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We Still Accept Bitcoin for Proof Reading and English Corrections

October 13th, 2012

We previously mentioned that we accept Bitcoins as payment for our Proof Reading, English Correction and Copywriting services. We’ve also had a few people take us up on the offer too.

Last year there was quite a dip in the price of Bitcoins and due to some bad press there was a lot of speculation over whether Bitcoin would survive as a viable currency. Well, here we are at the tail end of 2012 and I am happy to say that the price has rallied noticeably and things are looking up. Bitcoin has more than doubled in value from the dark days of last year and is still, in our opinion, a stable currency.

With that in mind we would like to remind everyone that we are still happy to accept Bitcoins for payment and look forward to a long future using them. Our Bitcoin Offers page lists a few special deals that we are offering in exchange for bitcoins.

For an up to date price (based on the current exchange rate) please Contact Us for a quote and we’ll give you a special deal just for using Bitcoin.

Affiliates

We have also signed up to a number of interesting Bitcoin services. These include:

Bitcoin Pyramid

and

BTC Matrix

Check them out, you may find them useful too!

Are you confused about the apostrophe?

May 20th, 2012

I can’t think of a punctuation mark that causes more excitement and confusion than the apostrophe. Many people, especially English teachers, get very upset when it is used incorrectly.

In fact, a British man got in trouble a few years ago for drawing apostrophes onto road signs where they had been omitted by his local council. There is even an Apostrophe Protection Society!

Practicality versus Pedantry

There is so much confusion around when to use the possessive apostrophe that many are advocating dropping it entirely as the meaning of the sentence is usually clear from the context. However, this hasn’t gone down well with the apostrophe advocates.

I’m going to go out on a limb, risking the ire of the apostrophe pedants, and suggest if you’re not sure about whether you need an apostrophe or not then you should leave it out.

A little light reading

Fortunately some people on the internet have got a sense of humour about the apostrophe. Have a look at these:

 

How to use the apostrophe – The Oatmeal

Free the Apostrophe

 

 

Grammar Goofs for Native Speakers?

April 19th, 2012

A post at ClayzMama.com pointed me at an infographic by CopyBlogger.com called 15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly.

It’s a great little summary of the most common grammar mistakes that we see being made by native English speakers but, it turns out, not so much by non-native speakers.

Mistakes by non-native speakers can be more elementary than the 15 listed by CopyBlogger. Missing out the definite article (the) and the indefinite article (a) tend to be the ones we see the most. However, they tend to get things like then/then. their/there/they’re and the general use of the apostrophe right.

The difference, I think, comes down to the way we learn languages. Our native tongue is usually learned by listening to others speak it. The most common errors I see with young native speakers these days are spelling words how they sound and not how they are correctly spelled.

When we learn a second language the process is more formalised and, usually, involves more study of the writen language than the spoken. Also, while English teachers in the UK have been told not to teach grammar directly anymore you will tend to be taught grammar when learning a foreign language.

So, I think, this illustrates why English teachers wish their students would read more. It really helps!

6 Simple Ways to Write a Better Cover Letter

January 4th, 2012

Write a Better Cover Letter

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. When it comes to searching for a new job, your cover letter is the first impression you make with a potential employer. A great cover letter will have the hiring manager excited to read your resume. A bad cover letter may mean he or she won’t read your resume at all. The following are six simple ways to write a better cover letter:

  1. Start off with a bang. Don’t go for the tried and tired standard opening sentence of so many cover letters, “Please find my resume attached in response to your position.” Instead, be more original, so that you grab the hiring manager’s attention from the very beginning.
  2. Make your cover letter specific to the company. Although it may be tempting to use a simple cover letter that allows you to change the name of the company and position title, a better cover letter is specific to the company to which you are applying. Include details about why you’d like to work at that company or some of their recent achievements to further personalize your cover letter.
  3. Match your cover letter to the job description. If the job description says the company is looking for qualities A, B and C, make sure you note that you have these qualities (assuming you do). Describe them using wording very similar to that of the job description, so that your cover letter closely matches it. This way, from the beginning, the hiring manager will think you’re a perfect fit for the position.
  4. Start tooting your own horn. Although your resume is the place to fully list all of your accomplishments over the years, it is important to cover some of the major and most relevant accomplishments in your cover letter. If possible, use quantifiable results, such as an increase in sales figures or a decrease in costs.
  5. Size matters. Your cover letter should not exceed one page in length. Use your normal 12-point font. The goal of a better cover letter is to whet the hiring managers’ appetites, so that they’ll be hungry to read your resume. Don’t make your cover letter so long and all-encompassing that hiring managers feel like they don’t need to review it.
  6. Proofread your cover letter before sending it. If you want to write a better cover letter, spend time proofreading it before you send it. Even the most well-written cover letters can be tweaked to be even better. If possible, have a friend or family member read your cover letter to help you spot any errors.

Randall Davidson reviews cover letters and resumes every day, as part of his duties as a co-founder of proofreading services company ProofreadingServices.Us. Randall knows that some of the cover letters he receives could benefit from ProofreadingServices.Us’ document proofreading services.

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December 12th, 2011

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The Amazing Power of #Bitcoin!

