I like puppies, long walks on the beach, and tech-savvy publishers
April 28, 2008 4:52 PM Subscribe
Looking to find clients who need help with technology in the publishing industry (especially in academic reference and journals).
posted by nev to work & money (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've quit my job as a software engineer at a well-regarded web company to do independent technical consulting. I expect to offer everything from software evaluation to XML schema design to full-on programming.
I have excellent references from former clients (some of whom I'm likely to retain, thanks to my old employer), and some good contacts already. I'm writing for a publishing/technology blog and I'm planning on attending a few conferences:
1. SSP in Boston (no-brainer, I'm in MA)
2. ALA in Anaheim
3. O'Reilly TOC
I also read a number of publishing blogs that I found recommended in previous AskMe threads, mostly to do with trade publishing.
Are there networking opportunities that I'm missing? Since I'm working on my own, my free time is flexible, so I'd be interested in workshops or lectures in the New England area. I could also use a little more knowledge from the library side of things, in terms of how research tools are evaluated and used. Other kinds of advice also welcome, although I'm not new to the industry as a whole.
I know there are publishing people on AskMe so if you want any more information on who I am and what my skills and experience are, please send Mefi Mail -- I'd love to schmooze.