Jay Artale


Originally from the flatlands and big skies of rural Norfolk in eastern England, Jay is a British Expat currently living in Los Angeles.

For the last couple of decades Jay has juggled her day job as a project manager with her passions for writing, photography and international travel.

In 2008, Jay bought a holiday home on the trendy Bodrum Peninsula along Turkey’s beautiful Aegean coast.

Despite its popularity with Turkish and international visitors, and a destination of choice for thousands of expatriates looking for their place in the sun, well-researched and comprehensive guides to the Peninsula were thin on the ground.

Jay decided to plug this gap and enthusiastically set about capturing the local area in words and pictures.

In 2010, Jay launched this website to share her knowledge and experiences with a wider audience. What began life as random facts and observations, hand-written in little note books, has grown into a well-respected and popular travel site.

In 2012, Jay began publishing free location-specific Quick Reference Travel Guides for the area. A full-blown guide seemed to be the next logical step. ‘The Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide: Turkey’s Aegean Gem’ was published exclusively on Amazon on May 31st 2013.

My Other Websites:

My popular Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide website; an invaluable resource for visitors to the area.
My Expat Advenutures blog; Host of a monthly Expat Blog Carnival.
My new Yalikavak Travel Guide website, for one of the larger towns on the Bodrum Peninsula, primarily focused on images rather than text.
Sponsor of the following websites:

I host and support this blog for a local Los Angeles resident to share her ideas of how to give back in LA.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I bought a house in Turkey about 5 years ago, and at the time there wasn't a lot of tourist and travel information written about the local area. Each time I visited the Bodrum Peninsula, I gathered notebooks full of reference information, and after a couple of years, I started blogging about the area. I've been publishing Quick Reference Travel Guides via my website for the past couple of years, so the next logical step was to write a fully fledged guidebook.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I published directly with a couple of the eRetailers, but there are so many others in the market place, that I needed a central location to upload my book to distribute to the network. Smashwords was the obvious choice. The Style Guide is really easy to follow, and I was able to upload my book first time successfully.
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Where to find Jay Artale online


Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide: Turkey's Aegean Delight
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 69,950. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Travel » Budget
The Bodrum Peninsula on Turkey’s Aegean coast is the playground for thousands of discerning holiday-makers offering something for everyone – the beach bum, party animal, culture vulture or adrenalin junkie. The book is packed with meticulously researched facts & fun, sites & activities, eats & treats, must-dos & don’t-dos, both on & off the well-beaten track. It's the penultimate Bodrum Guide.

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aegean coast    bodrum    guide books    travel    turkey   

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