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This scary prospect can occur with any document; "a letter"
is no different from a manual or an online help project in that
respect. All technical writing tasks require "sensitive
knowledge and expertise" to some extent or another; the
question is whether that requirement is being recognized
and addressed and whether you or anyone else in the
company have the required knowledge and expertise.
While the basic process for creating the "a letter" are the
same "Tech Writer 101" steps as any other document
(identify requirements, line up information sources and
reviewers, write, review, edit, approve, release, etc.),
always lurking in the background is the mortifying
possibility that the necessary knowledge and expertise
to do the job right doesn't exist anywhere in your company
and you need to bring in someone who has it.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ned Bedinger" <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
> My ongoing concern is whether my work will get a thorough review and
> signoff, I think of getting that review as requiring local knowledge (at
> least acquainted with reviewers), considerable finesse, and a well-oiled
> process. Without those majoc ingrediments, reviewers will scatter when
> the subject comes up.
> When someone asks how to do a tech writing task requiring sensitve
> knowledge and expertise, the first question I'll have on hand from now
> on is "What's your review process like?" If expertise is modular and can
> be added on, then fantastic, write the hell out of letters or whatever
> the task is.
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