What can a technical editor do for you?
An author's job is to put the heart, soul and technical details of a project into a report. The technical editor's job is to see its overall purpose and how it can be achieved. A good technical editor sees not only the small details like grammar and punctuation, but the bigger picture: What is the message? What is the purpose of the document? Who is it intended to reach? Is it easy to read?
Editors pare text, focus on the basic message, and make the document as easy as possible to read. For instance, consider the paragraphs of Example #1: Sentences that are wordy, too long, and don't get to the point.Technical editors understand insider jargon and alphabet-soup acronyms, but they know when to use simpler language, as, for example, in Example #2: Too much jargon.
A convoluted presentation can kill a message. That's why a technical editor looks at a manuscript as a whole and helps organize and present the message to its best advantage. Editors ensure that graphics, illustrations, and captions all support the text, that redundancies and inconsistencies are eliminated, elements are referred to consistently, and compendium volumes have a common narrative voice.
A technical editor can do quite a lot for you!