Re: What Defines "Entry-Level"?

Subject: Re: What Defines "Entry-Level"?
From: Garret Romaine <garret -dot- h -dot- romaine -at- EXGATE -dot- TEK -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 1998 09:29:51 -0700

The Willamette Valley Chapter of the STC has created a special interest
group devoted to Entry-Level writers, so we've developed a pretty good grasp
of what defines one.

Rather than think about what they know as a group, think in terms of the
credentials that entry-level writers lack. For example, they are not too
likely to be able to run a project or direct other writers. They probably
don't work real well without supervision yet. Their knowledge of the tool du
jour is probably not deep. Their network of contacts in the local writing
community is probably not extensive. And their technical expertise is not
likely to be very broad.

None of these shortcomings are fatal; they simply reflect a writer who has
not put in a lot of time in the business. It takes awhile to demonstrate the
skills and confidence to take a new project and run with it. That's why
senior writers command much higher rates and get more interesting projects.

Garret Romaine
President, Willamette Valley Chapter, STC
garret -dot- h -dot- romaine -at- tek -dot- com

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