oI have written more than 60000 words about Tokyo now. This is actually my second book about Tokyo. If you want to see the books I have already published, take a look at my Amazon author page. .
These are my kids, by the way. They are triplets and soon five years old. They are both the reason and the resource behind my writing travel guides to Tokyo.
The kids as a reason
When it was just us, me and my wife loved to travel to discover new things and collect new experiences. When the kids came, we wanted to share those new experiences with them. We have traveled to lots of places across northeast Asia, which is our home region since we live in Japan.
Since we want to give our kids the best experience possible, we like to know what we should see in the place we are going. That means doing quite a bit of research. As an old journalist, I know a bit about making research, and I have been able to leverage it during my writing. It is much easier than it used to be, now that there is online information about almost anything.
My kids as a resource
While having kids is great in a lot of ways, as a travel guidebook writer creating guidebooks for families having kids is a precondition. I learn what children like by asking my kids (and observing them when we travel too). And they tell me and show me other important things, such as how far a four-year-old can walk. Or how often they want to go to the bathroom. And having kids will show you unexpected things, such as how many attractions at Tokyo Disney Sea that are unavailable to children shorter than 120 cm.
Why would you need a guidebook?
Nowadays, everything is available on the Internet. So why does anyone need a guidebook?
While it is true that you can find information about almost anything, there are two problems: You do not know if the information is trustworthy, and it is not adapted to your needs.
When I am writing, it is from our own perspective. I have been there and done that. I know how to find the elevators, and I can tell you whether they go up or down. When you read my book, it will help you figure out what to expect. If you are a parent with kids in a stroller, or toddlers just walking, you will find it helpful.
I do not want to make a list of hotels, restaurants, and stores. Everyone has their own preferences and when you read my book you will know what we liked. If you want something diffrrent, for whatever reason, there is always Google. Or Bing. Or, in Japan, Yahoo. Or any of a number of specialized search engines. No need for me to try to compete with them. This is actually one of the things I was not so pleased with in the BebeVoyage Abbreviated Resource Guide, which you can find in Amazon. So I will do that part differently this time.
When can we expect the book?
Writing is only part of the process of creating a book. The research comes first, but often second as well in parallel with the writing. You always need to check things. But once the writing is done, you have to edit the text at least once yourself. Ideally you should have an editor go through the text after that, but in my case I am going to skip it for now, since I am an experienced editor myself.
But I have to let the text rest before I am editing it, so I get some distance and it does not feel as fresh. A month at least, maybe two. So with life and everything coming in between, do not expect anything before new year. Although I actually plan to write a different book before then, or really edit this one into something completely different (did I tell you I am an editor)?
I am Wisterian Watertree, recently moved from Bangkok to Tokyo, with a brief visit to Honolulu on the way. I write about travel, especially with our three beautiful kids (two girls and one boy, soon turning four and a half - yes. they are triplets). Travel is education and fun rolled into one, and if you are like me, that is something you want to give to your kids. If you want more tips and want to find out when I will publish something, get it from my email list. If you want to be personal, drop me a note on email@example.com, or if you want general tips, follow me on Twitter @wisterianw.