That’s one way to do it

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April 13, 2008 by Tracey S. Rosenberg

How do you write a travel guide? One Lonely Planet writer (or rather, ex-writer) has some ideas. 1. Instead of actually traveling, get info from your girlfriend. Do the writing in comfort at home. 2. Get the rest of your copy by a) ripping off other writers who have actually done the legwork and b) making it up. 3. Accept free travel. 4. Sell drugs. 5. Make sure all this gets into the papers so when your book comes out, you get free publicity.

Well…no. Because as we’ve already discussed with regard to memoirs, you actually have to do the stuff you claim is true. So why would I read a book subtitled ‘A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics and Professional Hedonism’ when I’m already sure that the only buckles you swashed were in the comfort of your own living room?

And in the category of ‘word choice makes a difference’: check out these two versions of what happened to a certain pop star this morning.

CNN: Police: Spears has minor accident in Mercedes

BBC: Spears’ car causes motorway crash

Crash? Come on. You aren’t the Daily Mail.


[Nine days left to use the discount coupon that Better World Books set up exclusively for readers of this blog! Details in this entry. Buy some travel books that were written by real travel writers!]

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I live, work, and write in Edinburgh. I travel to other places as much as I can. To contact me, email writingmostly at gmail dot com.

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