Learn-Build-Grow Program (Learn To Tech Edit) by Joeli Kelly

Learn-Build-Grow Program (Learn To Tech Edit)

So you think you might want to be a tech editor?

Imagine being able to earn money doing something you love.

If numbers and knitting make you happy then tech editing could be just your thing.

If you want to become a tech editor, there isn't a clear path. You could do a lot of trial-and-error, read a lot of incomplete posts about it, take classes that teach you some things but not others, and then try to convince designers to hire you. With a lot of time and a lot of patience that path can totally work. But there's got to be a better way, right?

I got started tech editing shortly after my first kiddo was born (nearly eight years ago). 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, the only free time I had was when he was napping but by the time he was 11 months old I had built up my business into a real source of income. But I knew that I could have gotten off to much better start if I had been able to get help understanding what was expected of me and how to do the best possible job for my clients. So, in March 2013, I decided to create that resource for others and launched Learn To Tech Edit. Since then I've taught hundreds of knitters to become tech editors and seen them grow and blossom and make new careers for themselves as they go on to work with designers, magazines, book publishers, and yarn companies.

So what makes my course so special? Well when you go through Learn To Tech Edit, you can become a tech editor that designers trust in just a couple months. Whether you're staying home with your kids or you want to start your own empire, this class will get you started. 

Through the lessons and assignments (including 8 sample patterns), I will teach you the basic editing skills you need to start out as a tech editor. 

WITH THIS COURSE, YOU CAN LEARN THE SKILLS AND TOOLS THAT YOU NEED TO CREATE A NEW CAREER PATH FOR YOURSELF.


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What's included?

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Contents

Welcome!
How to Get in Touch With Me
Get comfortable annotating PDFs
13 mins
Some Additional Resources You Might Need
39 KB
Module 1: Expectations of a Tech Editor
Lesson
Assignment 1-1
336 KB
Style Sheet
42.5 KB
Assignment 1-1, Answer Video
10 mins
Assignment 1-1, Answer PDF
353 KB
Module 2: Style Sheets
Lesson
Assignment 2-1
457 KB
Assignment 2-1 Style Sheet
40.7 KB
Assignment 2-1, Answer Video
16 mins
Assignment 2-1, Answer PDF
515 KB
Module 3: Basic Math Checks
Lesson
13 mins
Assignment 3-1
27.8 KB
Assignment 3-1, Answer Video
13 mins
Assignment 3-1, Answer PDF
30.5 KB
Extra Practice
33.1 KB
Extra Practice Answers
7.33 KB
Module 4: Checking Charts
Lesson
Assignment 4-1
169 KB
Assignment 4-1, Answer Video
7 mins
Assignment 4-1, Answer PDF
911 KB
Assignment 4-2
1.11 MB
Assignment 4-2, Answer Video
30 mins
Assignment 4-2, Answer PDF
1.07 MB
Assignment 4-2, Assignment Answer Spreadsheet
482 KB
Module 5: Socks & Short-rows
Lesson
8 mins
Assignment 5-1
3.94 MB
Assignment 5-1, Answer Video
26 mins
Assignment 5-1, Answer PDF
3.99 MB
Assignment 5-1, Answer Spreadsheet
481 KB
Module 6: Garments
Lesson
Assignment 6-1
699 KB
Assignment 6-1, Answer Video
26 mins
Assignment 6-1, Answer PDF
752 KB
Assignment 6-1, Answer Spreadsheet
485 KB
Assignment 6-2
3.5 MB
Assignment 6-2, Answer Video
18 mins
Assignment 6-2, Answer PDF
3.55 MB
Assignment 6-2, Answer Spreadsheet
482 KB
Bonus Assignments
Bonus Assignment 1
1.23 MB
Bonus Assignment 1, Answer Video
18 mins
Bonus Assignment 1, Answer PDF
1.26 MB
Bonus Assignment 1, Answer Spreadsheet
481 KB
Bonus Assignment 2
829 KB
Bonus Assignment 2, Answer Video
13 mins
Bonus Assignment 2, Answer PDF
1.23 MB
Bonus Assignment 2, Answer Spreadsheet
483 KB
Bonus Module: Crochet Tech Editing
Thoughts from Linda...
Thoughts from Kirsten...
Module 7: What Makes You Stand Out?
Identifying Your Strengths
5 mins
Identifying Your Ideal Client
3 mins
Putting It Altogether
2 mins
Module 8: Laying The Foundations
Picking a Business Name
Setting Up Your Home
6 mins
Building Out Your Pages
5 mins
Setting Up Your Social Media Accounts
Newsletters
6 mins
Module 9: Your Client Workflow
The Basic Workflow
Using Trello and Calendly to Manage Workflow
21 mins
How I use Paypal for Invoicing
7 mins
Module 10: Marketing 101
What is Marketing?
Your Marketing Message
2 mins
Your Customer Path
Module 11: Growing the Quality of Your Reputation
The Basic Plan
TE Biz Plan (Worksheet)
41.3 KB
Be Known for Quality Work
4 mins
When to Turn Down Work
4 mins
Making a Plan for Mistakes
4 mins
Getting Testimonials
2 mins
Module 12: Social Media
Choosing the Right Social Media Platforms For You
Instagram
9 mins
Facebook Groups
3 mins
Other platform choices
Ravelry Ads
2 mins

