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What’s in a book? Demystifying the book publishing process

What’s in a book? More than just words, words, words! If engaging with the production of fiction, trade books and textbooks is beyond your ken, why not join PEG for a webinar on what goes into producing a book – especially the roles of the copy editor and the proofreader – in a typical publishing house. This will give you a genuine insider’s view of what it takes.

Focus: The purpose of this webinar is to open your eyes to the complexities of a typical book production process, which can take anything between six months to two years to reach fruition.

Date: Saturday, 11 March 2022

Time: 10:00 to 13:00

Place: Online (Zoom meeting)

Facilitators: Velly Hlongwane and John Linnegar

About our facilitators

Velly Hlongwane is a young in-house editor at Macmillan Education South Africa. She completed her publishing studies at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Witwatersrand. She has experience in the trade and education sectors, and is currently working on school textbooks and digital materials for the South African market and other southern African countries, such as Eswatini.

John Linnegar has been both an in-house copy editor, proofreader and project manager and an external service provider of these services to publishing houses. This experience has exposed him to the typical book production process virtually all his working life, to the extent of giving him the wherewithal to take on the micro-publishing of books himself.

About the workshop

The purpose of the webinar is to demystify the conventional book production process in a typical publishing house in South Africa. From Commissioning to Master Set, from Idea to Book, whether it’s the writing or the editing, copyright or permissions, text or cover designs, pre-production versus production, widows or orphans, proofreaders or second-eye proofreading, prelims, text, end-matter or blurbs, table of contents versus index, you’ll be discovering the fascinating ins and outs of the process, the trials and tribulations, from an ‘insider’ and an ‘outsider’ involved in this time-honoured and highly complex process.


Affiliation Early-bird registration fee
(before or on 6 March)/th>
Registration fee
(from 7 March to 9 March)
PEG members R275 R350
LAMP members* R475 R550
Non-affiliated members R675 R750

*LAMP members: Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB), ProJourn, Southern African Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA), South African Science Journalists’ Association (SASJA) and the South African Translators’ Institute (SATI).

Please register by completing and emailing the registration form to Sharon Rose.

Deadline for registrations: 12:00 on 9 March.

Cancellation policy

If members are unable to attend this webinar after having registered and paid for it, a full refund is possible if cancellations are received by Sharon Rose by no later than 12 noon on 10 March. Once the final number of attendees has been confirmed on the eve of the webinar, no refunds are possible.

In addition, should you be prevented from participating in full or in part on the day of the webinar owing to Eskom loadshedding, you will be entitled to take either the same webinar or another on the 2022 webinar programme. When this occurs, the onus will be on you to inform the webinar coordinator of your disqualification on this ground and to specify which alternative webinar you would like to transfer your registration to.

Remember, though, that as a would-be or part-participant on the day, you will in any event receive the audio recording of the entire event plus PDFs of the PPT slides.

Use the early-bird special: save money and secure your spot at this webinar by registering early!

11 March, 2023 @ 10:00 - 13:00 Africa/Johannesburg at Online (Zoom) by PEG | First Quarter Nitty gritty Webinar Zoom

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