Breaking into Tech Writing

Subject: Breaking into Tech Writing
From: Tommy Green <tgreen -at- AESBUS -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 09:44:10 -0600

My husband is going into military intelligence, so we could get moved
> around a lot and I don't have the freedom of relocating. I would like
> to work as an independent contractor, but I have no idea how to get
> work and I am concerned that I I don't have enough experience to
> strike out on my own.


I have a similar background. I'm retired Air Force. I got my degree after
the military so didn't have the task of getting writing work then. I did
check into working for the Gov't as a writer but didn't pursue it much more
than going to Civilian Personnel and checking the job listings. That's
where I would suggest you start. When you get to your new duty station, let
Civilian Personnel know your qualifications and desires. You don't have a
lot of experience but the degree will open some doors. Once they know there
is a writer in their midst, they will respond. They may want to hire you as
a GS. They can start as entry level and go up form there. You do have an
advantage. You won't (hopefully) have to tighten the belt until the job
comes, since you are in the military. Also, I would suggest looking into
the contracting office. They have both military and civilian contract
manual writers.

Hope this helps,

The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or

~ Robert Benchley
Tommy D. Green
AESBUS Technology Group
(281) 587-2247 ext 30
Work: tgreen -at- aesbus -dot- com
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