“Should I write for free?”
“What’s the best strategy for networking?”
“How do I create a business budget?”
Launching a science writing career can be an intimidating venture filled with countless questions. I know from personal experience. When I jumped ship from a job at a newspaper to become a full-time freelancer in 2007, I was clueless about the business side of my new startup and only vaguely aware of what would be required to build up my roster of clients.
We’ve all been in the same boat, and that’s why we wrote The Science Writers’ Handbook, a practical how-to guide that helps point newcomers in the right direction.
But sometimes, you need an extra push to get moving. So beginning in May, we’ll be hosting virtual mentoring sessions on the first Tuesday of every month. Featuring contributors to our handbook, each event will let you ask questions and then listen in while we discuss the answers and other facets of successful science writing.
Our debut session will be on Tuesday, May 7 at 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT, with Tom Hayden (bio) as our guest mentor, and our second session, on Tuesday June 4 at 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT will feature guest mentor Jill Adams (bio). Each session will last about an hour.
Please join us for these free monthly events, which we’ll hold on Google Hangout. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+, where we’ll announce the details for upcoming sessions and post the links that will enable you to ask questions and listen to the answers.
Whether you need a primer on developing a good business plan or advice on getting noticed by editors, our mentors can help you get your bearings as you embark on your own sustainable and satisfying career.