Re: what to look for in a Tech Editor

Subject: Re: what to look for in a Tech Editor
From: "Diane Evans" <diane_evans -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 06 May 2003 06:23:16 -0700

What do companies look for in a technical editor?

This topic has been discussed endlessly in this list. Just search the archives.

The short answer is: it depends. It depends on what type of company is doing the hiring, what type of technical writing is required, what person is doing the hiring...

I have never been very successful or comfortable with marketing communications. I have seldom written an API or SDK. I haven't used FrameMaker for over a year. I've never written a macro for Word. The last user manual that I wrote was published three years ago. Does this mean that I am unemployed? Nope. Does it mean that I have a low-paying job? Nope. It simply means that there are many types of companies and many types of technical writers. My skill, documenting software development lifecycles, is a very specialized and marketable skill. And I love what I do!

Diane Evans
Technical Writer

Washington State Coordinator, Tombstone Project

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