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> Wade Courtney wrote:
> > If you're the lone writer and the sr. technical writer,
> what is there to
> > be promoted to?
> President - of your own company.
It's the secret stuff that I always miss out on...
Please explain how you go from being:
- person who participates in the meetings that
decide where the products are going
- person who hangs out with the developers and testers
to get the real scoop
- person who specifies the document set and then writes it
- person who co-ordinates the reviews and gets the
documents revised and released on schedule
- person who gets paid a pre-crash salary, along with decent
benefits, to do all that and may soon have a training
budget again (woohoo!)
- all of the above, EXCEPT the last one, plus
- chief accountant
- chief/only marketer/biz-development pro
- chief/only sales person
- office manager and accounts-receivable/accounts-payable clerk
- IT manager
- person who does not have any benefits or training budget or
paid sick leave or anybody to take the load while you try to
take a rare vacation (try answering your cell-phone while
snorkelling off Costa Rica...)
and not take a big hit in the bank account while working two-
to-three times the hours.
I know it *can* be done -- people have said so in this list --
but I don't know the details and my wife would kill me if
I decided to take the plunge unknowing.