Re: Qualifications & Job Description for Technical Editor

Subject: Re: Qualifications & Job Description for Technical Editor
From: Stephen Victor <svictor -at- HOUSTON -dot- GEOQUEST -dot- SLB -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 1997 10:37:08 -0600

Phillip Wilkerson wrote:
> The new Editor position seems (IMHO) to be parallel with the Tech Writer
> position, rather than a grade above or below.
> Any thoughts?

I think you're right on the money. My opinion (quite personal, not
backed by any research, although I'd be interested to know if any has
been done) is that the writer/editor relationship works best when it is
collegial: a peer review process rather than a top-down, authoritarian
approach. This opinion probably reveals a lot about my own working
style, but I think it's accurate. As for qualifications, you definitely
want an English major, or at least someone with proven facility with
grammar and usage. Again, my own bias. Sorry, you asked for objective
feedback, and I've given you nothing but opinions.

Good luck,
Stephen P. Victor Phone: (713) 513-2552
Technical Writer, Software Training Fax: (713) 513-2019
Schlumberger GeoQuest svictor -at- houston -dot- geoquest -dot- slb -dot- com
5599 San Felipe, Suite 1700
Houston, Texas 77056 USA

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