Technical Writing 101 : A Real-World Guide to Planning and Writing Technical Documentation

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To succeed in technical writing, you need a lot more than just writing ability. Technical Writing 101 details the skills you need as a technical writer, and it explains how to handle the pressures of tight deadlines and ever-changing product specifications. This valuable reference also describes the entire documentation process planning, writing, editing, indexing, and production. You'll appreciate the tips on getting a job as a technical writer, whether you re considering technical writing as your first job or as a career change.

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Have you ever thought:

"Hey, I'm a good writer, and tech writing seems to pay well. I wonder if that career would make sense for me?"

If so, this is the book for you. Technical Writing 101 is a concise handbook that describes what it really takes to make it as a technical writer.

Technical Writing 101 explains that in addition to writing ability, technical writers also need a grasp of technical subjects (and be willing to learn about them), planning and organizational skills, and the ability to extract information from sources, which often means coaxing information from harried product developers. Tact, diplomacy, persistence, and a good sense of humor are essential, especially when dealing with ever-changing product specifications and deadlines.

If you're working toward a degree in technical writing, this book is a great complement to your more theoretical classes. Studying topics such as audience analysis gives you a valuable foundation, but this book tells you how to get a job done on a shoestring budget. Small budgets and aggressive deadlines are a way of life in small companies, where many technical writers work.

Prospective technical writers will also find tips on how to sharpen writing skills and on how to find that first job.

Technical Writing 101 explains all the things we wish somebody had told us during our first few years in the industry all the little secrets that you learn the hard way.

About the Author:

Sarah S. O Keefe is founder and president of Scriptorium Publishing Services, Inc., which provides technical documentation services to high-tech companies, including everything from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Sarah is an Adobe Certified Expert in FrameMaker and certified WebWorks Publisher trainer. Her background includes technical writing, technical editing, production editing, and extensive online help development with various help authoring tools. Sarah is the author of FrameMaker for Dummies. She currently works as a consultant to assist companies in implementing single-sourcing systems and other publishing solutions.

Alan S. Pringle is lead technical editor at Scriptorium Publishing Services. Since 1990, he has worked as a technical writer and editor on projects ranging from writing user guides for laser printers to editing course material for telecommunications equipment. Alan has also established corporate style guidelines and completed large HTML conversion projects.

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