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Why adventure and outdoor writing is more important than ever before

Itโ€™s an era of long-established magazines going online-only, and online publishers โ€˜pivoting to videoโ€™, citing economic stresses. The printed word is under pressure from other forms of entertainment, but I believe our genre โ€“ outdoor and adventure โ€“ desperately needs to make headway in this fight. Hereโ€™s why.

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Social media for writers

‘Oh, youโ€™ve written a book? You have to be on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Google+ โ€ฆ or you will never sell a single copy.’

Does that sound familiar? New authors can find social media a bit of a minefield, and thereโ€™s a lot of contradictory advice out there. The (bad) advice above stems from the common belief that your main purpose on social media is to sell books.

Iโ€™m here to tell you that social media isnโ€™t about the hard sell. Itโ€™s about being a social human being and networking with fans, readers and colleagues. Itโ€™s also about protecting yourself against its negative aspects.

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Backpacking the Skye Trail

Few backpacking routes offer such varied rewards as this week-long walk through the Winged Isle

Words by Alex Roddie / Images by James Roddie Photography

This feature was first published in The Great Outdoors, October 2016.

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Backpacking in the Alps โ€“ a mini-guide

Photo 06-09-2015, 13 06 26


If you’re a British backpacker looking to head across to the Alps for the first time, it can seem daunting at first. Here’s my mini-guide to enjoying the Alps on foot with a rucksack.

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Editing TGO Magazine

In early May, I took a call from Emily Rodway, the editor of TGO Magazine. She had a simple request: for me to help get the June 2017 issue ready while she was on holiday. Of course, I said Iโ€™d do it.

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