The Complete Idiot's Guide to Technical Writing

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"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Technical Writing" not only can help you break into the field of technical writing, it can help you learn what to do once you're there. It's not enough to discuss documentation in conceptual terms -- today's technical writer wants to know "What do I do first?" "How do I get the information?" and "What do I do with an empty computer screen, a product that's still being developed, and an engineer who's too busy to talk to me?" This book provides step-by-step instructions by people who have "been there, done that," and know some ways to help.

Both new and experienced tech writers can benefit from tips on how to learn about technical topics, gather information, plan documentation sets, schedule milestones, and write clearly. For those of you who want to be technical writers but can't get your foot in the door, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Technical Writing" also gives help on what you need to do to give you an edge while you write your resume, hunt for a job, and interview. Once you're happily working, you can use the book for help on managing your career. An appendix contains a list of more than 50 Web sites devoted to technical writing and associated subjects.

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The authors of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Technical Writing," are obviously biased, but we think this book fills a big need. It's the book we wish we had had when we started.

We've spent the last 10 years training newcomers in the field of technical writing, and more than once, we've wished there was a book we could hand them that would lay everything out clearly and progressively. This is that book!

We wrote this book with the expectation that a motivated reader could start a demanding, fast-paced job in a high-tech industry, and be successful from the first day.

About the Author:

Krista Van Laan has worked as a technical writer and documentation manager for more than 15 years with clients and employers such as Nokia, Scitex, Computer Associates and AT&T. She also spent 6 years in Finland developing English-language documentation with an international team. She is a past winner of the Society of Technical Communications' highest award and frequent presenter on tech writing career management.

Catherine Julian has almost 20 years experience and holds a master's degree in Library and Information Management. She uses information management techniques for her clients such as Tandem Computers, Sun Microsystems, Spring Corporation and Spring PCS. She teaches at the college level and has developed training programs for companies such as Spring and Birch Telecom on technical writing style, tech writing for programmers and tech site content development.

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