Re: Somewhat OT: Tech Writers vs. other writers

Subject: Re: Somewhat OT: Tech Writers vs. other writers
From: jenny_berger -at- fairfieldresidential -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2003 09:51:25 -0500

I'm generally of the opinion that the writers who primarily serve an
artistic community are the ones who don't make the "decent money" however
one defines it. The writers who primarily serve a commercial community
(e.g., tech writers, ad/sales writers, etc.) are generally in a better
salary position, comparatively speaking. This is only because, from what
I've seen, people don't put as much value on making people feel better
with pretty things as they do on persuading people to hand over their


Jenny Berger
Technical Writer
Information Systems
Fairfield Residential

"Paul Strasser" <paul -dot- strasser -at- windsor-tech -dot- com>
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05/15/2003 09:48 AM
Please respond to "Paul Strasser"

To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Subject: Somewhat OT: Tech Writers vs. other writers

Basically, what I said was: If you want to write and make a decent wage
doing it, your best chance is as a tech writer, as opposed to any other
of writing. A greater percentage of tech writers make a nice salary than
any other kind of writer (poets, fiction, non-fiction, screenplays, etc.)
Yeah, the occasional screenplay writer makes some seriously big bucks, but
the vast majority don't do it for a living or they'd starve.

Putting aside whether simply wanting to write or thinking you're a good
writer is enough to be a TW, is my statement correct? Of all categories
writers, do you think there is a larger percentage of TWs who are earning
decent money (okay - define "decent.") The only other category that might
come close is journalist, IMO.


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