Some of you already know that I do freelance work as a technical editor for companies who publish quilting books. I’ve been doing this for about 8 years now and have over 50 books with my name in their credits. The last couple of years I’ve scaled back some so that I can focus more on my own art, but I still keep my hands in editing. Its nice to have the extra income, I enjoy the work, and I think it keeps my brain sharp. Technical editing reminds me of doing a seek-and-find puzzle. The mission is to find the technical errors in a book before it goes to print…because we (author, publishers, editors, etc.) don’t want the readers to find them.
Its not easy work. There’s a lot of math and geometry and you have to be well versed on every type of quilting and sewing technique. No, I don’t have to make all the projects. Although, occasionally I find myself making paper versions to double-check construction techniques.
One of the best parts of the process is getting to see the book way before its published. The worse part is I can’t tell anyone about them when I’m working on them. I’m under contract to keep total secrecy.
When I’m finished with my work on a particular book, I send it back to the publisher and they do their magic. Sometimes I forget what I’ve worked on, until one day many months later a package arrives at my door. Its always a happy surprise.
Yesterday, I received my copy of “Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs” compiled by Lissa Alexander for C&T Publishing. It was all pretty and new, without a single crease in its pages. Flipping through it, I am really impressed with this book. Its huge! and packed with quilts, party accessories, home decorations, and gifts for all occasions. I don’t know how they got everything in there, but there’s a lot of stuff and well worth the price. And the best part, the projects are designed to work with those specialty cuts of fabric (e.g., charm squares, jelly rolls, etc) that are so popular these days. I love those things. Keep an eye out for this book at your local shop. I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.
Over the years, I’ve worked on some amazing books and met some wonderful authors who I now call my friends. I have always loved books, so to be part of the book making process is such a treat. I love that my life allows me to wear so many hats.