Book Review: How to make money from Travel Writing by Sarah Woods

Who has not been on holiday, at home or abroad and thought that they’d like to share the experience with friends, family or work colleagues? Do you think that it is possible in these days of mass communication to provide something special about people and places, when we can all click a mouse button and see the world through out computers. If the answer to both of these questions are positive, then this might be the book for you.Sarah Woods has taken the idea of writing about places across the world and produced a book to show anyone the way to make a living travelling. As with most business models, a lot depends on reputation, technology and general inquisitiveness but over time there is the potential for suitably equipped travellers to tell the rest of us about these places.

It is noticeable that a lot of the book centres around building the relationships with commissioning editors to ensure that their investment in a writer is matched by the quality of the writing. This is a book that encourages you to write the world, but if you want to make money from it then you need good foundations. Sarah Wood refers to a large amount of reference material such as websites and organisations that can help the reader to develop both a writing business as well as feed the detail necessary in a good travel article.

Bringing the concept straight into the 21st Century there are suggestions for cameras and computers, as well as the best ways to utilise social media and email. In two generous appendices there are examples of travel writings, a comprehensive glossary of terms and a wealth of writing resources to make even the most doubting prospective travel writer believe that possibilities can happen.

I really enjoyed this book as it made the travel bug in me re-awaken. Now where did I put that notebook?

OVERALL MARK 5/5

How To Make Money From Travel Writing – Sarah Woods

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