The Science Writers' Handbook

Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age

Trade Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780738216560

USD: $17.99  /  CAD: $22.99

ON SALE: April 30th 2013

Genre: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Editors, Journalists, Publishers


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Popular science writing has exploded in the past decade, both in print and online. Who better to guide writers striving to succeed in the profession than a group of award-winning independent journalists with a combined total of 225 years of experience? From Thomas Hayden’s chapter on the perfect pitch to Emma Maris’s advice on book proposals to Mark Schrope’s essential information on contracts, the members of SciLance give writers of all experience levels the practical information they need to succeed, as either a staffer or a freelancer. Going beyond craft, The Science Writer’s Handbook also tackles issues such as creating productive office space, balancing work and family, and finding lasting career satisfaction. It is the ultimate guide for anyone looking to prosper as a science writer in the new era of publishing.

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Reader Reviews


New York Journal of Books, 5/1/13

“Whether you are breaking into the field or a seasoned professional, this book is dense with advice from the SciLance workgroup, which boasts 225 years of combined experience.”

Knight Science Journalism at MIT (website), 5/3/13

“I found the book entertaining and enlightening, and that's coming from someone who's been at this for a while. You'd be smart to take a look.”, 5/23/13

“A useful and even uplifting guide.”

Worlds of R.A. Hortz, 5/27/13

“The perfect tool for anyone seeking to break into the writing about science.”

ASJA Monthly, June 2013


San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review, 5/31/13

“Has everything a writer will need to take the big step into science writing.”

Choice, October 2013

“This exceptionally timely resource illuminates many of the modern frustrations of science writing…This highly readable book will benefit anyone interested in the field of science journalism. Highly recommended.”

Choice, October 2013
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