Author of the middle-grade historical fantasy novel The Story That Cannot Be Told J. Kasper Kramer tells what lessons she learned from writing about the Romanian revolution, and the truths that the histories of other countries can teach us about our own present.
This series is called “Successful Queries.” This installment is with agent Alyssa Reuben (Paradigm Literary) for Moses Gates's travel memoir, HIDDEN CITIES: Travels to the Secret Corners of the World's Great Metropolises; A Memoir of Urban Exploration (Tarcher, March 2013).
Author Susan Pohlman shares her tips on how to write a travel memoir, which is a travel writing genre all its own. It's not a guidebook, trip diary, or marketing piece for the Sunday paper. Rather, it reveals how a journey, or a series of journeys, transformed the writer.
At lunch on the first day of the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, a writer ends up sitting next to a guidebook publisher. The writer asks why there’s never been a guidebook to Europe for beginners, and the publisher replies, “That’s a good idea. What would you put in it?” By the end of the conference, the writer has a contract to write—you guessed it—a guidebook to Europe for beginners. by Linda Formichelli