Proofreading is an integral part of making a book. I am in a fortunate position because my proofreading is done by a distinguished scientist, Eloise Mikkonen. I remember well the time I was writing my first book. When I got to the point where proofreading became topical, it wasn’t easy to arrange at all. Every author and every book has its own style – and the ultimate message to convey. It’s not just the text only, but also the style, rhythm and the order of presentation. If that connection ceases to exist, there is a danger that the same words produce a completely a different meaning. It is important that the proofreader is able to evaluate the raw text correctly and is able to read the exact meaning behind it.
Eloise was the sixth proofreader to whom I presented my text. She said she would correct a few pages as an experiment and we could see what the finished text would look like. When I saw those pages, I knew immediately she was the right person for the job. She was able to follow the themes of the book, creating a style for that fits the message. It is a great freedom for an author to feel safe already at the writing stage. There is no need to write connotations and explanations – the other already understand it.
The Essence of the Music Business: Strategy 2nd Edition is already our fourth joint operation. These books have became more intact with each new round. Our collaboration has evolved and found new features. We have a many methods in our ‘toolkit’ to make the text even more understandable.
I find it nice when these behind the scenes stories are constantly asked about. This short story of mine is an ode to the proofreading and its meaning. If you are in a similar situation yourself, you should invest in this task – even if it can be difficult to find the right one. Successful proofreading makes the book an experience for the reader as well.