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Not sure if this site is for you? Let me break it down for you.

Who am I and why should you read my stuff?

Bart Leahy 2016

Hi! I’m Bart Leahy.

I’m a freelance technical writer whose specialty is absorbing a lot of data and articulating the most important points, usually in a proposal format. I help large technical organizations communicate their message clearly across multiple products, from marketing to blogs to correspondence.

My customers have included The Walt Disney Company, NASA, the Department of Defense, Nissan, small businesses, nonprofits, and the Science Cheerleaders. I’ve got a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Technical Writing.

My diverse background enables me to write for multiple audiences about a wide range of subject matters. It’s been a weird way to make a living, but it means I have a lot of useful experience to share.

Who’s the audience for this site?

The target audience for Heroic Technical Writing is individuals pursuing (or aspiring to) a career in technical communication in the United States. My goal is to share some of the professional insights that you might not necessarily learn in class. This is not a reflection on your professors, just a fact of life.

My secondary audience members are current technical communication professionals. Your opinions on how work is done might differ, and I’m cool with that. My advice/insights are born out of my diverse career.

What kind of stuff do I write?

This page lists my most popular or useful blog entries as of March 2015. Other useful content might come up, but the linked page covers the basics of this site:

  • Thinking about technical writing (organizing information)
  • Tactical questions (specific activities/skills)
  • Job hunting/how to get a tech writing job at NASA
  • All the things they don’t teach you in college (business travel tips, office politics, etc.)

Some of this is serious, some of it is written in an effort to be amusing.

Things you will not find on this site

Like I said, my day jobs have included work for NASA, Nissan, Zero Point Frontiers, and the Science Cheerleaders. I will not be sharing a lot of “inside baseball” talk about my actual subject matters, such as aerospace or cheerleader operations. I will talk about how I do my work, not the work itself, if that makes any sense.

Bottom line: if you’re looking for “the inside scoop” about the latest rocket launch or what cheerleaders do in their free time, you most likely won’t find that information here. If you are interested in such things, however, you are welcome to view my work at SpaceflightInsider.com or ScienceCheerleader.com.

Am I trying to sell you something with this site?

Maybe. If you want to hire me as a guest speaker for a university classroom, that’s free. If you have the crazy urge to hire me for a professional audience, that’ll cost you. If you are interested in hiring me to do actual aerospace technical writing, please refer to the Spaceflight Insider link above, this page for samples of my space-related writing, or my Publications page for links to my other writing. I might turn this page into a book someday. Maybe.

What’s with the “Heroic” thing, anyway?

My primary bill-paying skill set is proposal writing. In that role, I want to write prose that helps good ideas win the day and help make the world a better place. See also this entry on the subject.

How to reach or follow me

If you have questions about technical writing, career advice, classroom guest visits (free if it’s online), or speaking requests (paid if it requires travel or speaks to a professional audience), you can email me at bart_leahy[at]hotmail.com.

Fair warning on advice requests: unless your specific request is confidential, if you have a specific topical or career-related question, odds are >90% that I’ll turn whatever I write to you into a blog post just in case someone else has the same question.

You can find all the other different ways to follow me electronically on my personal page.

6 Responses to New to This Page?

  1. PMD says:

    I love your blog, you should add instructions for the RSS feed feature so I can get automatic notifications of new blogs. If you can help me set it up please email me! Ii will bookmark you for now. Again Excellent Blog!

  2. I enjoyed your blog. It’s easy to read, the content is good, and your an educated writer unlike most of the blogs I come across when searching on this topic. I will check back in the future and see if you have anymore articles. Thanks for posting this, I appreciate the infomration and the effort you put into your site.

  3. Russ Maguire says:

    Bart,
    Thanks very much for your answers to my questions. All of your points are being well considered as I forge ahead in tech communications. I’ll look forward as well to following your blog. Best wishes.

    Russ

  4. Jeannie Long says:

    Bart,
    I really enjoy the way you write. I appreciate your turning me on to sciencecheerleader.com.

    Thanks,
    Jeannie

  5. Patty says:

    This is actually a question. Am working on a software project (I’m the tech writer). The stand-alone application is soon to be a total solution — with three add-on software modules. A customer might purchase the “original” and then one of the add-ons, or they might purchase the “original” and then two of the add-ons. The question is how to develop the docs. One of the product managers is pushing this idea (not a good one). Have the original doc, then the original doc and info for the first add-on, then the original doc and info the the first and the second add-on, etc. (you get the idea). A bad idea. Lots of duplication of information. I’m at a Friday/hard week burnout. Thoughts would be appreciated. Thanx!

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