RE: Textbook writing

Subject: RE: Textbook writing
From: "Le Vie, DonaldX S" <donaldx -dot- s -dot- le -dot- vie -at- intel -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 08:30:44 -0800

Years ago I interviewed for a technical editor position with a textbook
publisher (math and sciences division). From what I saw during the interview
process, the textbook writers were supposedly subject matter technical
"experts." Apparently the "technical" part of the title referred to subject
matter knowledge only, with only a minimal ability to communicate with the
intended audience.

Textbook publishing is a highly competitive business and textbook adoption
(done by school boards at various levels from state to state) can be an
extrememly charged process, especially with textbook publisher lobbyists
involved.

Donn Le Vie


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