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Friday, September 26th, 2008
11:34 am
[clmoriarity]
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
11:47 pm
[clmoriarity]
New travel magazine for women; writer job in Toronto
Galavanting, a new travel magazine aimed at indie women travelers, is seeking writers for essays and travel tips. Essays pay $50, tips pay $15.

Travel writer sought for essay on Wasaga Beach, near Toronto.
Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
9:52 am
[clmoriarity]
Jobs 04/16/08
Student Traveler, and its new partner publication Generation Traveler (aimed at 22-35 year olds), is seeking writers and photographers for part-time and full-time positions.

Grassroutes Travel is a new series of eco-friendly travel guides, based out of the San Francisco Bay Area.

mediabistro.com has a variety of travel writing courses for all levels of experience.
Monday, September 10th, 2007
4:42 pm
[clmoriarity]
jobs and essay
Backroads is seeking seasonal travel planner writers.

Avalon Travel Publishing is seeking a travel guidebook editor

Also, I found this thought-provoking essay by Rick Steves on being a travel writer.

And remember guys, this is your community, too! Post your travel writing resources, questions, etc. Also, feel free to ask people to peer edit your own travel writing.
Thursday, August 9th, 2007
11:07 am
[clmoriarity]
Jobs 08/09/07
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
11:30 am
[clmoriarity]
Jobs 07/27/07
Avalon Travel Publishing is seeking authors and proposals for guidebooks on a variety of topics, such as camping, fishing and hiking in various states.

Avalon is also seeking authors for titles in its Living Abroad series of guidebooks.

RezHub.com is seeking travel bloggers, promises compensation in the form of shared revenues from Google AdWords.
Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
12:03 pm
[clmoriarity]
Jobs 07/11/07
Southern Living in Birmingham, Alabama, is seeking an Associate Travel Editor.

Here's a research and writing gig in Northern California. No company is listed, but they offer $25 per 500 words, which isn't bad for a Craigslist posting.

Travel Trade Magazine in New York is looking for writers/editors.

Polish Mail Magazine is looking for travel writers in LA, and pays $0.11 per word, which works out to $44 for a 400-word article and $88 for an 800-word article.

DaretoTread in Denver is looking for Listings Editor.

Wend Magazine is actively seeking adventure writers, and pays $0.25 a word.
Thursday, June 28th, 2007
10:25 pm
[clmoriarity]
Jobs 06/28/07
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
3:50 pm
[clmoriarity]
Jobs 06/14/07
Not for Tourists is looking for writers for its 2008 Guide to San Francisco

The Mendocino Travelers Guide is seeking a freelance writer. Ad here, more contact info here.

Las Vegas shopping reviewer and restaurant reviewer needed. Both ads are apparently from the same place. The ad declines to state who you'll be working for, but it does offer some money. If anyone knows anything else about this I'd be curious to see.
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
11:26 am
[clmoriarity]
Jobs/Guidelines 06/06/07 - The UK edition
Insight Guides, a series of guidebooks published in the UK, is looking for local updaters and researchers (local to various destinations, not local to the UK.)

Bradt Travel Guides, another UK publisher, is seeking guidebook authors.

Here is the contact info for Little Hills Press, an Australia-based guidebook publisher.
Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
10:20 am
[clmoriarity]
Jobs 05/31/07
In The Know Traveler is seeking travel writers. Pay is $10 for articles 400 words and over.

V!VA List World: 333 Most Loved Travel Experiences is seeking submissions for an anthology due to be published in April 2008.
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
12:43 pm
[clmoriarity]
Guidelines
Here are writer's guidelines for:


Caribbean Life and Travel

American Park Networks - the publisher of visitor magazines for America's national parks. You need to scroll down the page, the writer's info is lumped in with other questions about contacting the publication.

VIA Magazine - published by AAA on the West Coast

Northwest Magazines a series of magazines detailing the Pacific Northwest
Monday, May 14th, 2007
10:18 am
[clmoriarity]
Jobs 05/14/07
Remote Lands is seeking a part- or full-time travel writer who has travelled extensively in Asia.

Travelocity in New York is seeking a full-time editor (This is a Mediabistro job listing, free registration needed to view job.)

Travel Weekly in New Jersey is seeking an Editor. (Mediabistro listing)

Northstar Travel Media in New Jersey is seeking an Associate Editor. (Mediabistro listing).
Friday, May 11th, 2007
6:45 am
[prosodic]
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
9:10 pm
[prosodic]
Destination360
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
1:59 pm
[clmoriarity]
Guidelines 05/08/07
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
5:28 pm
[tamis11]
Faux?
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
2:01 pm
[clmoriarity]
Jobs 04/27/07
Wend Magazine is seeking pitches.


This ad is for a company seeking an experienced travel writer to work on projects with a freelance photographer. It doesn't specify just how much experience you need, though.

The Traveler's Pen is seeking travel writers

Lonely Planet is seeking a Commissioning Editor for Mexico and Central America.
Thursday, April 26th, 2007
7:25 am
[prosodic]
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
11:58 am
[clmoriarity]
Jobs, Guidelines 04/25/07
You can find the guidelines to writing for Fodor's Travel Guides here.


Also, Fodor's is seeking an full-time in-house Associate Editor in New York.

Here you can find the guidelines for Go World Travel Online Magazine.

ETA: Edited the first link, thanks to prosodic for pointing it out!
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