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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 things.

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 alpine skiers.

It's recommended that you test the waters out first by reading some basic texts on technical writing.

If you want to try your hand at freelance technical writing here are a few markets to get you started:

Email : submit@labmice.net

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
Email: editor@nutsvolts.com

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.

9-1-1 Magazine
18201 Weston Pl.,
Tustin, CA 92780
Email: editor@9-1-1magazine.com

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
Email: dave@pencomputing.com

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
Email: submissions@slot-techs.com
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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Scientists interested in technical writing can also specialize in scripting for television, cable, radio or electronic media. Technical copywriters may write promotional material for science-based products.

A journalist who writes for a scientific journal is a technical writer and so is the person who writes instruction manuals for technical appliances, machines, software and hardware.

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