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

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9780738216560: The Science Writers' Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age

This indispensable guide shows you how to:
* Jump-start your career as a freelance or staff science writer
* Develop stories and hooks that editors can't resist
* Find ideas, pitch stories and report narrative
* Navigate the emotional side of writing (envy, loneliness, rejection)
* Handle the business details (contracts, taxes, retirement saving, insurance)
* Balance freelance work with the rest of your life--even kids

With over 300 years of hard-won experience, the Writers of SciLance know how to prosper in the evolving world of popular science writing. They want you to succeed too. Whether you're new to the field or a seasoned veteran, these award-winning pros will help you to polish skills, improve business smarts, and create community in what is a rewarding but often solitary field.

As a close-knit community of 35 science writers, The Writers of SciLance have worked as staffers and freelancers for newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, and web sites; as public information officers; and as corporate, university, and non-profit organization writers. Their articles on nearly every science topic imaginable have appeared in National Geographic, Discover Magazine, Smithsonian, the New York Times, The Washington Post, and scores of other outlets. They have won prestigious journalism awards, written best-selling books, and contributed to leading anthologies. SciLancers have taught science writing at Johns Hopkins, Stanford and in workshops throughout Canada and the United States, and been awarded Scripps, MIT-Knight, and Alicia Patterson Foundation journalism fellowships. They live in communities big and small scattered across North America, with partners, children, dogs, cats and even a parrot.

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Thomas Hayden teaches science writing, environmental journalism and sustainability science in Stanford University's School of Earth Sciences and Graduate Program in Journalism.  A former oceanographer, he also continues to work as a freelance science journalist and author. Formerly a staff reporter at Newsweek and a senior writer at US News & World Report, his cover stories have appeared there as well as in National Geographic, Wired, Smithsonian and many other publications. He has co-authored two previous books, the national bestseller On Call in Hell and the critically acclaimed Sex and War, and was lead writer for the 2010 9th edition of the iconic National Geographic Atlas of the World.

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 stories 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.

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"Writing about science can be exalting, enlightening, and rewarding. It can also be maddening, baffling, and terrifying. The Science Writers' Handbook is dense with sage advice on how to make your experience the former rather than the latter. These are lessons it takes years to learn on one's own; this book feels like a wonderful cheat sheet for the profession."
     - Carl Zimmer, author, Evolution: Making Sense of Life

"Each passing day science writing, like its subject, becomes more important to us all. Students and young professionals need a lot of advice and encouragement, and this book provides them."
     - Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University, and author of Letters To A Young Scientist
    
 
"An ailing planet badly needs more skilled science writers. And this fine guide will help produce them, I'm pretty sure."
     - Bill McKibben, author, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

"Don't become a science writer. It's hard, and the competition is fierce. Just look at the authors of this book--they're great at it. But if you insist on ignoring me (probably because science writers get to learn the secrets of the universe, meet the most fascinating people, educate readers, and save the planet), then at least listen to them. I do not say this lightly: This book tells you what you need to know."
     - Adam Rogers, senior editor, Wired

"At its best, science writing weaves together quests for knowledge, personal struggles, rivalry and conflicts, and moments of great insight to reveal how science works and why it matters. This book shows you how to write science stories that count."
     - Siri Carpenter, senior editor, Discover Magazine and co-founder, The Open Notebook

"In a world growing ever more complex, people with a talent to explain are in demand. Nowhere is this truer than in science writing--a field that is entering a vibrant new age. Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, these reports from the frontline provide an invaluable guide."
     - George Johnson, author of The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery
and cofounder and director of the Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop

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