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  • $80 hourly
    I'm a book editor with over six years of experience in the publishing industry. I've read the slush pile for literary agents and edited books for small publishing presses. I specialize in all genres of YA, and sci-fi and fantasy fiction for middle grade and adult readers. I take on select thrillers, historical fiction, romance, self-help books, and memoirs as well. I offer developmental critiques, line/copy editing, and final proofreading for full or partial manuscripts, as well as query and synopsis critiques.
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    Content Editing
    Editing & Proofreading
    Proofreading
    Book Editing
    Line Editing
    Developmental Editing
    Copy Editing
    Creative Writing
  • $70 hourly
    I'm a professional publishing consultant, editor, and writing coach with years of experience in the publishing industry. When working with you, my mission is to be your go-to collaborator for your project by remaining highly focused on your needs and by providing high-quality deliverables tailored to your project's goals. We can begin working together at any stage of your publishing journey as my skills and services include writing coaching, beta reading, editorial assessments, developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, and publishing consulting. Having worked at two university presses, I have experience with manuscripts of all types including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short stories, business, and education. As a freelancer, I've also worked with fantasy, romance, crime fiction, and other commercial genres. I also have a BFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Management in the Creative Economy. As your editor, I'm dedicated to helping you develop high-quality content that meets all of your goals. I understand the effort that goes into your writing and your desire for your content to be the very best it can be. Therefore, my deliverables include not only the edited manuscript but also edit reports and collaborative revision hours that are all focused on elevating your manuscript. As your publishing consultant, I can guide you through the digital and print publishing process to deliver your content successfully, all while building your author or company brand. Together, we'll navigate your project through the independent, hybrid, or traditional publishing landscapes. I can develop a strong publishing strategy for your content and aid with project management for various steps of the process—from performing market research to executing sales strategies. As your writing coach, I can guide you through the writing process by providing exercises and techniques. I can identify the weaknesses and strengths of your writing and then provide solutions for how to eliminate those weak points and enhance your strengths. My goal is to be someone you can bounce your writing ideas off of and someone who supports and challenges you as a writer. If you're interested in working with me or have any questions, just send me a message telling me about your project and we'll go from there! Types of editing: Developmental Editing A developmental edit focuses on the big-picture elements of your content such as plot, character development, pacing, narrative, etc. For nonfiction books, it focuses on the structure of your content, what objectives need to be met by each section, delivery, etc. If your content is completed but hasn't undergone any revision yet, a developmental edit is where you want to start. When doing a developmental edit of your work, I provide you with a commented manuscript that highlights every suggested revision, edit report(s) with detailed explanations of issues and proposed solutions, and collaborative revision hours to discuss the edits. Line Editing Line editing is a high-level edit that focuses on the language, tone, pace, descriptions, voice, and writing style throughout the manuscript. A line edit includes a mix of direct edits and recommendations for additional content or cuts. When doing a line edit of your work, I provide you with an edited version (using MS Word track changes so you can review the edits) and a style sheet for the specific terminology used in your work (adhering to the Chicago Manual of Style). Copyediting A copyedit focuses on the readability of your content by correcting for grammar, inconsistencies, awkward phrasing, sentence structure, repetitions, etc. When doing a copyedit of your work, I provide you with an edited version (using MS Word track changes so you can review the edits) and a style sheet for the specific terminology used in your work (adhering to the Chicago Manual of Style). Proofreading Proofreading focuses on correcting typos, spelling, punctuation, and other small errors. This is the last phase of editing. When proofreading your content, I provide you with an edited version (using MS Word track changes so you can review the edits) and a style sheet for the specific terminology used in your work (adhering to the Chicago Manual of Style).
