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New My Personal Legend – Melissa Juliet Sagendorph

October 14, 2018 in announcements, New Articles

Up next in the My Personal Legend series is Melissa Juliet Sagendorph from Massachusetts and most recently Philadelphia. Melissa Juliet talks about understanding her personal legend against the backdrop of turning 27. Age can be a state of mind, but it can also be a weight that keeps your dreams just out of reach. Melissa Juliet talks about leaving graduate school to become the writer the she has always dreamed. Somehow she ended up studying philosophy and realized her heart was not in it. “I thought it would be hard to leave grad school, but once I realized it was the right decision it was simple.” Read more about her story. And read more Personal Legends based on the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Join us at Literary Traveler

September 14, 2016 in announcements, Literary Traveler Jobs

top-boston-internship-programCurrently we are looking for some great new interns after a bit of summer hiatus. We have always built our staff from a strong internship program. The best interns continue to work on the site long after their internship is done. Are you looking for something challenging where you can apply your passions? Here is our posting. Please contact us if you want to know more….

Do you dream of traveling and making your living as a writer? Do you want to put your education and interests together and do something that matters to you? Do you need to acquire experience before you can be great? Are you a blogger or travel fanatic that loves to read the classics and travel the world?

One of the best internships for writers in Boston, an internship with Literary Traveler will provide you with real world marketable skills–you’ll learn the fundamentals of running a travel website, writing for the web, search engine optimization, and working with advertisers and sponsors. You’ll learn how to package yourself and your ideas and develop your own niche. You’ll get to be part of an extremely positive atmosphere where you’ll receive direct feedback on your writing.

Learn more and apply here on internship page

What’s Your One True Sentence? We want to know what has inspired you.

September 14, 2016 in American Authors, American literature, announcements, Classic Literature, Classic Writers, Literary News, Literature, One True Sentence, Uncategorized

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” – Ernest Hemingway

We have just launched something special at Literary Traveler, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Literary Traveler’s “One True Sentence” will be a series of short video episodes that explore the meaning of words and the people who are inspired by their power. Literary Traveler will take viewers behind some of the greatest words in literature, bringing them alive through the people and places that hold them close.

One sentence is often all it takes to convey your truth. And each one of us has a sentence that we carry with us – whether it is a line from a novel, a verse of poetry, a song lyric, a personal mantra, words of wisdom from a loved one, or a simple string of words that bring you meaning. We take this “one true sentence” with us on our travels, drawing inspiration, motivation, and solace in times of trouble.

The first two episodes of this series feature contemporary authors sharing the sentences that inspire their life and work and how they came to find the meaning in their true sentences.

Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D., shares a quote from Henry David Thoreau, and Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Comfort of Lies and The Murderer’s Daughters, finds reassurance in the words of Gustave Flaubert. For Bernier and Meyers, and all of us, a truly great sentence can not only inspire, but influence your life, change your course, and start you on your own unique journey.

Our goal with “One True Sentence” is to inspire — to harness the power of words in our lives, and examine how one short sentence can hold so much meaning.  And we want to hear from you.

If you have a sentence that holds special meaning for you, we would love for you to share it with us and tell us a little about how it has influenced your life, whether it has inspired you to take a leap of faith, provided strength during a difficult time, or otherwise inspires, motivates, or comforts. Please send us your short personal videos (Be as creative as you want, but no need to get fancy. A smartphone camera is all it takes.) You can e-mail us at or share your video on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #OneTrueSentence. Your video may even end up on!

Thank You for your Continued Support!

June 14, 2013 in American literature, announcements, Classic Literature, Classic Writers, Fiction, Kickstarter, Literary News, Television

We wanted to thank you for supporting Literary Traveler’s Kickstarter. Unfortunately we did not meet our short-term goal of raising $12,000.

But using Kickstarter as a way to launch our funding drive for the television series has been a success. Through the Kickstarter community, our campaign for the Literary Traveler television series has enabled us to reach out to funders, partners, and supporters and move our project forward towards our goal of a fully-funded series.

Kickstarter was phase one of our funding drive, and our fundraising efforts will continue over the summer as we continue to work with individual donors while we research and shoot additional locations for the pilot. For Literary Traveler it will be the “Summer of Gatsby,” as we continue to explore where Fitzgerald roamed and found inspiration for The Great Gatsby.

Here’s how you can help. Please continue to tell your friends about the project, submit your ideas for additional episodes and get involved! In order to hold on to our Kickstarter funds we need anyone who has already supported to re-donate here. If you didn’t donate to the Kickstarter, with the thought that you would give at the end, once we were close to our goal, we will be able to keep and use all funds donated directly through our website.

We’re asking you to stay with our fundraising effort for the long haul – If you subscribe to Literary Traveler or follow us on Facebook and Twitter, you’ll receive updates about the project. If you are just finding us now, please visit our website, check out our Kickstarter page, and take a look at our new fundraising page to see how you can donate to this exciting project.

