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About Jay Artale
Jay writes travel guides and non-fiction books about travel writing and travel blogging, and helps other authors self-publish their print and ebooks.
If you're a travel blogger who has published a travel related book, why not get in touch to take part in her ongoing author interview series. Your insights and knowledge could help another indie author achieve their goal of self-publishing, and it's that collaborative spirit that being an Indie is all about (it's also a great way to showcase your book).
Travel Blog: bodrumpeninsulatravelguide.co.uk
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Freewriting for Travel Writers
As a travel writer you can’t rest on your laurels - you need to craft your words to inspire, entertain, inform and educate your audience. It doesn’t matter whether your readers are planning a trip or are armchair travellers, you owe it to them to use freewriting take your travel writing from one-dimensional to engaging.
Although freewriting is used extensively by fiction writers, it’s also an extremely useful tool for nonfiction writers. No matter what type of writer you are, sometimes you’re going to to struggle with how to start a new chapter of your book, or get in the right head-space to write your next blog article.
Benefits of Freewriting
Freewriting helps you brush away the lateral thinking cobwebs and forces your mind to rely more heavily on your creative side.
Why I use free writing as a pre-writing technique:
Writing travel guides and nonfiction books is a very analytical exercise. There’s lots of research and fact-checking to be done, and then there’s the structural organization of the content. All of these activities rely on lateral thinking. But your words also need to leap off the page to connect with your audience. In order to achieve this, you need to create content that evokes an emotional reaction in your reader.
It is all too easy to get stuck in an educational or informational rut when writing nonfiction, but as soon as you tap into the inspirational side of a topic, you’re creating content that is no longer one-dimensional.
I use free writing in a variety of different scenarios to achieve different end results, and this book explains the basics of free writing, and how you can use this popular writing technique to improve your travel writing.
Why read this book?
Freewriting for Travel Writers introduces you to the concept and approach of freewriting, so that you can put it into practice straight away. Learn when to use it and how to overcome the challenges travel writers face. I show how you can create your own travel writing prompts, but have also included a list of 100 travel writing prompts to inspire your next freewriting session.
Just because you write nonfiction, doesn't mean you can't write creatively. So make today the day you invest in your writing career to improve your writing and increase your ability to reach more readers.
When you use freewriting to tap into your creative side you'll be better equipped to submit your travel articles to travel industry big-hitters like Lonely Planet, DK Guides, Matador Network, and Rough Guides. Did you know that Lonely Planet has recently launched a new travel magazine? Freewrite your way into magazines, or in featured spots on travel websites.
In this book I show you how to:
- Power through writer’s block
- Get out of a travel writing rut
- Solve a writing problem
- Leverage for productive procrastination
- Overcome boredom
- Use freewriting as a confidence booster
- Create a fun distraction
7 Point Plan
Jay shows you how to work through a easy seven-point plan for achieving a successful freewriting session:
- Create you ideal writing conditions
- Set a deadline
Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide - all new for 2019
The Bodrum Peninsula on Turkey’s stunning Aegean coast is the summer playground for hundreds of thousands of discerning holiday-makers offering something for everyone – the beach bum, party animal, culture vulture or adrenalin junkie.
Turkbuku, on the Bodrum Peninsula was described in the NY Times as the ‘San Tropez of Turkey’. The whitewashed town of Bodrum (ancient Halicarnassus) is the beating heart of the Peninsula where the Turkish elite come to let their hair down. ‘The Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide: Turkey’s Aegean Gem’ is the definitive book for visitors and expats alike from Jay Artale, part-time resident and someone in the know.
This travel guide is packed with meticulously researched facts and fun, sites and scenes, eats and treats, must-dos and don’t-dos, both on and off the well-beaten track.
It’s not just about Bodrum
This guide includes all of the towns and villages on the Bodrum Peninsula including; Gumbet, Bitez, Ortakent, Yahsi, Akyarlar; Camel Beach; Turgutreis; Kadikalesi; Gumusluk; Derekoy; Yalikavak; Gundogan; Turkbuku; Golkoy; Kucukbuk and Torba.
For all of these locations, the Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide provides information about getting your bearings; an introduction to the area, tips for getting around, including local dolmus timetables; an overview of sightseeing and activities; local beach, boat trip and water sport information; entertainment tips and recommendations; and a summary of what’s nearby.
