One thing we noticed about new authors is their lack of knowledge with Track Changes. It’s not something you use each day, so it is not something most people are familiar with. If you are going to write books, it’s very important to learn Track Changes. Let’s look at them.
Open your Word program and pull up a document, any document. We’re only going to be working with the ribbon, not the document. No one writes perfectly the first time. We make changes to our manuscript all the time. Editors will send your manuscript back to you with colors all over it. It’s important to know what to do with this rainbow of colors.
If you will look at the Word ribbon, you see Home, Insert, Design, and one of them will be Review. Click on that word, Review. Almost in the center of the ribbon is the Comment Section. You’ll see “Comment” and “Delete.” Use comment if you want to answer the editor, use Delete to delete a comment that the editor is written.
Next you’ll see “Tracking.” There is a section, Track Changes. Click this to turn it on. I do mine in “All Markups.” The next section is “Changes.” If you will click the “Accept” button it will accept the changes you’ve made. The “Reject” will keep it like it was before a change was made. As an author, you have the right to accept or reject a change. There are arrows under both “Accept” and “Reject.” These will allow you to decide what you want to change. If you want to accept all changes, there is an “Accept All Changes.” There is also, “Accept This Change” and “Accept this change and move to the next.” These are all up to you. If you have a question about a change, ask the editor by clicking “Comment.”
We ask that all manuscripts be done in the Word Program. This is how we work with until the manuscript is ready to go to the programer. It is much easier for us.
Play with Word. Become acquainted with all of the tabs. Some you will not use, but some you will. Have fun with Word.