editor interviews

An Interview with Claudette Covey

Posted by on April 7, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Claudette Covey is the Executive Editor for travAlliancemedia covering Mexico, Canada and the U.S. East Coast for travel agents and consumers. Today she talks to us about how she got her start as a travel writer, how business writing differs from consumer writing and the hottest places to explore in Mexico. Before we get into what you’re doing […]

Assume Your Editor is a Demanding Jerk

Posted by on March 31, 2015 at 12:08 pm

The professional endures adversity. He lets the bullshit splash down his slicker, remembering that it comes clean with a heavy-duty hosing. He himself, his creative center, cannot be buried, even beneath a mountain of guano. His core is bulletproof. Nothing can touch it unless he lets it. – The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield […]

An Interview with Don George

Posted by on February 10, 2015 at 12:30 am

Don George wrote the book (literally) on travel writing. His book, The Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing, is the top-selling book on the craft of writing compelling travel stories. Don is also the editor of seven literary travel anthologies and recently started editing Words and Wanderlust, a new long-form narrative column at BBC Travel. […]

How NOT to Pitch an Editor

Posted by on February 5, 2015 at 10:52 am

Following the old fiction writing adage of “show, don’t tell,” here’s an actual query I received recently as editor of Perceptive Travel. ” Dear editor, attached is a story of my visit to New Orleans Mardi Gras with my wife Barbara that you might be interested in using in your magazine.” Firstname Lastname (withheld) I’m starting […]

The Best Travel Writing Advice We Got This Year

Posted by on January 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

As we ring in a new year of writing, blogging, and traveling, we couldn’t help but go back through the nearly 50 interviews we conducted in 2013 to see where we’ve been and where we’re going. The travel industry is changing (there is no doubt about that!), and these writers, editors, and publishers have given […]