Commissioning and List Management

The definitive course for anyone who wants to learn how to build profitable lists.


Copy-Editing Skills

The best way to develop core editorial skills  


Publishing in the Digital Age

Publishing in the Digital Age is an intensive three-day course for those with responsibility for new product development.

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Commissioning and List Management 

March 23-26

This is the definitive course for editors wanting to build profitable publishing lists.

Significantly revised with new tutors and topics, this course is for editors who have recently taken responsibility for acquisitions and list-building in educational, academic or professional publishing. This unique programme will give you the best possible start. The course is supported by the top publishers in these fields and is considered by many to be an essential highlight on a commissioning editor's CV.
This is an intensive residential event, which is hugely rewarding for those who take part, not only in terms of the knowledge and skills gained, but also the networking and relationship-building opportunities.
The course will teach you how to create a market-led proposal, and how to plan publications working closely with colleagues carrying out other functions, particularly in sales and marketing. You'll also get a clearer understanding of financial management, how costings work, and ways of managing yourself and your time constraints to better effect.

Full details of the course and how to book here


Managing Publishing Strategy February 26-27 

Publishers, commissioning editors, publishing managers, are you ready to take your career to the next stage? If so, consider this.

Managing Publishing Strategy is a  two-day course that provides an introduction to crucial competitive, strategic thinking for print or digital publishers. You will learn key business school models that will help structure your thinking, combined with real-world experience of successful (and unsuccessful) strategic approaches from the publishing industry.

You will leave with a wealth of new ideas and the confidence to take your products – and your career – to the next level.

Full details of the course and how to book here 


Making sure your words are ready to publish has never been more important

Copy-Editing Skills is a three-day course that focuses on key editorial activities, including a thorough explanation of how to use the BSI standard marks for copy preparation. You will be given the opportunity to practise using these symbols on a variety of texts. You will also receive detailed instruction on the correct use of frequently misunderstood features, such as italic text and quotation marks. Advice is also offered on tricky editorial problems, like notes, bibliographies and figures.

The majority of the exercises focus on one particular skill each, but incorporate other incidental errors, mimicking real life copy-editing work. The final day’s consolidation exercises bring together everything you have learnt.

There are no definitive answers in copy-editing, but you will come away with sample exercises marked-up by an experienced editor, a full set of the exercises used throughout the course, and handouts on key areas such as copyright, terminology, notes and references.

This course is a springboard on to many of the PTC’s more advanced editorial offerings, such as Editing in Word and Advanced Copy-Editing.

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • utilise the core skills of copy-editing on various different styles of text
  • correctly apply the BSI copy-editing symbols on a variety of texts
  • appreciate how the copy-editor’s role fits within the publishing process.

This course contributes to PUB 14 and PUB 19 of the Book & Journal Publishing National Occupational Standards.

Full details HERE


Short courses

Short, classroom based courses on everything from editing to digital publishing - find a full list of short courses here.

Online training

Our online training includes a grammar course and Understanding Book Publishing.

Distance learning

Study from home with our distance learning courses, which include Basic Proofreading, Copy-Editing and Successful Editorial Freelancing.

In-Company training

In-company training could be for you if you need a number of people to be trained in one subject.

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