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  • Series: Travel Writer's Handbook: How to Write-And Sell-Your Own Travel Experiences
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Surrey Books; 6th edition (October 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572840846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572840843
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jacqueline Harmon Butler in an international award winning writer. Her work can be found in many newspapers, magazines, books, anthologies and online publications all across the USA, Canada and Europe. She co-authored the best selling 6th edition of the Travel Writer's Handbook and is currently working on the 7th edition. Jacqueline is a founding member of the Wild Writing Women and a contributing editor for their award winning website, anthologies and magazines. Her travel writing has tempted the reader's palate with many mouth-watering meals and left them salivating for more.

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This book is very informative.
S. C. Thomas
Without story telling, you can have the best connections and researches and you still wouldn't be able to sell anything I would think.
J. C.
This book provides information on all aspects of travel writing from research to pitching your story.
Pa Lipsett

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Linda Raven Moore on February 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
A couple of years ago, I found a copy of the fourth edition of this book at a library bag sale. I read it cover to cover, devouring each word, and absorbing hints and tips into the molasses of my mind. To this day, some of these have shaped the way I approach my trips, and when I learned that a new edition had come out, I thought that it would make me a good Christmas present.

It's certainly an excellent book. But I found a few faults with it, all but one quite firmly the fault of the publisher. Let me get that over and done with before I continue with the good bits.

Criticisms:

1. There is no index. There should be. There is so much in this book that forcing the reader to re-read each chapter to find one nugget of information, or to take notes, seems very poor. Admittedly my copy is now covered in x marks and orange marker pen, but do you have any idea how far against the grain defacing a book goes?

2. I don't have any idea why, for this edition, there is a co-author. As far as I can see, this is not explained anywhere in the text. I'm not sure what a second author really contributes to the book. A second author certainly doesn't take away from it, but the major difference I can spot is that sentences beginning with "I" now begin with "Louise" or "Jacqueline". I don't get it. A brief introduction or explanation would have been nice.

3. Speaking of introductions, or the introduction, perhaps somebody should have proof-read it? It is quite obvious that someone did a quick and dirty search and replace and made a complete hash of it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Hudgins on November 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have the 2002 edition of the Travel Writer's Handbook (the 5th ed.). While it was updated to include the problems of post 9/11 problems it did not cover the Internet as much as one would expect. And the section on photography is still set in the pre-digital era.
That said, this is still the best all-around book on travel writing. Zobel covers different article types, how to do basic research,whether to accept freebies, what to take along on trips, keeping records for tax purposes and so forth. She spends a lot of time on interviewing techniques and different ways of capturing the sights and sounds of a travel destination.
I assume the newest edition (written with a co-author)is meant to bring this classic into the 21st century with references to pdas, laptops, digital cameras and other accoutrements that were hardly mentioned in the 2002 book. But when it comes to the basic elements of writing the travel article--whether for magazines, newspapers or the many travel websites out there--this book is still founded on solid information.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. C. on October 29, 2010
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This could have been a great book but ultimately its lack of true organization makes it hard to be effective.

One issue I have with this book is its overly heavy emphasis on marketing and research while it skimps on story telling. Without story telling, you can have the best connections and researches and you still wouldn't be able to sell anything I would think. The second issue is its organization/presentation. Maybe its a case of too many updates, but the book flipflops way too much in between sections. One second its talking about research, then next paragraph the author flips back to talking about marketing, then it flips back, then only to talk about some other topics.

But in any case, there are good information in this book but it needs a thorough revision.
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By The_Greenarrow on February 21, 2014
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IT IS A BOOK! It has pages and chapters and lots and lots of words. There are things in the book too. SENTENCES! Marvelously organized into paragraphs. Real solid stuff.
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By JK on November 30, 2012
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It was practical and hands on so I recommend it. Since I want to start sharing my travel experiences this book came in handy, and I read it while I traveled.
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