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   Re: [xml-dev] Technical Book Slump

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In a message dated 25/03/02 21:40:25 GMT Standard Time, ari@cogsci.ed.ac.uk writes:

I don't know how authors are being treated, but at least those
publishers for whom I've done technical editing don't pay their authors
very much.

Perhaps you mean they don't pay their tech editors very much? I have done tech editing for several publishers and I never knew what the authors were being paid.

A tech editor will (quite sensibly, given the relative time investments) be paid only a fairly small fraction of what the author gets, in a typical scenario.

>Either I'm overpaid,

In a UK university that seems improbable. :)

or the only way someone could write a

book is if she were independently wealthy or hopelessly unemployed.

Another way of expressing that is that you need to plan out a business plan and cash flow (even if it is on the back of an envelope). If someone is seriously thinking about writing to earn a proportion of their income a 12 month (or more) transition period is needed with careful time and cash flow planning. And a bit of luck, like not choosing to start writing in Autumn/Fall 2001. :)

Andrew Watt


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