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don't disagree, Andrew, but again, the requirements for technical editing can
wildly book by book. What I found was how much information I got
concerning an assignment could vary by managing editors and that some
indeed undervalue and under specify the task. Others will be
provide a synopsis, an outline and schedule, etc. So it behooves one
a good relationship going with the managing editors. They will
pass on names of reliable technical editors to others in their group
that can generate work when one of them is out of projects.
tech editor is advised to get as much information as possible up front
the contents of the book, the length of the book, and the expectations.
sized tome with tons of technical examples can be a large investment
time, so proportionality here can be hard to estimate and metrics such as
dollars per page, not as precise as one would like.
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