Proofreading / Copy-Editing
We strongly recommend proofreading or copy-editing (also known as “line-editing”) as an essential part of the self-publishing process*.
A proofreader will correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, typos and spacings etc. Whilst a copy-editor will provide a fresh and professional look at the manuscript, and as well as proofreading, will also comment on general text issues such as continuity errors, factual inaccuracies, unnecessary repetition, or just style, tone and readability.
(*from our appraisal on receipt of a manuscript, we will advise when a more extensive copy-edit is really essential. This would be supported with sample page work)
After all, you have put so much time and effort into your work, and it shouldn’t be let down by basic mistakes – which can be hard to see when you’ve been so absorbed in it!
Page-design, typesetting & layout
Once proofread, we can then undertake full page design, typesetting and layout of the book. This will ensure the contents are professionally and appropriately laid out.
We will initially share sample spreads with you, and when a style has been agreed will proceed to final format. On approval, it will be converted to print-ready PDF file and be ready for digital short-run print or more traditional litho print, depending on what has been agreed.
At this point manuscript files can also be converted to suitable e-book formats (e-pub & mobi) which are compatible for download via the main e-book outlets.