What’s the process?
Here is the basic tech edit process when I work with a designer: i. Designer: Submit pattern and any supporting material. ii. RPC: Review submittal and develop an estimate. Send estimate to the designer. iii. Designer: Review estimate. Confirm acceptance of estimate by email. iv. RPC: The tech edit only starts once the estimate is accepted. v. RPC: The edited pattern is submitted to the designer for review. A typical edit includes corrections, questions and suggestions. vi. Designer: Review edits and comments. Incorporate any changes or corrections to the pattern. vii. Designer: Resubmit the updated pattern for a proofreading review to check for errors or omissions in the areas where edits were made. Unless requested by the designer, the technical information—numbers, dimensions—are not checked again at this point. viii. RPC: Submit second review edits to designer. ix. Designer: Review edits and comments and ask any questions. x. RPC: Invoice is issued.
What’s included in the technical edit?
I check all the technical and non-technical parts of your pattern to make sure everything is clear, complete and correct. This includes the introduction, notes, instructions, numbers, dimensions, schematics, and charts—everything, top to bottom. In practical terms, this means that I: check all the stitch counts for each step of the pattern. check all the dimensions that result from the instructions, then check these against the schematic check written instructions against charts to make sure they are the same check for consistency in abbreviation use, in wording, and in the order of instructions, and for any other repeated element check that the instructions seem consistent with the photo(s) copyedit written passages for grammar, spelling and flow look for typos, and if the pattern is in the final layout, any formatting irregularities I can also check grading for multiple sizes if the designer provides me with their size chart I also offer the following services as part of a tech edit or on their own: creation of schematics creation of charts creation of written instruction from charts style sheet creation
What should be submitted?
You should submit all the pattern elements to be edited, plus any reference information that could be helpful. Reference material could be a style sheet, thoughts about who your audience is, a sketch, notes about your inspiration, or basic pictures you take with your phone because you haven’t done your photoshoot yet. Anything that helps me understand your design intent will support the tech edit. I can edit MS Word or PDF files. When working in MS Word I always use Track Changes and Comments so that you have full visibility for all edits. For designers working with me for the first time, I also need a mailing address. This is for my accounting and tax records.
How long will it take to edit my pattern?
I currently offer a one-week turnaround for first round edits. A second review takes 3-4 days.
How much will the tech edit cost?
My rate is CDN $30 per hour (+GST/HST for Canadian designers). I provide an estimate after I have received the pattern. Editing does not begin until I get a go-ahead from the designer. If at any point it looks like it’s going to take longer than estimated, I will stop work and contact the designer to discuss this issue. We’ll come up with a plan for moving forward and getting the tech edit done in a way that works for the designer. My final invoice is for actual time, so if I spend less time than I estimated, that’s what you’ll be charged.
Does the cost estimate include a follow up review?
My cost estimate is for the initial edit only. I’m happy to provide another estimate for the follow-up.
What types of payment are accepted?
I can accept payment by PayPal, credit card or Interac E-transfer.
Will we sign a contract for the work?
I do not currently use a contract for single patterns. Our emails detailing my estimate and your acceptance of that estimate form the agreement for completion of work and payment. Any other email detailing specifics about the scope of work is also part of our agreement. Book edits require a contract and a deposit. Pattern collections may also require a contract and deposit, depending on their size.