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30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Oken Solutions is on the lookout for a skilled iGaming Content Editor and Fact Checker, eager to embark on a career journey that leads…

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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

The ideal candidate is expected to use their content writing skills to review product pages and suggest the best copy to make users' ex…

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Rewriting and editing a book draft Hourly ‐ Posted 8 days ago

Hours to be determined
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

I have a draft of a book I have written its for mortgage brokers and all about marketing. I have 90% of it written. I need some extra p…

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134 word English into Anuak Copyedit Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 days ago

$12
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

Hello. I have an English-Anuak Copyedit needed. The project contains 1 document totaling 134 words. This is a small medical note that w…

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$100
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

We are seeking a skilled document editor with expertise in Microsoft Word to professionally format and resolve pagination issues in a d…

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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

VeraContent is a multilingual content agency specialized in creating and localizing content for global brands. We offer content creatio…

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Copy Hourly ‐ Posted 8 days ago

Hours to be determined
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are seeking a talented copywriter with a proven track record in marketing, SEO optimization, and driving customer engagement to join…

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$60
Fixed-price

Entry
Experience level

Howdy, I need someone to perform copy editing and proofreading for Paranormal/Fantasy Werewolves & Shifters Romance Tropes stories on…

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Write a Simple Wikipedia Page Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 days ago

$5
Fixed-price

Entry
Experience level

Hi there, Im looking for a writer who can write a Wikipedia page

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Edit manuscript Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 days ago

$30
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

here attached is a manuscript that needs organization and proofreading I hope you will enjoy reading it and edit as needed thank you

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Copy Editors on Upwork
can earn $20–$40/hr.
Learn more below about how you can earn a career on the world’s work marketplace.
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How to Become a Freelance Copy Editor

Copy editing is a critical component of the content creation and delivery process. This role ensures written content is properly reviewed and approved for spelling, grammar, style, and punctuation. If you exhibit excellent attention to detail and have a knack for ensuring written content is error-free, you might have what it takes to be a freelance copy editor on Upwork.

What does a freelance copy editor do?

Freelance copy editors are considered the gatekeepers of the media and communications world. In their role, copy editors are responsible for proofreading, reviewing, and correcting written content created for print or digital communications. More specifically, a copy editor reviews written content to ensure there are no grammatical, spelling, punctuation, and syntactic errors. Furthermore, a copy editor might help refine written content submitted by an author and make suggestions on how the content can be improved.

Freelance copy editors should not be confused with freelance proofreaders. While copy editors review content to ensure proper sentence structure, story flow, and punctuation, a proofreader reviews content after the copy editor to make sure nothing was missed and all potential corrections were identified and made.

Freelance copy editors are most often employed by newspapers, magazines, content-heavy websites, and book publishers but may also be employed by local and network television news organizations.

What skills do I need to become a freelance copy editor?

As a freelance copy editor, you will need an excellent command of the English language, a good understanding of how a sentence should be structured, and a keen eye for detail. You'll also have to be familiar with a variety of writing styles. While every copy editor job is a bit different, there are common skills most employers or clients will require.

Common skills a freelance copy editor should possess include:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills. It’s essential for copy editors to write and edit well. Because copy editors will review submissions from a number of writers covering a variety of topics, they must be able to offer effective suggestions that improve the final draft of all content.
  • Attention to detail. Freelance copy editors often review large volumes of written copy covering myriad topics. As such, they must exhibit attention to detail to ensure the final copy has been refined and is suitable for use. This means fact-checking, looking for typos, and following brand style guides.
  • A love for language. Whether working with English or another language, freelance copy editors must have a love and feel for the language they are working with. This ensures the final product resonates with the intended audience and encourages engagement. Plus, it makes for much better readability and SEO.
  • Exceptional organizational skills. Because freelance copy editors often work with written content submitted by multiple writers, they must be well organized.
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback. Freelance copy editors must maintain good relationships with the authors they work with. With that in mind, a copy editor should provide feedback in a way that ensures the author will readily accept their suggestions and view their recommendations as helpful.
  • Ability to work well with others. Freelance copy editors must be able to work well with editorial assistants, publishing houses, and others. This ensures they will provide well-received feedback to authors in addition to gaining the trust of their superiors.

What are the core freelance copy editor job responsibilities?

While specific copy editing responsibilities may differ from client to client, there are core duties most copy editors will be engaged in during the course of a project. These responsibilities include:

  • Review written content to ensure it is logical, well written, and structured in a style that is suitable for its audience
  • Correct spelling, grammar, and sentence structure of submitted work from a variety of authors
  • Bring issues and questions to the attention of the authors
  • Double-check facts for accuracy and relevance
  • Format to follow the conventions and manuals of style requested by the client
  • Review and correct captions for artwork, photographs, and other imagery
  • Ensure final written content is consistent with the organization’s brand guidelines
  • Refine or write headlines and subheads for articles and other content
  • Edit written content to adhere to specific word counts
  • Work closely with authors and proofreaders to ensure high-quality final content

Should I get a degree or certification to be a freelance copy editor?

In addition to developing your skills via experience across multiple copy editing jobs or projects, obtaining a degree and/or professional certification can help your Upwork profile stand out. While obtaining a certification may be helpful, it is not necessary to become a freelance copy editor. On the other hand, freelancers might find it difficult to become a copy editor without a degree from an accredited college or university.

Examples of popular degrees or certifications relevant to copy editing include:

  • An associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in English, journalism, communications, mass media, marketing, or philosophy from an accredited college or university
  • Copy Editing Certification Courses – offered by ACES: The Society for Editing

Jump-start your freelance copy editor career on Upwork and start looking for your first job. Eager to learn more about freelance copy editor jobs on Upwork? Check out these additional resources:

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