As 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.
https://www.stc.org/techcomm/submit-book-review/ give more details about the process.
Here are highlights from the site.
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:
- completes an online Reviewer’s Profile.
- makes a selection from the latest Available Titles List.
- notifies the Book Review Editor that the book has been received from the publisher.
- 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