travel editors

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. ”┬áDear 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 […]

An Interview with Janice Waugh

Posted by on November 18, 2014 at 12:57 am

Janice Waugh, the voice behind the Solo Traveler blog and the Solo Traveler’s Handbook, talks to me in our interview today about how she went from personal blog to public community–and where she hopes to go from here. Enjoy! Janice, you started Solo Traveler after realizing that your personal blog was quickly going public. After […]

6 Mechanical Mistakes Most Writers Make (and I’m sometimes guilty of #4)

Posted by on February 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I’m a freelance writer and blogger, but I’m also an editor. The kind of editor that pays people for quality travel stories they write, for a publication that wins awards year after year. So I see things from both sides of the desk more than most. That includes seeing common writing mistakes that are not […]