WrittenRoad.com may seem like a simple online journal at first glance. In actuality, it is a virtual café with an international readership that has been growing since 2002. Through a lively daily blog, award-winning travel writer and editor Jen Leo began sharing her experiences in the publishing industry and providing a daily scoop on travel writing as she made her way as an editor, writer, and traveling socialite. The site is now run by a slew of talented, budding travel writers and editors and offers a unique and refreshingly honest view into the life of emerging careers with day-by-day accounts of the process of changing from an unknown to an accomplished professional. Along the way, there are practical discussions of market leads, author events, marketing tactics, travel books, a writer’s philosophical quandaries, and perhaps most importantly, a few inspirational triumphs. Readers most enjoy news of notable writers, new travel books worth reading, submission guidelines, and the individual support they receive.

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Abha Malpani BioEditor: Abha Malpani was born in India, has lived in England, has graduated from Australia and has worked in Dubai. After a 4-year working spell in film production, advertising and public relations in Dubai, she quit her job about a year ago to live in Spain, learn Spanish and write. Immersing herself in different cultures and traveling is her adrenaline, and so far she has learned to dance Son in Cuba, braided her hair in Jamaica, lived in a tribal village in Thailand and driven across Portugal. A budding and aspiring writer, Abha currently also writes for Gadling, Vagablogging and PlanetEye, teaches English, blogs on her personal site, and is in the middle of a journalism course and a Spanish certification. Currently living in Madrid, she is working on figuring out where she wants to plant some roots. Salsa-dancing keeps her sane and she hopes that one day she will make a living from traveling and writing.

anna1.jpgWriter: Anna Brones is an avid traveler with a love of languages and pursuit of the unknown. She has lived in Sweden, France and Guadeloupe and is tri-lingual. After roaming the world with notebook in hand, she scored a job as Editorial Assistant at Wend Magazine, an adventure travel magazine that aims to inspire adventure while promoting activism. This is where she devotes most of her energies, but she is also regular contributor to the travel blog Gadling and her work has appeared in Transitions Abroad and A Woman’s World Again. She currently resides in Portland, OR where she likes to spend time in cafes and riding her bike. You can visit her personal site to find out more.

kelly.jpgWriter: Kelly Anne Pipes was born and is based in the UK, and has dedicated her editorial career to the travel industry and travel publications. Having worked with the likes of New Holland, Thomas Cook and Itchy Feet Magazine, her contacts are numerous; as are invites to industry events, ranging from Cruise-ship parties to inaugural flights. Backpacking across Europe paying homage to Art, Culture and local cuisine remains her first love, but having swapped the day job – as Managing Editor of a travel guidebook publisher – to live the dream of freelance travel writing, she’ll soon be reporting back from further afield. Her personal site, Sandwagon, shares and reviews the latest tit-bits in travel.

tim2.jpgWriter: Tim Shisler has been fascinated with media in all forms since he could read a book, watch TV and talk his best friend into “borrowing” his parents video camera (then a 10 lb. monstrosity). After attending Sonoma State University and spending five summers as a commercial river guide, Tim dipped into the volatile world of high-tech PR, before realizing his passion was on the other side of the equation. In typical quarter-life-fashion, Tim packed up his car and drove around the country, living in Wal-Mart parking lots, strangers houses and the occasional KOA. Tim landed an internship at Backpacker Magazine and quickly made a mark by helping launch their new website, and by applying Google Earth technology to videos and print articles. Tim’s passion for technology and storytelling, have led him on a mission to change the way journalism is created, and bridge the gap between digital content and print content. Tim’s stories and videos have been published by Backpacker Magazine, Bicycling Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Mountain Bike Magazine and The Adventure Sports Journal.

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