Frequently Asked Questions
Queries about proofreading and The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course, answered.
Frequently Asked Questions About Proofreading
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QUESTIONS SPECIFIC TO THE NO-NONSENSE PROOFREADING COURSE
Is this material suitable for American and British audiences?
Absolutely. The material has been designed to be used by all English-speaking audiences. In fact, most of the methods and tips apply to non-English-speaking audiences, too! With The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course, I've focused almost entirely on how to proofread and how to secure paying work as a proofreader. I've deliberately avoided subjects like grammar and spelling for two very simple reasons. 1) Such an inclusion would have immediately anchored the material to a single country or group of linguistically related countries. 2) There is a great deal of excellent grammar instruction available on line free of charge. Whilst most proofreading courses will include this material, they will also charge you for it. My intention from the very beginning, in creating The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course was to present you with a cost-effective, great value product, where everything you pay for provides a healthy return on investment. Remember, with just one or two small proofreading assignments, The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course will pay for itself.
How do I know this proofreading course isn't a scam?
It's a fair question. There's no substitute for walking into a shop, picking up a physical product and exchanging it for actual money, face-to-face with a real person. Digital downloads are a little too... intangible. How do you know you aren't shelling out for a big handful of nothing at all? Well, first of all, this product is available through PayPal. PayPal is the safest way to buy online (and you don't even need a PayPal account). PayPal are very much on the side of the buyer and are downright mean to the seller. If you're not happy with your purchase, log a complaint and your money will soon be winging its way back to you. If you still have any doubts, feel free to contact me using the form here and I'll give you a personal assurance.
What if I'm not satisfied with The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course?
If, after reading the material, you don't feel that it's set you on the road to confidently pursuing genuine professional proofreading assignments, just let me know within approximately 30 days of purchase, and I'll provide you with a complete refund, without question or quibble.
I'm not very technical! What if I have problems downloading the material?
Don't worry, there are a number of means by which I can get the material to you. I've never failed yet! If you encounter a problem, just contact me here and I will address any issues.
What if I lose the material or can't access the device it was saved to?
Again, don't worry. This has happened a few times. For example, someone had their laptop stolen. Just contact me here and I will send you a full replacement. It doesn't matter how long ago, either. I keep records going right back to 2008!
Can I save the material to more than one device.
Absolutely. So long as you can access the original email receipt, you can download multiple times and to any device. And if, for any reason, you're struggling with this, just contact me here; I have a very simple workaround.
Is The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course available in a printed format?
Unfortunately, no. However, it has been produced in a print-friendly format, with two pages fitting on a single page of A4.
Why is The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course so, ahem, cheap?
Well, I wouldn’t say ‘cheap’. I prefer the term ‘value engineered’. But maybe we should reframe the question. Why are most proofreading courses so darned expensive? Click here for my thoughts on this subject: http://www.proofreading-course.com/why-i-created-an-affordable-proofreading-course.html. And click here to find out why I prefer the term ‘value engineered’ to ‘cheap’:http://www.proofreading-course.com/1/post/2012/08/how-do-you-say-cheap-without-implying-nasty.html.
Can The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course guarantee me freelance proofreading assignments or a full-time job as a proofreader?
I truly wish I could offer those kinds of guarantees, but I can’t. In fact, nobody can. However, The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course does come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. If, after reading it, you don’t feel you’ve been set on the road to pursuing genuine professional proofreading assignments, just let me know within 30 days of purchase and I’ll issue a refund in full, no quibbles or questions.
What’s the difference between proofreading and copy editing?
The following blog entry has this covered: http://www.proofreading-course.com/1/post/2010/10/proofreaders-and-copy-editors-whats-the-difference.html.
Do I need a proofreading qualification to become a proofreader?
The short answer is ‘no’. However, this brief article should put a little meat on the bones: http://www.proofreading-course.com/proofreading-qualifications.html.
How much can proofreaders earn?
Proofreaders can charge in the region of $35 per hour.
What is proofreading?
You’ll find my personal take on what proofreading is (and isn’t) here:
How do I become a proofreader?
This is covered extensively in the eBook, but here’s a five-point plan to give you the general idea: http://www.proofreading-course.com/how-to-become-a-proofreader.html.