Re: Self-editing

Subject: Re: Self-editing
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 15:35:02 -0700

I've worked on a four-person tech writing team a few years ago, where each
of us was assigned chapters pertaining to different divisions. We had an
overseer, but he contributed next to nothing (and we had to train *him*).
Since it appeared no one else was going to take it on, I voluntarily edited
the final 700+ pp deliverable, providing the unifying voice and deleting as
many instances of "particular" (one writer's crutch) as I could.

For one of my current clients, they've never had a tech writer, nor anyone
editing anything they do. It shows! They finally took on a full-time
marketing director, but she's more of a design/conceptual person, as
opposed to being a copywriter/grammarian. Along with the work they've
assigned to me, I make every attempt to grab what I can on the fly and
quickly edit itâjust because I can't stand to see them embarrass themselves.

> Chris

On Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
wrote:

> I've never worked as a tech writer or interviewed for a job anywhere
> that had an editor.
>
> One of my former co-workers is a technical editor. I believe she's the
> only native speaker in the department and the writers are all in
> India.
>
> On Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 1:57 PM, Richard Hamilton <dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net>
> wrote:
> > I'm writing an article about editing, and I'm curious about what the
> folks on this list think about the state of editing in the corporate world
> today.
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