The Importance of (Multiple) Proofreads

Well, book 2 in The Grigori Legacy, Sins of the Son, is off to the production department for typesetting and proofreading. Soon (I hope) it will be returned to me one last time at the galley stage for my own final proofread (at which point it is all marked up for printing and I do a little happy dance!). Now, considering that it will also be proofread at my publisher’s end (by someone who is almost certainly more skilled at that aspect of editing than I am), some of you might wonder how important it is for me to even be involved at that stage.

I’m glad you asked. 🙂

It turns out that it’s very important. Critical, in fact. Why? Because even after multiple reads by multiple sets of eyes, mistakes can still be missed. And I’m not talking the nitpicky typographical kind of mistake; I’m talking the glaring, how-in-the-heck-did-we-all-miss-this kind of mistake. Such as the one that very nearly happened in Sins of the Angels.

Please understand that by the proofreading stage, Angels had been critiqued by a half-dozen people, polished by me, seen three times by my agent and three more times by my editor (and once more by me between each of those readings), once by the copyeditor, again by me, and then by a proofreader. That’s a total of at least 22 readings before it came before me for the final time.

I have to admit that I really wasn’t expecting to find so much as a misplaced comma at that point, let alone a detail as obvious as the one that practically leaped off the page at me. Somehow, within the space of three pages, Alex’s badge had moved from her waist to the inside pocket of her blazer…without her aid. Twenty-two readings, not including the multiple revisions I made before I even submitted, and we’d all missed it. Frankly, I’m still mystified as to how that is even possible.

While I’m glad I caught the error, the perfectionist in me is downright paranoid about what else I might have missed. Which is why you can bet that, when Sins of the Son returns to my desk, I will be taking that final proofread very, very seriously! And, honestly, probably not sleeping all that well until the book leaves my hands and I can no longer do anything about it. 😉


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6 responses to “The Importance of (Multiple) Proofreads”

  1. Bea @ Bea's Book Nook Avatar

    It always amazes how how something can be missed so many times and yet its so easy. I for one appreciate your thoroughness but don’t make yourself crazy over it either.

    1. lindapoitevin Avatar

      Crazier, you mean, right? lol Thanks, Bea…I do try to keep the uber-perfectionist in me at least somewhat under control! 🙂

  2. Jyothsna Avatar
    Jyothsna

    Honestly, I can forgive a few typos if I am totally engrossed in the story. I wouldn ‘t let a typo ruin my experience..but there were instances when a really good book had typos in every page and the hero is called by the heroine name and vice versa. Those were bombshells!
    Now that Sons of the Sin is in the proof reading stage, can you give us a peek into what we can expect Linda ? Is it going to be about Aramel and Alex or is it about Seth? Something..anything..please?

    1. lindapoitevin Avatar

      I can forgive occasional typos in others’ books, but my own? That’s way more difficult, lol. As for Sins of the Son, hang in there…I’m trying to get my editor’s approval for releasing the back-cover copy and an excerpt. Soon, I promise!!! (In fact, I’ll go send her another email nag now!) 😉

  3. Lisa R Avatar

    Errors come in pairs! Go find it 🙂

    1. lindapoitevin Avatar

      LMAO, Lisa…that was just mean! 🙂

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