Learn To Tech Edit: Masterclass (Coming Soon!) by Joeli Kelly

Learn To Tech Edit: Masterclass (Coming Soon!)

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, 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 into your schedule. You will be able to start earning money from something you are really enthusiastic about. 

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


The course will cover:

  • Module 1: Expectations of a Tech Editor
  • Module 2: Understanding Style Sheets
  • Module 3: Basic Number Checks
  • Module 4: Checking Charts
  • Module 5: Socks & Short Rows
  • Module 6: Checking Garments 
  • Module 7: Creating a Tech Editing Business
  • Module 8: Marketing

There are over 20 videos, 10 assignments (including 8 sample patterns), and worksheets to go along with each written lesson. This course is packed full of information but should you have any questions you have free access to our Slack Community for 3 months and there will be two Q&A sessions.


SPOTS OPENS AGAIN LATE SEPTEMBER 2018.


 

What do past students have to say?

While you can figure out how to be a tech editor on your own, there are benefits to learning from someone with experience. I've worked with Joeli as a tech editor in the past. When hiring tech editors now, I know they are serious when they have taken Joeli's class -- it's a real badge for rising tech editors.
Kathleen Dames, Designer
The feedback from Joeli and the detailed lessons were invaluable as I took on more clients and gained experience. The courses I've done with Joeli were an excellent investment and really helped me expand my editing business. As well as growing my independent designer portfolio, I'm now a technical editor for Knit Now and Essential Knits magazines, and I've edited patterns for all sorts of designers, from those just starting out to some of the established names in the field. Thanks to Joeli, I've found that the knitting industry is a great place to work, and I love what I do!
Tricia Gilbert, Tech Editor
Joeli's courses helped me figure out that a tech editing career would be a really good fit for me, plus they gave me a solid background in tech editing knitting patterns and the practice and confidence I needed to get started. One year after completing the courses, I've tech edited almost 100 patterns for dozens of designers, many of whom have become my regular clients. I love it that I've found a dream job that combines knitting, math, and working with people.
Lisa Beth Houchins, Tech Editor
After being interested in tech editing for quite some time I started researching the field and how people go started. Every quality tech editor it seemed took Joeli's course to get started. For some reason I doubted myself and my ability at first. After taking the leap to invest in myself and sign up for the class I have never looked back. I learned all the skills I needed and them some. It was a worthy investment in myself. It's great working with such a large group of talented and supportive tech editors.
Jessica Hidden, Tech Editor

What's included?

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Contents

Welcome!
Tutorial: Setting up a Spreadsheet
Setting Up A Spreadsheet (Video Tutorial)
Example Pattern
1.24 MB
Example Spreadsheet
1.42 MB
Tutorial: Annotating a PDF
Annotating a PDF (Video Tutorial)

FAQs

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. 

WHAT DOES THE COURSE COVER?

There are 8 written lessons, 20+ videos, and 10 assignments (including 8 practice patterns). These lessons cover:
  • Module 1: Expectations of a Tech Editor
  • Module 2: Understanding Style Sheets
  • Module 3: Basic Number Checks
  • Module 4: Checking Charts
  • Module 5: Socks & Short Rows
  • Module 6: Checking Garments 
  • Module 7: Creating a Tech Editing Business
  • Module 8: Marketing

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. 

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.

IF I SUCK AT MARKETING, WILL I EVER FIND CLIENTS?

This is a common worry. If you've never had to do any marketing before, or maybe just never had to do it for yourself, it's easy to think that you can't do it. It's easy to feel like it's something that other people are good at but not you, Here's what one of my students had to say: "When I started tech editing, I was crippled by my genuine and almost allergic dislike of social media. I had to get over it, and this community and Joeli's marketing class helped a lot." This student is absolutely killing it in terms of getting clients and I know is at the point where she is turning away work. I give a lot of help and advice for getting clients. And quite frankly I've never had a student complete the course, go through all my marketing strategies and implement some of then and not start getting clients and I won't let you be the first! If you're willing to put in the work, I'm willing to help.

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.)

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.

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.

HOW LONG DOES THE COURSE LAST?

The course officially lasts 8 weeks but you get lifetime access to the material. 

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. :)

Helping tech editors build thriving businesses!