Every writer on CompletelyNovel has the option to order proof copies of their work at cost price so that they can thoroughly check their book before it goes public. We’re seeing many of our authors do this and it’s something we are really keen to encourage!
If you are self-publishing then proofreading your manuscript is a really challenging task and you’ll kick yourself if you find a mistake after you have told everyone about the book.
No matter how many times you have read through your work it’s amazing how often errors can sneak through to the final stages. The problem is that you are so familiar with the text that you see what you think you have written rather than what you actually wrote. For this reason, at the very least it’s good to ask a few friends to help you proofread.
Don’t forget to carefully proofread the cover, copyright and title pages as well as any indices, tables of contents and dedications. We have noticed that mistakes in these areas happen surprisingly often!
So, short of hiring a professional proofreader, what else can you do to make sure that your book is as close to perfect as you can possibly make it?
So, good luck with the proofreading! Remember, nobody’s perfect and we all make mistakes, but hopefully these tips will help ensure your self-published book looks its best when it ends up in your readers’ hands.
Do you have any favourite proofreading tips you would like to share?
CompletelyNovel lets you order proof copies of your book at cost price at any time. We recommend you do this before you make your book public on CompletelyNovel or submit it for distribution to retailers. This option is available once you complete the book creator and you can order as many as you like.
Thank you for taking the time to write these helpful hints, I found then really useful. I love number 3, currently downloading a copy now.
Excellent advise and I’m glad I popped over. Proof reading takes time and I like the idea of using text to speech software to help us hear what we write (I am sure that doesn’t make sense!)
Thanks for being so professional and encouraging us aspiring authors to check a printed proof before letting our books out into the wild – first thing I’ve noticed is that the first line indent that looked fine on screen was way too deep on a printed page, and I’d missed a typo on the back cover! I expect my keen-eyed friend on official proofing duty will find lots of other glitches too…
Great timely advice Anna
- thanks! we still overlook little glitches / errors.
The ‘word-blindness’ thing you speak of is an important issue. No matter how ‘expert’ / proficient we might be (or think ourselves to be!) ;) -
I make it a rule, when submitting work, to never send anything important out until the next day (esp when dog tired!) It’s best to always wait until the next day, and then review it all with ‘fresh eyes’.
The same thing occurs when I’m creating in other spheres — such as recording music; glaring errors slip by, and are only noticed the next day — or next week / month etc!
Also… as many of us know, self-published work has earned itself a bit of a bad press (in some quarters) because too many folk have rushed into print, and not done enough ‘prepping’ of their work. This certainly isn’t a way to attract a fan base — quite the opposite methinks!
To paraphrase: “Publish in haste, cringe at leisure!”
Bon voyage to all fellow scribes hereabouts…
I double checked that text before posting, then re-posted it, but it still seems to have come out with the first section having a line [‘strikethough’] scored through certain words! < odd! >
So… no matter how much we humans strive for good work, technology still has its own little way of introducing glitches!