We all make mistakes
Everyone who writes understands the importance of proofreading. Whether you have just finished your first one-sheet or your twentieth 50-page report, you WILL find errors in it, guaranteed.
Book publishing is no exception. It’s truly astonishing how many mistakes come out of hiding every time you read your manuscript, no matter how many times you read it, even after it has been edited by a pro. Authors everywhere scratch their heads and ask, “How could I have written that?” and just as often, “How could I have missed that?” This is why professional proofreading is a must if your goal is to release a quality book.
You can’t outwit the human brain
It’s not enough to read your own work, or ask friends and family to do the same. The human brain is a funny thing. Once we read material more than once, we see what we expect to see. We know what we mean to say, so when we read our own words, the message is perfectly clear. Outside proofreaders, preferably specialists in book publishing, are a stand-in for your eventual reader. In addition to finding errors that almost got away, an experienced proofreader will zero in on text that may not be clear to someone reading it for the first time.
Publishing methods evolved for a reason
This is a message we deliver over and over again to our clients. We almost beg them to edit their manuscript and proofread it, multiple times, before interior design begins. Then we recommend an additional round of proofreading after the book has been layed out. Why? If you think errors hide out in Word, you won’t believe how they’ll pop up in text that has been carefully formatted in InDesign.
The standard workflow in book publishing has always been: edit, proofread, typeset, then proofread one final time before printing. Unfortunately, this quality control process has too often been abandoned by self-publishers, with the result that many books on the market today are riddled with errors.
Book publishing should be fun, not a nightmare!
For the good of your book, as well as to deliver true value to your readers, please invest in professional editing and proofreading before book design begins, and again after your book has been designed. You won’t believe how many errors will be found. Your readers will appreciate the quality, and post good reviews on Amazon instead of complaints.