Voices needed for Vagabonding audiobook

Ten years after its initial debut in paper form, Vagabonding is set to go into an audiobook edition this fall. I've recorded the main text, but now I need to add some new "Vagabonding Voices". If you're interested in possibly appearing as a Vagabonding Voice in the audiobook, start by sending me, as text in the body of an email (rolf@rolfpotts.com), no more than 150 words (less is better, actually) of insight, per topic, on one or more of the following topics: 2: Making the decision to go, and earning your freedom 3: Simplicity, and saving for the trip 4:… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (6)  | July 13, 2013
Category: Book Release and Tour Diary, Vagabonding Case Studies

Getting Vagabonding or Marco Polo as stocking-stuffers

It's once again winter holiday season, which means it's time to tout my books as stocking stuffers for the travel lovers on your Christmas list. Vagabonding makes a great holiday gift for: College or high school students nearing graduation. Twenty- and thirtysomethings who don't like their jobs, are currently between jobs, or are considering a sabbatical from work. Friends and family members who don't quite "get" the gift-giver's urge to travel. Anyone who dreams of (or has talked about) long-term travel, but thinks they're too poor, busy, disorganized, afraid, uninformed, or old/young to actually do it. And of course my… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | November 25, 2012
Category: Book Release and Tour Diary

Rolf’s “virtual book tour” is underway!

Just a quick note here to let you know that the "virtual book tour" for my book Marco Polo Didn't Go There is underway. It started with a Q&A at Tim Ferriss's 4-Hour Work Week and Lifestyle Design Blog, and will continue with a series of Q&As and short essays on a number of great travel blogs over the course of two weeks. I've listed rundown of these "virtual book tour" blog stops by date below. You'll also want to check out the page I've set up for my nationwide book tour -- which starts in Kansas and will hit… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (8)  | September 15, 2008
Category: Book Release and Tour Diary, Rolf's News and Updates

The 2008 Rolf Potts Marco Polo Didn’t Go There book tour

Last week, when I announced that my new book is available for sale at Amazon.com, a number of readers wrote in to tell me that they'd also found copies of it in the travel sections of their local bookstores. The book was initially scheduled to launch on September 15th, but -- hey -- since it's already for sale everywhere, why not just say it's launching today? So there you have it: Marco Polo Didn't Go There is officially released! The subtitle to the book is "Stories and Revelations From One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer," and the story collection… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (7)  | September 7, 2008
Category: Book Release and Tour Diary, Rolf's News and Updates

Rolf’s new book now in stock at Amazon.com (and other Rolf news)

Having been on the road in Africa, Europe and North America since late May, it's been hard to keep up with various non-travel events in my life (including many of my inbox messages -- sorry if I've been slow in replying to email lately). Hence, I almost missed it when my new book, Marco Polo Didn't Go There, suddenly appeared in stock at Amazon.com a few days ago. Since the book doesn't officially release in most bookstores until mid-September, this caught me off-guard. Nonetheless, I'm happy to see my new book on sale (better early than late, to be sure)… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (5)  | August 31, 2008
Category: Book Release and Tour Diary, Rolf's News and Updates

Got a venue for Rolf’s book tour this fall?

As I mentioned a couple weeks back, I have a new travel book coming out this fall. Entitled Marco Polo Didn't Go There, this book will likely debut in September, and I will go on the road to promote it in October and November. Right now I plan on hitting various bookstores, writing conferences, and universities in Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey. Might you have some suggested stops and venues for me in these places? Are there other parts of the U.S. or Canada that might make a good stop on my book… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (3)  | May 5, 2008
Category: Book Release and Tour Diary, Rolf's News and Updates

Free VGB Vagabonding stickers!

Four years ago, while on tour to promote Vagabonding, I printed up a bunch of "VGB" stickers (pictured above) to give away at book signings. Originally, these stickers were to read "VAG," though this idea was shot down when my publicist told me that, ahem, I shouldn't encroach on the territory of another Random House book, The Vagina Monologues. So VGB it was. Recently, while going through my belongings, I realized that I have several dozen of these stickers left over after all these years. If you're interested in getting one (to put on your car or laptop as a… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (7)  | September 19, 2007
Category: Book Release and Tour Diary

Vagabonding: The “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” endorsement

[Above: Contestant Justin Pitts gives props to Vagabonding.] Last month, while I was traveling in Cuba, several readers sent me emails saying that a contestant on the syndicated game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" had told host Meredith Viera that -- if he won money on the show -- he wanted to travel the world as much as possible, adding "I'm reading a really great book called Vagabonding." As far as I know, this is this first time my book has been endorsed on a game show, so I did a little followup, and it turns out the… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | May 10, 2007
Category: Book Release and Tour Diary, Feedback, Rolf's News and Updates

Vagabonding’s Japanese debut (and other Rolf writing news)

The Japanese cover of Vagabonding I have a few new writing items to share this week: First, I'm happy to announce that Sony Books has finally released the Japanese translation of Vagabonding. Entitled 旅に出ろ! (which Babelfish tells me means Appear in the Traveling!), it was translated by Robert Harris, a Japan-based writer and radio personality specializing in travel. I have yet to receive a copy of this Japanese edition (and I'll have trouble reading it once I do), so I'd be interested to know what readers think of the translation. Elsewhere, I have a brief story in the current issue… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (2)  | May 8, 2007
Category: Book Release and Tour Diary, Rolf's News and Updates

Vagabonding and the Campaign for the American Reader “page 69″ test

Last week, the Campaign for the American Reader featured Vagabonding in its "page 69 test." This blog project, which is an independent initiative encouraging people to read more books, tests Marshall McLuhan's old assertion that you should choose your reading by turning to page 69 of a given book and -- if you like it -- read it. Other authors whose books have been subject to this blog experiment include Jim Lehrer, Elaine Showalter, Debra Ginsberg, Michael Lewis, Stanley Fish, Alan Wolfe, Pagan Kennedy, and Jeff Biggers. This was my take on just how representative page 69 of Vagabonding is… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 10, 2007
Category: Book Release and Tour Diary, Rolf's News and Updates, Travel Writing