It’s April 15, which for some of us — and possibly some of you — means a last-ditch effort to file taxes and renew the vow to get on top of finances earlier next year and pay those quarterly installments on time. (If that describes you, your post-tax recess might be a good time to review the financial tips from Anne Sasso (bio) and Emily Gertz (bio) in “Minding the Business,” chapter 19 in the Science Writers’ Handbook.)
For those with nothing to fear from the IRS and didn’t spend last night frustrated under a thick, wet blanket of clouds, today is a good day to reflect on last night’s blood eclipse.
Here, the middle of April is a special time: We’re rapidly approaching the first birthday of the publication of the Science Writers’ Handbook. (Hammering down an exact date is difficult. It was officially released on April 30, but it was sighted before then.) In chapter 9, “Going Long: How to Sell a Book,” Emma Marris (bio) tells readers to “write a book because it is a personal imperative, or write a book to shake up and reshape your career. Or do both.” The Handbook was certainly the first: It was an idea, born among science writers, that simply wouldn’t go away. And for many of us, it was also the second: Writing the book gave us a chance to reflect critically on the craft and practice of writing about science.
The first birthday gives us a chance to revisit some of the ideas, tips and advice in the year-old “cheat sheet for the profession” (as Carl Zimmer kindly commented). It’s been a big year. Just as Emily Gertz recommended in chapter 24, “Social Networks and the Reputation Economy,” we’ve built and sustained an online persona — a resource, this blog — to continue the conversation that the book started. And so far, so good: March 2014, the last month for which we have numbers, saw the most visitors in 2014 and the second-most number of visits in any month since we launched.
So: Thank you! We’re thrilled to celebrate our first birthday with you. May we all have smash cake! As we head into year two, here’s a look back at the moment when the book itself — the heavy, brightly-colored thing — landed in hands across the country.
Image credits: Jerad Hill via flickr, Liza Gross, Robin Mejia, Mark Schrope, Luca Pozzi, Kendall Powell, Gisela Telis, Jessica Marshall, Geoff McGhee, Amanda Mascarelli, Virginia Gewin, Alison Fromme, Jill Adams, Bryn Nelson