The Science Writers’ Handbook

by Stephanie Chasteen on February 8, 2013

I get a lot of queries about science writing via this blog, due in large part to an extremely popular post, “How a scientist becomes a science writer.”  (See also the related but more recent post about my forays into education:  “Seeking the Warm Spot:  A nonlinear career in science education.”)  I’m excited to announce that there is now a new book, The Science Writers’ Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age, that appears to answer many common questions about science writing (“should I get the PhD?”  “Do I need a training program?”)  It hasn’t even been released yet, so you can be one of the first proud owners by pre-ordering it.

Popular science writing has exploded in the past decade, both in print and online. Who better to guide writers striving to succeed in the profession than a group of award-winning independent journalists with a combined total of 225 years of experience? From Thomas Hayden’s chapter on the perfect pitch to Emma Maris’s advice on book proposals to Mark Schrope’s essential information on contracts, the members of SciLance give writers of all experience levels the practical information they need to succeed, as either a staffer or a freelancer. Going beyond craft, The Science Writer’s Handbook also tackles issues such as creating productive office space, balancing work and family, and finding lasting career satisfaction. It is the ultimate guide for anyone looking to prosper as a science writer in the new era of publishing.

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