Author corrections in publishing refer to any revision made after typesetting and printing have occurred but before binding. They typically occur at the request of the author who has identified an inaccuracy in their text that requires correcting.
These corrections are rarely necessary since most errors are caught during editing; but when they do arise, they can be costly to rectify; your printer might charge for making corrections and, depending on their extent, may necessitate having the book reprinted – both costs that could mount quickly over time.
However, author corrections can be avoided through careful proofreading of your manuscript before sending it off for publishing. If any mistakes arise during proofreading or editing processes, mark them to be addressed in later editing cycles.
Working with a professional editor is another effective way of avoiding author corrections; an editor will help spot mistakes before they hit print and suggest ways to enhance your text as they point them out. A qualified editor won’t just spot issues; they may also offer solutions!
If an author correction occurs, don’t panic! It doesn’t signal the failure of your book, and with proper care and consideration, you could prevent future ones altogether.
Author corrections serve several essential functions. They ensure the final product is error-free; foster trust between author and publisher; ensure a book of the highest possible quality is created; help market/sell successfully and receive royalties as an author’s work is finished – these all play essential roles.