writing advice

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 […]

Go From Broke Writer to Upper Middle Class by Living Abroad

Posted by on February 25, 2015 at 9:47 am

It’s not easy making a comfortable living as a full-time travel writer or blogger, so the Travel Writing 2.0 book and blog are all about helping you increase your income. If you subscribe to the Travel Writing Success newslettter, you’re getting more good nuggets direct from me each month. Income is only half the equation […]

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 […]

What’s Going to Work in Travel Writing Going Forward

Posted by on January 13, 2015 at 8:08 am

What’s going to make you a successful travel writer or blogger in 2015? I’ll answer that question in more detail when I put out an updated second edition of Travel Writing 2.0 mid-year, but in the meantime here’s a quick index card version. Kristin and I have interviewed a few dozen more writers and bloggers […]

Getting Things Accomplished: Productivity Tips for Bloggers

Posted by on December 2, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Many who attended my presentation at TBEX Athens asked if I could post it somewhere. Others who couldn’t attend have been asking as well. The audio from that conference is still not posted and the slides only make so much sense without it. So I’ve re-recorded it and here you go. So Much Content, So […]