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    Developmental Editing
    Content Strategy
    Chicago Manual of Style
    Proofreading
    Book Editing
    Copy Editing
    Publishing Fundamentals
    Creative Writing
  • $750 hourly
    ✍️ Story matters. So don't just hire a writer: hire a craftsman with premium storytelling training and experience. I'm a published author and I know how to help tell your story in the most effective way that speaks to your ideal audience! 💚I'm a Top Rated Plus + Expert Vetted Freelancer -- that means I'm in the top 1% of the 12 million freelancers on Upwork! I’ve made over $300,000+ on Upwork and am trusted by my clients to deliver great work, every time. 💡 WHO I AM: I'm a creative storyteller and memoir/nonfiction book ghostwriter -- your new secret weapon! I help founders and inspiring individuals share their story and leave their legacy. 💻 WHAT I DO: I contribute my writing talent to individuals who want high-end books ghostwritten in their voice. I help you share your story and bring your ideas to the world! I also help with the self-publishing KDP process and work with book designers so that you can realize your vision as a stunning finished product at the end of our time working together. ✨ FEATURED IN: My work has been featured in Entrepreneur, Parade Magazine, U.S. News, Vulture, Forbes, Script Magazine, NYU and USC's publications, Upwork's social media, a national commercial, and more. I've also been interviewed by tech podcasts and other awesome people! ♥️ WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY "Extremely talented individual. Do you have an idea? Amy will make your idea, brand, and marketing come to life. She is the ultimate swiss army knife. Amy can do it all. On top of that, her work ethic and personality are unparalleled. Thank you, Amy!" "Hire Amy... that's all that needs to be said. Whatever copy materials that you are looking for, Amy will get it done at the highest caliber of quality. She is excellent with her communication, thorough research and she really knows how to nail exactly what you're looking for. My only advice is to provide her with as much detail as you possibly can and it'll produce the best results. I can tell that Amy prides herself on being the best in the business even if she would prefer to humble herself and say she's only ONE of the best. But no, She IS the best!” "If you are lucky enough to get a chance to work with Amy, grab it! She is a pleasure to work with, and quickly steered me in the right direction. The only way it could have been better is if I had found her a year earlier! Her communication is fantastic, she is reachable and makes herself available. She delivered everything ahead of schedule. Her insights have been invaluable. The best way to sum it up is that when I reviewed her details, I decided to pay 4 times what I had been planning to pay, and it was a very wise decision!" 📚 MY FOCUS: -Ghostwriting nonfiction books and memoirs -Supporting you through the publishing process -Working with my team to design your book cover, interior, and Kindle e-book 🎬 MY BACKGROUND: WORKING IN HOLLYWOOD I came up as a TV writer in Hollywood, and co-wrote an episode of the show CONDOR (MGM/Skydance/Audience Network), along with various development projects.
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    Book Editing
    Nonfiction Writing
    Developmental Editing
    Line Editing
    Biography & Memoir
    Memoir Writing
    Copywriting
    Creative Writing
    Editorial Writing
    Writing
    Book
    Nonfiction
    Memoir
    Ghostwriting
    Editing & Proofreading
  • $45 hourly
    ** Over seven years on Upwork ** Hundreds of books edited **Experienced business professional “Diane has … delivered outstanding work every single time. I highly recommend her to anyone searching for high-quality editing or proofreading work." Areas of experience include: BUSINESS: business marketing documents, white papers, PowerPoint slides, reports, website copy review, and blog posts. Financial reports and technical documents don't scare me! BOOKS: fiction manuscripts are my favorite. Developmental editing, copyediting, final proofreading and beta reading. I've edited hundreds of books, from new writers to Amazon best-selling authors and publishers. Specialties include: making writing clearer and more concise, creating flow and interest, catching and fixing errors and inconsistencies. Are you looking for a freelancer who's reliable and detail-oriented? I've been editing professionally on Upwork for over five years. My 5-star reviews and client testimonials are proof of the value I can bring to your project. My goal is to make sure you’re more than satisfied and your project is on budget. You’ll receive consistent work and professional communication. As a result of my work for executives, major corporations, and entrepreneurs, you'll benefit from my: * excellent time management skills * dedication to confidentiality * efficiency * ownership of responsibility for timely completion of your project WHAT TO EXPECT: Your project will be proofread and edited to your specifications. And your style of writing is maintained. Suggested changes will be made using Microsoft Word’s “Track Changes” feature. You'll receive an Edited and a Track Changes version. Warm regards!
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    Dialogue Editing
    Editing & Proofreading
    Business Editing
    Line Editing
    Commenting
    Error Detection
    Book Editing
    Content Editing
    Story Editing
    US English Dialect
    Developmental Editing
    Copy Editing
    Book
    Proofreading
  • $28 hourly
    I have loved writing my entire life. After teaching high school English for 21 years, and college GED & creative writing for 2 years I suffered a spinal cord injury and can no longer teach in a classroom. But my passion for writing and teaching remains the same, and I now work as a private tutor and virtual learning tutor from home. I have also taught several online courses in creative writing, and I freelance as a writer, and proofreader/editor. I enjoy all aspects of the arts, from theatre to concerts, and enjoy photography, traveling, swimming, and cooking, among many other things. I am outgoing, patient, compassionate, detail-oriented, timely, and dependable. I enjoy helping others, and look forward to helping you!
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    Commenting
    Editing & Proofreading
    Fiction Writing
    Book Writing
    Writing
    Academic Proofreading
    Online Writing
    Tutoring
    Proofreading
    Short Story Writing
    Essay Writing
  • $15 hourly
    I am native English-speaking, with a bachelor’s degree in English. I have been editing for 7 years. My editing skills include working for two e-book publishing companies, a monthly magazine, and individual authors. Throughout my career, I have edited fiction, nonfiction, and dissertation papers, including romance, inspirational romance, mysteries, and science fiction. In my role at the e-book publishing companies, I was a content editor and a copy editor. This entailed reading through a story several times to produce an error-free document. I have a fast turn-around time and I have the knowledge and skills to offer feedback on your project, fix grammatical errors, plot holes, whatever is needed to make your project shine. I look forward to working with you.
