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John Hedtke

Agent: Studio B for computers; looking for general non-fiction agency for other works
Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States


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John Hedtke is the award-winning author of 23 books. He has over 20 years in the software business, 19 years writing, and 7 years in technical publications management. John has developed and written documentation and books for many leading software products, and has received 21 regional and international writing awards to date. His most recent books are "RoboHelp for the Web" (book & CD; with Brenda Huettner), "Washington Trivia (2nd Edition)," "The RoboHELP 2000 Bible" (book & CD; with Elisabeth Knottingham), and "MP3 for Musicians" (book & CD; with Sandy Bradley). John regularly contributes articles to magazines such as Publish! and Accounting Technology. A complete list of books, articles, projects, and awards can be found online at his web site, John also does business and process consulting for a variety of clients.

When not otherwise occupied writing books and consulting, John writes magazine articles, and sleeps late as much as possible. He also does numerous radio and magazine interviews and frequently travels to do lectures and guest appearances at conferences and seminars. John is on the Society for Technical Communication’s Nominating Committee and an Associate Fellow of the Society.

Other Cool Stuff Worth Knowing:
* John is at 9 gallons, 4 pints at the blood bank and is closing in on donating 10 gallons.
* John writes and sells buttons to a button company in California. Some examples are “Death is nature’s way of telling you to turn off the computer,” “You have too many issues; I’m canceling my subscription,” “Failure is not an option—it already comes bundled with the software,” and “How’d you like to curl up in bed with the author of a good book?”
* John has been playing banjo and guitar and singing silly songs for 30 years. He says he gets a lot of requests when he plays the banjo, but he goes ahead and plays it anyhow.

Interests: I've done 23 books: 21 on computers, 2 on Washington State trivia. I write books, articles, reviews, manuals, policies & procedures, white papers, online help, teaching materials, Word templates... if it's non-fiction, I'm interested.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


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  • Here's my bibliography