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Travel Writing 2.0: Earning Money From Your Travels in the New Media Landscape [Kindle Edition]

Tim Leffel
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Book Description

This is the first guide to earning money from travel writing in a media landscape turned upside down. With stories and advice for dozens of working travel writers, editors, and publishers, Travel Writing 2.0 leads readers on a path to success straddling print and electronic media. Written from the viewpoint of a successful writer, book author, editor, and blogger.

“The most useful ‘how-to’ book about travel writing on the market today.”

- Durant Imboden, and

“Travel Writing 2.0 is a must-read—both for newbies getting into the industry and for those of us already in the trenches.”

- Joshua Berman, guidebook writer and editor of The Tranquilo Traveler

“Tim Leffel is that rarest of creatures in the travel world–a straight shooter who not only has all the facts, but isn’t afraid to share them. Travel Writing 2.0 is an essential resource for anyone trying to make real money from their writing.”

- Chuck Thompson, author of Smile While You’re Lying and To Hellholes and Back

Product Details

  • File Size: 376 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Splinter Press (August 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C43IHC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,936 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Guidebook to Success in Travel Writing! November 15, 2010
By jeannie
Travel Writing 2.0 is an invaluable book for anybody who wants to become a professional travel writer. Tim Leffel prescribes a thorough explanation of the steps you will need to consider to become successful. Mr. Leffel provides great insight about the various publication outlets that are available within the travel writing industry. He also offers experienced advice and tips on how you may become a proficient travel writer "in the new media landscape". The "new media landscape" refers to the change in the way people consume information; from print to digital.

Travel Writing 2.0 also includes advice and tips from many well known names and figures of the travel writing and publishing community like Johnny Jet, Grace Fujimoto, Sean O'Neil, David Farley, and Lara Dunston. He also provides a great list of resources of books for further reading and websites to check out and people you should get to know.

Mr. Leffel advises various ways to building up your writing portfolio, or clippings. He also discusses marketing and how that is heavily related to your success. Mr. Leffel makes no bones about the hard realities and the efforts that are required to become a professional travel writer, especially if you plan to earn a comfortable living from it. Whether you are curious, or serious about a career in travel writing, Travel Writing 2.0 will point you in the right direction towards success.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Travel Writing Advice Book I've Read December 8, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read a lot of books offering advice on travel writing - and have even written one myself. But mine, like the others, is dated and doesn't deal with the travel media world as it is today. This book does. I learned a lot from it, and as I've been a full-time travel writer for about 20 years, that says something.

I enjoyed the many interviews with successful travel writers, willing to share their information about what they're doing and how they do it. Not all of them are into writing for websites and doing blogs. Some stick with the printed media and do it successfully. Others blend the two. Others think outside the box and come up with different ways of getting paid for your travel writing.

If you're at all interested in breaking into travel writing, or even if you're already a successful travel writer, you'll still find this book well worth the investment.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for all writers July 6, 2011
First of all, I want to say that I agree with previous reviewer comments on this book's strengths for aspiring travel writers. I especially appreciated the no-nonsense discussions of travel writing realities. In fact, the book helped me realize travel writing is probably not my future career. And yet, I keep picking up this book, recommending it, pointing out bits and pieces to friends. So much of the information is also relevant to other forms of writing and other web-based activities - how to develop a successful blogging site and/or portfolio site, how to use ads on your blogging site, choosing domain names and host sites, good websites for finding free lance writing jobs, writing good query letters, crafting your writing. Plus all of this useful information is presented in a down-to-earth, humorous style that makes enjoyable reading. Anyone interested in media writing should have a look at this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Beebe
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Tim Leffel has written an accurate, insightful, and great to read book on what it takes to be a successful travel writer both creatively and financially. Not only is his work confirming my own experiences in the publishing industry, it is giving me new ideas on how to diversify my efforts and how effectively to harness the new communication technologies that are changing the publishing arena. Not only is Travel Writing 2.0 a terrific resource, but it's also great fun to read. I highly recommend this book to the serious writer who either wants to really know what it takes to freelance in the travel world or who is already out there working several income and creative streams and wants to take their work to the next level.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent information December 8, 2010
If you have any interest in a career as a travel writer, buy this book! The author not only gives you the nuts & bolts,
but a hammer, screw driver and pliers as well. He paints a realistic picture of the difficulties in this age of diminishing print
media, but also offers hope via dozens of quotes from successful writers. The author's voice comes through well making this
book more entertaining to read than most 'how to' books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable resource for travel writers November 11, 2010
This is an excellent book.

I am constantly searching for information about travel writing - particularly travel writing on the web. Most of the information I have discovered is in bits and pieces.

And then I found Tim Leffel's Travel Writing 2.0

Leffel has gathered together not only the bits and pieces, but much more, in his new, very readable and highly useful book. He is forthright and honest. You don't come away from this book thinking you are going to spend the rest of your life at an island hideaway collecting bountiful royalty checks. Leffel doesn't say that won't happen but he does emphasize that travel writing is a tough business. And above all he stresses that it is a business.

Tim Leffel, is a veteran travel writer, editor and publisher and he offers common sense ideas about motivation, niche building and entrepreneurial writing. Information is not limited to the digital markets but also includes the traditional ways travel writers have marketed their work. There are comments and advice, throughout the book, by writers who have been very successful both in print and on the web. The resource directory in the back of the book is a gem. I page through this book often to find fresh ideas for my own writing and website. I recommend it highly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Advice for Any Aspiring Writer
This is simply excellent. You wouldn't think that a book about the nuts and bolts of the business side of travel writing would be a page turner but I read this cover to cover in... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book of its Kind Out There
I have to hand it to Tim, his book is by far the best one of its kind out there. The quality of the content is superb. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Benji
4.0 out of 5 stars this is a fine book. I've often thought of writing about my ...
For guidance, this is a fine book. I've often thought of writing about my trips, but now I have a firm foundation on which to build.
Published 10 months ago by Happy Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars A Smart Choice no Bull
I love this book. If you're looking for the real deal about being a travel writer in the new media landscape, this is the book for you. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Christa Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Info With Helpful Examples
I recently finished this book and was surprised with the depth that it covered. Obviously the author has been at this for a long time and it showed, with extensive information on... Read more
Published 15 months ago by B. Bergquist
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for aspiring and current travel writers!
I've been a freelance travel writer for eight years and this book pointed out things to me I had never considered. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Terri Marshall
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book if you want to be a Travel Writer
It was good and gave good advise about being a true Travel Writer. Made me realize that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Good advice, tips and websites.
Published 17 months ago by Cachita
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and inspirational.
I am an avid traveller and aspiring travel writer and I found this book to be both informative and inspirational. Read more
Published 20 months ago by TravellingTroy
4.0 out of 5 stars Debunking the myths
Tim cuts through the claims about the life and practice of travel writing. Specially attuned to this moment of transformation of publishing in the free digital media age.
Published on March 28, 2013 by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
If you thinking of getting into the travel writing business, it will same you alot of time and money. Looks like its a tuff game.
Published on February 7, 2013 by W. P. (Bill) Hastings
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More About the Author

Tim Leffel is an award-winning travel writer, author, and value travel expert who is frequently quoted in the major media. He has circled the globe three times and dispatched articles from five continents. He is editor of the highly regarded webzine and also edits the Practical Travel Gear blog ( See more at


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