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How I Got a Book Deal Through My Travel Blog


It was from an editor at one of the biggest publishing companies in the world – she’d stumbled across my travel blog and noticed I was working on a book about my adventures; she wanted to know if I could send her a draft of what I’d written so far. When I’d decided to write a travel memoir, I hadn’t been sure I’d ever finish it. It turned out I was a terrible traveller.

Travel Essentials for Speakers, Authors, and MarComm Pros

Spin Sucks

Last week, Shonali Burke wrote a blog post called, “ Travel Essentials for PR Pros…Or What’s in Your Wallet? Because I’m on my 14th straight week of travel (I don’t know how consultants do it), I’ll give you a sneak peak as to what is in my travel bag. So it travels with me for the consuming part of my content day, but not the creation.

46 Travel Tools to Optimize Your Next Vacation

Convince & Convert

As we bathe in the memory of friends, family and BBQ over this week’s Memorial Day holiday, our minds are now tuned up and ready to hit our favorite travel season – summer. While there are literally thousands of online tools and apps to help you plan the perfect retreat, here’s my top 46 list I hope will make your travel season one that’s effortless, fun and filled with great memories.

The New Business Traveler

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While it's nice to think that Skype , WebEx or Facetime removes the need for business travel, nothing could be further from the truth. The thing is, that technology can now enhance the business travel experience. As brutal as travel is (and, as a Super Elite member, I can tell you that the road is hard, cold and miserable), it has changed dramatically over the years. Yes, the post 9/11 travel experience is tougher - longer lines, rules and limitations, etc, but for most businesses, it is a necessity. If I have to travel for more than five nights for business?

5 Events for Busy Entrepreneurs Who Love Traveling


No matter where your travels take you, you’re in the vicinity of colleagues interested in exchanging ideas, conversation and insight; here are five events for busy entrepreneurs who love traveling : 1. Feel free to book an accomodation using 2. San Francisco World Travelers. Photo Credit: Toronto Social Group.

The Best Piece Of Business Travel Advice

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I use one particular technique/tactic that makes business travel all that much more palpable. The most frequent question I get asked is how I cope with travelling so much. The truth is that I don't feel like I'm away from home or the Twist Image offices all that much because my frequency of travel is mostly due to my desire to race back home as quickly as possible. But, that's not the best piece of business travel advice I can offer you. What's the best piece of business travel advice that you have? air travel. business travel. travel.

12 Books to Read

Geoff Livingston

At least they are supposed to… Since spring break is here, and many of us have begun traveling for the annual conference season, here are some books I hope to read. highly recommend this book if you need a something light. Poore sets the book in the American civilization, making for a tongue in cheek play on morality. The first book, at least. Fiction.

#BookLoews Lets You Book Hotel Room Via Twitter

The Realtime Report

The luxury Loews Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Loews Corporation, recently announced that hotel booking is now possible through Twitter. Customers just have to tweet @loews_hotels with #bookloews to express interest, at which point a Loews agent will respond with an attached link to a secure chat channel to shore up booking and credit card details.

Kickstarter for The Next Book – Cuba: Seven in 10

Geoff Livingston

My next book will be a team photo effort focused on a trip that seven Washington, DC photographers are taking next week to Cuba. This should make for a great photo book. It’s going to be an incredible visual journey, and one that interests most Americans who enjoy travel. Also, I want to give a shout out to Joe Newman and his new travel company Focused Photo Adventures.

Everyone Has Written a Book!

Geoff Livingston

Go to enough social media conferences (like two maximum), and you will inevitably have a conversation about the cliche, “Everyone’s written a book.&# This meme references the seemingly endless proliferation of social media books published. It’s really hard to write a book. Moving $15 Books. Book marketing beats the spirit out of authors.

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Book Review: iPhone Millionaire


In this series of posts about social media books, I invite the author to share something about themselves and why they wrote the book, and what in the book might be of particular interest to association or nonprofit audiences.  . So that is why I wrote the book. This is a guest post from  Michael Rosenblum , author of  iPhone Millionaire. So watch this space. 1993-1996).

Nine Books to Give as Holiday Gifts

Spin Sucks

So I have prepared a list of books (business and fiction) that you can buy this week and still look like a hero. Buy the actual book here and the eBook here. Buy the actual book here and the eBook here. Buy the actual book here. This book is set during the civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., Buy the actual book here. You’re welcome. Business.

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5 Tips To Book A Baller Vegas Trip Affordably That You Haven’t Heard

Jason Yormark

Book Accommodations Through Independent Owners. But we went with option 2 which involved booking dinner at a restaurant attached to a club (in this case Hakkasan). Not all clubs have this, but the ones that do will usually let you skip the line if you book dinner there. Travel Okay, maybe not celebrity baller, but there are ways to experience an upgraded Vegas experience. love Vegas. I do. It’s not for everyone. But for me, 2 times a year is standard. There’s just something about a city that’s always on. The ultimate adult playground. Very cool.

