TECH EDITING SERVICES
I began tech editing in late 2015 for one woman. What started out as my test knitting one of her first brioche patterns and being encouraged by this woman to seek out tech editing as a skill, has become a daily endeavor, assisting a wide range of knitters from across the world in creating their best knitting patterns for distribution. It’s an honor to be asked to review a designers work and a request I treat with care and accountability.
How it Works
Clients submit images of a finished design (whether the final images to go in the pattern or quick images snapped on a cell phone) along with either a PDF or a Word/Pages version of their finished written pattern including all diagrams and charts (where applicable). NEW! I’m now able to review Google Docs. I review the pattern for spelling, grammar, mathematical accuracy, ease of reading and make recommendations, where necessary, to improve the instructions. Grading services and chart-creation services are available on request at my standard hourly rate.
I always want to honor each designers “pattern writing language” and never try to change things to suit my own end. How you interact with your clients is of the utmost importance to me and I seek to encourage consistency between patterns.
With regards to publishing your patterns: I do not REQUIRE that you note that I am your tech editor in your published pattern, but it is always appreciated. Additionally, I have found that many of your customers appreciate knowing that the pattern they purchase has been tech edited.
My Schedule / POlicies
My office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8am to 5pm PST. If you contact me outside of that time I will respond to you on the next business day.
All review scheduling requests must come in via email or text message (or through the contact form below). Please do not use Instagram or Facebook messenger as I don’t consider those reliable methods of communication and I worry about missing things.
I will no longer be accepting non-scheduled reviews.
I only schedule the review of any ONE (1) pattern per working day so that every client, and every pattern receives my best time and attention. In doing this, you know you will recieve feedback from me on our scheduled review date rather than a window of time in which you may hear from me.
I need to have all patterns / parts of the pattern in my inbox by 8am PST on the day we are scheduled to work together. If I don’t hear anything from you by 9am (i.e.: 1 hour grace period because, well, life happens) I will assume that you are not submitting your pattern and you will be moved to the next available date.
On the day of the scheduled review, you may recieve communication from me via email and/or text message. If you are local (i.e.: in the US or Canada) I will generally text you because it is faster. For all clients outside of the US/Canada, I will continue to email. Please be on the lookout for communications on those days. Delays in response can cause a delay in my review time.
On the day of YOUR scheduled review is the only time I will take phone calls regarding your project. I cannot take phone calls regarding your project on a day other than your scheduled review day as that priority time must be given to the client who IS scheduled for that day. All time spent on the phone is billable time on your pattern review day.
I currently bill out at $30 per hour. I have a 1 hour minimum per month. That means that if I do any work for you in a month, expect to pay at least $30, even if I only work for 30 minutes. However, working with me is not a subscription service. If we do not work together in a month, you will not receive a bill.
I pro-rate my time by the minute beyond the minimum monthly amount of 1 hour.
For example: if I edit a shawl for you and it takes me 1 hour and 37 minutes, you only pay for 1 hr and 37 minutes. If it takes me 45 minutes but we have a second project in that same month that takes 45 minutes, you will recieve a bill for 90 minutes. My billable time is cumulative in a month; I don’t have a per-project 1 hour minimum.
Payments may be made by check, Zelle or Venmo**.
The Fine Print
The first time we work together it takes me a little longer than average to review your pattern since I’ll be learning your writing style and making suggestions about how to change things to make your pattern writing stronger (notes that you can use moving forward on other patterns). I always try to work as efficiently, time-wise, as possible since I know that every dollar counts.
Clients are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. At current, I am booking out approximately two weeks from the date of request so please take that into consideration when planning your patten releases. I make every effort to schedule a review within the desired timeline.
If you are interested in my tech editing services, please fill out the form below! I look forward to hearing from you!
Request Tech Editing Services
** Not all countries support these payment services. Alternatives may be arranged at the time of request for services where necessary.