This is an incredibly informative guest post from published author and professional editor Alana Woods. She gives tips on how to successfully proof read your work. This post is one in a series on being a professional editor. Subscribe to her blog to get all her great advice.
This is week six in my series What editors do.
And this week I’m giving away a secret.
It doesn’t matter what you read about getting out a quality book all advice seems to say this: that you must have an editor go over your final copy. Not only to pick up all the typos but also because they will point out any shortcomings. I couldn’t agree more with this.
But because I know that authors like to go over their work ad nauseam whether they have an editor or not, I am going to add my tip, one that I gave you in week four on proofreading. And that is to print out your document and use a ruler when you are proofreading it.
But that’s not the editor’s secret I promised you.
The professional editor’s secret is this.
When a manuscript has been edited and typeset, in a publishing unit they will then do a one-on-one read.
That consists of one editor reading out loud from the last copy before it was typeset.
The text will mirror the text in the typeset document.
This read includes everything: capitals, paragraph breaks, widows/orphans, etc. It also includes formatting—by that I mean bold and italics, indents, justification, spacing etc.
The second editor will check the typeset document against what is being read.
They both use rulers to focus on the line being read.Try it. In my experience you find heaps of typos.
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