Pitch, publish and prosper with us

PPP venn diagramAlthough the work of writing often happens alone, a career in science writing doesn’t have to be lonely. Whether you work in an office cubicle, at a desk in your dining room or at your favorite caffeine-filled watering hole, you can build a community that will sustain and support your goals. And have a lot of fun along the way.

Our book, The Science Writers’ Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish and Prosper in the Digital Age (Da Capo Press, April 2013), provides a comprehensive guide that will help you improve your craft, create your professional community and sustain your career. It grew out of a private Yahoo! group where 35 writers shared  their joys, concerns, victories and struggles.  This blog offers additional insights and gives you the chance to ask questions and discuss issues surrounding the craft, commerce and community of science writing.

As the blog grows, you’ll find:

  • Ask SciLance: general advice for science writing questions
  • SciLance Hacks!: tips, tools and workflow strategies
  • SciLance Confidential: digging deeper into science writing situations, from embedded reporting to working with a web designer
  • Friday Snapshot: photos that highlight the week in the life of a science writer
  • News You Can Use:  news relating to publishing and entrepreneurship and how it affects science writers
  • Writing Labs: a peek into our writing workspaces
  • Writing With Children: the messy business of juggling work and family

As we embark on this journey, you’ll learn more about our work as freelancers and staff journalists, full-timers and part-timers, and our joys and  frustrations.

Would you like advice on a particular science writing question? Do you have a week-in-the-life photo that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you.

If you’re interested in science and writing, we hope you’ll join the conversation. Together we can pitch, publish and prosper.

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Sarah Webb writes about science, health, technology and policy for researchers, for the general public and for children. Her work has appeared in Discover, Science News, ScientificAmerican.com, Science, Nature Biotechnology, National Geographic Kids, Science News for Kids and many other publications. Trained as a PhD chemist, she has reported on the Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, the science and policy of stem cell research and the acoustics of carbon fiber cellos. Sarah also served as the research coordinator for the award winning astronomy exhibits at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband, son, two cats and a Senegal parrot. Sarah is the Editor in Chief of pitchpublishprosper.com.

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