An author’s proof is a non-retail book printing for the author’s review. This is the final review step before releasing the book to the public for sale. I paid a little over $24 per author’s proof plus shipping and handling. Once I review the proof, I can submit it for approval or make edits. I read yesterday that one author reviewed three different proof versions before going live for sale.
The next steps are for me to review the book and make text or formatting corrections if any are needed. If none are needed, then the book will go live 24-72 hours after I hit the “publish” button. If I need to make corrections, I will submit for another author’s proof to make sure that they were formatted the way that I want.