Writing a manual for a program that doesn't have one

Subject: Writing a manual for a program that doesn't have one
From: "Peter Shea (USF)" <pshea2 -at- luna -dot- cas -dot- usf -dot- edu>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 16:56:03 -0400 (EDT)

There is a software program my colleagues can use that's part of a larger
program. The larger program has it's own manual, but there is no print
manual for the smaller program (just a pdf).

I've been thinking about writing a print manual for the small program with
a very specific audience in mind which would show innovative ways of using

My question: how would I go about writing such a manual? Do I just submit
a book proposal to a tech publishing house? Do I contact the software
makers and pitch it to them?


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