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FAQ

WHAT IS A TECH EDITOR?

A tech editor is the writing editor equivalent for knitting patterns. A tech editor goes through a pattern top to bottom, line by line, checking for errors, inconsistencies, problems, better ways of writing things, and so on. They meticulously go through the pattern with a fine tooth comb; checking stitch counts, making sure the gauge gives the right measurements, looking at the wording, looking for deviations from the style sheet. It's a lot of work and a good tech editor does this quickly and efficiently. 

I'M NOT VERY DISCIPLINED AND I DON'T THINK I'LL STICK WITH THE COURSE AND ACTUALLY FINISH IT.

There are definitely ways around this. But first you have to understand that this isn't about a laziness or a lack of discipline. According to the Four Tendencies framework created by Gretchen Rubin, some people work really well on their own and other people need more accountability. When you join the course we can figure out which tendency you are and get you the accountability you need so that you stay on track with the course. (And just in case you take the quiz, get "Rebel", and think that means you're screwed, don't worry. I'm a Rebel and still manage to get things done and run a successful business. I can help you if you fall in that category too.)

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 do you need to have a math degree? Definitely not. There are plenty of people who come into the tech editing world from something other than a maths background. They might have a science, engineering, English or communications degree. Or they might have 20 years experience working in a yarn store providing pattern support for customers that come in. Whatever the background, it is experience and personalities that make good editors. Typically tech editors are very analytical, have a good eye detail, are able to deal with multiple sets of numbers at once, and are comfortable putting formulas into a spreadsheet. That alone isn't enough to edit knitting patterns though. You also have to be a knowledgeable knitter, familiar with different types of constructions for everything from garments to hats to socks.

WHAT IF I DON’T REALLY HAVE ENOUGH KNITTING KNOWLEDGE?

If you can understand a knitting pattern then you can become a tech editor. Will you be a tech editor that edits complex garments constructions? Probably not. But that's okay. I know editors who only want to work on garment patterns. I also know editors who only want to work on knitted toy patterns and simple accessories. As long as there are people designing the types of patterns you love to knit (which usually becomes the patterns you love to edit) then there is a spot for you as a tech editor.

DOES A TECH EDITOR KNIT THE ITEM?

Nope! Test knitters are the ones who go through and knit the item. A tech editor needs to be able to read through the pattern and visualise what is happening without ever casting on. This is what allows them to work through and check a pattern in a matter of hours, not days and weeks.

Is test knitting better than tech editing because test knitters actually knit the item? I don't think so. I know of patterns that have been knit thousands of times and suddenly a knitter will find an error. 

IS THERE REALLY ROOM FOR MORE TECH EDITORS?

Yes there is! There are constantly new designers coming on to the scene and there are constantly tech editors leaving it for one reason or another. I'm confident we haven't reached saturation point yet. :)

I'M A CROCHETER, IS THIS COURSE FOR ME?

All of the examples and sample patterns are knitting, so if you have no idea how to knit or read knitting patterns you will struggle to get the full value of the course. However, I have had people who crochet and knit go through the course to become crochet tech editors because the theory is applicable to both fields.