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November 20, 2006


Andrew J. Wilson

This simply won't work.

I know.

As a freelance editor, I've had to deal with work being outsourced to the Far East. As I said, it doesn't work. One Hong Kong company I work for (who have taken on editing and typesetting for a major UK publisher who used to employ me directly) have admitted that they can't replace skilled native English speakers. What's more, I know from anecdotal report that Indian firms are having exactly the same problem.

Perhaps poor-quality editing, writing, PR and typesetting can be sourced from anywhere, but believe me, it's a false economy.

If you want top-quality material you have to pay top-quality people top-quality rates. Otherwise, you'll go out of business. Full stop.

Happy trails!

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