Abigail Wise is the online managing editor for Outside magazine. She has a unique perspective, having extensive experience on both the pitching and the commissioning end of the outdoor freelance writing game. I talked to her about what it takes to break in as an outdoor freelance writer.
You can’t find a traditional publisher because no one will take the time to appreciate that readers want to buy your story. You can’t self-publish because you don’t have the time, skill or money to undertake and underwrite the process.The British publisher Unbound have stepped into this space with an innovative business model where traditional publishing builds off crowdfunding.
Having completed the first source-to-mouth expedition along Angola's longest river, Oscar Scafidi had to work out how to get the story into print. He would eventually decide to publish with Unbound, a full-service publishing house that uses an innovative crowdfunding model and offers a 50/50 royalty deal. This is the story of Oscar's (ongoing) journey to publication.
Kayak The Kwanza was the first source-to-mouth expedition along Angola's longest river. Oscar Scafidi is a travel writer, risk consultant and history teacher. He talks about the money and media side of his Angola adventure, along with the charity fundraising, the (pending) Guinness World Record, and the challenges of producing the film and the book.