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Sara Pauley is <<... a master's student in the Scientific and Technical
Communication program... I am currently enrolled in an editing course, which
requires me to solicit materials for editing (operations manuals, tutorials,
brochures, etc). I have sent out letters and e-mails to local and campus
organizations, but have had limited success. I was wondering if any of you
might have suggestions as to where I could look?>>
One suggestion would be to concentrate your search in the field you're
specifically hoping to work in; given that you're in the
scientific/technical communications program, head over to the science,
engineering, or computer faculties and talk to some professors. Some may
need help editing their journal manuscripts before submitting them (and
there's good money to be made in this field as a freelancer), others may
need help with the graduate theses submitted by their grad students, and
some may need help writing grant applications to obtain funding for their
research. Offer your services; surveys I've seen over the past couple
decades continue to report that scientists consider writing one of the top
ten things they dislike about their profession, and much of the problem is
_re_writing (editing) and the subsequent peer-review process, not the actual
writing. I'm sure you can find someone who'd be grateful for your help.
--Geoff Hart, FERIC, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
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