Hiring a technical editor?

Subject: Hiring a technical editor?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 05 May 2004 12:50:01 -0400

Michele Davis wondered: <<I am just a mere writer who usually edits her own stuff, however, I am getting an influx of projects and need someone I can vend my projects to for editing (not rewriting). I posted a job to PEN (Professional Editors Network), of which I am a member and people didn't send me resumes, spelled my name wrong, and then asked me what certain technical acronyms meant.>>

Another good source, depending on where you're working, might be the Editors' Association of Canada (www.editors.ca) or the copyediting-l freelancers list (http://ce-l.technology-corner.com/freelance.html). For that matter, depending on the work, I might be interested in discussing it now that I'm freelance. Drop me a line (details below) if you're interested.

<<Since I am the one hiring, I figured I should be treated not as a peer but as a potential employer.>>

If you're paying the shot, you should be treated with the respect due an employer, and you get to make the final decisions. But on the other hand, there's much to be said for a good working relationship between peers. There's a large difference between being a leader and being a tyrant.

--Geoff Hart ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca
(try geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com if you don't get a reply)


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