What to do in Bodrum
Need to know how to get about? Want insider knowledge on the best boats trips to hidden coves and where to find ancient sites to tumble over? Looking for the best places to eat for authentic rustic cuisine?
Fancy a high-energy water-ski ride around the bay? Dying to know what bars to see and be seen in? It’s all here, and much, much more. Whether dipping in for a hint or two or reading cover-to-cover in one serving, this book should be in everyone’s suitcase.
Jay’s travel guidebook covers this area of Turkey in much greater detail than travel guidebooks research and written by Lonely Planet, DK Eyewitness, Rough Guide or Berlitz. She’s an avid traveller and astute travel blogger who likes nothing more than getting off the beaten path to find shops, restaurants, locations, and sights to help you enjoy your Bodrum holiday to the hilt.
Your holiday time is precious, so don’t waste it in the usual tourist haunts. Buy Jay’s travel guide and let her lead you through the streets, lanes and beaches of the Bodrum Peninsula to introduce you to the Bodrum she knows and loves.
Fast Drafting for Travel Writers
If you’re a travel writer or travel blogger who wants to spend more time traveling and less time writing—this book is for you. Fast drafting is a is a way to capture your travel notes and memories more efficiently, so when it’s time to write your travel articles or books, you have a comprehensive recap of your trip to look back on. Like most travel bloggers, you take lots of photos and rely on your visual senses to trigger memories of your trip. But what if you had useful notes from your other senses that would streamline your writing efforts?
Not only would this save time, but it reduces the stress of having to remember memories that fade when they’re replaced with more recent evocative memories. Why stress trying to store these in your head, when you can adopt a more efficient fast drafting method?
I’ve accepted that I will never write daily blog posts during my travels. The only way I’ll create a sustainable note-taking habit is to use my fast drafting technique to capture sensory memory triggers.
Do you want to remember more evocative details from your travels? Then you should give fast drafting a try. It’s a two-part solution: Learning how to fast draft, then focusing on what to fast draft.
Once you’ve mastered this technique, you can spend more time traveling and less time writing.
This is the 1st book in the How to Write and Self-Publish a Travel Guide series
Planning your Travel Guide
I demystify the steps involved in writing and self-publishing a travel guide and provide you with the information and tools you need to achieve your self-publishing success. Your time is precious, and this planning guide speeds up your creative process.
In this first book, we focus entirely on the Travel Guide Planning Process, in 7 manageable steps:
- Step One: Review Travel Guide Categories
- Step Two: Consider Angles, Themes, and Passions
- Step Three: Brainstorm Your Ideas
- Step Four: Research Your Competition
- Step Five: Reaching Your Target Audience
- Step Six: Write Your Descriptive Statement and Content Scope
- Step Seven: Create Your Working Title
Leverage your Blog Content
To take your travel blog to the next level, build your brand awareness and establish your subject-matter expertise, you need to expand your content offerings over and above simple blog articles.
You may be tempted to skip this planning book and dive straight into the writing phase, but the more time you spend on this initial planning phase, the greater the benefit will be in the long-run.
If you believe you have a fresh perspective or insights to bring to a destination you’re passionate about, and want to earn passive income from your knowledge and expertise, this book is for you.
As a travel blogger, the most obvious path to achieving a broader reach is to leverage your travel writing skills and repurpose the content you’ve already created on your blog.
I've created a set of free downloadable workbooks, worksheets, and toolkits to help you naviagate your way through all of the steps needed to plan your travel guide.
The How to Write and Self-Publish a Travel Guide Series
Here’s a summary of the other three books in the series:
How to Write and Self-Publish a Travel Guide #2: Write Your Book
- As well as covering the core travel writing principles and choosing your writing style and tone, we’ll also look at how to organize and structure your content, which is essential if you want to get your travel guide over the finish line. You’ll discover how all the major travel guide publishers organize their content, and I’ll help you evaluate the best approach for your travel guide.
How to Write and Self-Publish and Travel Guide #3: Publish Your Book
- There are many paths to publication, but I’m going to help you self-publish your travel guides in e-book and print-on-demand versions. I’ll provide you with best practices and time-saving tips for getting your book into the right distribution channels, and into the hands of your readers.
