Manuscript Preparation, Copyediting, and Proofreading

Q. One of our books scheduled for fall 2007 was changed to spring 2008. The author’s preface is dated 2007. Should this be changed to reflect the new publication year?

A. That’s fine as long as the author is consulted. He or she should have the chance to reconsider the content of the preface, which may be old news at the time of the new date. If updating the preface isn’t feasible, the author might prefer to keep the old date on it.