• Nicky

Save Money By Being Your TE's Favourite Client

Are you a natural teacher's pet, or aspire to be? Read on.

I recently realized I've just passed my second anniversary of grading for clients, which means I've been editing for about two and a half years. I'm so grateful that I stumbled into this job, and it has definitely accelerated my learning in terms of pattern writing and grading. I get the opportunity to work with so many patterns, and while I'm sure I'll never say "I've seen it all", I have seen a LOT, and I love chatting with clients and applying my experience to their unique design challenges.

One of the best parts of being a tech editor is growing relationships with my designers over many patterns. I'm proud of each one we work on together, and I learn something new every time. I try to keep track of your unique style, the way you format things, the way you explain things, and the sizing you offer. The more I work with a client and learn their specific methods, the faster I get at editing their patterns, because I can look back at previous designs and correspondence to fill in missing pieces and answer my own questions. Use the tips below to accelerate this process by giving your editor all the information they'll need to polish your patterns just the way you like 'em. They'll love you for it, and they'll spend less time looking for answers, saving you money on editing.