Becoming a freelance Technical Author

In this episode of the Cherryleaf Podcast, we take a look at becoming a freelance Technical Author. We’ll cover:

  • Why do companies hire freelancers?
  • The benefits
  • The downsides
  • Working from home
  • Working abroad
  • The legal and tax considerations
  • Finding work
  • What to do in the quiet periods

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Becoming a freelance Technical Author – ask a question to our podcast team

In an upcoming episode of the Cherryleaf podcast, we’ll be looking at becoming and being a freelance Technical Author.

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Topic-based writing: what is it, and why should I care?

In this episode of the Cherryleaf Podcast, we take a look at topic-based writing. We explore:

  • What is a topic?
  • Features of topics
  • Why use topics?
  • Why not use topics?
  • Where can you use them?
  • What happens if you don’t use it?
  • Tools for topic-based writing
  • What do you need to know
  • Interacting with others

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What is topic-based authoring?

In an upcoming episode of the Cherryleaf podcast, we’ll be tackling an issue that is important to many Technical Authors: topic-based authoring.

It’s something that can be tricky to explain, and there can be differences of opinions towards it. We’d like to represent the different viewpoints, particularly  towards two fundamental questions:

  • What is topic-based authoring?
  • Why should/shouldn’t you do topic-based writing?

You can share your thoughts by using the voicemail button below. We’ll include as many of these as we can in the episode:

Transcript from What’s the deal about structured content? Part 2/2

Below is a transcript of second half of our podcast episode What’s the deal about structured content? :

So what’s come about is lots of different standards for the ways in which we can do structured writing. And you know the same about standards and toothbrushes? Everyone wants to use their own. No-one wants to use anybody else’s. And that is often the case with standards and structured writing standards.

So a couple I’ll talk about.

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Your questions about Technical Authors and Technical Writers answered

On a future episode of the Cherryleaf Podcast, we’ll be answering the top 20 most popular questions on Technical Authors and Technical Writers.

You can submit your question via our contact form or record your question by voicemail, using the button below.

Potential questions include:

  • What is a Technical Author?
  • How do I become a Technical Author?
  • How much does a Technical Author earn?
  • What makes a Technical Author?
  • Which is the best term? Technical Writer, Technical Author or Technical Communicator?
  • Are there opportunities for Technical Authors to get a job abroad?
  • What is the career path for Technical Authors?
  • Is technical writing a good career?
  • What do Technical Writers do?
  • Can a Technical Author work from home?
  • How to become a Technical Author without experience.
  • What does a Technical Author need to know?
  • Can a Technical Author become a Business Analyst or Product Manager?
  • How to interview a Technical Author.
  • Why hire a Technical Author?
  • What performance goals should you set for a Technical Author?
  • Can I become a Technical Author with an English degree?
  • What training is available in technical writing?