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Below are links to other websites important and helpful for freelance technical and medical writers, among other sources.
When you click on a link, you will be directed away from The J Howard Company website. The J Howard Company is not affiliated with these sites, nor do we have any input in, control over, or responsibility for their content.
American Medical Writers Association
AMWA is the professional organization for medical writers. AMWA has mentored many freelance medical writing careers and there are never enough good things to say about this organization. You can find out more about AMWA at: http://www.amwa.org/
American Medical Writers Association-Southwest Chapter
The national organization of AMWA is segmented into individual chapters based on geographic location. AMWA-DVC annually hosts a freelance workshop and an educational conference (both usually in the spring), where writers can network with other medical writers, learn specific medical writing skills, and work toward an AMWA certificate. You can read about the Texas Chapter's activities at http://www.amwasouthwest.org
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
We recently found ASHA--the professional organization that accredits speech pathologists, audiologists, and speech and hearing scientists, (those wonderful clinicians who treat individuals with speech, language, or hearing disorders). To find out more click on http://www.asha.org/default.htm.
If you're familiar with social networking of Pinterest, FaceBook, Twitter, Digg, and MySpace then you should be interested in the social network for professionals called LinkedIn. It's a great way to connect with colleagues, prospective business associates, other writers, designers, graphic artists, and videographers--virtually every profession imaginable. Selling and business is all about relationships and LinkedIn is one great way to build new relationships and nurture established ones.
Visit http://www.linkedin.com, and join the various groups and connect with people who need you.
Society for Technical Communication
The STC is a professional organization specifically for technical writers and editors, content developers, graphic designers, Web designers, and other professionals who work in the broad category area of technical communication. To learn more about how you can benefit from what STC has to offer, technical communication, and the careers that are available in this field, click onto http://www.stc.org/.
Be sure your site is registered with search engines and directories
Let the search engines know about your site by registering the URL with them. You will likely need a corresponding email with the same domain address as the Web site URL. There is a short cut to many search engine registration sites at http://www.submitexpress.com/ so use it to make quick work of as much of the process as possible. Other sites you should register with are http://www.dmoz.org/add.html, http://support.google.com/webmasters, and http://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster.
For a more thorough Web site submission process, contact the J Howard Company.