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Assume Your Editor is a Demanding Jerk

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

An Interview with Don George

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

How NOT to Pitch an Editor

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

A Conversation with Shelly Rivoli

Shelly Rivoli started her website, Travels with Baby ten years ago (hard to believe!). Since then, she’s changed a lot of diapers–on four continents, in fact–and learned a lot about traveling with babies and

Here’s How to Consistently Run a Mediocre Blog

If you read a lot of conventional wisdom articles about how to write successful blog posts, you’ll read a lot of advice that’s just plain wrong. Some people giving out this advice give it