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Trilby Trench book now Kindle and paperback

The first book of my new Trilby Trench series is now available on Amazon.com as a Kindle ebook and in paperback form. Trilby Trench is an action hero who also happens to be a technical writer. She’s deft with words, analytic in thought, and skilled in everything that she’s written about. That covers a lot of ground. Things happen to Trilby, and she happens right back at them.

The book title is A Word If You Please. You can get it here:

I first published A Word If You Please in serial form, chapter by chapter, on the Trilby Trench site. Last week I went through the very interesting process of publishing the book with Kindle Direct Publishing, both as a Kindle book and in paperback.

If you order quickly, you just may see the paperback before I do. 🙂 I’ve ordered one, but it hasn’t arrived yet. It has to make its way from the US all the way to Australia. So I have no idea what it looks like in real life, or what it feels like to hold.

Review, anyone?

If you’ve read the book and are happy to put a review on Amazon, that’d be awesome!

What’s exercising your brain at the moment?

What are you thinking about at the moment? My recent musings are on the usefulness of technical communication skills to other people. By that I mean that people other than technical writers would benefit from learning core technical communication skills.

For example, organising information into chunks is a useful skill for all sorts of situations, including:

  • Compiling your resumé.
  • Writing an executive overview of your project.
  • Asking people to take action on something, based on your email message or a post to a social group.

Clarity and direct language are useful in all the above situations, and also in the following:

  • Putting your point of view in a fast-moving debate, or even in an argument at a dinner table. 😉
  • Communicating with people who speak your language at only a basic or intermediate level.

Short sentences and indeed short docs are useful when:

  • You or your readers are in a hurry. I guess that includes most situations these days!
  • Your words need to fit into a small space, such as a poster on a door, or a book review, or a Facebook page.

And so on.

Do you have any rambling thoughts to share, tech comm wise? (I’m enjoying the ambiguity of the last part of the previous sentence.)

A book review of Ready Player One

Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. The characters are engaging, despite spending most of their time in virtual reality. The plot is cleverly woven into both the recent future and the recent past. It’s set a couple of decades into the future, but the characters are immersed in the culture of the 1980s within their virtual reality world. The language is well composed. All in all, a good, fast read.

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Chapter 2 of the adventures of Trilby Trench

Have things improved, or is Trilby Trench still in a pickle? Read A Word If You Please, chapter 2 to find out!

A Word If You Please is the first book in an online fiction series about Trilby Trench, tech writer and action hero. Don’t worry if you missed chapter 1 – you can still read it and get to know Trilby Trench. See the about page on her site. You can also subscribe to updates on the site, to make sure you don’t miss out again. 🙂

Announcing Trilby Trench, tech writer and adventurer

Let me introduce you to Trilby Trench, technical writer.

In her own words:

I’m Trilby Trench.
As in the hat, the coat.

The role of a technical writer is more exciting than you’d think. Sometimes things get physical. Trilby has always been lucky in a fight. Or perhaps it’s skill rather than luck. As every technical writer knows, you need to do something yourself before you can write the manual. Trilby has written a variety of manuals.

The first account of the Trilby Trench adventures is out! Try A Word If You Please.

If you like, you can subscribe to the Trilby Trench site, to receive an email when the next chapter is available. I’d love to know what you think about Trilby Trench and her friends. Share your thoughts by commenting on the Trilby Trench blog or here on this blog.  I’ll be adding chapters regularly, and working on the site’s appearance.

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