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|Friday, September 26th, 2008|
Classes, links, jobs
A couple weeks ago, I took a 1-day mediabistro class on Breaking Into Travel Writing. The instructor, Jay Cooke, was interesting and informative. He had good recommedations on how to generate ideas, unexpected markets, and how to structure the business of freelance travel writing. I'd definitely recommend taking one of his courses
The Ozark Sentinel in Branson, Missouri, is looking for a weekly travel columnist
, to write about Missouri and the surrounding states. Nylonmag.com
is looking to publish more travel stories in its Culture Department.Written Road is an excellent blog that details resources for travel writers.
|Sunday, July 20th, 2008|
|Wednesday, April 16th, 2008|
|Monday, September 10th, 2007|
|Thursday, August 9th, 2007|
Kango.com, a new travel web site based out of Palo Alto, is looking for contract writers
for articles, blog posts and reviews. Seems to pay hourly rather than a lump sum.
The California Travel and Tourism Commission is seeking a full-time writer/editor
in Sacramento for all of its publications, including newsletters, Web site content and media relations materials. This is a salaried position.
An online hotel reservation company is seeking writers to write hotel descriptions
for its Web site.
A U.S.-based online guide is looking for writers to review Montreal hotels
HowStuffWorks.com in Atlanta is seeking a full-time salaried travel writer/editor
to expand the Travel Channel of its Web site.
A client is seeking help with a travel guidebook to San Francisco.And lastly, here I promote my own stuff. I'm the volunteer editor for The Gateway Journal, a travel newsletter put out by Hostelling International's branch in St. Louis, MO.
The Gateway Journal is seeking stories
for its quarterly newsletter. As HI is a volunteer organization, this is not paid, but it is legit. Stories for the upcoming issue are due Sept. 7. Please e-mail them to clmoriarity AT hotmail DOT com.
|Friday, July 27th, 2007|
|Wednesday, July 11th, 2007|
|Thursday, June 28th, 2007|
Apologies, ladies and gents, but I'm in the middle of moving so I'm extremely slammed on time.
Anyone who wants to post opportunities to this community, please feel free. In the meantime:
Avalon Travel Publishing needs freelance writers and fact checkers
for its San Francisco guidebooks.
Sausalito travel trade publication seeks editor
|Thursday, June 14th, 2007|
|Wednesday, June 6th, 2007|
|Wednesday, May 30th, 2007|
|Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007|
|Monday, May 14th, 2007|
|Friday, May 11th, 2007|
Follow-Up on my Last Post: Destination360
I got an email from Destination360, with more details about the writing position they are trying to fill. Thought I would post it here for anyone who is interested. At this point I feel its best to provide more details about the job so as to gauge your interest. To give you a little background our site, Destination360 has been online for about 5 years slowly building to the point it’s at today. This is a startup venture backed by a successful interactive media company http://www.studio360.com <http://www.studio360.com/> . Each guide contains approx 40-60 articles of approximately 400-600 words. As you will see the style of writing isn't what I'd call lonely planet quality or one of the other brand name travel guides but more an emphasis on search engine keywords and providing basic content for the traveler.
While I would like to step up of quality of writing, our emphasis needs to be on proper search engine keywords that will drive traffic to our site, the ability to produce a lot of articles, and someone who can be not only be a writer but get eventually get involved in other aspects of working with site development.
Our current writer has been charging a rate of 10 per article. My long term goal with is to have someone that can not only produce articles but can work on the bigger picture of the site. Working with web developer and marketing person to seek out new markets and take the site to the next level of success. At that point there may be a need for contract writers and someone to manage them.
I know this will not appeal to everyone so please if this doesn't sound like your kind of gig there’s no need to reply.
The pay seems awfully low to me. I mean, I have worked for that (and less), but I'm really trying to get myself out of the rut where I'm doing jobs for that kind of pay. I was told by an editor previously that I do a very good job of writing Lonely Planet style stuff, so why not go for the bigger markets? But if this sounds like your thing, go ahead and apply. Good luck!
|Thursday, May 10th, 2007|
Here's an ad for destination360.com, which is currently looking for travel writers:http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/wri/327789880.html
I applied, and I'm going to see what they say in terms of what they pay. They may require the very same thing that I'm already doing for sidestep.com (writing travel guides), so I don't know if I'll get involved, but it may at least be worth checking out.
You can go on the website directly to apply, by the way. You don't have to email through craigslist.
|Tuesday, May 8th, 2007|
Pickings have been slim recently, as most of the ads I've seen are reposts of things I've already linked to.
Backpacker Magazine's guidlines are here
|Tuesday, May 1st, 2007|
I saw this ad
on Craig's List and was wondering what other people's opinions are of postings like this. I am naturally skeptical and this ad didn't inspire too much confidence in me as it did not give the name of the website, just a personal e-mail address. I would be really wary of submitting to this, and nervous that my writing might be stolen by some random person. Am I being overly cautious or am I right to be so skeptical?
|Friday, April 27th, 2007|
|Thursday, April 26th, 2007|
My Experience Writing Travel Guides
As requested, I am going to post a little bit about the project I am working on at the moment.
About a month or so ago, I saw an ad for writers to write "the best travel guides on the web." Now, I am a published travel writer, but I had never actually written a travel guide. It's a bit different than just doing articles. But I applied, and almost immediately got a response. I had written two sample paragraphs in my initial query, and they said that one of them was in the style they were looking for, so if I could just send them a list of cities I would be willing to work on, they would get back to me with my first assignment.
The company, by the way, is sidestep.com. If you look on their website now, you will see that the travel guides they are using are from Frommer's. They plan to replace all those with original content. It's a bit intimidating, but also extremely flattering, that they chose me to replace Frommer's content.
My first assignment was Berlin...2,500 words in one week. I had to cover 3 areas of the city in which to stay, 5 of the top tourist attractions, several restaurants, several bars and nightclubs, 2 off the beaten path tips, and 2 warnings/advisories. They thought I did well, and I've been getting steady work from them since. Currently, I am working on seven smaller German cities...6 of which I have never even been to. At first, they wanted to have me write about places that I've actually been, but now, since they have a fairly small team of writers that have to cover everything, they are assigning cities with which we are unfamiliar. That's okay though. It just takes a little longer. And with these particular cities, I only have to write about 1,250 words each.
In order to write these, I pull a lot of stuff off the web and from the guide books I have here at home. Ironically, Frommer's has contributed a lot to my research, and I use Fodor's, Virtual Tourist, and the official tourism page of whatever city I'm working on.
This doesn't pay particularly well. I'm sure if I were actually working for Lonely Planet or Fodor's or something, the pay would be much better. But it's steady work for now, and since I'm still a relative novice (I haven't made any really major publications yet...the biggest has been Stars & Stripes, and they didn't pay me), I'm just happy to have a paying job. I think this will be a very important step toward bigger and better paying jobs though.
|Wednesday, April 25th, 2007|