Re: Editors -Reply

Subject: Re: Editors -Reply
From: "Wayne J. Douglass" <wayned -at- VERITY -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 11:05:24 -0800

At 12:57 PM 1/16/97 EST, Stacey wrote:

> I do think some of this needs to come from management. Although they
> are very supportive and understand the importance of editing, they're
> not very proactive in promoting me. I'm not sure how much of that I'm
> willing to do myself. Because of the impressions of past editors, I
> try to be as friendly, helpful and non-threatening as possible. There
> are teams here but I can't seem to figure when the writing assignments
> are decided. Even if I did, I'm not sure I could just invite myself
> to the meetings.
>
Managerial support is a good thing (and I had a lot of it in my first job),
but you can have too much of a good thing. In my case, the writing managers
were so heavy-handed in insisting that writers incorporate my editorial
comments that I spent a lot of time undoing the damage and building good
individual relationships with the writers.

As corny as it sounds, I emphasized the team approach. Nobody writes a
manual alone. In addition to the technical sources, there are editors and
artists as well writers. Together you all make a better manual

In other words, you will ultimately determine your own effectiveness. And
you do it one manual at a time.

--Wayne Douglass

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