Re: assessing a lone-writer gig

Subject: Re: assessing a lone-writer gig
From: "Mike Starr" <mikestarr-techwr-l -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 09:38:13 -0500

Consider that the documents you inherit might be awful from the perspective
of a professional technical writer but that those not aware of documentation
standards might consider them to be not just acceptable but perfectly
wonderful. Because of that, they might not attach any value to the concept
of cleaning them up and would consider dedicating time and effort to
cleaning them up to be a waste of your time.

Inherited documents may be poorly written, poorly structured, inconsistently
formatted, use spaces and blank paragraphs for alignment and may not use
paragraph styles at all but rather format overrides for everything. However,
they will have enabled a checkmark to be placed in the "Documentation"
column. Coming in cold and erasing all of those checkmarks for reasons that
may not be considered valid by your management team won't win you any
brownie points.

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin McGowan" <thatguy_80 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <sydney -dot- compson -at- gmail -dot- com>; <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2007 9:04 AM
Subject: RE: assessing a lone-writer gig

> If you haven't already, ask about the tools they are using...and who's
> been
> using them. When I got to my startup, I found that everyone had been
> "pitching in" with their Word files...and they were an absolute mess. I
> spent the first month just cleaning it up.
> I agree with the others who say that connecting with management is key. If
> you get a good feeling from your potential will be ok should
> you take the job.
> Kevin
>>From: "Sydney Compson" <sydney -dot- compson -at- gmail -dot- com>
>>To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>>Subject: assessing a lone-writer gig
>>Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 23:00:56 -0400
>>hi there,
>>I am getting ready to interview for a lone-writer gig at a 30-person
>>startup, and I am wondering if anyone has tips on questions to ask -- or
>>you have tips on determining whether it's going to be too much of a


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