Learn to Tech Edit Course

Imagine being able to stay at home with your kids and still earn money in your spare time.

Imagine being able to earn money from something that you love doing.

Imagine turning your hobby into a viable business.

Tech editing has turned all of these dreams into a reality for me. I got started tech editing shortly after my first child was born. I was a stay-at-home-mom trying to find a way to earn a bit of income without needing to spend money on childcare. In the early days, I would put my son in the sling so he could sleep and do my edits standing up. That was all the free time I had. By the time he was 11 months old (and now napping in his own bed) I had built up my business into a real source of income. Most of my learning experience was trial-by-fire but over the years I have gained experience working with magazines, book publishers, and hundreds of designers.

Now I want to create a better path for those of you just starting out tech editing.

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If you want to become a tech editor, there isn't a clear path. You could do a lot of trial-and-error and read a lot of incomplete posts about it and try to convince designers to hire you. But if limited time holds you back, I want to help.

With my course, you can become a tech editor that designers trust in a few hours a week. Whether you're staying home with your kids or you want to start your own empire, this class will get you started

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Through the lessons and assignments I will teach you the basic editing skills you need to start out as a tech editor. You will know how much to charge and how much work you can fit in your schedule. You will be able to start earning money from something you are really enthusiastic about. 

No matter how much you have going on in your life, you can fit in my tech editing course and get the skills and tools that you need to create a new career path for yourself. 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 and 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.

The course will cover:

  • How to use a style sheet and check that a pattern conforms.
  • Basic pattern checks — the first things you should go through when you get a pattern and how to check accessories.
  • Advanced checks — how to check garments, socks, lace shawls, charts, etc.
  • Tech-etiquette — covering things like how to make your edits and relay them to the designer, how long should edits take, what might you want to charge for an hourly rate, etc.

This course is for you, if you...

  • 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.
  • enjoy spot the difference games.

This course is not for you, if you...

  • get squeamish at the thought of spreadsheets
  • can’t spot the differences between “Rnd 1: K to end.” and “Round 1: k to end"
  • don't have the time or motivation to put aside a few hours a week

FAQ:

I’m a designer and want to improve my pattern writing skills. Is this course for me? Yes! Many designers have taken this course and told me that the course improved their awareness of clarity and error finding. They also liked learning what it good to leave in and what can be taken out/edited. In short, it helps them be better clients for their tech editors, which is always a good thing. 

I only crochet, is this course for me? Yes and no. All the assignments are based on knitting patterns so you might struggle with that. But the ideas and theory are sound and applicable to crochet.

I have a degree in [insert your relevant field here], can’t I just start tech editing and learn as I go? Of course you can! I took my degree in mathematics and built my career upon that. I firmly believe it is our natural skills (comfortable with numbers, eye for detail, perfectionism) that make us great editors and not a specific knowledge set. But sometimes we need encouragement and support when we learn a new skill. We want to learn from someone who’s been there before and be sure we are doing it right and going in with our best foot forward. That’s what this course is for.