Research trips and travelling to the scene of your book can be some of the best moments in an author’s life.

You get to see the location of your novel. You walk in the footsteps of your protagonists. And you are deeply inspired to write.

Your readers will say: “I actually felt like I was there!”

And your editors will say: “You FEEL if an author has actually seen the setting. These novels are so rich.”

But I see so many authors hesitating to travel.

Travelling costs a lot of money.

My setting is too far away.

The flight is too expensive.

I can’t leave my family for 2 weeks.

I won’t find any experts who want to talk to me.

So instead of travelling, they end up looking at old photos or browsing GoogleEarth.

Introducing »Plan your research trip«. 

A workbook-checklist-guide created especially for authors who write (historical) novels and want to explore the setting of your story. 

Organise your research trip on location

* Organise your research trip on location. This workbook presents a step-by-step process to get the most out of your research trip. It was developed specifically for authors, and it walks you through carefully choosing which of your settings you really need to visit in person. You will see what parts of your trip are absolutely critical, and where to cut corners.

* Step-by-step, you’ll find reliable partners, experts and interviewees who will gladly support you during conducting research for your novel. (Hint: People actually WANT to help you — if you ask them properly and you don’t rush them. You’ll learn how to find them.) 

* Also, you'll learn methods to make sure that you won't forget to capture any important details when being on location.

* As well as a method how to organise all those photos, leaflets, guidebooks, copies from the archive, recorded interviews and sketches -- in a way you'll find them quickly when you're back at your writing desk.

And you'll be surprised & delighted to hear that this workbook also contains 

... ideas how to fund your research trip, EVEN IF it seems ridiculously expensive at first sight. (And if your partner says, you shouldn't splurge a large amount of your hard-earned advance on plane tickets!)

... ideas how to afford your stay abroad -- and I'm not talking about staying in hostels! There are several fancier ways to stay abroad.

... and ideas how to travel with your family (or even without your family -- yes, it's possible!)


Plus, when you receive the guide, I’ll invite you into our Google Plus community. There, you will have the opportunity to ask me questions directly and get additional resources, hints and tips from me during our weekly discussions.

Finally, the workbook itself is complemented by a handful of interviews with authors who have travelled to research their novel — real examples about how they have prepared their own research trips. Hear about miraculous encounters that have happened while being on location, and let them tell you how their travel changed their book for the better.

I'm Dr. Barbara Ellermeier, an expert on finding the historical details that make novels special. portrait weiss DrB

Trained as a historian, I collaborate with authors to gather hand-picked material. Because I believe: With the right material, you can write a better novel.

Nearly very weekend, I travel to history-related places in Germany and Europe myself. For my own book, I've travelled Germany in search of Hans Scholl, a Nazi resister, and ended up finding  his former girlfriend, and unpublished love letters from Hans. During the last 5 years, I have collaborated with bestselling authors to organise their research trips: each of them planned with German thoroughness. 

My experience from planning over 50 trips is distilled into this workbook guide.

Over the course of 10 days, you'll receive a new worksheet to fill out every day. The first worksheet, however, will be sent to you immediately. 

Ready? Then download the workbook & start planning to explore your setting, so that you can write a better novel. 

Want to read the first step, free?