Editing Your Book
There are two phases of book editing. The first step is to edit the book before typesetting, and before a printing master is produced. This step is designed to eliminate the majority of errors.
The second phase is to complete a final editing of the book after a master copy has been typeset. The purpose of the second phase is to eliminate any remaining errors. A second purpose of this step is to cut out or add material and to adjust the length of the book, if necessary.
You may also wish to adjust the length of a chapter so that each chapter will begin on the right hand page. You may wish to adjust the length of the book to save printing costs. For example: as I mentioned earlier, most book printers operate in set increments of pages. Many offer 16 page signatures. Therefore, a 160-page book would take 10 signatures. A 164-page book would take 11 signatures and cost extra because of those additional pages. So if you can eliminate 4 pages, you'll save printing costs.
Editing a book takes a considerable amount of time. There are many things to check for, including: spelling errors, sentences that are too long, misuse of words, punctuation errors, capital letters, nonsense sentences, factual errors, omissions of vital material and so forth. Eliminating spelling errors is usually the easy part. If you have a computer, you can use spell-check to catch most mistakes.
For final editing, I always print out a hard copy and then I usually make about three passes through the entire book looking for errors. When an error is found, I'll mark it so it is easy to find. When the entire book has been edited I return to the computer and make the necessary changes. Then I'll print the book one final time and again check for errors. Finally, I'll have another person (often my mother, she great at finding errors) make a last check for me. Having another person make a final check of the book can be beneficial. They will look at the book with a fresh set of eyes and catch errors that you may have overlooked.
One of the most important parts of editing is to check the book's facts and its completeness. You must make certain that the book contains no factual errors and that it adequately covers the topic. If your book falls short in these two areas, it will most likely be a failure and a waste of your time and money, as well as a waste of your reader's time and money. So always double check each fact and make certain that all of the important facets of the topic are discussed. In other words, make sure that your book has something informative to say and that it's said correctly.
After the book has been typeset, you can make one final check to look for small errors. It's almost impossible to catch all errors, but you'll want to remove as many as possible.
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