science Monitor, Central Penn Parent, Long Island Mothers Journal, SheKnows.com, BabyZone.com and  numerous anthologies, including the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She was named first-place winner in the 2010 Writer's Market "Freelance Success Stories" contest and most recently her blog TheVacationGals.com won Gold in the prestigious 28th annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition (2012).
Beth is a member of SATW (Society of American Travel Writers).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JLHalsted on January 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
If you have the travel bug and want to share your stories with a wide audience but just don't know how to do it, this book was written for you.

No nonsense and not condescending, this handy guide shares the truth about travel writing, from the ground up. It's not easy- but it is rewarding.

Written by Beth Blair, and filled with loads of first had accounts from other travel writers, this little book will lead you in the right direction. Whether you want to begin publishing a travel website or wish to write for print, you'll find helpful tips and real-life experiences. A great guide for beginning travel writers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JetWithComfort on September 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was delighted Beth wrote this book. She has great advice and practical tips for understanding the ins and outs of the travel writing niche. (I know this because I hired her as a consultant years ago!) Beth is passionate about travel, writing, and helping others achieve their dreams.

It can be overwhelming to figure out the fast-changing travel writing industry. Beth provides in this book practical steps and insight into what works and where to put your energy "breaking into travel writing". I instantly downloaded the book when I heard she had written it. I also paused half-way through to write Beth an email with some initial feedback and gratitude. I just realized I forgot then to post an Amazon review - and so will just copy/paste my email to her:

"Dear Beth,

I am so happy you wrote this book! I have not finished reading it yet, but had to pause to offer you this feedback.

Your guidance is not only practical, but inspirational. New writers (and even those veteran writers who are having to change their focus to stay with the times) will appreciate your concrete steps on where to look for opportunities, what to avoid, and where to focus their energy. When people focus on their niche, their passion, dedication, and enthusiasm will lead them to their dreams. The key is to focus on what aspect of travel they enjoy telling their friends and colleagues about - this is usually a great start. And I loved your tip to start in their backyard - so many overlook that because it doesn't feel like travel to them, but to many it is a "foreign place"!

You worked hard writing this book and pulled in some great quotes - nicely done!"

Does her advice work? Well - look at what she has accomplished! Learn from the experts to avoid wasting time. I appreciate this book for the practical, concrete steps provided to become a sought after travel writer!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rex Pilger on July 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
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Beth Blair has produced a book loaded with useful information for that unique breed of writers -- those who travel and continually find something new, unique, and exciting which they want to share with friends and strangers and, they hope, provide an adequate income to support their passion for travel. I suggest reading it straight through, every word, but without doing the suggested exercises.
Then, upon completion of the book -- the wannabe journalist should go back and attempt each exercise to becoming a readable writer. From the well-organized and extensive list of quotations by other travel writers in Beth's book, one can hope to someday (soon) become a member of the friendly, cooperative, and supportive fraternity/sorority which Beth reveals. Beth is especially helpful when it comes to explaining how one joins and grows his or her network of travel marketers, fellow writers,and editors. Yes, there may be times that writers find themselves competing for the same assignment; Beth even describes how to deal with both disappointment at losing an assignment at one extreme and joyful excitement at the other when not only is the assignment assigned, but is completed on time.
The book is not just for novices, however. Beth's own experiences and those of her colleagues provide a knowing, often humorous and charming insight into life on the road or water or in the air. I suspect that Beth's repeated admonishment which even experienced writers can benefit from: specialize, be the go-to expert and authority, and cultivate your unique talents. This is one book that the travel writer takes along for the trip, asking oneself: "What was it that Beth suggested about...?
(The author of this review may be biased -- the book author is his daughter. And, no, neither he nor his wife, and Beth's mother edited Beth's work. It's all hers and we are very proud of her)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth D. Knight on January 29, 2014
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Beth gives practical tips for starting out in this business, from pitching to publications to finding topics and taking family on work trips. She assumes you already know how to write, which I appreciated. Hopefully you do, too, if you're considering this career! The fact that she is located in Minnesota, has a family, and yet has forged a successful career as a travel writer for national and international publications is quite inspiring! She has a friendly, practical writing style and she will make you feel like you can do it (if you work hard).
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