New thread: at what point can you justify a F/T editor?

Subject: New thread: at what point can you justify a F/T editor?
From: Faith Weber <F -dot- Weber -at- EASYSTEMS -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 1997 11:29:33 -0800

OK, here's a new question for you Techwhirlers who've worked with
as well as those of you who are editors.

I have a very small group right now, but it may grow significantly in
the coming
year or two, just as the rest of our small company is growing. Since I
am a
writer/manager, and would like to continue as such, it's difficult for
me to spend
adequate time focusing on consistency, style, and terminology issues.
I could definitely tell someone else enough about what I want in those
areas so
that he or she could enforce it. Because we are gradually changing from
a set
of command-line driven, OpenVMS products to a set of GUI-driven, Windows
products, there are a lot of style changes required. Our doc set is
about 5000
pages. We're working on getting a lot of it into Windows Help to make it
more useful and reduce the intimidation factor of receiving a huge box
of documents,
but that's the approximate volume we're dealing with.

I'm beginning to think the best thing for us would be to hire a
permanent editor who
could focus on updating and maintaining our style guide, and ensuring
that the group
produces consistent, well-structured, well-written, good-looking work.
My strengths are
writing, and understanding and explaining technical issues, not editing,
so I don't think
it would be a good role for me to take on.

Any ideas re: at what point it makes sense to have a full-time editor?
Are there any
standard metrics for the ratio of editors to writers, requirements for
an editor based on
pages of documentation, or other measures?

Thanks in advance!!


Faith Weber
EA Systems Inc.
VMS Mail: weber -at- easi -dot- com MS Exchange: F -dot- Weber -at- easystems -dot- com

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