novelist wannabes

Subject: novelist wannabes
From: Doreen Mannion <DoreenM520 -at- AOL -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 12:53:00 -0500

Jody LaFerriere writes in response to part of my posting:

<<Why not? I wouldn't be asking YOU to make me a best-selling novelist.
I'd be asking you for a job! What if my web site said what I really want
to be is a person who grows prize-winning roses. Would _that_ exclude me
too? Sheesh, I'm allowed to do things in my spare time aren't I?
>
>From: Doreen Mannion[SMTP:DoreenM520 -at- AOL -dot- COM]
><snipper>
> Again, as a prospective employer, I can't exclude you based on certain
>information I find there, but if you tell me what you really want to be is a
>best-selling novelist, well, sorry!
>
Hiring managers tend to hire based on past experience, both good and bad.
I've found that the techwriters I've had contact with who "really" wanted to
be novelists are far too vested in their words to be good techwriters. I
therefore avoid hiring techwriters, all other things being equal, who want to
be novelists. I tend to avoid hiring English majors for the same reason. I'm
not saying I'm right, and I'm not saying that perhaps I haven't passed up
some terrific techwriters, but this is what has worked for me.

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