Availability update: Pinnacle Editorial is fully booked well into 2018, plus a few thoughts on the future

After a quieter month, things are moving into high gear at Pinnacle Editorial HQ, and my time is now fully accounted for until the end of February 2018.

I have a varied mix of projects on the go at the moment:

  • I’ve just started work on Vol.11 of the peerless Sidetracked magazine;
  • Exciting new projects on my desk (or soon to land on my desk) from long-term clients John Burns, Keith Foskett, and others;
  • My ongoing responsibilities for The Great Outdoors magazine;
  • Several new clients on the horizon with outdoor or adventure non-fiction manuscripts;
  • Outdoor features for The Great Outdoors and UKHillwalking;
  • Somewhere in the midst of that lot, I’d like to fit in at least two trips to snowy Scotland and a few days off over Christmas.

So while this might not be welcome news for potential clients who are looking for an editor over the next couple of months, I have achieved one of the goals I set for myself when I started Pinnacle Editorial: for the bulk of my work to come from outdoor/adventure non-fiction. By specialising in this genre, my area of greatest expertise, I’ve made myself a clear choice for outdoor writers who are looking for editorial support.

The future of Pinnacle Editorial

In 2014, I started out as an editor working entirely on fiction manuscripts from indie authors. This was a good choice at the time and I worked on a wide range of great books from several writers, some of whom are still clients to this day.

But, as much as I enjoy working on fiction, there are a lot of fiction editors out there and it’s hard to differentiate yourself. Fiction can also be very time consuming for money that, to be honest, isn’t that great. Indie authors are not rolling in cash, and while I was happy to offer lower rates when I was starting out and gaining experience, I now stick broadly to the SfEP’s recommended minimum rates.

I’ve found far greater success โ€“ย not to mention job satisfaction โ€“ in focusing on outdoor writing. This is now the kind of work that I write and publish myself, and the kind of writing that I read in my spare time. I live and breathe outdoor books and magazines. Frankly it would be weird not to specialise in this subject.

So, from 2018, I will no longer be considering fiction manuscripts from new clients. While I’ll continue to work on selected fiction projects from established clients, taking on new fiction writers simply isn’t a good decision for me any more. But if you have a book about mountains, adventure or the outdoors, and are looking for an editor in 2018, let’s talk.

Long read: a month away from social media

On October the 31st 2017, I signed out of my personal Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts, and I didn’t sign back in until the 1st of December. Here’s what I learned.

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A roundup of my published outdoor writing in November 2017

It’s been a busy month for outdoor writing. I’ve written a number of features for The Great Outdoors โ€“ skills pieces, interviews and more โ€“ an interview for Sidetracked, and a one-minute mountain for UKHillwalking. I’ve included a couple of notable pieces I’ve posted on this site too.

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Pilgrimโ€™s Progress: a century of development in climbing equipment and technique

Alex Roddie charts a century of development in the tools we take for granted

This feature was first published in Mountain Pro Magazine, January 2016.

Take a look in your rucksack. If youโ€™re a winter climber, youโ€™ll find a pair of crampons in there, and two ice axes with bendy shafts and ergonomic grips. Combined with protective gear, these items form part of an elaborate system designed to make modern winter climbing possible. But it wasnโ€™t always like this.

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NaNoWriMo week three: capitulation


After just over 25,000 words, I’m calling it quits on NaNoWriMo 2017. It was always going to be a tall order, if I’m honest โ€“ I noted before I began1 that I don’t have anywhere near as much spare time as I did last time I completed NaNo, and I made a promise to myself that if it started getting in the way of my work, I’d scale it back.

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