How to Use Social Media to Plan Your Next Vacation

Ignite Social Media

Well since that isn’t possible yet the travel industry is trying it’s best to make it faster, easier and worry free to plan your next vacation. Plus, by creating a travel board for each destination, it helps you keep in mind all of the things you want to do, see and eat on your vacation. It’ll also give you cost efficient ways to travel to your dream destination. It is!

Book Review: The Crowdfunding Revolution


In this series of posts about social media books, I invite the author to share something about themselves and why they wrote the book, and what in the book might be of particular interest to association or nonprofit audiences.  . In 2010, he co-authored a pioneering book on crowdfunding titled  The CrowdFunding Revolution  (with Kevin Lawton). More: “Organic.

Marketing in the Round is Here!

Spin Sucks

Last May, I was in New York for BlogWorld and I met Geoff Livingston , for the first time in person, to discuss writing a book together. It’s seemingly easier to write half a book than an entire one. They caught things that were beyond basic editing, but made the book a much better read and incorporated an even higher-level strategy. Virtual Book Launch. Trust me.

Gatwick Airport To Publish New Children’s Stories Via SoundCloud

The Realtime Report

Gatwick Airport recently became the first European airport to use the social network Soundcloud by releasing a series of audio books for kids and parents. ”  This campaign is timed to focus around families traveling during this summer’s school holidays. Social Media Campaigns airlines airports Children's Books families Gatwick Airport SoundCloud travel

Want To Join Seth Godin And Me For A CTRL ALT Delete Book Launch At Google In NYC?

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It''s actually a private book launch party for CTRL ALT Delete. On June 17th, 2013, Google in New York City will be hosting the official book launch for my second business book, CTRL ALT Delete. This is a very private and intimate event for the industry and media (sponsored by Google and my publisher, Grand Central Publishing - Hachette Book Group ) and it is by invitation only. We''ll comb through these comments and choose 10 winners who will be given a pair of tickets to attend this book launch event in NYC. business book. ctrl alt delete book launch.

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If I Wrote a Book

Ari Herzog

Chapman, in the months before his Content Rules book was published, wrote the following on his blog: Before it was the “in thing” for everyone in social media to do, I’ve had the life long goal of writing a book. When I was a teenager, I had a fantasy to write a best-selling book. I, too, didn’t know if it would be fiction or a piece about travel or technology. never knew if it would be fiction, business or something else, but I’ve always wanted to have a printed stack of binded paper on a shelf with my name on it. also write a blog from my city council desk.

Four Seasons #IgniteTheSpark Campaign Brings Romance To Social Media

The Realtime Report

Because it appeals to their guests: Four Seasons’ research showed that guests wanted the hotels to “create romantic experiences during their getaways” and that more than 50% of couples surveyed believed travel was “the best way to keep the spark alive in their relationship.” Why create a campaign focused on the theme of romance? ” ( L2 Think Tank ).

The Random on Social Media, Music, Sports, Books and Movies

Direct Marketing Observations

Kat French , who has one of the coolest names, is helping us put our 120 plus socialmedia tweetchats into a book-I know… Not another social media book, can you feel it? When travelling/flying, I’ve been reading 2 books simultaneously one is called Bounce by Matthew Syed which talks about how prodigies are not born, they are made, from hard work. random thoughts books brad pitt hp movies NFL social mediakeep repeating the following quote and can’t help but think this is incredibly accurate. If so what does it consist of? know I can.

Facebook Updates: Dynamic Ads and Website Custom Audience Enhancements

Jon Loomer

This change makes sense particularly due to the concurrent announcement of Dynamic Ads for Travel, which don’t focus on the sale of tangible goods. Dynamic Ads for Travel. travel website can now dynamically show ads for a hotel or group of hotels based on travel intent. Here are the details… Click To Tweet. Dynamic Product Ads Are Now Dynamic Ads. Your Turn.

CEO Today: Interview with the co-founder of – Brian J. Kent

Social Media Citizens

As a Brooklyn-born, engineer by schooling, world traveler by preference, visionary by self-proclamation, Brian is a proponent of social media, travel and new technology bridging the two. After a guest books a room, So if you’ve just booked a room at The James Chicago, you’ll earn a complimentary room upgrade certificate in all of two clicks. Just as

How To Be Inspired At Work

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Spend more time travelling. In that tenure, I''ve had the pleasure of writing two business books ( Six Pixels of Separation and CTRL ALT Delete ). Writing a book can be an amazingly painful process (don''t believe me, check this out: 21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors ). have been reflecting a lot on both my twelve years at Twist Image and the process of birthing two books. Ideally, the most inspiring ideas come from books, but I''m not going to push you to do something that you don''t want to do. business book. travel.

Social Media in the Industry: Customization is the Key to Success

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

Tourism/Travel/Hospitality. Goals: Connect with new clients who enjoy traveling. Strategy: Set up a Linkedin profile and join groups where prospective travel customers may be connecting. Reach out to your own network of friends, family, colleagues, ex-classmates and make regular updates on new travel opportunities. This is a guest post by Angela Denby. What’s your goal?