How to Write and Self-Publish a Travel Guide #4 Market Your Book
- You will need to start marketing your book even before it’s available at book retailers, but this is the fourth book in the series because you will need to define your long-term content marketing strategy t
This is the 3rd book in the How to Write and Self-Publish a Travel Guide series
How to Write and Self-Publish and Travel Guide #3: Publish Your Book
There are many publishing paths, including trade published, full service and assisted self-publishing, but this guide focuses on doing as much of the production and publishing process yourself. You may encounter specific tasks you can’t do for yourself, so I provide you with resource links to find freelancers or service providers who can help you over the hurdles.
One thing to bear in mind is self-publishing isn’t a 100-meter sprint, it’s a marathon. Slow and steady wins the race, and a gradual rollout lets you pace yourself. In this third book in my How to Write and Self-Publish a Travel Guide series, we focus entirely on the Self-Publishing Process.
Self-Publishing in 5 Steps
I’ve broken self-publishing into a series of five manageable steps:
- Step One: Define your Format Strategy
- Step Two: Select your Distribution Network
- Step Three: Format your Book Files
- Step Four: Design your Book Cover
- Step Five: Create your Book Profile
Define Your Format Strategy
Part A encompasses your ebook and paperback plan. It’s an overview of the two digital book format options (ebook and print on demand paperback) and the decisions needed to determine whether you publish both versions or just an ebook.
After this first step, the rest of the book is split into two parts:
- Part B focuses on self-publishing your ebook.
- Part C focuses on self-publishing your paperback.
How to Publish Your Book
The distribution network and file formatting steps are initially the most complex, but once you’ve been through the process steps for the first time, you’ll be filled with confidence the second time around.
If you want to cut to the chase and not bother learning the how or whys of each self-publishing decision, I’ll give you an accelerated plan to self-publish your book.
The most overwhelming concept for new authors is that there’s no single solution to self-publishing. It’s actually a series of decisions that take you down different paths, and this can be challenging to master. So in the ebook section you can press the proverbial easy-button to follow the simple self-publishing plan, and forego a paperback release.
If you want a deeper understanding of each self-publishing step you can follow the intermediate or advanced plan. Each ebook and paperback step takes into account the options available and the self-publishing decisions that move you onto the next step in the process.
I’ve combined assessments and implications of each decision, to equip you with the most up-to-date and relevant information to make an informed decision that’s right for you. You should make these decisions based on your skill level, time availability, and budget. I also provide a case study in each chapter to illustrate the decisions I made when publishing my travel guides.
Don't let fear stand in your way of achieving your self-publishing goals. This books is your step-by-step guide for publishing your book and becoming an author. It's your safety net.
This is the 2nd book in the How to Write and Self-Publish a Travel Guide series
This 2nd book in this series focuses on how to write your travel guide, and navigates you through the pitfalls so that you can write and publish with confidence.
STEPS TO WRITING YOUR TRAVEL GUIDE
Jay has broken the writing process into a series of five manageable steps:
- Step One: Planning Your Content
- Step Two: Pre-Trip Research
- Step Three: Your Research Trip
- Step Four: Travel Writing
- Step Five: Polishing your Draft
By approaching the travel guide process in these segments, you’ll maintain the momentum required to finish your project. With so much detail and information needed for a travel guide, it is easy to get overwhelmed with where you are in the process and what your next step is. But when you segment your tasks into these bite-size chunks, you won’t choke on your own travel guide.
Travel guide writing has a chicken and egg dilemma—what comes first, content structure or research? Should you plan your content organization and hierarchy before you research so you have a framework to work within? Or should you research without a plan and then use it to create a content structure?
Writing is a personal process, and what works well for one writer, spells the kiss of death (with a healthy dose of writer’s block) for another.
Whether you plan your content up front, or at a later stage, it will have to get done. It’s not something you can skip, and you’ll need to do it before you begin writing your first draft.
Even if you live in the location you’re writing about, you should still do pre-trip research. It’s amazing what you’ll discover about your own location if you put your travel writer’s hat on to dig below the surface of your day-to-day activities. You will have researched your destination during your initial planning phase, but now it’s time to go deeper.
The pre-trip research activity is different from your research trip, so they're covered separately. This section of the book looks at the many sources available to leverage prior to your research trip.
The more pre-trip research you do, the more productive your research trip will be.
The more productive your research trip, the easier the writing process.
