After your book has been designed and laid out you have to wait a little bit longer before you see it again. Don’t worry it’s just being proofread. Proofreading takes about 2 weeks. A different editor to the one who edited the book proofreads the laid out book on a hard copy called a “proof”.

They have fresh eyes. The proofreader isn’t just looking out for spelling errors and grammar. They’re also checking that the book has been laid out properly, that there aren’t odd spaces or missing content. The proof-reader’s job is to read the book, word for word, line by line, to make sure that nothing was missed during editing and that no errors have crept in during the design and layout process. They also ensure that there is consistency and readability in both the content (grammar, punctuation, spelling) and design. So essentially they check your writing, the editor’s and the designer’s work. They mark up all the changes using proofing symbols (shown above).

A final proof (pdf and/or print-out) is made ready for you once all of the proofreader’s changes have been made by the designer, and the designer’s implementation of those have been checked by the proofer.

Then you’ll have your chance to review and sign-off on the final proof before printing your book. At proofing stage there should be no need for sweeping changes, replacing sections of text or any major/extensive revisions being made. Anything which causes page shift has a significant impact on the entire layout and flow of the book.

Staging Post will be with you every step of the way. Please contact us if you’re interested in our proofreading services and more.