The Science Writers' Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age

The Science Writers' Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age

by Thomas Hayden
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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New York Journal of Books, 5/1/13

“Whether you are breaking into the field or a seasoned professional, this book is dense with advice from the SciLance workgroup, which boasts 225 years of combined experience.”

Knight Science Journalism at MIT (website), 5/3/13

“I found the book entertaining and enlightening, and that's coming from someone who's been at this for a while. You'd be smart to take a look.”

Infodad.com, 5/23/13

“A useful and even uplifting guide.”

Worlds of R.A. Hortz, 5/27/13

“The perfect tool for anyone seeking to break into the writing about science.”

ASJA Monthly, June 2013

“Superb.”

San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review, 5/31/13

“Has everything a writer will need to take the big step into science writing.”

Choice, October 2013

“This exceptionally timely resource illuminates many of the modern frustrations of science writing…This highly readable book will benefit anyone interested in the field of science journalism. Highly recommended.”

Choice, October 2013

“This exceptionally timely resource illuminates many of the modern frustrations of science writing…This highly readable book will benefit anyone interested in the field of science journalism. Highly recommended.”

Curled Up with a Good Book, 11/25/13

“A fresh take on the timeworn tactics of freelance writing…a valuable resource…It's not a silver bullet (there is none) but The Science Writers' Handbook  is a solid resource to get any intrepid reporter on the right path.”

Technical Communications, November 2013

“Offers abundant instructions, advice, and real-life stories that apply to all writers, particularly those interested in starting or increasing a freelance writing business…This book is a great guide.”

WomanAroundTown.com, 2/22/14

“Just what you need to enter this difficult and somewhat esoteric field.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738216560
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
750,163
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Thomas Hayden writes about science, the environment, and culture. Formerly a staffer at Newsweek and a senior writer at US News & World Report, he has worked freelance since 2005. His cover stories have appeared in magazines ranging from National Geographic, Wired and Smithsonian to Analytical Chemistry. He has co-authored two books, including the national bestseller On Call in Hell, and was lead writer for the 2010 9th edition of the National Geographic Atlas of the World. Since 2009, he has been a lecturer in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, where he teaches science and environmental writing, journalism and communication.
thomas-hayden.com
Michelle Nijhuis is a freelance journalist and a longtime contributing editor of High Country News. Her work has appeared in numerous other publications including Smithsonian, National Geographic, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Orion, Audubon, and The Christian Science Monitor. A lapsed biologist, she specializes in long-form stories about conservation and global change, but she has covered subjects ranging from border security to wrestling. Her reporting on science and the environment has won multiple national journalism honors, and her writing has been included in the anthologies Best American Science Writing and Best American Science and Nature Writing. In 2011, as an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow, she researched and wrote about the science and ethics of rescuing critically endangered species. She lives off the grid in rural western Colorado.
michellenijhuis.com

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