Trip research is a lot of traipsing around streets taking reference photographs, and popping into businesses, sights, and travel service providers for information or brochures. There are multiple sources for getting relevant and accuracte information for your travel guide, and this book provides you with an invaluable list to get you pointed in the right direction.
The main thrust of this guides delves into how to develop your travel writing style and the questions you need to ask yourself to create harmony in your writing, tone, and vocabulary. If all else fails, you may need to rely on creating an author avatar, and Jay shows you examples and how to create one to make sure your writing resonates with your readers.
As well as looking at the type of language travel guides are built upon, this travel writing guide explores the complex world of anecdotes and travel narratives and simplifies the process so that the ones you write are memorable and engaging.
The last section in the book focuses on polishing your draft to get it ready for prime time.
Creating Moments of Joy
Amid Alzheimer’s storm are rainbow moments that lead to pots of gold and flashes of sunshine that push dark clouds away. The 39 poems in this collection were inspired by the authors experiences and interactions with her mother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s.
The most useful thing those of us on the outside of this disease can do is live in the moment and embrace the moments of joy that still pass through every day.
Jay Artale has created a memorable collection of poems that scratch the surface of Alzheimer's and make you aware of the multifaceted impact of a disease that is both cruel and unkind. She takes you on a journey through denial, anger, guilt, sadness, and acceptance. But she also doesn't forget one of the most important elements - moments of joy. Her wry humor is sprinkled within this collection adding the emotional highs of the roller coaster ride she takes you on.These moments of joy are something that Jay discovered after reading Jolene Brackey's book "Creating Moments of Joy", and they are the backbone of her coping mechanism she uses to navigate her caregiving interactions.
It's a collection of lighthearted, but impactful, poetry (inspired by Hilaire Belloc) that deals with a difficult topic in a unique and adventurous way - making it easy for a poetry sceptic to love. As well as getting a glimpse of Jay's current relationship with her mother, we're also awarded glimpses of the mother she once knew. The woman who was strong, determined, and always pragmatic. By adding this view into their past Jay manages to heighten the level of emotional response we experience while eavesdropping on their current reality.
Who is this book for?
For any carers, especially daughter and sons of dementia or Altzhimer's sufferers, this collection pulls back the covers to reveal what it is like to embark on a journey into the unknown, and how the see-saw of emotions you encounter along the way cannot be planned for or pre-empted. Take a moment from your hectic life, and the challenges of your day, to immerse yourself in a daughter's journey with the mother she loves. Jay's experiences are not unique.
There are many other families going through the same scenarios and some much worse, but what is unique is Jay's poetic take on her relationship, experiences, and the impact on those around her.We hope that this book creates a moment of joy in your life, and brings you some solace and comfort while caregiving for your aging parents. Embrace your role and thank those around you who make the journey more comfortable and bearable.
swipe through these pages
to discover a tale
of Alzheimer’s rhymes
that fully regale
an enticing life,
of loss, laugher, and pain
and my mother’s memories
that can’t be regained
it’s a daughter’s attempt
to soothe a charred soul
which burns & then smolders
beneath her new role
tread gently inside,
on this journey of hope
with a balance of words
My poetry writing style is designed as an easy read. The rhymes should trip off your tongue and embed in your brain. I've created lines that will stick in your memory banks and come to you in a flash, much like the words of a favourite song.
If you like Travel Memoirs, this poetry memoir is for you. Ideal for reading on your mobile phone when you're lining up for your morning coffee, or during your commute. Even better when enjoyed on location in Turkey. Although the experiences and people I've encountered are all based in Bodrum, some of the behaviour and interaction is relevant in other parts of the Mediterranean or Aegean, like Spain, Greece or Italy.
Foreword by Jack Scott Author:
Eleanor Roosevelt once famously said, “The purpose of life is to taste experience to the utmost.”I can think of no-one who has adopted this approach more energetically than Jay Artale, prolific blogger, writer, photographer, serial traveller and proud Turkophile. As ‘Roving Jay’ she bounds around the Bodrum Peninsula on our behalf and has produced two definitive and impressively detailed travel guides on the area; she has launched her evergreen blog, The Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide, plugging us into the beating heart of Bodrum and its hinterland; she has shared her dazzling portfolio of photographs, capturing the colour and intricacies of Turkish life; and now we have a collection of her poetry – something she describes, modestly, as an ‘interlude’.
