Recommended Books for Budding Travel Writers

The Internet is awash with travel writing courses and how-to eBooks, all provided by “experts” who are probably making more money selling their knowledge than they ever did actually writing for someone else. In this post, I step back in time and offer you a selection of recommended books on the subject.

The following titles will help at any stage of your career.

Tim Leffel is well-known in the travel writing industry and is the editor of perceptivetravel.com, an online travel magazine filled with contributions by professional writers. He is also the author of Travel Writing 2.0 (Splinter Press, 2010, $15, kindle $10), my choice as the best book for navigating the business of travel writing in the online world.

Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing (Lonely Planet, 2013; $19.95; kindle $9) is authored by Don George, who has authored many guidebooks for the world’s best-known budget-traveler guidebook company.

The printed version of the Writer’s Market Deluxe (Writer’s Digest Books, US$49.99) is updated regularly, but looking at this latest edition, it’s having difficulty keeping up with the evolving online markets. That said, it’s the most comprehensive book for writers looking for new markets. The price includes access to a website updated daily with new markets.

New Tax Guide for Writers, Artists, Performers & Other Creative People (Focus Publishing, 2012; $16.95) includes valuable tax information for U.S.-based writers, as well as blank spread sheets for recording expenses and income. And the cost (US$15) is deductible.

Although it’s now almost a decade old, The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success (Marion Street Press, 2005; $15) comes highly recommended for its insights on getting started in the writing business.

Travel Writing (Leromi Publishing, 2006; US$59) is a university-level textbook divided into 19 chapters—each dealing with a different aspect of the industry. The emphasis is on the craft of actual writing rather than finding markets, so is still relevant today. 

The Travel Writer’s Handbook: How to Write and Sell Your Own Travel Experiences (Surrey Books, 2012; US$18.95) is a solid reference for those starting out in the industry, with coverage of everything fro pre-trip research to digital photography. 

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