Proofreading is the final quality-control step in the production of your book. Even the best of editors (like ours) won’t pick up every single error in your book, so proofreading is essential. It will be the difference between a professional-standard book and one that’s not quite there. One or two minor errors in your book aren’t the end of the world, but if you don’t have it proofread there could be many more than that, and this will reflect poorly on you and your business.
A proofreader reads the book in a different way, really focusing on line by line, word by word and letter by letter, not really concerning themselves with more ‘editorial’ areas. The proofreader will assume that the author and editor are happy with the content – their role is just to look for mistakes, nothing more.
The self-publisher is not usually involved in the proofreading stage of the book. It usually involves fixing a few typos and punctuation errors. If an issue is found that needs to be discussed with you, we will contact you to resolve it.
An index is a useful tool to help readers find what they want in your book, though it is not essential. An index goes at the back of your book, and lists all the major topics in your book in considerable detail.
Authors sometimes confuse an index with the contents page at the front of the book. The contents page lists the titles of the chapters and the page numbers, and sometimes the major headings in each chapter as well. The index goes at the back of the book and lists the major subjects covered and the relevant page numbers. It goes into much more detail than the contents list: a comprehensive index could have 500 entries, while the contents page of the same book might have 15 entries.
The index created for your print book can’t be used as is for your ebook, because an ebook doesn’t have ‘pages’ as such, so an index with page numbers isn’t much help. ‘Page 70’ on your tablet will be different from ‘page 70’ on your smartphone – if there is a page 70 at all, depending on the software being used to read the book. An index is optional anyway for an ebook because ebooks are searchable, so it’s actually not too hard for readers to find what they’re looking for.
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