Freelancer Hacks is the companion text to Profitable freelancing: Starting a business and keeping it productive, a session to be delivered at ScienceWriters 2010, which is the upcoming meeting of the National Association of Science Writers.
By the time our session launches, this blog should be populated with our favorite “hacks,” which are our way of describing how each of us solves the problems common to all freelance journalists.
Amber Dance is a freelance science writer based in Pasadena, California. She works half-time for the Alzheimer Research Forum (www.alzforum.org), writing about research on Lou Gehrig’s disease. She contributes a bimonthly column, ‘In the Works,’ to the Los Angeles Times Health section. In addition, she writes about stem cell biology for StemBook.org and also contributes to The Scientist and Nature. Dance earned a PhD in cell biology and microbiology at UC San Diego before attending the UC Santa Cruz science writing program and launching her journalism career.
Jeffrey Perkel has been a scientific writer and editor since 2000, when he left academia to join the staff of The Scientist magazine as Senior Editor for Technology. He holds a PhD in cell and molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania and did postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania and at Harvard Medical School. Focusing on laboratory tools and technologies, Jeffrey’s work has appeared in such outlets as The Scientist, Science, Nature, Scientific American online, and BioTechniques. He currently resides in Pocatello, Idaho.
John Pavlus has published in and created original video features forScientific American, Popular Science, Nature, Wired, Slate.com, NPR, New York magazine, the New York Times Magazine, DVICE.com, io9.com, and others. He is the creative principal and co-founder of Small Mammal, an online video production company focusing on science and technology subjects, and has worked as a writer and associate producer on documentaries for National Geographic Explorer, NOVA ScienceNOW, and The Science Channel. He is a recovering GTD user.
Christopher Mims is a freelance science and technology journalist for Scientific American, Technology Review, Wired, Popular Science, Discover, Nature and a handful of other magazines. He is also a former editor at Scientific American and the founding editor of ScienceBlogs.com.