RE: Slightly off-topic but, I hope, not unwelcome

Subject: RE: Slightly off-topic but, I hope, not unwelcome
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2003 14:14:04 -0400


I worked with an editor once...about 8 years ago, for about 18 months.

I would get markups. I was allowed three options:

1- make the change
2- question the change
3- reject the change

I did 1 about 75% of the time, 2 about 20%, and 3 about 5%. Of that 5, in
the beginning, sometimes the editor would escalate it to my boss. After the
3rd time that my boss rejected her escalation, the editor stopped. These
were proposal response and I came to the department with 18 years of sales
experience. I successfully explained that sometimes to get the right effect,
rules must be broken. I liked that boss.

John Posada
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-----Original Message-----
From: Laura A Mac Lemale [mailto:lmaclemale -at- paychex -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 2:00 PM
To: TECHWR-L
Cc: TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: Slightly off-topic but, I hope, not unwelcome



Hello,

Lyn wrote (in part):

> "...On the downside, I once worked with an editor who felt the need to
re-write
>
> nearly every word (I think they must have gotten a discount on red pens
> bought in bulk..!). Most of the comments were purely stylistic, and many
> contradicted the conventions that had been adopted for the project..."
<snip>

Not only does a good editor not contradict existing conventions, but a good
editor can always answer questions about changes made. If you question any
changes, a good editor will have a better answer than "Well, that's how I've
always done it" or "That's how I prefer it," etc. And, further, a good
editor
should not have a problem with any questions - a good editor may even
anticipate
them.

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