I am in my second read-through of the ICE COLD page proofs, otherwise known as the galley. For those unfamiliar with the publishing process, this is the last chance I’ll have to correct any typos and errors. If I don’t catch them this time, they will end up in the final book. This book has already been proofread multiple times.
First, when I turned in the manuscript.
Second, by the line editor.
Third, by me after I made the editor’s suggested revisions.
Fourth, by the copyeditor.
Fifth, by me when I read and approved the copyeditor’s changes.
Now I’ve got the final version, and by golly, I’m still finding typos. Nothing major, mind you — just a period that should be a comma. Or a word left out here and there. Or a word repeated twice in the same paragraph. Or a paragraph accidentally split into two. Still, it boggles my mind that I could have missed these errors on all my previous read-throughs.
Reading galleys is a tedious process that requires complete focus and lots of coffee breaks. And you can’t let yourself get caught up in the plot, because you’ll miss those typos.