There always seems abundent need for technical writers. They are the valuable ones
who can make us understand computer manuals and assembly instructions among other
There are a good many freelance technical writers who write projects on contract.
Most technical writers have a writing background. Perhaps they started in journalism
but saw more opportunity in technical writing. Whatever the reasons it's a good idea
to join a professional association. Conversely, a lot of scientific, technical types begin to
dabble in the writing arts and combine their knowledge with a new found skill in writing
for an audience.
And there is no difference in terms of knowing the audience. If that audience is nuclear
engineers you need to be as conscious of their needs as you would if you were writing for
It's recommended that you test the waters out first by reading some basic texts on technical
If you want to try your hand at freelance technical writing here are a few markets
to get you started:
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
LabMice is for IT professionals spread across the globe.
The writer should share his expertise in the chosen topic
to educate the readers. 25% kill fee is given, in case the
assigned article is not used. Length varies between 1,000
to 1,500 words. Query at the first instance.
Nuts & Volts Magazine
430 Princeland Court
Corona, CA 92879
Nuts & Volts accepts queries on various technological topics
related to electronics. Article length is 1500-2000 words.
Query by mail or email. Include SASE for reply. Allow 4-6
weeks for response.
18201 Weston Pl.,
Tustin, CA 92780
Dedicated to public safety communications industry. Covers
technical, historical, products news, to name a few. High
quality photographs should be attached with the article.
Manuscripts accepted on speculation. No simultaneous
submission and re-prints rarely accepted. Typically,
articles are between 1000-2500 words.
Pen Computing magazine accepts articles on pen computing
technology, PDAs, and mobile and wireless computing. Buys
non-exclusive first time print and electronic publishing
rights. Only email queries/submissions are accepted.
Slot Tech Magazine
1944 Falmouth Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92020-2827
United States of America
Pays: $.10/word and $10.00/illustration
Slot Tech covers all aspects that a slot machine technician
would find beneficial. Feature length stands at 1500-2000
words. Mini articles are shorter. Buys perpetual rights.
Queries as well as article submissions by mail or email.
If you have any questions about careers in technical writing
don't hesitate to ask!
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