Reviewing Books for STC

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-8-53-30-amAs I enjoy reading the book review section of Technical Communication, I became a book reviewer, picking books, getting assigned one of my picks, getting the book in the mail, writing about it, getting a great edit, and seeing my review published. give more details about the process.

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Reviewers are STC members, former STC members, or students in a technical communication program. These reviewers select available books from a provided list of titles in categories that align with the STC CTPC Certification:

  • Project Planning
  • Project Analysis
  • Content Development
  • Organizational Design
  • Written Communication
  • Review and Editing
  • Visual Communication
  • Content Management
  • Production and Delivery

The journal also publishes Special Series reviews on selected topics that a reviewer proposes to the Book Review Editor for consideration.

To review a book, the reviewer:

  1. completes an online Reviewer’s Profile.
  2. makes a selection from the latest Available Titles List.
  3. notifies the Book Review Editor that the book has been received from the publisher.
  4. completes the review within eight weeks of receipt of the book.

Reviews are limited to a maximum of 500 words, including the book citation that appears at the top of the review (but excluding the reviewer’s 50-word biography, which appears at the end of the review).

For more information, contact Dr. Jackie Damrau, STC Fellow, STC Book Review Editor –

I find Jackie to be a thoughtful and careful editor. I learn a lot by working with her. This could be you, too.  What is not to like about getting in the mail an interesting book to read?

By Jeanette Evans