Re: Calling all Technical Editors again!

Subject: Re: Calling all Technical Editors again!
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: Ali Ferguson <aliferg -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2008 14:41:14 -0400

Ali Ferguson wrote:
> "I am currently doing a pilot study for my Technical Editing Class. I am
> interested in knowing what practicing technical editors believe are the most
> important skills/qualities necessary for becoming a successful technical
> editor.

One must be infected with the desire (or is it a disease?) to do
copyediting. It must be a compulsion, and must happen naturally, in the
course of reading. One needn't be quite as compulsive over other aspects
of editing, but the desire to Make It Right must be there.

For editors, Wikipedia is a blessing (look at all that stuff that needs
to be fixed, needs my careful attention) and a curse (I don't have the
time to fix it all, but I've gotta fix this one article now; lunch can

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