This book is a complete guide for those who travel for business — for road warriors as well as those who travel once or twice a year for conferences and events. Interwoven are humorous stories related to travel, or stories that were at least funny in hindsight. For example, stories could be about air travel, driving, or luggage. The story might be about renting a car, something that happened at a hotel, or a strange travel event in a city. It might even be a story of what happened at home while you were away.
In other words, it could be about anything that has to do with travel, either for business or pleasure. However, the book also will have a serious side. Each chapter includes travel tips and strategies designed to help people travel smarter, safer, and more efficient.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I send my story?
We prefer an email to book at smartwomentravelers dot com. Please include your story in the body of the email, not as an attachment. Those that prefer or need a snail mail address can send us stories at: Smart Women Travelers, PO Box 950903, Lake Mary, Florida 32795-0903
How long will each story be?
We need enough information to be able to complete a story around it. However, the length of each story submitted will vary depending on content. Without trying to be too specific, we estimate most stories received will be in the 500-2000 word range though some might be longer. More detail is generally better than less.
Can I submit only one story?
No, please feel free to submit as many as you like. We will be happy to include multiple stories from the same person.
Do I have to live in the US to submit a story?
No, we are accepting stories from around the world. Indeed, writers can live anywhere in the world and write about anywhere in the world. However, we do ask that submissions be in English because our translation of your story might be inaccurate.
Are these stories only about women?
No, that is not our intention. Stories may be about anyone – men, women, children and pets.
Who will read these stories?
This book is intended for everyone.
If I submit a story to you, will it be included in the book?
Unfortunately there is no way we can guarantee that. It will depend on how the story fits in a particular area. We can tell you that if similar stories that we like are submitted, the one received first will be the one used. Very simply, don’t delay getting your story to us.
When will I know if my story will be included in the book?
We will make every effort to notify you as soon as possible. However, it is impossible to know when that will be as it is dependent on such factors as how frequently stories are submitted and how long it takes for us to have all the stories we need.
Can I use a story from another book?
No, each story must be original and you must be the owner of the content. That means this material generally cannot be published anywhere else unless you have permission to publish it again.
Does this have to be a story about me?
No, it can be about anyone or even about pets, as long as the story relates to travel.
Do I have to use my real name?
No, that is up to you. We will either use no name or if you prefer, use your first name and city – your choice. However, we do need your email to follow up with you and your real name and address if your story is included in the book so we can send you a complimentary autographed copy.
It is our policy to keep your personal information strictly confidential. It will NOT be sold, traded or used for any purpose other than to communicate with you regarding this book.
Will you use my last name and include my website?
We will consider including your last name if that is what you want and your website or blog if it is travel-related.
Can I use names of other people in my story?
You may include names of other people in your submitted story if that helps you to write it easier. However, no names besides your own will be published in the book. Remember, our intention is to offer some funny stories about travel along with helpful tips so others will know how to avoid these problems in the future. We are not trying to embarrass anyone.
Who owns the rights to these stories?
When you submit your story, you grant us exclusive rights to publish it. Before a story is included in the book, you will be sent a release form that explains this in more detail.
Can I also submit this story to another publication?
This is a little complicated. Generally, only one publication can print the material unless you retain all rights to it. Most publications are like us, namely that once material is published, it is owned by the publication, not the person submitting it. If your story is selected, we will clarify this for you.
But what if my story isn’t published?
If your story doesn’t make it into the book, we may ask your permission to save it for the next book. Without your permission, you own the content so you may do as you wish. We will not assume any ownership rights to your story without your written permission.
Do I need to be a subscriber of your site to submit a story?
No, there is no requirement to be a subscriber, though we would love if it you were! But as long as you mentioned it, membership is free so you may register today at smartwomentravelers.com.
Will I get paid if my story is included in the book?
No fees are paid if your story is included in the book, but you will receive a complimentary autographed copy of the book. In addition, you have an opportunity to be considered as a Featured Smart Woman Traveler and be promoted in our biweekly Pearls of Travel Wisdom newsletter. For details, click here.
Why do you need my address?
If your story is chosen, we want to send you a copy of the book. If you move, please remember to send us your new address at book at smartwomentravelers dot com.
What if my email or address changes?
Just let us know by emailing book at smartwomentravelers dot com with your old and new information.
When will the book be published?
No date is set as of yet.
Will you really send me an autographed copy if my story is selected?
Absolutely! Just make sure your information is current because the book will be mailed out to the latest address on file.
What if I have other questions?
Please feel free to email book at smartwomentravelers dot com. We check this email frequently and will get back to you as soon as possible.