Travel Writing, To Writing Apps?

Royalty.

That’s the word for what you get back of your published writing. And when you’re writing apps, it’s also what you’ll feel like.

Lee Foster is an award winning travel journalist that specializes in California travel. He also specializes with writing for web, ebooks, and now, travel apps.

In Lee’s case, he gets 30% royalty with his travel app. This is nearly twice what he gets in royalties on his book, which at 15% is still pretty good.  Because of how apps work, an author can super-target their audience with multiple locations, maps, and even how much the consumer will pay, if anything.

This can become even further commercialized because of travel companies. Getting a gig with one of these bigger players, or even an airline company, can have some pretty neat payoffs. For instance, a travel writer may have written articles for an in-flight business magazine. Now, a writer can do that, as well as perhaps develop their own lay-over guide app to big business towns.

The one this to keep in mind with apps is that they require constant care. With the industry shifting the way it is, an online presence is necessary and volatile. It also has a high turnover rate. If an app writer does not keep up with content, they could find themselves brushed away for the next big travel app.

An interesting argument about this is that travel apps obviously demand very concise language. At what point does it become something too quick to consider legitimate writing? Or, could it even be a new form of micro-publishing, which I saw an interesting post about earlier?

Sources:

http://www.fostertravel.com/community/travel-journalism-instruction/apps-and-the-future-of-travel-journalism/

http://www.amadeus.com/airlineit/the-always-connected-traveller/docs/amadeus-the-always-connected-traveller-2011-en.pdf

http://www.travelwritersnews.com/travel_writing_101/markets_for_travel_writing/apps%E2%80%93the-future-of-travel-journalism/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/fostertravel

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