Thursday, August 10, 2017

How to Make Travel Writing Work for You




If you missed my mini-travel writing workshop at the Mystic Journey Bookstore can still get my handbook HOW TO MAKE TRAVEL WRITING WORK FOR YOU for just .99 on kindle





I teach you the renegade way to get great trips around the globe. I have enjoyed adventures from Africa to Alaska using this approach!

Happy travels,
Adventure-travel writer Linda Ballou’s ultimate destination piece, Wai-nani, a New Voice from old Hawai’i, takes you to the wild heart of Old Hawai’i. Her travel memoir Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales is an armchair traveler’s delight filled with adventure to whet your wander lust. Her latest release The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon shares the thrill of the show jumping arena and the tender beauty of the John Muir Wilderness. All of her books are available at www.LindaBallouAuthor.com  and major online distribution sites in print and kindle format.




Is it wrong to fall in love with your narrator?

I chose a man to narrate TheCowgirl Jumped Over the Moon because I thought women would warm to a male voice. Women and horses are a love story so I figured most of my readers would be female. I was thrilled to get an audition from a man who said he loved the story and that he misted over a couple of times while reading the book. Scott Glennon lives in Colorado so he has a little cowboy in him, and he is an emotional guy! Perfect!

I was in Colorado in June to do a little riding at the Laramie River Ranch and took the opportunity have dinner with Scott, and his lovely wife. It was such a treat to meet him face to face after connecting with him so deeply in the process of creating the audio book for The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon.


Hearing my words come back to me enriched by his inflections and emotional interpretations is really exciting for me. He has given each character vocal nuances that are terrific. I find myself getting teary eyed as I listen to my words and come away feeling that we have both done a good job with the story.

Scott said this about Chapter 20. “I found myself having to toughen up during this chapter. You broke me in the end and I had to walk away from recording for a few minutes to
not make Brady sound like a cry baby. Great writing!


Now, ladies who could not love a guy who is moved by your work? We are nearly done, so our relationship is coming to a crescendo. The audio book should be ready to go by the time the snow flies in Colorado. Meanwhile, I hope his wife doesn’t mind my letting the world know about my long-distance crush on her husband

The Cowgirl JumpedOver the Moon will be available on Audible.com. Presently available on Amazon in print and kindle format.

Adventure-travel writer Linda Ballou’s ultimate destination piece, Wai-nani, a New Voice from old Hawai’i, takes you to the wild heart of Old Hawai’i. Her travel memoir Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales is an armchair traveler’s delight filled with adventure to whet your wander lust. Her latest release The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon shares the thrill of the show jumping arena and the tender beauty of the John Muir Wilderness. All of her books are available at www.LindaBallouAuthor.com  and on Amazon in print and kindle format.