I’m delighted to be a contributor to a book coming out next spring, called The New Science Writers’ Handbook: Telling Important Stories in a Noisy Age. It’s about how to do your job and not be miserable.
My contribution to the book is two short sidebars for the book. One is about an ethical puzzle I worked out a few years ago. The other is about co-founding a group of freelancers who confer, complain, and support each other on a listserv. It’s not an original idea. The contributors to this book are all members of Scilance, the big sister that our group–cleverly called Very Small Group–is modeled on. It’s inspiring to see this crowd of smart, talented mid-career science journalists pull together to produce such a big project, and I’m honored to be a tiny part of it.
At least, I assume I’m still part of it. The editor for my half of the book hasn’t actually gotten my sidebars back to me yet.
Read more about the book at the website of the National Association of Science Writers, which gave Scilance a $43,000 grant to help with the project.