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Write a Travel Novel

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Jan 21, 2013 5:03:26 AM

We open on a cruise ship. The relaxing, yet festive atmosphere suddenly gives way to the discovery of a dead body slumped over on a stool at one of the slot machines in the casino. An intrepid widow takes it upon herself to solve the mystery before the killer has the opportunity to disembark at the next port of call. Or, here's another storyline: we open on an all-inclusive resort where a struggling couple makes a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. They have seven days and six nights to fall in love again.


Novels with travel-centric themes are not only fertile ground for "beat the clock" plot building, they are also packed with built-in marketing prospects. Does your story take place on a cruise ship? Approach a cruise line about arranging a "floating" signing or discuss the possibility of them carrying your book in onboard gift shops. Is your setting in a tropical resort? Contact a resort about doing an appearance. You could even conduct a writing seminar on their property for guests. In addition to the actual locations, there are travel agencies and travel websites that might be open to some cross-marketing arrangement.


The beauty of writing a novel that focuses on some aspect of the travel industry is that it reaches a niche audience. Niche audiences are so convenient; they are generally easy to find because they tend to form communities and bond over their common interests, and in most cases, there already exists an industry that caters to their niche needs.


Beyond the promising aspects of publishing a novel that incorporates travel, think of the fun you'll have researching it. So what are you waiting for? Book that trip and pack your laptop. You've got some writing and relaxing to do.


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Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.


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