Re: Retaining author's voice, was How to Use English

Subject: Re: Retaining author's voice, was How to Use English
From: "Jeannine Klein" <jmek66 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 23:26:54 -0700

>Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 22:36:24 +1000
>From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
>Subject: Re: Retaining author's voice, was How to Use English
Punctuation Correctly - wikiHow
>To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
>Message-ID: <46962048 -dot- 301 -at- sun -dot- com>
>Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset=ISO-8859-1

>One of the best compliments I ever got on my
>editing was years ago when I worked for an academic
>publisher. Most of our authors were primarily
>academics rather than writers. I'd worked hard
>Turning a very tedious and messy journal submission
>into a decent read. When the author called me back
>with a few small corrections to the galley proofs,
>he said cheerfully "Wow, now that I see it typeset,
>this really reads much better" !!!

>At first I was annoyed that all my hard work was
>being ignored but then I realized that it was a
>compliment if the author himself couldn't tell
>where my edits were.

>-- Janice

I had a similar, although less cordial, experience when editing a submission
to a medical journal. The doctor who authored the piece was terribly
verbose, and it required hard labor to uncover the article's substance
without completely mangling his "voice." When I turned in the final copy,
the doctor didn't want to pay, complaining that I hadn't done any editing at
all. I had to point out to that his original article was 25 pages, while the
edited version was only 17. It did make me confident that I hadn't omitted
anything important.

Jeannine Klein

Create HTML or Microsoft Word content and convert to Help file formats or
printed documentation. Features include support for Windows Vista & 2007
Microsoft Office, team authoring, plus more.

True single source, conditional content, PDF export, modular help.
Help & Manual is the most powerful authoring tool for technical
documentation. Boost your productivity!

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Previous by Author: Online editing survey results
Next by Author: RE: Word and single-sourcing
Previous by Thread: RE: Writing marketing product text interesting diversion
Next by Thread: Re: Ethics of Jumping To Another Contract Job

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads