Reviewing Page Proofs for Inventive Weaving

This summer, I spent time in Seattle coffee houses and libraries going through the page proofs of my forthcoming book: Inventive Weaving.

Editing page proofs

This is the step in the publishing process where all of the photos and text are laid out as they will be in the finished book, and the author gets to go through and catch any little errors that have crept into the manuscript.

It’s an exciting time, the first time you see your book in print. I held by breath as I first opened the big envelope from the publisher. The team at Storey did a wonderful job with the layout, coming out with some innovations I’d never seen before, like running swatches of the fabrics along the outside edges of the pages to make the book easier to scan.

Page proofs for Inventive Weaving

The photos of the projects and stacks of fabrics were gorgeous. Seeing the page proofs is the first time you think to yourself: “This book is really going to happen.”

It’s also a lot of work. As the author, you have to go through the book word-by-word and image-by-image, scanning for errors, no matter how small. This is the last chance you’ll have to fix them.

After many long hours of review, I mailed a PDF of my changes to Gwen, my editor. After Storey incorporated my fixes, I took another look. I’ve published books before, I know that no matter how careful you are, no matter how many times you review the copy, some errors will slip through.

But right now, I don’t see them.

5 thoughts on “Reviewing Page Proofs for Inventive Weaving

    • It’s available on Amazon.com for pre-order. But if you have a local yarn shop or independent bookstore, I’d encourage you to ask them about the book first. Independent local shops need our support, and are a great place to shop, because the folks behind the counters care about yarn and books, and can make great recommendations.

  1. Errors? Haha!
    We had THREE proof-readers – besides Rainer and I – check my book for mistakes. And that was working with spellcheck all along, too. All looked good. No problems. Then just before going to print, the last proof reader (my mother) read, in one chapter (on natural dyes for wool) this sentence:
    “Before 1860, natural dieing was a skill every family needed.”
    My advice? Have your mom read it.

  2. Yay! Just saw Liz Gipson tweet about this, glad to see you are among the living! I do miss the podcast, as I’m sure many do, although I know it takes a lot of work to do.

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