Is Magazine X late in paying you again? Unsure how much to charge for Project Y? We've all been there. We've collected some strategies for dealing with these situations — and preventing them in the first place. We even have some example emails you can send to editors, for different situations. Available to NASW members only.
Since its inception in 2010, more than $400,000 has been awarded by NASW's Idea Grants program for projects that benefit science writing and its practitioners. Read more to see a list of all the awardees and their exciting science writing projects. Visit www.nasw.org/ideagrants2014 for the latest call for proposals due November 4, 2015.
Welcome to the NASW Marketing and Publishing Resource. These articles aim to help NASW members take advantage of the new opportunities for marketing and publishing their articles and books, whether they self-publish or work with a commercial publisher.
The Words' Worth database is a place for NASW members to report their own experiences with freelancing clients and find valuable information from other members about what they did, what they charged, and how it went — information that can help you improve your business.
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Even the great John McPhee can stuggle for the right ending to a story. Robin Meadows asks writers and editors how they find theirs: "Steve Volk looks for the ending and beginning as soon as he starts researching a story, and he often finds them at the same time. 'The best endings echo the beginning in some essential but surprising way,' he says. 'So, often, realizing where a story should end immediately triggers a thought about where it should begin, and vice versa.'"
Dan Carpenter interviews Tracy Kidder at 70 as the Soul of a New Machine author returns to his Pulitzer-winning roots: "Kidder just finished a book of heavy-lifting journalism that revisits the tech industry to which he introduced many of us back in the ’80s, and he sounds on the phone more like the irrepressible kid Richard Todd took under his wing a half-century ago than an aspirant to a fishing boat off Cape Cod." More from Jack Limpert.
Tabitha M. Powledge reports on the latest research showing a correlation between coffee consumption and reduced mortality: "Previous conflicting results were apparently due to the fact that coffee and cigarettes have so frequently been consumed together. So in some previous studies, the ill effects of smoking have been masking the good effects of coffee." Also, new discoveries at a Chilean archaeological site suggest there were really two migrations of early Americans.
Melody Kramer writes about her informal survey of people who don't work for the news media and don't live in the three big U.S. media centers: "I was curious if they still relied on local news sources, or whether they preferred national publications. I wanted to know how many of them changed their habits as their local publications changed, and I wanted to know if my own media habits were skewed by working in journalism in Washington, D.C. (Spoiler alert: they were.)"
Adrienne Lafrance writes about the secrets of the centuries-old publication's endurance: "It must have seemed, to the people of the 1792, when The Farmer’s Almanac was founded, something like what a smartphone is to people today: a handheld, portable device that contained information about all manner of things — health advice, weather predictions, jokes, recipes, charts detailing the times of sunrises and sunsets, and other 'new, useful, and entertaining' tidbits."