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Subject:RE: what to look for in a Tech Editor From:Lyn Worthen <Lyn -dot- Worthen -at- caselle -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Tue, 6 May 2003 13:07:47 -0600
I see (and actually have seen, from both the managerial & co-worker sides)
While I've been asked about my fiction career in interviews, I've been
fortunate to have a very good track record on the technical side to put on
the table as well. For me, it's not been an issue - but I tend to look at
it as part of "knowing my audience and how to approach them," regardless of
what I'm writing. It helps me keep my options open, and maximize my overall
I know several science fiction writers who keep (or kept)
body and soul together by working as tech writers. However,
when interviewing people who have numerous creative writing
credits, we are always very careful to ask whether the
applicant would be comfortable in an environment that
requires adherence to a common style guide and fairly
unforgiving templates. Some free spirits don't take well
to the rigors of a shared tech writing environment :->
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