Book Editing

WC08

2 Days: 10:30am - 3:30pm

May be subject to minor time alterations

CPD Accredited Advanced Certificate

£670

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Course Overview

The 2-day certified Book Editing course is industry-recognised editing and proofreading course, which has succeeded in providing an excellent base for a career in publishing. It provides a thorough grounding in the essentials of book editing and proofreading. The content is very practical, emphasising putting into practice everything that is covered during the course. The course expert will provide you with exercises to try out and feedback given throughout the training.

The certificated course concentrates on editing and proofreading skills for the book publishing industry and focuses on the techniques required in preparing text for publication.

Course Details

  • The sequence of operations in the editorial office
  • Skills that aid the editorial process
  • The professional way to copy-edit text
  • How grammar and punctuation in text need particular attention
  • The importance of House Style in copy-editing and proofing
  • Legal elements to watch for in-text — defamation, copyright and use of trademarks
  • Choosing formats that are appropriate for texts
  • How to specify typographical instructions in texts
  • How to deal with different types of proofs
  • Proof-reading and using BSI Proof-reading Marks
INTRODUCTION:
  • Welcome to LSPR
  • Outline Course Programme.
  • Suggested follow-up Reading List
  • Introduction of delegates
  • Editorial processes and methods:
THE EDITORIAL OFFICE AND THE ROLE OF THE COPY-EDITOR
  • The constituent parts of a book and conventions of page sequencing/numbering
  • How to work on copy (authors’ manuscripts)
COPY-EDITING AND HOUSE-STYLE:
  • Copy-editing — copy-editing marks and how to use them
  • Doing it in Style — an introduction to publishing house style
  • London School of Publishing House Style — Quick Reference Guide
  • Copy-editing Exercise
WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE:
  • Dictionaries and checking spellings/meanings
  • English for copy-editors:
  • Capitals and when to use them
  • Quotes and quotation marks
  • Hyphens and Dashes.
  • Apostrophes — use and misuse
  • Copy-editing Exercise
HOMEWORK:
  • Copy-editing Exercise: (for feedback session at start of Day Two)
EDITORIAL PRODUCTION, PUBLISHING LEGALITIES AND THE BSI PROOFING MARKS
  • Feedback and review session on the copy-editing homework
  • The Editing and Production Process — from author to press
  • Trademarks — use and misuse in copy
  • Media Law — Defamation and Copyright
INTRODUCTION TO PROOF-READING AND BSI PROOF CORRECTION MARKS
  • Dealing with typesetting problems on proofs — word-splitting and bad breaks
  • Proof-reading Exercises
PROOFS AND THE PROCESS OF PROOFREADING
  • Types of Proofs (eg: galley, page, etc)
  • Proof-reading Exercises
  • Feedback on exercises
  • Review

The course is designed for those wishing to work in editorial and proofreading and work in books and related publishing. The course is suitable for both those changing career direction and those already in publishing and requiring refresher training. The course is very thorough and provides delegates with practical and solid skills required for an editorial role in book publishing.

LSPR Professional Development Advanced Certificate. The Advanced Certificate is recognised by the: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certification Service: http://www.cpduk.co.uk

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Our Happy Clients

I very much enjoyed this course. It included everything I wanted to know… I only wish it lasted longer!

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Makenzie Dougall

Copy Editor

The course has grounded me in a better understanding of the industry processes and interdependencies.

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Editor

Really enjoyed the session! Great to be learning from such well-informed professionals who have a great experience to share.

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