So to all budding self-publishers, here are a few crucial tips to save you money and help you produce a good quality book:
- Don’t cut corners or be lazy! The reality is that you will need to ‘proof’ your book at every level. By the time it goes to print, you may have even memorised your book owing to the amount of times you have to do this. But this is necessary. Persevere!
- Don’t proof your writing whilst tired, distracted, in front of a TV or even bopping/humming along to music (none of these work for me). You may miss something crucial!
- Proof your work both on-screen (i.e. on your computer) AND in print. You would be amazed on what you pick up using both methods.
- If you are not happy with anything, let your page designer know – the earlier the better.
- As well all proofing the manuscript for errors, look at the structure, the layout, the contents page (is the numbering accurate?), title headings formats, consistency matters (do all chapter titles, subject headings, quotes, etc look the same?). You are looking at the design on many levels – things that should be there that are not and things that shouldn’t be there that are.
- Don’t leave major changes to your manuscript to the last minute. It will cost time and money. Be sure you are happy with it before it gets to the page designer as this is NOT the stage to be huge changes.