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Subject:FW: editor to writer ratio From:"LeVie, Donald S" <donald -dot- s -dot- levie -at- intel -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Mon, 22 Jul 2002 10:27:28 -0700
Karen wants to know:
<<What is your current ratio of writers to editors? What do
you think is an ideal ratio of writers to editors? I know -- it depends. But
in your situation, what works or what do you think would work better? Also,
do you know of any authoritative source that has guideline numbers for
This question gets recycled every few months on this list, but I came to the
conclusion years ago that the ideal editor to writer ratio is whatever works
for your company. No one knows your product collateral schedules, writer and
tool capabilities, and budgets better than you do. In a
hardware/microprocessor world, I may have 10 to 15 engineers providing
content to 1 writer/editor (it's rare to see a dedicated editor in such
environments); in a software world, maybe 3 to 5 developers for every
writer, and 1 editor per 5 writers has worked for me in the past.
Yes, it does depend, and that's usually the answer to most of the questions
in the technical communications world, but what's ideal for me may be
inadequate for you. The correct answer is in your own environment.
Donn Le Vie, Jr.
Technical Publications Project Manager
Personal Client Architecture Components Group
Technical Communications Council Manager
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