I’ve been a Moon Handbooks travel guide author for almost seven years now; the first edition of “Moon Pittsburgh,” the guidebook I update every few years for Moon/Avalon Travel, was first published in June 2007.
The guide’s third edition, for what it’s worth, is currently scheduled to be sitting on store shelves (virtual and brick-and-mortar) sometime in mid-2014.
The good people at Avalon Travel create very high-quality products, which is why I was excited to see that the company is currently giving away a 100 percent free e-book download of a new guide titled “Volunteer Vacations in Latin America.”
Researched and written by journalist and long-time volunteer Amy E. Robertson, the guide is packed with 236 pages of potential volunteer experiences in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.
The book’s print version is selling for the very fair price of $11.99, although you can download a complete EPUB or PDF version for free, here. Not a bad deal.
I just got the good news from a marketing assistant at Perseus Books: The Avalon Travel team apparently thinks highly enough of Moon Handbooks Pittsburgh that they’ve gone ahead and nominated it for this year’s Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards. I’m flattered, for sure.
In fact, the Perseus employee who sent me the email had this to say: “The book has received a lot of positive feedback, and I think it will be a strong contender.” If I’m not mistaken, the awards are handed out sometime in October, so we’ll see what happens. And in the meantime, the guide continues to be the top-selling book of any sort in Amazon.com’s Pittsburgh category, which is wonderful news. And don’t forget: Anyone can order autographed copies of the book through my website, PioneerContent.com — just click on the link that says: This Is Our Shop. Or shoot me an email, <email@example.com> and I’ll be more than happy to send you a personalized copy myself.