RE: Another spin-off: where to find writing jobs that are NOT IT related?

Subject: RE: Another spin-off: where to find writing jobs that are NOT IT related?
From: mlist -at- safenet-inc -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2005 09:36:51 -0400

Geoff Hart sez:
> <<Giving it some thought, I came up with a list of niches but
> realized
> I wasn't sure how to go networking for them>>
> Here's the biggie: Find potential employers, and make your
> pitch based
> on solving _their problems_. I got a ton of journal editing work by
> saying something really simple: "You get a lot of great science from
> ESL authors, but you can't read their English to decide whether the
> science is any good. You have no budget to hire an editor, and your
> in-house copyeditors are swamped. Give these authors my
> brochure, with
> no endorsement on your part, and I'll guarantee (at no expense to
> you... the author pays the whole shot) a manuscript so well written
> you'll only have to pay attention to the science."
> See how it works? Understand the real and vexing problem the client
> has, and tell them how you're going to solve it. That's how you get
> hired.

I'm sure it works, or you wouldn't be here telling us about it.
Certainly you widen your potential customer base when you go
after the individual writers/researchers (who are many),
rather than just the publishing companies (relatively far fewer).
So, you are aiming for a "target-rich environment". My question
is whether the targets are individually rich enough.

I don't know many budding authors, and almost none in technical
and scientific fields (yeah, I should re-join STC and get to
some meetings :-), but my impression is that most unpublished
authors don't have a lot of money to throw at major editing and
re-writes, while once the author is established, it's the
publisher who will pick up the editing tab (and they've got the

So, what kind of money would a body make from editing/re-writing
a hefty technical paper/article that was poorly written by an
ESL author? How does that compensation compare with the amount
of work that's involved? I suppose, anybody who is doing science
these days is operating from a grant, and so can throw some grant
money at you...?


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