November 30th, 2011

In September we announced that we would be accepting the new crypto-currency Bitcoin and announced some offers for people paying in Bitcoins. This began our adventure with Bitcoin. We started advertising on Bitcoin sites, paying in Bitcoins and as a service provider that accepted Bitcoins we were listed on a number of Bitcoin related sites.

Shortly after our initial announcement the price of Bitcoin dropped through the floor and things didn’t look so good. Bitcoin had received quite a bit of press and this had encouraged a lot of new users to try it out. There was also a large number of people getting into Bitcoin mining, lured by the idea of, seemingly, free money. The interest caused the price to rise and the high price encouraged a lot of opportunists to hack websites and individuals in an attempt to get their hands on the loot.

In addition to hacking attacks the larger Bitcoin websites had to deal with extra demands on their servers and expectations of professional services caused by the increased popularity. Some fell by the wayside and others suffered expensive problems and downtime.

Bubbles come and go. Those lured by easy money have, mostly, gone and left the hardcore of Bitcoin supporters still doing what they were doing all along; Mining and trading bitcoins. They, like us, believe in the idea and ideals of Bitcoin and continue to use it whether it is the latest hot thing or not.

It is from this hardcore that we have seen a wonderful response. A large influx of business has appeared from the many sites we are either advertising on or have been listed on by others. Furthermore, not all of these people have paid in bitcoins so it seems that the bitcoin world isn’t as insular or exclusive as some detractors would have you imagine.

So, in summary, our experiment with Bitcoin has resulted in real, tangible work and increased exposure and this is one experiment that we will definitely be continuing!

We now accept payment by Bitcoin

September 8th, 2011

By Satoshi (http://www.bitcoin.org/smf/index.php?topic=64.0)

Bitcoin is a new online currency.

We at UKcopy are happy to accept payment in Bitcoins. Please Contact Us for a quote or have a look at our Bitcoin Offers.

 

 

 

 

It’s not just foreigners

September 7th, 2011

It is not surprising that those speaking English as a second language often have difficulties. However, for many who have English as their first (and possibly only) language it can be just as much of a struggle.

Those suffering from dyslexia, and other conditions, often find it difficult to communicate by letter or email because they cannot make themselves understood or they’re worried about being judged unfairly.

Our correction service can help to ensure your communications are clear, correct and professional. We work with you to make sure your message gets across and you are taken seriously by those you are contacting.

Contact Us now to find out how we can help you »

Beware of Non-native speakers offering English services

February 27th, 2011

Recently we have been redesigning our website. During the process we started looking at the websites of other people offering English Correction and Copywriting services.

What struck us most (apart from how dated some of the sites looked) is that so many of these services are run by non-native speakers. The problem with this is that how can you be sure that your English is being corrected properly if it is being done by someone who doesn’t speak English as a first language?

English Correction and Copywriting

A lifetime of experience

It seems unfair to suggest that non-native speakers can’t do a good job but the websites we looked at were littered with small errors. Simple nuances can make a huge difference and it takes a lifetime of experience and exposure to English to get things right.

Our Copywriters use English every day of their lives. They are constantly exposed to it in many different settings. From casual conversations to formal written work they are familiar with the conventions that are expected.

However good a non-native speaker is they cannot match this level of exposure and competence.

Don’t risk your livelihood on bad English Copywriting

If you need to communicate in English for your business then please don’t think that just any English Copywriters will do. Poor copy will put off your potential customers. It looks unprofessional and sometimes can even cause confusion.

Non-native speakers cannot match true native English speakers for subtlety and accuracy. If you want to be taken seriously make sure you get native English speakers to do your Copywriting and English Correction.

The documentation is as important as the product

February 14th, 2011

It doesn’t matter whether you are producing a physical product for commercial gain or writing Open Source software; the documentation is still essential. For a physical product the quality of the instructions on how to use it could mean the difference between a happy customer and a returned product. With software, both commercial and Open Source, good documentation is key to rapid adoption.

For too many projects documentation seems to be an after thought but it is still part of the product and it gives customers an impression about the company that produced it. Good documentation is actually a promotional feature. It should be celebrated and announced to anyone who will listen and as much care should be taken over the documentation as the advertising copy.

With software projects the problem is down to who produces the documentation. It is often left to the developers themselves to create it. Developers don’t want to write documentation, they want to code. Also, they may not have the skills to write good documentation. Often the best person to write the documentation is someone new to the project but skilled at explaining things. If they can explore the software and ask the developers any questions they have then they will be able to produce documentation that is valuable to the user. A developer is not a user. They have different needs and expectations.

Many manufacturers, especially in the Far East, are now able to take advantage of the Internet and sell directly to customers would wide. This is either through their own website or via auction and merchant services like Ebay. It is an unfortunate fact that poor English on websites and Ebay adverts severely harms customer confidence and trust. This is especially true on Ebay where customers worry about being ripped off by foreign merchants and being unable to get their money back. To reassure potential customers and to build a professional online presence it is essential that English copy is correct and reads in a professional and appropriate way.

This may sound like it is going to cause a large increase in cost but if you already have your documentation, website, adverts translated into English UKcopy can quickly and cost effectively check and correct your English for you.

We also now offer a $5 Ebay advert correction service so if you are using the same advert multiple times then it is definitely worth getting it checked and corrected.

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