|Compiled by an experienced
freelance editor who has worked on
hundreds of titles, from simple textbooks to international bestsellers.
You can also use the skills you develop on the course to edit/proofread
web sites or web pages for really good pay - around
£20 (US $32) per hour.
Experience not necessary. Ideal if
you want to work from home. (You need the American
English version if you live in the USA.) Rates of pay you can
earn as a freelancer. Competent proofreaders and/or copyeditors can earn
around £500 a week ($US
1,110), and more than this when experienced.
Current Rates are around £14.00-£16.00
(GBP) per hour. You normally have to read only about 10 pages per hour
to earn this.
Rates for top copyeditors and proofreaders
can be as much as £20.00 per hour!
The course run by Freelancers.co.uk
is in four parts. The first part
is the information section, circa 25,000 words. Concepts of editing and
proofreading are explained in precise detail, with examples of styles preferred
by publishers, layout, spellings, common mistakes, etc. This section contains
all the essential information you will need to know.
The second part (MS2)
is a manuscript or typescript as you would see it after it has been copyedited.
It's entitled Santorini – A Greek Island.
The third part (PS1) is a set of proofs
of MS2 (the story about the Greek island),
which you can work on, after you learn all you need to know from the first
part of the course (MS1).
Finally, you can compare your work
with PS2 (the corrected proofs), which shows
you all the errors/corrections you should have noticed, together with comprehensive
also contains a self-assessment Scorecard
to measure your skills. Two FREE editing pens are included with
the course. (A red pen for proofreading corrections, and a blue pen for
NB: Over 55,000 words in total.
All info and details on how to contact publishers for work are included.
Most people who have found work have had no previous experience, and some
are now working for major London publishers.
You can complete the Freelancers
course in just 6 to 8 weeks,
in your spare time!
The Freelancers course was the very
FIRST of its kind, first seen in 1988! Since then, the idea has been copied
by many other mail-order companies, interested in selling as many courses
as possible, with few, if any, scruples. Beware of imitations!