Session 4 Notes – TC Camp 2019

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#1 (API) Using JavaScript libraries like jQuery or Node.js

  • What was written on the original topic used in the voting?

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#2 Lightweight DITA / DITA future

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#3 Markdown for Techcomm

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#4 Freelancing

Scribe: John Perry

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  • Know your audience
  • Network with power partners: people who know the people who need your services but don’t do what you do: eg. graphic designers, commercial photographers, are good power partners for writers.
  • Cold calling:
    • Don’t call tech pubs, call a project manager, product mgr, program manager
    • Social engineering: contact sales group and ask for the person in another group (eg project mgt) that you actually want to contact; they’ll transfer your call.
  • Social media presence:
    • blog, facebook, LinkedIn, twitter, facebook
    • professional organizations
    • A youtube channel with over 2000 subscribers gets monetized: monthly royalties
    • blogging
  • Self-publish
    • Cafe press; Lulu – can lead to sales of your book on Amazon
    • Zazzle: photo, drawings, paintings, books on cafe press
    • networking: time intensive not necessarily a lot of return
      • avoid networking that targets general population
      • network of professional business consultants that target Fortune 50
  • Advertising
  • Conferences
    • horizontal network at technology conferences
    • business printers
  • LI Profinder: respond quickly; opportunities close after only a few responses are posted
  • Mom Project: small projects (2 wks part time) to longer term (3 mo) to full time. Meant for moms returning to workforce but you don’t HAVE to be a Mom.
  • Writers Market book:
    • 3000-4000 markets for writers; magazines, newspapers, etc.
    • Uses $ symbol to rate pay of various employers from one $ to three $$$
  • Query letters: how you submit a freelance article to a publication
    • typically for one article but one article can lead to long term work
    • multiple submissions
      • sending more than one query letter a month
      • it’s frowned upon but you can do it anyway
    • evergreen article: general enough to be republished in different magazines
    • Magazines may take two years to respond to your query and 5-6 months to pay you,
    • secondary rights: mention that someone else has published your article
    • To see if magazine takes freelancers look in the masthead for “contributing editor”
  • Contract tech writing
    • last April new law in CA has made 1099 harder to get
    • linksv – venture funded startups:
      • where to find potential cold-call candidates
      • these companies are not going to be on indeed or glassdoor
  • If you post your resume on sites like linked in, glassdoor, monster, dice, you will get spammed a LOT
  • Most Bay Area TW jobs prefer onsite W2 but if you have expertise they need you may have some leverage

#5 Ways to simplify complexity

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#6 Amphitheater

There were no sessions in the Amphitheater during this time slot