- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 3/31/13 edition (April 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738216569
- ISBN-13: 978-0738216560
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Science Writers' Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age 3/31/13 Edition
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"Writing about science can be exalting, enlightening, and rewarding. It can also be maddening, baffling, and terrifying. The Science Writers' Handbook is dense with sage advice on how to make your experience the former rather than the latter. These are lessons it takes years to learn on one's own; this book feels like a wonderful cheat sheet for the profession."
- Carl Zimmer, author, Evolution: Making Sense of Life
"Each passing day science writing, like its subject, becomes more important to us all. Students and young professionals need a lot of advice and encouragement, and this book provides them."
- Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University, and author of Letters To A Young Scientist
"An ailing planet badly needs more skilled science writers. And this fine guide will help produce them, I'm pretty sure."
- Bill McKibben, author, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
"Don't become a science writer. It's hard, and the competition is fierce. Just look at the authors of this book--they're great at it. But if you insist on ignoring me (probably because science writers get to learn the secrets of the universe, meet the most fascinating people, educate readers, and save the planet), then at least listen to them. I do not say this lightly: This book tells you what you need to know."
- Adam Rogers, senior editor, Wired
"At its best, science writing weaves together quests for knowledge, personal struggles, rivalry and conflicts, and moments of great insight to reveal how science works and why it matters. This book shows you how to write science stories that count."
- Siri Carpenter, senior editor, Discover Magazine and co-founder, The Open Notebook
"In a world growing ever more complex, people with a talent to explain are in demand. Nowhere is this truer than in science writing--a field that is entering a vibrant new age. Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, these reports from the frontline provide an invaluable guide."
- George Johnson, author of The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery
and cofounder and director of the Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop
About the Author
Thomas Hayden teaches science writing, environmental journalism and sustainability science in Stanford University's School of Earth Sciences and Graduate Program in Journalism. A former oceanographer, he also continues to work as a freelance science journalist and author. Formerly a staff reporter at Newsweek and a senior writer at US News & World Report, his cover stories have appeared there as well as in National Geographic, Wired, Smithsonian and many other publications. He has co-authored two previous books, the national bestseller On Call in Hell and the critically acclaimed Sex and War, and was lead writer for the 2010 9th edition of the iconic National Geographic Atlas of the World.
Michelle Nijhuis is a freelance journalist and a longtime contributing editor of High Country News. Her work has appeared in numerous other publications including Smithsonian, National Geographic, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Orion, Audubon, and the Christian Science Monitor. A lapsed biologist, she specializes in long-form stories about conservation and global change, but she has covered stories ranging from border security to wrestling. Her reporting on science and the environment has won multiple national journalism honors, and her writing has been included in the anthologies Best American Science Writing and Best American Science and Nature Writing. In 2011, as an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow, she researched and wrote about the science and ethics of rescuing critically endangered species. She lives off the grid in rural western Colorado.
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Not to date myself too much, but I remember the pivotal year for science writing in America -- 1980. That year saw the debut of two commercial, broad magazines for science (more broad than the stodgy Scientific American at the time) -- one that made it (Discover) and one that bit the dust (Science 80, which was eventually absorbed by Discover). At the same time several major science writing programs were launched including the one at M.I.T. that I had a close friend in the inaugural class. Science writing has come a long way since.
It's a new world with the internet and a world where prospective science writers desperately need the advice not of some dinosaurs (kinda like some of the professors I had in film school who hadn't made a film since before the age of computers), but of multiple working science writers of today.
This is exactly that book, and assembled by Thomas Hayden, who is the sort of veteran of both the working world (was a science writer with US News and World Report) and the teaching world (now at Stanford). It takes both sets of skills to make a book that will be useful and coherent, as he has done with this book.
The various chapters pretty much take you from start to full speed in a science writing career -- all written in very personable, conversational writing styles. Actually, now that I think of it, that's kind of the crucial test for something like this -- really wouldn't work well to have a book on how to establish a career in writing that was poorly written (and yet, I just read a popular book on screenwriting that's exactly that -- poorly written).
Have to say of all the chapters, my favorites are the ones on rejection and envy by Rosner and Nijhuis. Love that Hilary even got rejected by her house cleaner. I've had days like that.
Really a great book assembled by the right group. When I was in science graduate school we came to realize the important resource was not our hyper-busy professors but rather our peer group of grad students. There's a similar feel to this valuable and practical book.
Grateful for this thorough, insightful, and zero-fluff guide.
It's the kind of tome you'd expect from career science writers.