Re: in the beginning there was....

Subject: Re: in the beginning there was....
From: Marc Santacroce <epubs -at- ricochet -dot- net>
To: Jack Cluth <jcluth -at- yahoo -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 1999 05:58:11 -0800

I find myself in need of some advice and guidance. My
situation is that I'm trying to break into technical
writing, but I do not have a technical background per se.
What I do have is writing skills and colleagues who have
told me I would be perfect in this field.

My dilemma is this: where to start? Where can I go to learn
the skills and tools I would need to be useful and
marketable? Essentially what I'm looking for is a foot in
the door.

My advice is to begin by going to an STC meeting. See You'll met others in your same situation, as well as experience technical communicators.

I'd also see if your present company has a documentation department and meet with their writers. I am on contract at a large insurance company, and one of the "techies" first learned about technical writing as a careen option when I interviewed him as an SME. He expressed interest in learning more about TW, and his manager let him take an extension course at a local college.

Best wishes,


Marc A. Santacroce

Senior Technical Writer/President
ePubs, Inc.

epubs -at- ricochet -dot- net

"Everything has a fifty percent probability; either it's going to happen, or it's not."

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