Why you need a tech editor

I’m thrilled that Laurie of The Crochet Liberation Front featured me in today’s newsletter. If you’re not a member over there and love all things crochet, do check them out. I’ve been a member of the CLF since close to the beginning and have never regretted it. I’m also a proud Indie Pro Plus member and cannot recommend it enough. There are exciting things happening there and on Hookey.org, the place where we go to play.

In today’s newsletter, Laurie mentioned my tech editing side of my business. I have a page here on my site describing my services, but thought I’d answer the age old question I hear a lot from newer designers, “Why do I need a tech editor?”

The answer is simple and blunt. No one is perfect.

While I can’t answer as the end all be all of the tech editing world, I can tell you what I do and why I think it’s important for every designer.

1. I check to make sure that if you abbreviate a stitch one way in your abbreviations list, you abbreviate it that way all the way through your pattern. In other words, consistency.

2. I check to make sure that you’ve explained the stitches you need to explain. If you are using a special stitch, it’s explained in the beginning and that abbreviation is used throughout.

3. I check to make sure you have all the materials listed. This can be something as simple as listing that the crocheter will need stitch markers to complete the pattern.

4. I check all that pesky punctuation. As we all know, punctuation is very important in pattern instructions.

5. I check to make sure your repeats actually work out.

6. I check to see that someone who didn’t design the pattern can actually make the pattern. I was a designer, I know how easy it is to go off of what you have in your head and forget to put something important in the pattern.

7. I make sure the pattern is easy to read and understand.

8. I make sure the pattern lines up with your style sheet. And if you don’t have a style sheet yet, I help you come up with one. This goes a long way for branding.

9. I ask the questions a crocheter might ask, so you can take care of it in the pattern rather than waiting for the customer service questions.

10. I give you peace of mind that your pattern can be made successfully by others.

Now, I know what you might be thinking. “But Tracie, tech editors are expensive, and I am a one person show here, without a lot of spare money.” I get that. I do. I was the same way. So, I’ll say this. My rates are pretty reasonable. And well written patterns don’t take me as long to tech edit. If you do the work ahead of time to make sure your pattern is the best it can be, then you’re likely only paying me for my hour minimum to double check everything. I will be posting more soon on what you can do to help your tech editor (whether that’s me or someone else).

So, I’ll close this short blog post with this. If you are a designer and interested in having your patterns tech edited, use the Contact form found here and let’s talk. I always do an estimate prior to starting work, so you know a ballpark figure. If I think I’ll go over, I let you know before doing so. I understand the plight of the independent designer. But let’s talk.

Announcing new professional services

The past few months have been very busy for me. If you follow me on Twitter, then you have seen my posts about my recent tech editing for other designers. I’ve been working quietly in the background, picking up a few projects for fellow designers who knew that I wanted to start this side of my business.

I’m very thankful for those who trusted me enough to put their hard work into my hands. I’ve learned a lot, not only about tech editing, but also about what my strengths are. Apparently, this is the perfect thing for me because I’m so nitpicky when it comes to details. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, I’m now happy to announce the launch of my Professional Services.

It’s not just technical editing, although I do offer that. I can also provide pattern testing, sample making, and finishing work. One of the other things I’ve done recently was to assist a newer designer with pattern writing.

If you’re a crochet designer and interested in any of my services, please check out my Services page. And then drop me a line using the contact form on the website and we’ll chat about your needs and how I can meet them.

Also, keep an eye out. I’m working on some much bigger things here and will be announcing them once they’re done. Let’s just say that I’ve set some pretty big goals for this year for my business. I’m very excited about what we’ve got working in the background here and can’t wait to share them with you!

Branching out

I’ve been doing something related to crochet professionally for over four years now. For the most part, I’ve been designing and teaching exclusively. These have been enjoyable, but I needed to branch out and find a way to bring more revenue streams into my business plan.

If you’ve been a reader for a bit, you know I hit a burn out stage with my designing over the summer. I’m still on break, or as I’ve started calling it for the time being, semi-retired. I have no set date on when I’ll pick up the hooks to design again. My brain and my designer soul needs to have the pressure free space to just breathe and just be. I’ve been crocheting for fun again, and rekindling that love of feeling the yarn move through my fingers and my hook to create beautiful things.

Teaching here in Florida has always been tough. Especially over the summer. Now that the temps are starting to cool off and the snowbirds are returning, I hope my classes may start filling. But I cannot rely on that to provide the bulk of my income for the time being.

So, today (with the arrival of UPS) begins the start of a new venture for me. I’ve done some casual pattern testing in the past, but now I’m starting to do official testing and tech editing. A very dear designer friend has agreed to be my guinea pig and be my first official tech editing client. I’m also doing a testing and tech editing combo for another designer friend.

I’m excited about this. I’m also a little nervous, hoping that I can do it efficiently and correctly. I’ve been told I have a great eye for detail, so I’m hoping it will work in my favor now.

I’ll add information to the Services tab of my site here as soon as I get through these first ones. For the time being, I can only tech edit non-sized items (so no garment grading math) at the moment. I may expand into garments once I am a bit more secure in my skillset. Oh, and in case it needs to be said, I only test and tech edit crochet items.

So if you’re a fellow designer and need a tester or tech editor, I’m starting to branch out into that, so contact me if you need someone!

Now, I need to get to work. ๐Ÿ™‚

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