Preview Procedure

Congratulations, you have finally received the Preview notice, which constitutes your “page proof.” Now what?

  1. Remember our official motto: “Proofreading never ends.” Double check the spelling, punctuation and grammar.

    Please also check any links in the file, to make sure they work. The link to your bio, in the copyright line on each page, is probably the best-kept open secret in Bewildering Stories; few contributors realize the link is there. The proof: the links sometimes contain errors, but only Review Editors have discovered them; no contributor has yet reported any.

  2. After proofreading the text, send corrections, if any.

    Line edits are needed at this stage.

    Up to the time the preview notice is sent, revisions were best made by sending a whole new file. After the preview notice, the receipt of a new file is likely to delay publication.

    1. If the work runs to more than one page on line, please cite the page number (we normally call a page a “part”). Please do not refer to pages in your word-processor file; they will not be the same as the pages on line.

    2. Please do not cite paragraph or line numbers. Rather, copy-paste the original line of text and, below it, rewrite it as it should appear. Plain text is recommended because it’s easiest for most of our contributors. Some proofreaders use colors, which can be helpful provided they’re not so dark that they obscure the text.

    3. The Managing Editor will thank you for proofreading and say either “Changes recorded” or “Changes made.”

      • “Changes recorded” means that the changes have been made to the file but were not yet on line when the reply was sent; they’ll appear after the next round of uploads.
      • “Changes made” means that the amended file is already in place.
  3. You haven’t finished yet! On Monday, when the issue officially goes on line, save the page(s) or copy-paste the text into a word-processor document for your files.

    Our Review Editors regularly find errors that have escaped both you and the Managing Editor. We make corrections without notice; it’s up to the authors to keep track of the final version.

  4. Send responses to the Challenge questions, if any. This step is the only one that’s optional, but it is the most fun. If there are no Challenge questions on your own work, please feel free to write to us about anything in the same or any previous issue. Letters and contributions to The Critics’ Corner are welcome.

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