Proposal Style Sheets

The more proposals I do, the more I appreciate the need for a style sheet. These templates can do more than establish fonts, headings, spacing, captions, and body text styles. They can provide the proposal team with a list of standard practices for writing. Today I’ll touch on some of those often-unspoken needs. Continue reading

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Space Acronyms & Terms

Following up on my reading list from last week, I thought I’d share some of the most common acronyms one sees/hears in the engineering world. Some of these are also used in other disciplines besides aerospace. Understanding the acronyms is often half the battle when it comes to “speaking geek.” I quickly became Keeper of the Acronyms wherever I went because I kept solid lists of what these things meant. It’s not just a job, it’s an adventure! Continue reading

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Freelance Starter Kit: What You Need to Thrive & Survive

Occasionally someone will say something to me like, “I don’t know how you do it [freelancing]. I wouldn’t know where to begin.” Lucky you: today I’ll take some time to explain just that. The good news is that it’s easier than it sounds: you need the right tools, the right customers, and the right attitude…not necessarily in that order. Continue reading

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Getting Smart About Space: A Reading List

This is a follow-up to my Monday post on advice to an English major interested in working in the space business. Learning the language is often more than half the battle when it comes to making the transition from liberal arts to science and engineering. If you aren’t as space focused as I am, you might at least review this list as a way to identify your own chosen industry’s “big books.” The more you know, the more you’ll be trusted by engineers and scientists to get their content right when you’re writing or editing for them. There are undoubtedly books I haven’t read yet–including some on these lists–or that I haven’t heard of yet, but there’s always something new to learn. Food for thought.  Continue reading

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Reader Response: English Majors in the Space Business, Revisited

A new reader, Nick, responded recently to one of my posts on English majors working for NASA. I keep adding to my advice as I get more questions and have more/new space-writing experiences, so I thought I’d add a bit more to the ongoing discussion…glad to know there are still folks like Nick out there. Continue reading

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