5 Luxurious Technology Events for this Autumn


Where and When: This technology conference will be taking place at the Maison des Associations de Solidarite in Paris, France , on October 3 – 4, 2013, and for a perfectly luxurious week you book your stay in advance via 2. Business & Marketing 5 events for busy entrepreneurs events for entrepreneurs events for traveling entrepreneurs Lean Kanban France.

Building a New Kind of Cruise Community

Waxing UnLyrical

We just launched our travel tech start-up, Cruiseable , three weeks ago after a year of work. love to cruise, but it’s frustrating that there’s no site or app to help me discover the wide assortment of cruises that are a good match for my travel style and budget – and to help me book the right voyage to the right destinations. know that my peers in the digital generations don’t want to traipse down to a storefront to spend an hour with a travel agent. If you want to contact us, just click or tap the “Book It” button. Guest Post by J.D. Lasica. Surprise!

Business Resolutions for 2013

Geoff Livingston

In addition to discussing the environment more frequently , here are some of my goals: Less Travel. Last year was my worst travel year since 2009, doubling my normal road time. This travel was in large part to support Marketing in the Round (co-author Gini Dietrich also travelled extensively). There is no new book to promote in 2013. Business Only. Meditate.

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Why I’m Not Writing a Book This Year

Convince & Convert

I was all set to write another book this year. Solo this time, as my book spouse Amber Naslund has her hands full with her new social business consultancy Sidera Works. loved writing half of The NOW Revolution , and loved even more traveling around North America giving presentations about social media and social business ( here are the slides ). It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy it. I was ready to jump back into the fire in 2012, with a nifty new topic, interested publishers, and a plan to use this new book as a real springboard to the future. raconteur. Type A.

12 Incredibly Useful Video Tips to Make Better Videos

Peg Fitzpatrick

When we travel, Shayla will shoot video all day on her phone and edit it into amazing little videos. You aren’t reading a book, you’re trying to engage someone in thirty seconds so they will stick around and watch your video. Jeff created my YouTube bumper for My Book Club and my personal videos. She captures things that I wouldn’t have thought of recording.

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2 Simple But Brilliant Content Marketing Examples from the Great White North

Convince & Convert

first found Taxi Mike and his content marketing prowess 3+ years ago, and he was the original inspiration for my best-selling book, Youtility. While preparing new Youtility case studies for the Travel Alberta event, I stumbled across Mike Morrison and his Instagram video for Glacier Skywalk. Mike runs MikesBloggityBlog , a popular travel and entertainment blog in Canada.

How To Start Your Very Own Business Book Club

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On April 15th, 2004, I started something called the Montreal Business Book Review. People were constantly asking me what I was reading, what they should be reading or what I thought about a particular book. I did some investigating and realized that there were not many business book clubs anywhere in the world, and it seemed like a great place to share ideas, brainstorm, discuss current events and have a light evening of heavy discussion. While I no longer run the business book club, it was an amazing learning experience. How a business book club can work.

Hotels and Social Media Travel Tourism

Laurel Papworth

Interesting to juxtapose them against the reality of our booking with Discover Australia and staying at the York Fairmont in the Blue Mountains. Next time I will book direct with the hotel and check FIRST that what they advertise “free internet&# doesn’t come with such ridiculous marketing spin. Aaah Holidays. Who’d ‘ave ‘em eh?  It wasn’t that bad.

Living On Planes

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That being said, when I watch my peers (mostly online) talk about travel, it is rarely pleasant. There are so many uncontrollable factors that make air travel impossible, it's a miracle that anyone has anything nice to say about the experience. We have turned complaining about air travel into the new, "how's the weather?" " It's as easy to complain about air travel as it is to have a conversation about the weather. How to improve your life when you travel by air: Before you go. The entire process of air travel is about lines and waiting.

Seven Tips to Start Your Travel Blogging Journey


This guest post is written by Matthew Kepnes of Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site. So you want to be a travel writer? In fact, I can’t think of one person who wouldn’t love to get paid to travel. To try, lots of people start travel blogs. In 2008, when I started my travel blog, I could count the number of travel blogs on one hand. So how can you create a successful travel blog that moves beyond the clutter, gets you noticed, and helps fund your travels? The best travels blogs are written by people who have traveled, or are traveling.

The Death of Traditional Book Publishing | Spin Sucks

Spin Sucks

What should we discuss this week?&# My friend Petya Georgieva suggested Seth Godin’s decision to give up on traditional book publishing. But… I wonder what giving up the traditional book does for one’s reputation? Through my travels and speaking, I see way too many people who still value the hard cover book, the printed newspaper, and the glossy, four-color magazine.

Blogging in Brief: Ebooks, Print Books, Conferences and More


Congratulations to Matt Kepnes, who’s released a print book through Penguin: How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. If it’s something that interests you, take a look at our guides for becoming a print book author: Blog Business Model: Sell Your Print Book. From Blogger to Book Author: the 4-Step Guide. Build Your Brand to Get a Book Deal. Drink.