What are Proofs?

Proofs are a pre-publication copy of your finished book.

We work with electronic and printed versions. These consist of two PDF files.

The Proofs Workflow Section

The Proofs Workflow Section focuses on the interior of your book. It’s the stage of production is when we do the proofreading – the final checks on your text before printing.

Given that the final manuscript came through reasonably clean, and the copyediting was done well and we proofread, the book should come through with a minimum level of errors (it is impossible to eliminate every one).

The Designer uploads the first Proofs PDF. The Proofreader uploads the proofread PDF, with corrections highlighted. The Designer uploads the corrected, final proofs.

If it is unacceptable, we will correct and reprint.

You won’t have access to the Proofs Workflow Section.

Proofs are for internal use at Crystal Peake, and we do not accept author changes at this stage.

How long does proofreading take?

The usual time for all editing, design, proofing, for a straightforward plain text paperback, is around two to three months: one month for copyediting, then one to two months for design and proofreading. More complex books can take longer.

Once the proofreading is completed, where can I find the final Proofs?

You can request access to a final PDF, without the printers marks, which you can use as a review copy, on the author homepage. We prepare it after the files have gone to the printer. We use this for “search inside” programs on Amazon and other online sites.

What about Widows and Orphans?

You may have heard the term Widows and Orphans in relation to text, but what do the words actually mean?

It is increasingly standard practice not to bother about these. They are not all that unsightly, often less so than stretching or squashing up letter spacing.

They are not worth rewriting your book to remove them.

More to the point, as more and more books are consumed on a variety of different sized screens, widows will become increasingly difficult, and eventually impossible, to control. Which means that they will become more prevalent, and accepted; and orphans will disappear along with page breaks.