This two-day course covers:
o what is copy-editing, and why is it so important?
o the role of the copy-editor in the publishing process,
whether in traditional book publishing or in your own
o mark-up and coding, on paper and on screen
o house style – following the client’s style requirements and
creating your own style sheet
o appropriate language and content for the reader
o rewriting and grammar
o revised editions
o complex technical texts
o legal issues: libel and copyright
‘Welcome to Copy-editing’ can be taken on its own as a one-day introductory course, if desired.
What distracts you when you read? Have you ever been irritated by any of the following?
o incorrect spelling
o bad grammar
o ambiguity and unclear meaning
o inconsistency in the use of such items as capitals, hyphens,
o anything left unexplained, such as abbreviations
o factual errors
o ‘howlers’ – poor writing with unintentionally humorous results!
The copy-editor’s job is to tidy up and resolve all these problems. The aim is to produce a text that is
o clear in its message
o consistent in its presentation
o complete, with all queries resolved.
Whatever your business, and whatever publications you produce, you owe it to your readers to have those publications thoroughly copy-edited.