Pre-Publication Proofreading: Tips and Tools for an Error Free Book. So you just finished your manuscript. Congratulations! You are ready to send it over to the person you have chosen to format it, right? Not so fast. Missed errors can be a common occurrence in books. When you are pouring your heart and soul out, sometimes you don’t see grammatical errors or typos. Don’t feel bad, it happens to the best of us. Still, there are some things you can do to help catch those errors early which will make the publishing process that much faster.
Pre-Publication Proofreading: Tips and Tools for an Error Free Book.
While you are writing:
- Run your manuscript through Grammarly as you write it. Some people hate this tool, some love it. I happen to really like it because it catches spelling, tense (noun/verb/adjective) and punctuation mistakes.
- Have your beta readers take a look and help you catch any mistakes.
- If you are doing a children’s book, make sure your illustrator knows exactly what you want your illustrations to look like in great detail.
- When you are done, make sure you hire a professional editor to go over your work.
When you get your files from your formatter (interior layout).
1. Open your .pdf (print) file and make sure everything from your headings to your paragraphs to your footers are in place.
2. If you are publishing a children’s book, read through and make sure your pictures are placed correctly in regards to the text.
When you get your proof copy (print).
This is always the exciting part, your book is finally in your hands and all you want to do is hit ‘Approve’ and send it out into the world. But not so fast my friend.
- If you are publishing a longer book, sit down and read it over a few days. Check for margin errors, typos, grammar, spelling and punctuation errors. This may seem tedious but it’s imperative to your success. You want your book to look the best it can be.
- You may want to order two proof copies and have a friend read it as well. It is easy for us as writers to overlook mistakes after being immersed in our art for so long.
- If you are publishing a children’s book, make sure your pictures are placed where they should be.
- Go over it with a fine tooth comb and make sure you are absolutely happy with it.
1. When you upload your files, you will be able to see a electronic proof of your e-book. Check it for mistakes.
2. When you are satisfied, approve it for distribution.
3. I always buy and download a copy to my NOOK and have my husband download a copy on his Kindle before I announce it’s available. That way, I can see how it looks on two different e-readers and catch mistakes in each format if there are any.
4. If you are happy with it, announce to the world that your book is available. If not, have your interior person fix any mistakes and upload new files.
These are just a few tips and tools to make proof reading your book easier and more efficient. Do you have any tips when proof reading? I would love to know in the comments.