Re: Good books/agencies

Subject: Re: Good books/agencies
From: SANDRA CHARKER <scharker -at- OZEMAIL -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 07:57:26 +1000

Peter Kent <76711 -dot- 2557 -at- compuserve -dot- com> asks for recommendations for the
bibliography to _The Technical Writer's Freelancing Guide_. Peter, I have two
questions:

1. If the bibliography you list is the complete draft, and if it's intended as
a list of 'good books to spend your money on first', why does it include Strunk
& White ? S&W is cheap, short and mostly not wrong. It's also parochial, dated,
and incomplete. It has a place in a tech writer's reference set, but that place
is not as the first or only book on general style and usage.

A couple of people have recently posted bibliographies to the list. I suggest
that they include some better candidates for the bibliography in your book.


2. Do you (or your publisher) intend to market the book outside the USA? If so,
do you intend to include information specific to some of those regions? That's
hard to do, especially in a book that has to refer to issues of taxation and
industrial law. But I suggest you at least indicate somewhere that you know
there's a 'Rest-Of-The-World'.

Good luck,

Sandra Charker


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