To resolve this issue Authors should make sure to let proofreaders
I once attended an event at which I was introduced to a person who worked for the newspaper. I asked him “Are you the editor or do you write a column?” He said, “No, I’m just the proofreader.” The comment was funny because he said the proofreader didn’t think highly of his job at the newspaper. In my view the proofreader is among of the most crucial individuals involved in the creation of any writing piece, whether it’s a book, newspaper or marketing piece.
It could even be you, who delights in spotting mistakes and letting everyone know about it. They’re not scared to leave a message on your blog or Facebook page to highlight the spelling error you made. Even those who aren’t rude are often thinking less of a book publication when they discover that it’s full of errors. The errors in a book shout out that the book isn’t of the highest quality. With the rise of self-published book on the market, I’m more vigilant than ever when taking a look at a few paragraphs and examining for typos before I decide whether or not to invest money on an ebook.
An editor is an essential component of the book’s creation. The traditional publishing house assigns an editor to the book, however, it may also include an editor and proofreader. In most cases there are three or four people who are assigned to edit and proofread the manuscript prior to publication. Self-published authors who have done their homework usually realize that they require an editor, however, they may not know that they also require proofreaders.
An editor may also take on the proofreading, however I would advise any writer to keep in mind that editors are not alike. Editors have different qualifications and expertise. Some editors are skilled in editing content to help develop your characters and plot however, he may not spot a mistake like “lightening” when you meant “lightning” or even be an excellent speller. A different editor may be competent at punctuating sentences but does not have the imagination to be able to create the story or develop arguments flow. Even the best editor will eventually get so involved in the work, as the author in the beginning, that upon the initial or second read over the text, he will tend to read using his memory, thinking he can see what’s on the page and not with the eyes, which could actually be able to read what’s visible on paper.
The editors I have met who are able to produce high-quality work are horrified when mistakes are discovered in the books they’ve edited, and they’re willing to admit that they are not perfect. They may misspell words or an expression which is misinterpreted in a specific context. A good editor won’t be jealous, but will be happy that the author employs an editor to proofread the work.
There are many issues that can arise in the course of working with proofreaders which is why authors should be honest with the proofreader regarding the things they would like to see. A lot of times, I’ve had the editors complain of proofreaders since the authors return to them that the proofreader discovered numerous errors in the book. The editor is then able to discover that the proofreader, rather than doing a proofread, chose to play editor and write the book without correcting any typos, but altering the words according to his personal stylistic preferences. The writer is, on the other hand, not having the necessary editing skills, might not be aware of the distinction between rewriting a grammatically incorrect sentence or making changing the style, which could cause the writer to think that the editor isn’t competent since the proofreader went too far.
To resolve this issue Authors should make sure to let proofreaders know they would like the proofreader to search for any grammatical or spelling errors or typos. There is nothing stylistic that should be altered. Additionally, authors must communicate to both proofreaders as well as the editor. Editors should also be able to examine the suggestions for changes or corrections that suggested by the proofreader and accept them or provide reasons the reasons why they shouldn’t be accepted. The editor must be allowed to take the second time to ensure that they are aware of the places the error was and also to make sure that the proofreader isn’t adding new errors to the text. I’m not sure how many instances an author who has hired an editor who is competent will end up with an unreadable book because the proofreader was not competent. Be aware that even if somebody is an educator or holds an English degree doesn’t necessarily indicate that they’ll be a competent proofreader in the same way that an experienced mechanic is going to be the best person to create a vehicle.
If you are hiring an editor, inform the editor know that you are planning to employ an additional proofreader. If he is arguing regarding it, you may prefer another editor. If both of you agree that hiring it is an ideal choice and you want to request the editor to recommend the services of a proofreader. Perhaps, he’s collaborated with a proofreader before previously and they have had a great relationship. If not, request suggestions from authors you’ve met. While you may use the internet to find a proofreader it is always best to ask for suggestions from your friends and family. Before you choose an approved proofreader, take a examine the book which he has proofread. In the event that Mary Jane tells you that Henry did her book’s proofreading and did an excellent job, but you spot a typo at the beginning of the page consider rethinking the decision. If you continue to read the same 10 pages and do not find any typos, Henry might still be an ideal choice. However, no one can spot every mistake. Be discerning and do some study prior to hiring proofreaders.
Also, as you’d ask your editor to provide you with the edit samples of few pages to assess whether you’re able to work with him, ask your proofreader for an example of proofreading to discover what kind of mistakes or issues he’ll spot. If he revises your work then think about it or consider that he’s uncovering problems that your editor ought to have spotted. It is important to make sure that you understand what you’re paying for prior to hiring someone.