As anyone who has taken on a project of this scope surely knows, it’s an exciting learning curve. What it boils down to is this: we have too many ideas to stop now.  There is plenty of great stuff on the brew – from exploring the origins of Gatsby this summer to the chance for readers to get personally involved with upcoming episodes.  Stay tuned for more!

We are so grateful for all your support!

Sincerely, Francis & the Literary Traveler Team

Book Bound! (Two Weeks Remaining!)

May 29, 2013 in American literature, announcements, Classic Literature, Classic Writers, Kickstarter, Literary News

Derby Square Bookstore, Salem, MA

By Antoinette Weil and Amanda Festa

Books are not obsolete and reading isn’t dead.  It seems that everything is tech this and i-something or other and YouTube and Vine and Twitter. We love our social media connections as much as the next person, but we can’t lose touch with the tangible. People still read, people still love their favorite books from childhood and from adulthood, and people, although they may not have all the time in the world, still want to get that reading fix. We think that THIS is what sets us and our project apart. We are going back to books, back to great authors, taking the time for you to get to know these stories and places. Promoting reading, promoting travel, promoting exploration, the sharing of ideas. There are many, many people in today’s society who are tired of the constant surge of technology taking over everyday life. Sick of their beloved bookstores closing. We are doing this for them, for people like us who enjoy the story behind our beloved literature. We’re bringing books to life, and that’s something.

We have two weeks left to reach our funding goal on Kickstarter.  Please support our project and, in turn, our passion.  Every dollar helps us get closer to our goal, and every dollar shows that there are people out there who would like to see this project be made.  If you are a reader, if you enjoy the feeling of a creased and worn book in your hands or the smell of a library or independent bookstore, then this project is for you.  If you have the travel bug, and you treat it with long doses of wandering, whether it is done on the road or from the comfort of an armchair, then this project is for you.  SO take a look at our Kickstarter page, explore the posts written by contributors whose excitement and enthusiasm for this project is incredible, and if you enjoy what you see, please get involved, donate what you can, and spread the word to all kindred literary travelers.

Literary Traveler to Bring Writers’ Journeys to Television

May 4, 2013 in American Authors, American literature, announcements, Classic Literature, Classic Writers, Literary News, Travel, Travel to New York City

Literary Traveler is excited to announce that we are turning our much-loved website into a series for television. We are passionate about the stories we tell, of authors’ lives and the places that inspire them.

Literary Traveler, the series, will be a new thirty-minute program that follows in the footsteps of classic and modern writers, to explore the inspiring places connected to literature’s most popular and acclaimed works, and to make meaning of the lives, struggles and triumphs of famous authors.

These unique stories are presented by visiting places important to the writer, and by taking unique journeys related to that writer’s life, revealing their experiences and inspirations. Each episode will include interviews with experts, popular writers and academic scholars on the writers profiled. We’ll highlight what the journey and places meant for each writer and discuss how viewers can visit locations featured in the program. We’ll also stop to explore interesting places along the way, immersing ourselves in the culture of a particular time and place, as we traverse the challenges the writers faced on their varied paths to success.

Currently we are producing a pilot episode.  We will go in search of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. An iconic novel of the Jazz Age, with settings that range from Louisville, to Long Island, to NYC, we believe that Gatsby provides the perfect entry point for our literary series.

In order to get this venture off the ground, we are taking the project to Kickstarter and asking our fellow literary travelers to help us finance this project. We are excited to launch our Kickstarter project this May, coincidentally corresponding with Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of Fitzgerald’s classic. We want to take a deeper look behind this work and others, and at the places and experiences that contribute to each author’s journey.

Stay tuned for more on our Kickstarter and Literary Traveler, the series. Please join our mailing list to stay apprised of updates. And, as always, thank you for your support!


Aspiring Authors Beware of Conmen

January 27, 2011 in announcements, Literary News, Writer Scams

graur codrin / FreeDigitalPhotos.netMany of readers here at LT are aspiring authors.  Many of you are working on that first novel, and once you’re finished, you dream of reaping the rewards of fame and money like J.D. Salinger, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, etc.  But no matter what your genre or aspiration, always beware of the old saying, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

This was the case in Devon, England.  Between 1999 and 2008, conman Robin Price admitted to six thefts in which he swindled £532,000 from aspiring authors.  He did so by convincing the writers that he would negotiate film deals and help turn their books into films.  In turn, the writers forked over hefty sums of money for exorbitant fees and investments in their “film deals.”  In actuality, Price used the money to buy drugs and the company of male prostitutes.

As of January 2011, 30 victims have come forward, but Devon police expect many more.  In one case, Price stole £293,000 from a man in his 80s.  Two others have lost their homes and one other victim quit his job, in hopes of becoming the next big thing in the literary world.

In the BBC article which reported on this story, Detective Colonel Martin Battershill said, “Price seemed to know how the industry worked which made [his scheme] more believable.”

