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eGuide is always looking for excellent travel writers. For our site eGuide Travel we need magazine style articles and reviews.

For all other eGuide sites we need travel writers who can write with accuracy and in style that suits a travel guide. We do ask that you find out more about eGuide before contacting us about travel writing.

The way we prefer is you like us on Facebook at 'eguidetravel' http://www.facebook.com/eguidetravel so that we can interact. Our main site eGuide Travel is linked from Facebook but can also be found be searching for 'eGuide Travel'. We also announce on Facebook when we have another round for travel writing jobs available. Eguide releases jobs for travel writers in batches.

Writing jobs are placed on elance.com, where you can add your bid for the chosen job/s. Search for "eguides" or click the following link: https://www.elance.com/r/jobs/q-eguides.

The Elance website has explanations and FAQs about how it works.

Do bid and we do read all bids placed by travel writers. If you are not selected do not give up hope as we select travel writers for every job carefully and next time you might be exactly who we are looking for.

We are also always looking for TRAVEL REVIEWERS. For these, we need reviews that are of at least 500 words that must be based on real experiences. Reviews should be selected that are generally positive and are of places that you have personally experienced and would recommend to others.

Suggestions include accommodation (resorts, hotels, backpacker hostels, camping grounds, etc.), tours, cruises and train travel. Please look at eGuide Travel to see the reviews that we have and the types of reviews we need. If it is for an airport or airline, please check with us first as many have already been done.

If you wish to write a review, the best way to proceed is to send us a sample one. If it passes our strict copyright test, contains most of the facts, accurately, about the subject and reads well, we will publish on eGuide Travel and pay you AU$5.00 so long as you have a Paypal account.. At that point, we can discuss doing further reviews. Please allow us at least 30 days to respond.

A few review writing tips: Do mention all facilities available at the subject place, even though you may not have experienced every one of them. State what the target customer group/s is/are (eg families, business travellers, etc.), if applicable, and describe to the reader what you have seen/done. Do not include your own child/children's experience, but do mention whether and how well children were catered for.

All travel writing done for eGuide is done on the assumption that the copyright remains with eGuide and the words must not be used on any other website or in other publication.

 

 

Travel writing for eGuide

We employ the KISS principle ('Keep it simple, stupid'), so plain and simple is always better than complex. Please remember that our target audience is worldwide and, for many, English may not be their first language. Do not assume that people will know local slang or jargon, prefectures, provinces, states or territories; write without the use of localisms and never abbreviate region names.

Readers may or may not know the history, geography or other information that is specific to any given region or country, so avoid using things possibly conceived as 'common knowledge' (locally). Examples of this are names of historic explorers, regional flowers, national dishes, etc.

Formatting
Don't bother about making your document 'pretty'. It is much easier for the editor and web designer to work from a simple Microsoft Word document that you have prepared following this style guide. Any excess formatting, such as colours and different fonts, will be stripped from the document before it is used.

So, please do not use any formatting, other than as follows:
Font: Arial 10 pt or Times New Roman 11 pt; Font colour: auto or black. No bolding, underlining or italics.
Line spacing: Single. One line between heading and article; two lines between separate articles.

Alignment: Left.
Language: must be English (UK) or English (Australia).

Margins (optional): Should ideally be set at 2 cm on all four sides, with paper set to A4 portrait.

Case: Use proper sentence casing. Do not use all upper case, and ensure that upper case is only used for beginning sentences or proper nouns, such as names of specific people and places.

Do not use: Section breaks (page breaks are acceptable), tables, columns, numbering or bullet points. One exception: If approved in advance, plain bullet points may be used with the bullet points set at the margin (0cm) and the text aligned at 0.5 cm.

Please use only hard returns/paragraph marks, i.e. 'Enter' at the end of each paragraph. Do not use soft returns/paragraph marks, i.e. 'Shift-Enter'.

Punctuation
Try to use only simple punctuation, such as commas, full stops (periods) and apostrophes. Do not use serial/Oxford commas; for example, use 'apples, oranges and pears', not 'apples, oranges, and pears'.

Do not use hyphens for breaking apart sentences. If you must, you may use em dashes-such as this-with no spaces around them, but use them sparingly and only if you understand what an em dash is!

Colons and semi-colons should only be used if you are certain how to use them. If in doubt, don't!

Always use one space after a colon, semi-colon, full stop or other sentence closing punctuation.

Double quotation marks (") may be used for direct quotes/speech only. Single quotation marks (') should be used, if absolutely necessary, for slang place names, odd phrases, etc.

Use apostrophes correctly. If unsure, look it up!

Do not use any abbreviations. For instance, 'St' for 'Street', 'eg' for 'for example', 'CA' for 'California' and so on. The only exceptions to this, at this stage, are 'USA', 'UK', 'Washington DC', 'AD' and 'BC', 'am' and 'pm'.

Do not use full stops/periods for these accepted abbreviations. It is also considered bad form to use.

symbols instead of words in the middle of a sentence, for example, '&' instead of 'and', unless the '&' is part of a registered name, such as 'Cobb & Co'.

Numbers and measurements
Please use metric measures only, not imperial. You are welcome to add imperial measurements in brackets after the metric one, if you wish. For example, 10 kilometres (6 miles) or 25ºC (77ºF).

When using numbers, eGuides' style is to spell numbers:
  • from one to nine, but use digits from 10 and upwards (except as shown under 'Numerals');
  • at the start of a sentence;
  • when using ordinal numbers such as first, second or third.

Numerals are always used when depicting temperatures or currency, in mathematical equations and for decimal fractions.

Percentages may be written in figures with a symbol, such as 10%, or in full, such as ten per cent.

Either way, remember to use the same method consistently throughout the document.

Dates and times
Dates should be written in the English manner, such as 1 May 2010. Times of the day are always written in numerals and using a 12-hour clock, such as 10.30 am.

Plain or Simple English
Please use plain English, remembering our international readership. Do not use over-complicated words or phrases. Write in a first person context (use active voice).

  • Use short sentences and paragraphs.
  • Use simple terms and avoid jargon.
  • Use internationally familiar words and terms.
  • Ask yourself if you need every word and omit excess words.
  • Use strong words such as 'must' not ambiguous words such as 'shall'.
  • Use non-discriminatory language.
  • Use 'you' and other pronouns to speak to the reader.

General Tips for Best Results
Use good writing techniques. This includes interesting, descriptive, imaginative and persuasive content (not just facts or statistics, for example, say why something is great); logical paragraph structure (a paragraph per 'subject', for example, food, location, ambience or summary); proper use of grammar and punctuation, (see Better Writing at Oxford Dictionaries for more information); and be consistent in use of tenses (past, present, future).

Do not use: URLs, phone or fax numbers or any variable data, such as opening/closing times. Monetary amounts should not be used as are likely to change from one year to the next. For example, tour costs or admission prices.

Avoid using the word 'The' at the beginning of a title. For example, instead of writing 'The Eiffel Tower' in the title line, just write 'Eiffel Tower'.

Proofread
Double check your typing for spelling errors. We do not want to see 'Lodnon' instead of 'London'! Many people type very quickly and it is easy to miss letters out or transpose them inadvertently. Unfortunately, typos and misspellings take credence away from your work.

 

 
 
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