I see the process of getting a manuscript ready for publication as a four-part process.
- Writing the first draft.
- Beta Reading and revising the manuscript to your satisfaction.
- Sending it to the editor and making suggested revisions.
- Having the edited manuscript proofread.
Proofreading is done after the final revisions have been made. Even though an editor has combed your manuscript and you have made thousands of corrections, both large and small, there will be places where the reader’s eye will stop.
It is best if this task is done by someone who has not seen the manuscript before. That way, they will see it through new eyes, and the small things hiding in your otherwise-perfect manuscript will stand out.
Some things your proofreader must understand:
- The proofreader should not try to hijack the process and derail an author’s launch date by nitpicking his/her genre, style, and phrasing.
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