Every book published by a publishing house has to go through the proofreading and amending stage – or they should, at least.
A common question in production is what is proofreading and how does it work. Well! There are many types of proofing.
The first initial proof should be done by the author before sending a manuscript. If accepted, a book will be sent to proof-readers regardless. But it’s always good to double-check your own book for spelling mistakes and grammar issues. We can ignore small mistakes in the initial submission review. But a manuscript laced with mistakes is very off-putting and can lead to rejection – even if the book itself is wonderful. It’s often a good idea to send your work to a few family members or friends to have a look through, as often they find issues that are overlooked by the writer.
The second proofing will be done by the proof-readers if the book is accepted.
Every book is different. Some books require just one or two proofs if it is very clean and crisp, containing very few mistakes or grammar issues, some can require 5 or more!
The time scale is the most common query publishers receive. Proofing can take some time. One proof usually takes 4-8 weeks, but the time scale can vary to more or less. It is part of the production process that takes the most time.
Another thing that is also overlooked is amending. Amenders take the proofread work and make the changes listed and marked. This can take just as much time as the proofing itself too. So once again, 4-8 weeks roughly.
Why is proofing so important you say? Well, books are far more enjoyable when correct. There is nothing more off-putting than a book full of mistakes, it can often ruin the reading experience. All books publishing should be grammatically correct, and as a publishing house, it’s our duty to ensure the book is perfect as possible.