Whether you’ve got a publishing contract or intend to self-pub, there’s no getting around the need for quality assurance. And there’s only one way to get it – system, process, and a lot of elbow-grease.
In recent weeks I’ve been outlining approaches to editing. But the process doesn’t end when you’ve got the last line-edit cycle finished. There are still things left to check.
Trust me – it’s important! You’d be amazed what slips through. The things to watch for before packaging that manuscript up and sending it off are:
1. Is the work still on length?
2. Are all your headers and footers consistent and correct?
3. Does the pagination on the contents page match the actual pagination?
4. Do your chapter titles match up with the contents page?
5. Did the last change you made accidentally introduce an error?
6. Is the pagination still OK – has anything “rolled over” by a line?
7. Did you spell your own name correctly (this is NOT facetious!).
8. If you’re using Word, have you purged the internal edit tracking? (Select all, copy contents into new blank document, save as a new file).
9. Have you clearly copyrighted the work and added your assertion of moral right?
10. If you’re sending by email, have you attached the right version of the file?
These things apply even more rigorously if you’re self-pubbing and are about to upload.
Have you ever published something or sent in a manuscript and had one of those “oh no” moments?
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2014
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