Tech Editing

I am now accepting tech editing clients for both knit and crochet patterns.

Your reputation is important: Make sure you have the best product possible as you present it to the world!

For each pattern I will review to be sure the pattern is clear, the instructions match the photo and any charts, the calculations make sense, and the grammar and punctuation are correct.

My philosophy is that this is a collaborative effort; I will suggestions and recommendations but the final decisions are entirely up to you, the designer.

FAQ

Who are you?

I am a fiber artist and designer myself, so I understand the struggles you have. Crochet was my first love but I’m equally proficient in knitting as well. It’s often to find a crochet tech editor, let alone one that understands both crochet and knitting.

Why should I hire you?

It is very difficult to edit your own patterns because you know what the written document is supposed to say and that is what your mind reads. As a result it becomes very easy to overlook spelling mistakes, odd sentence structures or to haphazardly write instructions from one pattern to the next.

I love details and actually enjoy carefully working through your designs to ensure they match your style sheets. I want to assist you in producing a quality product and so I will work diligently on giving you helpful, friendly feedback.

As for my specific qualifications, I have completed the Joeli Creates Tech Editing 101 course. I consider myself a math and grammar nerd. I have a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. I have worked for over 20 years in the Information Systems industry as a developer, tester and project manager and have learned to handle everything from low-level specifics to overall project design. I have the technical skills required for this detail-oriented task along with the organizational skills to complete the job in a timely manner.

What are your rates?

Rates: $25 USD/hour with a half hour minimum charge. Billings are done in quarter hour (15 minute) increments. At this time, I only accept payments through Paypal.

For each pattern received, I will do a quick scan of the design. I will then provide an estimate for your approval (with rate cap) before I begin working.

Typical time estimates:
• Simple accessories: .5 hrs – 1 hr
• Complex accessories or Simple garments: 1 hr – 2 hrs
• Complex garments: 2 – 4 hrs

What types of services do you offer?

My strengths lie in stranded and lace knitting charts, quick accessories, amigurumi, Tunisian and thread crochet. I am fluent in charting and working with Excel for pattern grading.

Services offered:

  • Verify all general information is included (gauge, instructions, sizing, yarn information, abbreviations, etc.)
  • Proofread for grammar and punctuation errors and typos
  • Check all math and calculations
  • Check sizing and grading
  • Make sure the pattern instructions match all photos
  • Verify all charts and written instructions match
  • Check consistency of style and abbreviations
  • Make suggestions for pattern clarity

Additional services (ask about pricing):

  • Create a style sheet to use in all your patterns based on your style
  • Create charts using StitchMastery
  • Create written instructions from charts
  • Convert files to a PDF format

I can work from PDF, Microsoft Office, or rich text format (RTF) documents.

My average turnaround time is one to two weeks.

Should I have my pattern tested or tech edited first?

Essentially this comes down to personal preference. I myself like to have my designs tech edited to catch glaring errors before my testers get it.  Others may want to have their testers catch most of the problems to make the editing process smoother and the final step before releasing.

If I tech edit a pattern for you and then your testers find issues that result in significant changes to the design, shoot me an email and I will take a second look at your design, often without an additional charge.

How do I start?

If you have a design ready to edit, first contact me or email at ashdesigns @ asimplehomestead.com. We’ll start the process off with a discussion of time lines (yours and mine) and some project specifics. After we iron out the details, I will send you a contract with your project price and a time frame, with a promise to let you know if the time estimate / fees will be exceeded.

Your intellectual property is safe with me. I will never share information about your design without your permission, but I am willing to help you promote your design on social media!

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to ask!