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Subject:Re: Re: Who's the author? From:RoseCrowe <ncrowe -at- PRIMENET -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 14 Feb 1995 12:14:26 -0700
On Tue, 14 Feb 1995, Glen Accardo wrote:
> If you disagree with something in the manual, or if someone else made
> all the decisions about the paper and you felt it was best to leave
> them alone, fine. If you were not grand chief muckymuck and other
> people made had final say so, I can deal with that. I won't think
> you're stupid just because the table of contents is ugly. If you aren't
> aware of some minute factual detail in the manual, you are simply human.
> If you have too much ignorance of the manual and you can't speak about it,
> then you are VERY suspect.
I agree with Glen. When I interview, I want to know something
about the process of creating the work. I'm aware as a writer
that there are many different kinds of projects -- I've worked
on a lot of them. I tell my interviewer what parts I played in
the manual. For instance, here is a sample of something I did
from scratch, here is something I updated and I rewrote this
chapter entirely, here I had a big say in the format but it
was a team effort, etc. If a person cannot speak to that level,
then I have to wonder.
One person I interviewed told me that the manual was put
together of canned samples that he rewrote to make specific
for the state he was in. He then told my boss that he
wrote the whole manual from scratch. This may have been
a communication problem, but it did confound me. He wasn't
> As Lori A. Moreland said, this is a chance to brag about your work -- to
> show me how good it is, how well you can do it, how much you like it,
> how you can do it better or different. Show me where your expertise is;
> show me you can be a good tech writer person.
I do love interviews. I always take lots of samples and it's
fun to get attention for my work. I hate it when I bring samples
and no one looks at them! But I forgive the people when they
hire me anyway... :-)
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