This is an inspirational podcast! Alastair Humphreys is the author of 3 books, an adventurer and inspirational speaker based in London, England. He spent 4 years cycling around the world – 46,000 miles across 5 continents for charity. An amazing story and full of tips for writers as well.
In this podcast you will learn:
- How Alastair made it round the world over 4 years for very little money
- Learning how to write by reading and just getting on with it
- Writing a diary on the road and then turning it into a book (and how his Mum typed them all up over the years!)
- On the inspiration of Steinbeck and Hemingway (and is Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” life-changing?)
- Loneliness vs. solitude in the life of a traveller and writer.
- How honest writing can really connect with your audience. Travel writing is not just about beautiful scenery.
- The use of fictional techniques in ‘truthful’ non-fiction writing
- Alastair’s publishing journey
- Being an evangelist for self-publishing and print-on-demand
- “Setting small targets to achieve outrageous goals”: How to write a book as well as cycling round the world!
- Make a bold statement of your goal – and then take the small steps to get there.
- On giving books away for free in an attempt to drive print book sales
- Internet book marketing is critical if you are self-publishing. Interesting, regularly updated blog and social networking are top tips.
- Your internet following will grow over time – it is not a ‘get rich quick’ solution but you will get there!
- Making a living with speaking and how books help that career
- The next outrageous goal: an unsupported return journey across the South Pole
His website http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/ is packed with fascinating information and is a great resource for any aspiring travel writers.
Here’s a brilliant video – around the world in 3 minutes.