When it comes to how to write a book, editing is an essential skill to learn. I hate editing as it is so tedious. However, I do have a process for it. I suggest that you make a list of how you will work, and tick off each job as you have done it. For ease, I suggest creating a spreadsheet and dating each item as you do it.
This list that follows acts as an aide memoir, take it and make it your own.
- Chapter titles.
- Subheadings. (E.g. Headings 1-5)
- First lines and introductions.
- First paragraphs after headings.
- Blank lines between paragraphs.
- Spell and grammar check.
- Headers and footers.
- Page numbering.
- Section breaks.
- Bullets and point numbering are consistent.
- Chapter templates are consistent.
- Check chapters start on the right hand side.
- Read on screen and edit as you read.
- Print, read, edit, amend – several times.
- Check tables are formatted the right way.
- Images are the right quality.
- Look for blank pages and delete.
- Edit for
- Widows and orphans.
- Full stops, commas.
- General style.
- Check that your exercises work.
- Check research is cited.
- Check table of contents for accuracy.
- Check index is fully populated and accurate.
- At ‘final’ draft read, create a PDF and read on screen, amend.
- Create proof book on Createspace or Lulu.
- (Createspace) – use the reviewer, amend and re upload as required.
- When proof book arrives, check, layout, titles, headings, spelling, grammar, flow, widows, orphans, in fact – all of your editing tasks.
- Amend and resubmit, checking your document and the reviewer until you are happy.
- Print copies for distribution.
Please do let me know what else you do and how you do it.