My only regret is that I cannot give this book 6 stars. I am a travel writer myself and have published many pieces and consider this book to be the key to that success. It is quite possibly the last travel writing book you will ever need. Peat O'Neil not only talks about travel writing, thoroughly but also covers many other topics of interest to the travel writer such as how to travel. This is a MUST have for any travel writer, amateur or pro. Buy it without question.
This is a very useful basic book on travel writing that explains the genre, its forms and technical terms, loaded with exercises to get the novice started. The only thing 'wrong' with it is that it is dated. Since it was written technology has advanced in such leaps and bounds that some of the information regarding marketing and research are seriously outdated. Today there isn't a travel writer who is not connected to the internet or who doesn't have a computer at their disposal, so, really there is no need for a discussion on why it is advantageous. It would be great to see an updated edition that focuses more on marketing and research in the age of the internet. However, I knew that this was an old copy of the book, so I am not really complaining. The actual substance of the book was still very good and provides a good foundation.
L Peat O'Neil has produced a very readable book covering all aspects of travel writing. Particularly helpful are the excercises which accompany some of the chapters . These give the reader the chance to commit their own experiences to paper while the authors guidance is still fresh in their memory.The book has certainly given me the urge not only to try and travel more but to write about places nearer to my home, places which at first glance may not be worth writing about. A very useful addition to any budding travel writer's library.