To all our aspiring writers at LT, please approach getting published with extreme caution.  Remember, reputable agents do NOT ask for money upfront.  Also, reputable film producers rarely approach no-name authors.  Usually, all deals are negotiated through an agent.

If someone does approach you as an agent or film producer, check out her/his company thoroughly.  See what other authors they represent or what books they’ve produced.  You can also contact Publisher’s Weekly to check the person’s credentials and legitimacy.  Proceed with caution.

Best of luck to all our aspiring authors!

Queens Library Stops Buying Books

January 24, 2011 in announcements, Library Books, Literary News

Courtesy of Queens Public LibrarySadly, Queens Library, part of the New York City library system, has stopped buying books due to massive budget cuts.  This is in response to last year when Mayor Bloomberg asked the library to cut its spending by $4.5 million.  Queens Library decided on a drastic, but effective plan of action: to simply stop buying new books.

Tom Galante, Queens Public Library CEO, said the library had already trimmed hours and staff in the last two years.  Yet this wasn’t enough to save money.  Galante commented in WNYC News that, “It really comes down to libraries being about community … being a place for seniors in the morning, kids after school.”  Galante cites that the library hopes to buy books again starting in July when the new budget is passed.

For many, this decision comes as a shock.  A library not buying new books?  But this is the reality of today’s economy.  In the literary world, it is an unfortunate fact.  Personally, it makes me think of what I take for granted, and after hearing about Queens Library, I’ve realized I’ve definitely taken my book lending for granted.

Last year especially, I would visit my local library all the time to check out books.  It was also in 2010 that my city library underwent massive budget cuts.  Hours were cut and my library is no longer open on Saturdays.  Now that I have an ereader, I’ve been relying on this a lot more, but still, it saddens me to think of library books not bought, library programs cut, etc.

What do you think of the decision of Queens Library?  Was it the right one?  Please let us know.

Travel Agents Vanished? A Pessimist's View of Next 10 Years

January 5, 2011 in announcements, Economy, Pop Culture, Travel Writers

Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.netWhere did all those travel agents go?  Remember those friendly people who would sell you fabulous tours and excursions?  You would sit down, tell them what you want and voila! … a seven-day cruise to Mexico.  However, certain jobs, like travel agents, are dwindling, since we are our own travel agents with websites such as Orbitz, Expedia and Priceline.

This is just one point made by novelist Douglas Coupland.  His series of 45 tips entitled “A Radical Pessimist’s Guide to the Next 10 Years” was recently published in the Toronto Globe & Mail. The list is definitely radical.  Coupland says it’s all going to get worse, extreme weather patterns will take over, expect less, stupid people will be in charge and the middle class isn’t coming back.  Ouch.  That’s a lot of negativity for the next 10 years.

But he does speak some truths.  And in regard to extreme weather, won’t it be nice to travel to places that have consistent weather?  And what about all those long lost travel agents?  They’ll float into the abyss, never seen or heard from again.

Coupland’s list actually brings up a good point.  How do we stay positive for 2011 and beyond?  In a time of negativity, it’s hard to stay positive.  On the news, all we hear is “the recession is getting worse.”  We’re at a 10 percent unemployment rate.  Job creation seems nonexistent.  Where’s our FDR and where’s our change we were promised?

I once read an article about how the real entrepreneurs come out in tough economic times.  Creativity blossoms.  Hard work wins out.  That’s how I approached a tough 2010 and how I’ll approach 2011 and the next 10 years.  I look back to 2010, an arduous year financially, when I enjoyed literary travels to San Francisco and a luxurious cruise on the Queen Mary 2.  I’m in the final draft of my novel.  I interviewed Joanne Harris, international bestselling author of Chocolat.  And I met Bill Bryson.

And I already expect much more for 2011.  My goals are set much higher, including my financial ones.  Coupland may have his points, but for me, it’s all about positivity.

~ Jennifer, Network Editorial Director

Announcement: Literary Traveler Goes Dark For October

September 16, 2010 in American literature, announcements, Dark New England, New England Travel

In the rich literary tradition of Photo via Matt Trostle's Flickr StreamAmerica, tales of the supernatural have always occupied a special place. Stories of the fantastic and the unreal have not only entered our imaginations, tainting the way we think about the very ground below us, but also the cannon of great literature. From Washington Irving to Edgar Allan Poe, we have always celebrated the authors that have the power to make our skin crawl and our nights restless.

This fall, Literary Traveler will feature a new theme for our feature articles: Dark New England. As the days lengthen, and All Hallows Eve approaches, we will be publishing several articles that center around some of America’s best horror writers, including Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe. We will also highlight one of our favorite underrated writers: Shirley Jackson, author of The Lottery fame.

Join us as we journey to Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts in search of what makes New England so uniquely suited to images of ghosts and specters, stories of hauntings and awakenings.

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