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   RE: [xml-dev] Technical Book Slump

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I don't disagree, Andrew, but again, the requirements for technical editing can
vary wildly book by book.   What I found was how much information I got
concerning an assignment could vary by managing editors and that some
will indeed undervalue and under specify the task.    Others will be upfront
and provide a synopsis, an outline and schedule, etc.   So it behooves one
to get a good relationship going with the managing editors.   They will
also pass on names of reliable technical editors to others in their group
and that can generate work when one of them is out of projects.
The tech editor is advised to get as much information as possible up front
about the contents of the book, the length of the book, and the expectations.
A good sized tome with tons of technical examples can be a large investment
of time, so proportionality here can be hard to estimate and metrics such as
dollars per page, not as precise as one would like.
-----Original Message-----
From: AndrewWatt2000@aol.com [mailto:AndrewWatt2000@aol.com]

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.


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