by Rachel Smith
31 January 2020
I’m in a Facebook group for writers and spotted this post some time ago from US-based content specialist Christine Steele, who’s also a former journalist and editor. It was a frustrated response to hiring travel writers who, following a commission from Christine, seemed to no longer care, turned in sloppy work or just dropped the ball in other ways.
A lot of RL members write travel, commission travel articles or covet travel writing as the ‘dream job’, so I knew Christine’s post would resonate. She’s kindly allowed us to run her ‘do’s and don’ts’ list here. And there are actually a lot of great takeaways in it – whether you’re a travel writer or not.
Thank-you again to Christine for allowing us to share her post. As an editor, do you agree with Christine’s do’s and don’ts? And if you’re a travel writer, is there anything in this list that’s made you think differently about how you work with editors and clients?