Advance Copy: Backstories on books by NASW members

For this column, NASW book editor Lynne Lamberg asks NASW authors to tell how they came up with the idea for their book, developed a proposal, found an agent and publisher, funded and conducted research, and put the book together. She also asks what they wish they had known before they began working on their book, what they might do differently the next time, and what tips they can offer aspiring authors. She then edits the A part of that Q&A to produce the author reports you see here.

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Publication of NASW members' reports in Advance Copy does not constitute NASW's endorsement of their books. NASW welcomes your comments and hopes this column stimulates productive discussions.

In The Science Writers’ Handbook, 35 writers, most NASW members, and most freelancers by choice, tell how to hone writing skills, find new markets, and mind your own business. They include advice on managing family and home, while meeting deadlines.

In the 3rd edition of For God, Country and Coca-Cola, Mark Pendergrast explores controversies Coca-Cola has encountered in the past decade, including its alleged role in fostering obesity, and tells how the company reacted and retooled.

Dan Fagin explores the tragic impact of toxic industrial pollution on residents of a small New Jersey seaside town. A prize-winning environmental journalist, Fagin directs the New York University Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. "The reporting took longer than I ever imagined it could," Fagin writes, "requiring nearly 200 interviews plus extensive historical research and lots of Freedom of Information requests."

Scientist and science communicator Ainissa Ramirez expands her 2012 TED talk, with a plan for boosting children’s interest in science, technology, engineering, and math: "In Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists, I spell out my plan for how to make science more fun again, and how to make sure that everyone has access to STEM educational opportunities."

Robin Marantz Henig (NASW member) and Samantha Henig
Hudson Street Press, November 2012, $25.95

A fiftysomething mother (Robin) and her twentysomething daughter (Samantha) explore challenges of early adulthood for the Baby Boomers’ and the Millennials, telling what has changed and what remains the same.