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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 09/10/2006 :  04:19:49 AM  Show Profile Send nanetteb a Private Message
Hi everyone! In another thread Amy was talking about using a technical editor to proof patterns. I recently found an error in one of my older patterns which has made me think about using a technical editor for future patterns.

My patterns are for knitted accessories (hats, socks, mittens) done in stranded color knitting and each pattern is not more than 2-3 pages long. I do the color charts with Stitch & Motif Maker. Generally I do different sizes by changing needle size so there aren't really that many numbers involved in my patterns. I'm curious about the charge for having a pattern looked at by a technical editor. Has anyone here worked with a tech. editor? How long do they usually need to look over a pattern?

Thanks for the help! I sell my patterns to help a pet rabbit shelter so I want to make sure any money I use for my designs is money well spent. Thanks for any help!

Nanette (patterns) (blog)

Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 09/10/2006 :  4:12:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit yarnyamy's Homepage Send yarnyamy a Private Message
I have done all my work for mags and yarn companies, so my patterns have all been edited by their tech editors. I would hire one if I was self-publishing, though- an extra pair of trained eyes is very valuable!
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New Pal

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Posted - 09/11/2006 :  5:01:27 PM  Show Profile Send eknits a Private Message
I am a technical writer and editor of software help systems. My own writing is edited by another member of my team. A second pair of eyes is an essential part of the writing process, not only to check grammar and spelling, but also to ensure the text is consistent, clear, and accurate. I often find small details in knitting patterns that are either incorrect or unclear, which can cause stress and anxiety for the knitter who wants to knit it right the first time.

I am interested in editing knitting patterns. Please send me an e-mail or private message if you are looking for a technical editor and are interested in discussing this opportunity.

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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 09/13/2006 :  7:33:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit Felted-Bag's Homepage Send Felted-Bag a Private Message
I have 2 tech editors -- 1 is a non-knitter but has 20 years tech writing experience and the other is my pattern tester. She does the final tech editing. Bu even then, things can slip through!

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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 09/15/2006 :  01:56:54 AM  Show Profile Send nanetteb a Private Message
Thanks everyone for your advice! I'm not ready yet to hire a technical editor as I have to save the money from patterns sold first. It does sound like it would be an extra safeguard against pattern errors though.

Thanks again!

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