Please note that we do not need any proof-readers.
Proof-reading will make sure that your book is
completely ready for press.
When the text of your book has been set up in type
as pages and is ready to print, the page proofs are proof-read to eliminate any errors.
In the past many of these related to typesetting literals, but even if your book
has been computer type-set or digitally produced, you should consider having it
proof-read to correct any errors and make sure that your finished text is as
perfect as you would wish before it goes to the printer.
|Has your book been properly copy edited? It is
important to distinguish between the two processes, as the first step should
be copy editing to correct the spelling and grammar in your typescript.
All manuscripts should be copy edited to make sure that the finished
book is not full of errors and this is something that publishers undertake as
a matter of course.
|It is only after the copy editing has been done that you should proceed with
the typesetting. If there are still many corrections to be made at page
proof stage it will be an extremely expensive undertaking.|
If you intend to publish
your book yourself (see our
you, as the publisher, should make sure that it is properly copy edited and
we would also suggest that you should consider professional proof-reading.
This will check that the corrections made at copy editing stage have been
properly incorporated and check the
prelims, page layouts, captions and so on. |
Proof-reading is particularly necessary if your copy editor
has worked on hard copy or has used the track changes facility (see
Copy editing), but less essential if the
changes have been made on screen and you have simply read through the copy
edited typescript. |
should also check the proofs yourself, but bear in mind that it is
notoriously difficult to spot your own mistakes and proof-reading is a skilled
|If your book is to be brought out by a publisher, then the
publisher will usually arrange for the copy editing and proof-reading to be
done, as part
of the processes involved in putting it into production. If you do not
yet have a publisher, then you might want to consider having a copy editor
go through it to improve its presentation and help your chances. But
there's really no need for you to arrange for your book to be proof-read unless you are intending to publish
Our proof-reader will be a professional
plenty of experience of
proof-reading, which is a specific editorial expertise
and is often carried out by freelances.
|The proof-reader will
go carefully through the page proofs of your book, marking up any errors
for the designer to correct. There shouldn't be any major changes at
this stage, but it is surprisingly easy for small errors to creep into the
text, particularly if there are a lot of corrections from the copy editing.
It is irritating to stumble across these in a printed book and even more
irritating when it is YOUR book!||
What it costs
Proof-reading is a less demanding task than copy editing,
but it still needs hours of careful attention. This
is reflected in the fee structure, which is
according to the length of the book.
We charge £.00335 per word for fiction and £.00385 per word for non-fiction.
This means that an 80,000 word novel would cost £.00335 x 80,000
and an 80,000 non-fiction book would cost £308.
You can get your word-processor to work out the number of words in your book.
If your proofs need heavy correction
or your book contains technical language and needs specialist proof-reading,
we may need to quote you a higher fee. If this is the case we will email you
with the revised fee before the proof-reader starts
work. You can then agree to go ahead or have any fee already paid refunded.
The fee is payable on
placing of the order but we will quote for the
fee and tell you when we would complete the work before you give us the go-ahead
and make the payment.
We would normally expect to get the proof-read material back to you within
three weeks of receipt of the manuscript and your order, but please remember that hours of detailed work are
involved. When we send your
quote or your email confirmation of the order we will let you know if for any reason the work will
take longer than three weeks.
Please send your manuscript as one unzipped Word file, unless it is over 125,000
words, when we recommend splitting it into two files.
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