Observations of a TeXnician for hire

Boris Veytsman
George Mason University, Fairfax
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Several years ago the author was tempted by extremely cheap rates for TUGboat advertisements, and declared urbi et orbi he was a TeX consultant. This audacious step lead to many interesting experiences. Some results of this work were published on CTAN and listed at http://borisv.lk.net/laTeX.html (the list includes both commissioned packages and the ones I wrote for my own purposes).

In this talk I tell about my past projects, big and small, and discuss the lessons learned from my journeys in the fascinating world of publishers, editors and authors. I describe writing book and journal styles, communication with customers and other issues relevant for TeX consulting.