Book Editing 



Duration: 2 Day 10.30am – 3.30pm
Award: Advanced Certificate
Location: 118a Kensington Church St. London W8 4BH
Price: £670

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

The 2-day certified Book Editing course is an 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, 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.

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

Industry Expertise

LSPR has been delivering training since 1992 and has extensive experience in delivering training to a broad range of clients: PR and communications agencies, financial, consumer, oil & gas, and multiple other sectors and industries.

All of our courses are led by industry experts who all share a common purpose: to deliver the best of their knowledge, expertise and ideas to others. Our mantra is that transparency and ethics build the brand's reputation. Beyond achieving the training objectives, our courses motivate individuals to enhance their performance and add value to their organisation by understanding their team's roles and responsibilities.

Tailored Training

All LSPR programmes are tailored to each participant's needs. Before each session, we take the time to get to know you, providing a detailed Training Needs Analysis questionnaire that enables us to understand your skills, level of experience, potential knowledge gaps and expectations of the training. This means that no two sessions are the same, and your needs will always be met when choosing our training.

Practical Learning

With an engaging, supportive facilitation style, our training approach enables practical tools for skills transfer, improvements and real results.

Award & Recognition

LSPR Professional Development Certificate. The Certificate is recognised by the: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certification Service:


The final award will be awarded on the following:

  • Critical Thinking Exercises set and completed during the training - a series of practical exercises are set for each session for the delegates to work on during their training. This is an effective way to try out what you have been learning and gain insight and feedback, as you progress with each session during the course.

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 online, in-house or at the LSPR premises in Kensington. Please contact LSPR for a proposal.


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

“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

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

Sarah Davis

“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