RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question

Subject: RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
From: Stephen McDermott <Stephen -dot- McDermott -at- PREMERA -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 09:38:40 -0800

> Do you know tech writers who have claimed authorship
> of writing samples that were not their own?


I once met a writer who showed me his "original" work. It looked extremely
familiar, except for a couple of change bars. Then it dawned on me. I had
written this particular chapter on a previous contract, and he wound up
doing a minor edit (thus, the change bars).

When asked, he stated that it was all his work, including the template,
graphics, content, etc. Needless to say, thumbs down.

I never told him I was the original author, and even I did not create the
template (we had a template geek/god that lorded over that one to avoid

In light of recent news of rampant plagiarizing, I may have done a
disservice by not confronting him during the interview process.


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submit your manuscript to iUniverse Nov. 6 -Dec. 15 and get five free copies of
your book. What are you waiting for?

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