Having your manuscript edited, either by an editor you contract or by one of BookBaby’s contracted editors, is a necessary step to make sure your book is as good as it can be. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that the file you get back from the editor is immediately ready for publication. Editors are human and as prone to error as any other person, and this means that the average rate of accuracy for any given editor is between 90-95%. They also don’t check for common formatting errors, such as misplaced hard returns.
What this means is that before you submit your edited manuscript for publication, you should go over it carefully not only to review the editor’s suggestions and accept or reject them, but to make sure there are no outstanding errors prior to submission for formatting.
Once you’re ready to submit for formatting, you’ll notice a pop-up at the time you upload your manuscript. This pop-up reminds you to take a final look at your manuscript, and to confirm that it’s been edited, proofread, and that everything contained in the file is exactly what you want to go to print. It also alerts you to the possibility of editorial fees, should we be asked to make changes to the submitted manuscript once the proofs are issued. By clicking “Yes, this is my final manuscript” and proceeding to place your order, you’re confirming that the manuscript is finalized and agreeing to pay these fees, should the need to assess them arise. This means that even if you had your manuscript edited by one of BookBaby’s contracted editors, you’re accepting full responsibility for the content of the manuscript, and we cannot waive editorial fees for anything we’re asked to correct after the proofs are issued.