Identifying the "story" in a piece of travel writing can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help travel writers decide what to write and how to capture the necessary details.
Packing for travel is different for a travel writer than a vacationer. Here are five essential items every travel writer should carry.
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Mass market books are those small paperback books that we find in grocery stores, drug stores, and airports. They are inexpensive to print and buy and they are targeted at large audiences. Think Nora Roberts as a big name example. However, mass market novels are also commonly understood to be ghostwritten by a staff of writers, like the Sweet Valley High YA series of the 1980's. Author Jennifer Ziegler discusses mass market books and shares some tips for breaking in to this space.
Children's author/illustrator Kathryn Otoshi shares some tips on marketing children's picture books by conducting school based readings and events. She also describes what she considers to help create a great reading. As a bonus, she shares some thoughts on how she altered her illustrations to better fit the intent of the story.
Joan Price, author of Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex talks about the need to clearly identify your target audience. She talks about being realistic with your expectations, but she also shares how she narrowed her audience even further and why this step was critical to her marketing message and time management. Listen in and learn why audience identification is more than demographics.
Children's author Peggy Thomas discusses the book market, and how the children's book market is persevering.
National Bestselling author (The Wednesday Sisters) Meg Waite Clayton talks about love stories and how passion is a central to a good story. Whether it is love among friends, family, or romantic partners, it is that strong emotion that lets the writer deliver complicated truths in a relatable way.
Writers must move beyond description and cloak their stories in imagery to create moving works. The following discussion of imagery will demystify the process of enhancing stories with the subtext brought to stories by this important writing device. Several exercises are offered to put this knowledge into practice.