I get a lot of people emailing me about my tech editing course, asking:
"I currently work full time but I am a designer and want to branch out into tech editing. Is this course for me?"
"I'm a busy mom and I'm not sure I will have the time for your course. What if I get behind because my baby starts teething?"
You can become a tech editor no matter what your current work/life situation is. I can help get there you.
My entire career as a technical editor (for books, magazines, yarn companies and hundreds of designers) has been built whilst also raising my kids (including giving birth to one of those kids and figuring out how to work with a newborn and a two year old.) You don't need to have childcare (though it helps, not going to lie.) You can work around nap time if that's all you have available. (If you have one of those kids that only sleeps in your arms, get a baby carrier. For a while, much of my editing work was done standing up with my kiddo asleep in a sling on my back.) If you're in a full-time job you can fit this into your evenings. Together, we can make this work for you if you really want it.
Ultimately the course is worked at your own pace and fits into your schedule. You might be able to do the first three assignments in two weeks then have to take a month break while life gets busy. That's fine! To get the most out of the course though, and for me to really help you, you've got to eventually get all six assignments done.
Each assignment requires around 3 hours work total -- reading through and understand the material and then doing the assignment. There are a couple lessons that take a bit more time. But mostly, if you are able to dedicate a couple evenings a week you'll be fine.
Do I need a degree in math to understand the material?
I'm not going to lie, you need to love math. You really do. Crunching numbers needs to make your heart sing if you're going to think about this as a career. But you don't need anything beyond high school math. It's mostly adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and sometimes a square root or two. If you can use a spreadsheet that's going to be a big help.
You do also need to have an eye for detail. You need to be able to tell the difference between:
Row 1 (RS): K1, p2, k to end of row.
Row 1 [RS]: K1, p2, knit to end.
(Hint there are 3 major differences.)
If you can't spot the differences, this course isn't going to help. I'm assuming you have the core skills needed.
Still wondering if it's for you? Well if it is, then you probably...
- read books on knitted sweater construction for fun.
- get passionate about whether it should be "[k2, p2] to end" or " *k2, p2; rep from * to end".
- have done a bit of test knitting and really impressed the designer with your feedback.
If all of this makes you scream "YES! This is the career I've been wanting." then make sure you are on my mailing list. You can sign up right here: