Copy-editing is the process of preparing a document for publication. The role of the copy-editor is to make the author’s message clear and accessible to readers and to mark up the manuscript for the typesetter. It is a complex job, which requires an understanding of not just language and grammar, but also production process, typography and design conventions. It covers the structure, organisation and writing style of the text, as well as legal issues, such as copyright and libel.
Editors face huge variations in the kind of work they are expected to undertake, depending on the type of publication they are dealing with, and this is reflected in the course materials. You will work on examples from fiction, academic texts, reference books and even instruction manuals. On this course you will learn to apply these skills in paper-based and electronic media, although this is not a course in editing on screen. In addition, you will learn particular aspects of copy-editing that are relevant mainly to books and journals, so that you have the tools needed to work in any of these fields. By the end of the course, you will know how to approach anything from a novel to an article for a scientific journal.
The Copy-Editing course is delivered online, which gives you instant access to all course materials. You will be able to read the course notes on-screen, print them off to read offline or save them to your desktop or other reading device. The exercises and assignments will still need to be completed on paper as these will be sent to your tutor for marking and commentary. You can either post these to us, or scan and email them.
Each unit contains a number of self-check exercises plus a longer assignment that you send to your tutor, who will mark it and provide you with the feedback you need to progress to the next unit. The mixture of assignments and self-check exercises will give you the guided practice you need. Each assignment tests the knowledge and skills you’ve developed in the unit that you’ve just completed. The final assignment is also a consolidation exercise, which tests what you have learned in the preceding units.
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Once you have completed this course, you may want to have a look at our Successful Editorial Freelancing by Distance Learning course.
Copy-Editing by Distance Learning is supplied by the Publishing Qualifications Board (registered charity no. 1002928), a subsidiary of the Publishing Training Centre Foundation (registered charity no. 1083081). Registered office: 45 East Hill, Wandsworth, London SW18 2QZ.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed this copy-editing course. The materials were excellent as was the support from the course tutor and administration. I felt the pace and development were just right, allowing confidence and skills to develop without feeling overwhelmed. I am now taking on freelance copy-editing work from several academic publishers. Very many thanks for all your hard work in putting together this very useful and engaging course.