Liberty Corner, NJ (PRWEB) July 12, 2008
Ever feel like throwing your travel guidebook across the room? It could occur in the stuffy hotel room overlooking a highway that you thought was going to be so comfy and convenient. Or the book-throwing incident might happen on the sun-baked, pebbled beach where you don't have any change to get into the only ladies room available.
For author Barbara Hudgins, it happened many years ago and the guidebook simply hit the lamp in her living room. As a newly transferred resident to the state of New Jersey she had looked around for a way to research outings for her family. This was before the Internet so she perused the only guidebook around at the time. When she visited the places listed in the directory, she found the descriptions to be either limited in scope or completely misleading.
She then did what many disaffected guidebook readers had done before--she wrote her own book, New Jersey Day Trips, and it sold well for many years. Now Ms. Hudgins has come out with a new book written especially for those people who have an itch to transform their travels into prose. Titled "Crafting the Travel Guidebook," the work covers such topics as travel writing and researching, finding the right category, angle and voice, and editing and re-editing. There are also chapters on the different types of book publishers, how to write a book proposal and a 15-page list of book publishers who welcome travel writers.
The popular concept of a guidebook author is that of a grizzled guy who hikes and kayaks around the world and then zips his adventures into a handy laptop. In reality, travel books include memoirs and travelogues, how-to-do-it books and regional guides, books aimed at budget travelers and leisure travelers, students and senior citizens, ethnic groups and other special interests. There is also the wide world of outdoor recreation which is often coupled with a travel destination. Anyone and everyone can become a travel writer and some favorite guidebook series were begun by lawyers, engineers or piano teachers. For questions about how to begin the quest, Crafting the Travel Guidebook has the answer.
FYI: Crafting the Travel Guidebook: How to Write, Publish & Sell Your Travel Book.
Author: Barbara Hudgins
The Woodmont Press
Trade paperback, 288 pages
Price: $17.95. ISBN # 978-0-9607762-0-7