Books on writing are common, and often redundant. The writers of SciLance--an online science writers' group--have collaborated on a new book on writing, tailored to scribes interested in science. It's a fresh take on the timeworn tactics of freelance writing.
The group shares their personal insights into pitching stories to publications, reporting basics, managing the logistics of a freelance career and more. This book is best used by individuals already working in a science field who would like to expand into writing about science. Most journalists or those pursuing a freelance career will find the bulk of the book
to be a refresher on what they already know, but also a valuable resource to fill some gaps.
The team of writers do an excellent job keeping the tone conversational and fun. While it is welcoming in nature, the SciLance group doesn't shy away from the pitfalls--nobody is going to get rich writing about science. Passion is necessary, and a comfortable living is possible if you work hard enough and make the right connections.
And that's the focus of the book: the work required to find success in writing. It's not a silver bullet (there is none) but The Science Writers' Handbook is a solid resource to get any intrepid reporter on the right path.