Resources

Welcome!

When you’re ready to develop your skills, find markets for your articles, or start earning money as a blogger or travel website owner, here’s a pared-down list of books and sites that will hopefully be useful to you as you navigate through the travel writing world!  We will be updating this site often, so please keep checking back for new additions!

References and Databases

The following resources and databases commonly list editors to pitch to, their e-mail address, and a phone number for the main desk. A bit of sleuthing will often accomplish the same thing for free (a magazine masthead will have somebody’s e-mail address under the business/advertising part you can extrapolate). When time is money though, a database will get you rolling in a hurry. (Note that the services that require a subscription fee are noted with an asterisk–but remember, a great resource (and these are great!) beats a crummy free one any day!).

  • Your local library (for magazines and reference books) – Search for your closest public library here!
  • Writer’s Marketplace book – access in the library as the travel section is very sparse
  • A good newsstand (at Borders or Barnes & Noble you can write down key masthead info and study the issues without buying every one.)
  • * Scott American Corporation’s travel media directory for sale
  • * Wooden Horse media database by subscription
  • * Mastheads.org subscription service
  • * TravelWriters.com database access
  • * Bookmarket.com has downloadable agents and publishers lists
  • * Publishers Marketplace has databases and a query service

Job postings and leads

Writing, Websites, and Newsletters

Some of these are specific to travel writing, some are for freelancers in general. Many post a steady stream of openings for bloggers and are therefore a better source for online opportunities for beginners than some of the above.

Travel writing sections of travel blogs:

Communities

Professional Development Associations and Networking Conferences

Book Publishers and Agents

Many of the vanity press, print on demand, and e-book publishers are flaky an just out to make money off your set-up fees, but here are a few with transparent terms and reasonable costs. I’ve only used the first two, however, so do your homework and read all the fine print.