RE: Tech writer = office manager?

Subject: RE: Tech writer = office manager?
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 17:59:22 -0500


>I assume the lack of positions is because of a multitude
>of economic factors, most of which are not in our span of
>control or even influence. The only way I can see to cut
>down on excess writers is to close ranks and start pickin'
>off the newbies.

It's not the lack of positions...it's the overabundance of schlock technical
writers, and it's our fault that there are too many of those writers because
don't set up barriers to those who say (and this isn't related to any posts
on the last 48 hours) "hmm...I suck at writing code and it's boring, and I'm
having trouble bluffing the compiler. However, I speak English and I own
Word, so I can probably write. Maybe I'll think of being a technical
writer."

>(Or is that what you are trying to do by questioning those
>writing to the list who are just starting their careers? <grin>)

Well, I WOULD like one of them to actually know why they are getting into
the field and why it appeals to them. We don't want people who are just
thinking of getting into the field. We want people who know what the field
is and WANT to get into the profession.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
Barnes&Noble.com
jposada -at- book -dot- com
NY: 212-414-6656
Dayton: 732-438-3372
Although she lives with seven other men, she's not easy.
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