Book Editing (ED05)


Duration: 2 Day 10.30am – 3.30pm
Award: Advanced Certificate
Location: 118A Kensington Church St
Price: £670

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Duration: 2 Day 10.30am – 3.30pm
Award: Advanced Certificate
Location: Remote
Price: £670

The 2-day Book Editing course is a highly popular editing and proofreading course, which has succeeded in providing an excellent base for a career in publishing. It provides thorough grounding in the essentials of book editing and proofreading. The content is very practical, with an emphasis on putting into practice everything that is covered during the course. You will be provided by the course leader 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.

Who is the course suitable for? The course is designed for those wishing to work in editorial and proofreading and those who work in books and related publishing. The course is suitable for both those changing career direction, as well as 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.

On this course you will learn:

  • 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

Topics Covered 


  • Welcome to LSP
  • 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


  • 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 Professional Development Diploma is approved and recognised by the: Continuing Professional Development (CPD):


CPD-Approved LSPR Professional Development Diploma: PR & Reputation Management. The Diploma is awarded with a Pass, Merit or Distinction.


Delegates will tackle hands-on exercises at the end of each section to cement their learning, and personal achievement will be assessed throughout the course.

Certificates will be issued upon completion of the course.

What you need to bring with you:

Please bring with you your laptop or tablet to the training sessions.

Bespoke Availability 

To meet your team’s specific needs, this course is also offered as a bespoke exclusive programme. It is also offered on a one-to-one tailored basis. Delivery options are either in-house, or at the LSPR premises in Kensington. Please contact LSPR for a quote.

Need more information about this course?
Call us on 020 7221 3399 or Email Us.

*One-to-one and small groups training sessions: duration may be subject to minor time alterations


“I found the course useful as it covered all aspects in detail and there were many aspects of book editing that I had not looked at in-depth before that the course provided.”

Tessa Brummitt, Copy Editor for Law Business Research

“I really enjoyed this course. I learned a lot about what is expected of me if I were to become a copy editor and proof-reader and it made me sure that I want to pursue editing as a career. I benefited from a teacher who had a lot of knowledge about the industry and was provided with lots of practice proofs.”

Rochelle Roberts

“This course was really interesting. I learned a lot about book editing and now I feel ready to do the job. Course well prepared, relevant exercises, and a clever and really interesting teacher. Thank you.”

Marianne Laborie

“The course was engaging and informative and taught by a trainer with a passion for the subject and a wealth of knowledge.”

Sarah Davis

“The course was well-structured and vigorous and the tutor had a vast knowledge of the subject, informed by decades of experience in journalism and publishing. The pace of the study made the course ideal for newcomers to publishing and those with prior experience. The teaching and course material was enthusiastic and up-to-date and I found it to be an excellent introduction to the subject. Several contacts within the publishing industry have said how refreshing it is to find someone who has taken the time to go on a course of this nature.”

Simon Turner