Edit Faux Pas
Remember that you are self-publishing, and as an “indie publisher” you are in charge of, and responsible for, publishing your book.
Your support team can only do what you advise them/pay them to do. And, of course, editors can only edit what they see. So it is important to always be working from the latest, saved, clean document, and check every detail carefully!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- red-lining or tracking in such as Word ~ make sure you accept all changes (refer to tracked document see changes), then save the clean document to a new document (work from the clean document for further changes)
- unless you enlist/pay for another full copy edit or proofing, your editor is only looking at revised passages and if you change anything else they are not going to see it ~ it is not prudent to be constantly adjusting, especially changing things after the edit is completed
- if your manuscript includes input from expert’s, such as medical or technical professionals, these will be included as received – they are the experts! – that’s why you asked them to review your text, correct? So make sure you check that you have supplied the correct info to your book admin team (we also send emails to confirm + include in Book Proof notes to be sure author checks these details) and check your book proof(s) carefully!!
- after reviewing edits electronically, hard copy is best proof format to see what will be printed (we always provide hard copy, not once, but twice – via pre-production and production proofs)
- if anything is added or /adjusted to your book’s content (particularly after edit, where proof-read service is not engaged), you must check very carefully!
Keep in mind, you and your editors are only human, and even major publishing houses with many editors sometimes miss the odd edit. If it happens, just be sure to fix it with the next book run.