After you've read your new masterpiece 183 times, sit a bit farther back from your screen and LOOK at the pages—but don't read them.
You'll probably be amazed, and maybe even horrified, at all of the errors you detect when you are not concerned with content, meaning, grammar, spelling, punctuation and story-telling artistry.
I aim my eyes at the three-o'clock position and maker a clockwise scan on each page, but do what works best for you.
Check your book for these bloopers:
- Wrong typefaces or wrong fonts, (not necessarily the same thing) particularly when text is pasted-in from another source
- Commas that should be periods—and vice versa
- Straight punctuation that should be curly "typographers' marks"
- Curlies that curl in the wrong direction
- Missing spaces between paragraphs or sections
- Bad justification in the last line of a page
- Chopped-off descenders where you decreased line spacing or if the bottom of a text box is too close to the text
- Wrong-size bullets
- Too-big word spacing
- Normal letters that should be ligatures (more for large type than in body text).
- Accidental spaces after bullets
- Improper hyphenation
- Roman text that should be italic, and vice versa
- Ignoring highlighted warnings in MS Word
- Automatically accepting MS Word suggestions
- Gray text that should be black
- Insufficient space adjacent to images
- Images or text boxes that floated over the margin
- Images or text boxes that "slid' down and covered up footers
- Missing periods at sentence ends
- Missing opening or closing quote marks
- Periods that should be inside a closing parentheses—or outside
- Repeated words
- Wrong headers, missing headers, switched verso and recto headers
- Subheads that are too close to the text above and too far from the text below
- Too much space between lines in a multi-line title, chapter name or subhead
- Pages with numbers that should not show nunbers ("blind folios")
- Words that shifted from the bottom of one page to the top of the next page
- And one that does require reading: chapter names in the table of contents that don't reflect a change made in the actual chapter name
- And another: a topic not in the index because you added something after completing the index
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