When I first met Jay in 2013, she was on a brief pilgrimage from her base in LA to the Norfolk flatlands of her birth. From the outset, her thirst for life – & for Turkey – was obvious. Like many people around the world, Jay was pining for a different way of living and she had her sights firmly set on Bodrum on the southwest coast of Turkey. Now Jay has made a life-altering leap, and judging by this unique collection of poems, she has chucked herself in with her usual drive and aplomb.
That ‘yearning for a change’ theme opens this collection - with the reflective and double-edged Turkish Coffee is my Cup of Tea. It will resonate with anyone who has regularly holidayed in Turkey: people watching and sipping tea or coffee at a Belediye café is pretty much synonymous with Turkish life, something picked up later with “Tulip cups with steaming tea,” in Forget Me Not. And that, in many ways, is the allure of Turkey. Approached in the right way, it offers expats an opportunity to carve out a simpler, if hugely stimulating, way of life. As we hear in Moving to Turkey, “All that clutter… anchored us down,” and “How many shoes does one girl need?” Quite.
Jay leads us through the whole gamut of feelings anyone who has pitched their tent in Turkey will recognise. We get the reality check of Our First Winter (“Rising damp, mould on the ceilings, and regular power cuts,”), the sea views of Enjoy the Dance (“skies that fall into the sea,”) and everything in between. But what makes this book is Jay's acute power of observation, particularly when it comes to Gümüşlük, her local village. Here we get “A tiny mosque and a barber's chair,” in A Quiet Place to Write in Gümüşlük, and “draping rods with ekmek bait,” and “eyebrows twitch at harbour boats in Gümüşlük's Fishermen.
Whether you visit Gümüşlük for the day; make it your holiday destination; or plan on visiting long-term, the "Gümüşlük Travel Guide: Bodrum's Silver Lining" provides you with all the information you need to discover this Turkish location for yourself.
This area of the Bodrum Peninsula has been under archaeological investigation since 2004. There's a wealth of undiscovered history, but enough layers have been peeled back to identify Gümüşlük as a village of historical importance. This is your opportunity to scratch beneath the surface, and discover this beguiling village for yourself.
Today Gümüşlük attracts a continual stream of intellectuals, artists and musicians from around the globe, as well as its fair share of national and international tourists. This just goes to show, for such a small location, it sustains a broad-ranging appeal.
Undeniably, most tourists are drawn to the area near the water's edge, but if you make time to explore the rest of Gümüşlük, you'll be rewarded by a first hand look at village life.
Ease yourself into the local area, with a summary of the local landmarks to get your bearings, and a brief introduction to the Harbour, Beach and Village areas.
I'm not aware of any other Gümüşlük guidebook that provides an easy-to-digest historical overview, coupled with a summary of the recent archaeological discoveries.
Find out about the local activities and those in the neighbouring towns and villages. Enjoy sightseeing, hiking and walking routes, yoga, boat trips, water sports, Turkish baths, cycling and horse riding.
If you’re looking to pick up local souvenirs, I’ve included information about the local craft stalls by the harbour, and a selection of local art, craft and gift shops.
There’s also a summary of other useful local businesses, like the local Post Office and Chemists.
Gümüşlük is synonymous with seafood restaurants, and there’s plenty of them huddled around the bay, but I’ve also included a varied selection of off-the-beaten-path local cafés and lokantas. Despite its reputation as a pricey dining location, there are eating options to fit every budget.
Gümüşlük is renowned for its Annual International Classical Music festival, but it also plays host to local and national musicians in local bars and restaurants. Learn where to head for to listen to some live music or entertainment.
Find out about the frequency of the local bus routes, and the other transport options available. Whether you’re going to rely on local transport, rent a car, or take a taxi, this chapter provides you with all the information you need to Get Around.
If you want to venture further afield, but not too far, I’ll introduce you to Gümüşlük’s neighbours. Karakaya, Peksimet, Dereköy and Kadikalesi all offer differet views of Turkish village life.
There are local Turkish recipes from a collection of expat and Turkish bloggers, who will inspire you to get creative in the kitchen. This section also features market shopping tips and a summary of key ingredients to help you stock up for your self-catering holiday.
Navigate an engaging compilation of observations from local residents and visitors, who share my attachment to Gümüşlük.