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FAQ: How do I ensure that my crochet pattern is ready for technical editing?

Updated: May 23, 2023

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By sending your pattern to your Tech Editor in the best possible shape will not only save you money, but time as well.

As a Technical Editor, I usually charge by the hour (or part thereof). However, there are some simple checks you can complete before sending your crochet pattern to me, which will reduce the time it takes for me to complete the editing work. Not only will this save you time, but it will also minimise the back-and-forth queries.


To ensure that your crochet pattern is ready for technical editing, I recommend following these steps:


Check for accuracy

It's crucial to make sure that all the stitch counts, measurements, and other details in your pattern are accurate and consistent throughout. Double-check these elements to ensure that they are error-free and won't confuse the crocheter.


Use clear and concise language

Opt for simple and easy-to-understand language in your pattern instructions. Avoid using overly verbose language or terms that may confuse the reader. Clear and concise instructions will make it easier for me to understand and edit the pattern effectively.


Organise the pattern

Organise your pattern in a logical and easy-to-follow manner. Utilise headings and subheadings to break up the pattern into sections, allowing for better readability. Number each step to create a clear flow and make it easier for crocheters to follow along.


Include helpful visuals

Enhance your pattern by including clear photos or diagrams to illustrate the more complex or tricky parts. These visuals will aid readers in better understanding the instructions and successfully completing the pattern. They also serve as useful references for me during the editing process.


Proofread

Prior to sending your pattern for editing, it is essential to thoroughly review it multiple times. Look for any errors or inconsistencies that may have been overlooked. Utilise spell-check tools to ensure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes. A well-proofread pattern reduces the chance of errors slipping through during the editing process.


By following these steps, you can ensure that your crochet pattern is clear, accurate, and well-prepared for technical editing. Taking the time to complete these checks will streamline the editing process and contribute to a smoother collaboration between you and your Technical Editor. Ultimately, this will result in a polished and high-quality crochet pattern ready for publication.


Is my crochet pattern ready for tech editing? Want to know about all the checks a certified Tech Editor does on your pattern? Book a 30 min FREE Zoom chat directly into my diary using the link below.



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