Do you want to know an easy way to get you and your book featured in National Geographic Traveler magazine? It’s actually quite easy. Just tell the editors why you love your city. Yes, you can be featured in NGT without having a travel book. Any book will do. A novel, a memoir, a children’s book, a business book, a cookbook, a self-help book, a spiritual book. Your book.
Here’s how the editors explain it:
We want to hear why you heart your city!
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It’s easy to share the love: Simply fill in the blanks below (copy and paste the questions into an email or text document first) and send your completed questionnaire to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org, using “I Heart My City” as your subject line. To help us ensure accuracy, please include Web addresses (full URLs) that correspond with the places, attractions, and people you highlight in your responses.
We also encourage you to submit original photos, video, digital art, poetry, music—anything that helps show us why you love the place where you live—along with your completed questionnaire.
We feature an introductory paragraph about our I Heart My City guest authors at the top of each post, so please send us a short bio—making sure to include details about where you grew up, what led you to move to your current city, and how long you’ve lived there—along with links to your personal website or blog, if applicable, as well as links to any social profiles (Twitter, Instagram, etc.) that you’d like us to share with the world.
Finally, please share with us a paragraph or two (in narrative, full-sentence form) that explains why you love where you live. Try filling in the blank in response to the prompt: “In two sentences or less, the world should heart my city because . . .”
I Heart My City Questionnaire
______________ Is My City
When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is ______________.
______________ is the best time to visit my city because ______________.
You can see my city best from ______________.
Locals know to skip ______________ and check out ______________ instead.
______________ is the place to buy authentic, local souvenirs.
In the past, notable people like ______________, ______________, and ______________ have called my city home.
My city’s best museum is ______________ because ______________.
If there’s one thing you should know about getting around my city, it’s ______________.
The best place to spend time outdoors in my city is ______________.
My city really knows how to celebrate ______________ because ______________.
You can tell if someone is from my city if ______________.
For a fancy night out, I ______________.
Just outside my city, you can visit ______________.
My city is known for being ______________, but it’s really ______________.
The best outdoor market in my city is ______________.
______________ is my favorite place to grab breakfast, and ______________ is the spot for late-night eats.
To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, read ______________.
When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I ______________.
To escape the crowds, I ______________.
The dish that represents my city best is ______________, and ______________ is my city’s signature drink. Sample them at ______________ and ______________ respectively.
______________ is the best place to see live music, but if you’re in the mood to dance, check out ______________.
______________ could only happen in my city.
In the spring you should ______________.
In the summer you should ______________.
In the fall you should ______________.
In the winter you should ______________.
If you have kids (or are a kid at heart), you won’t want to miss ______________.
The best book about my city is ______________ because ______________.
Be sure, of course, to make your answers interesting, provocative, and entertaining — as well as personal — so you’ll stand out in the crowd.
Perhaps I’ll submit something about Taos. And I’ll point people to one of my websites, perhaps https://www.bookmarketingbestsellers.com.
About John Kremer
John Kremer is author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, the Relationships Matter Marketing program, and many other books and reports on book marketing, Internet marketing, social media, and book publicity. -- John Kremer on Book Marketing.