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The STC Consulting and Independent Contracting SIG maintains a good
online book about technical writing consulting. I don't know its address
though. Their Web page (http://www.stcsig.org/cic/) has links to many
other useful places.
Separately, Dan Poynter (Parachute Press) wrote a good book called
'Self-publishing Manual'. Although the book is about 'Self-publishing',
still it has a lot of good info on being independent.
Doug Florzak of Chicago STC wrote a book on freelance technical
communication and also maintains a Web site.
The NWU (National Writer's Union) maintains a Web site with some useful
stuff for the non-member, I think, as does the WGA (Writer's Guild of
There was a Web site in San Francisco that seemed to cater to the kind
of writer that you are, but I don't remember its name. I learned about
it from an article in Written By (a magazine of WGAw).
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