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    Content Editing
    Chicago Manual of Style
    Technical Editing
    Proofreading
    Academic Editing
    Microsoft Word
    Copy Editing
  • $40 hourly
    Benefit from over a decade of wide experience in EDITING and WRITING! TO MEET YOUR NEEDS: *All levels of editing - developmental, evaluation, content, line, copyediting, proofreading *Editing all genres, including works for both children and adults *Writing for children and adults - blogs, educational materials, articles, stories, and books TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FOLLOWING: *Ongoing experience with evaluating the writing of others gained as an active member of multiple critique groups *Knowledge of the market gained through memberships in several organizations for writers: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Sisters in Crime, and the Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association (UPPAA) *College background, including a bachelor's degree, teaching certification, and graduate work towards a master's degree in education NOTE: I do NOT use ChatGPT or any other AI program to generate my writing.
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    Fiction
    Nonfiction
    Creative Writing
    Canadian English Dialect
    British English Dialect
    Blog Writing
    Editing & Proofreading
    Australian English Dialect
    Track Changes
    US English Dialect
    Copy Editing
    Developmental Editing
  • $30 hourly
    "Mawra is perfect. She saved my books and was so patient and delightful to work with." - Upwork Client "Excellent service from Mawra, very good communication, and she did the job perfectly. The help and advice given by Mawra were excellent, she couldn't be more helpful and gave very clear explanations and suggestions to improve the writing and story. I highly recommend Mawra for any writing/editing needs you may have." - Upwork Client "Mawra is an efficient, professional and excellent editor. She is easily reachable. She was patient and delightful to work with. I really like her editing quality. She put life in my book. I highly recommend her." - Upwork Client Hello! I'm an expert and detail-oriented editor/writer with half a decade of experience and a diploma in Creative Writing. My job is to take your voice and story and polish them to perfection so that your target audience can't help but fall in love with your work. My specialty lies in the bones and structure of a manuscript. If you're worried about your plot, plot development, character development, plot arc, character arc, authenticity, inconsistencies, third rails, etc., or if you feel lost in the middle of your book, I can help you navigate, fix your story, and turn it into a fresh authentic piece. I'm here to help you cross that so-dreaded finish line. When it comes to copyediting and proofreading, I'm hawk-eyed and a perfectionist. I follow CMOS, and I only work with American, Australian, British, and Canadian English. The services I offer are as follows: * Academic Editing. * Developmental Editing. (Fiction and Non-fiction, especially Fantasy, Gothic Literature, Horror, Thriller, Romance, YA, Biographies, Memoirs, and Self-help) * Plot Development. (All Fiction) * Copyediting/Proofreading. (Fiction, Non-fiction, Blogs, Articles, Essays) * Beta-reading. (All Fiction and Non-fiction) If you choose to work with me, you'll not only get your work polished professionally, but you'll also get to learn a great deal along the way. I keep my writers included every step of the way, giving them a chance to grow as an artist. Interested in working with me? Let's chat! :)
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    Fantasy
    Fiction
    Plot Development
    Creative Writing
    Novel
    British English Dialect
    Developmental Editing
    Editing & Proofreading
    Copy Editing
    General Transcription
    Writing
    Book
    Proofreading
  • $38 hourly
    I'm a Jill of all trades in the literary world, with years of experience both writing and editing at the literary agency where I work. I'd love to talk with you about editing your novel. Read the testimonials below and peruse the selected published works in my portfolio. Clients have found me to be a good communicator and responsible with deadlines. Others have said I have a sharp eye, and a kind yet blunt critique style. I assure you, I want your project to be the best it can be, and I'll instinctively know the work that needs to be done to get it there. I'm ready to embrace your project as my own, so let's get to work! ***Kindly read this clarification before sending an invite: I don't edit works created either partially or in full by AI, and I do not participate in ghostwriting circles. Also, I don't write query letters, rather, I critique and improve letters that are already written by a book's author. Thanks so much!*** I Prefer: - Fixed price to hourly - Clear expectations - Kindness, always. No matter what needs to be said. - Working on either first 3 chapters (up to 8,000 words), first half (up to 40,000 words), or whole manuscripts (up to 90,000 words). You will get: - Structural/Developmental edits; these are big picture edits. (Random examples: This could be better in a different spot, maybe paragraph 4 of chapter 5 where you introduce this topic. Have you thought about making Mary older to fit her independent lifestyle? Why is Stephan so worried about the cleanliness of the apartment, if in chapter one you said he hired a cleaning lady? I'm wondering if chapter seven can be tightened and merged with six, because it's lagging and I worry readers will lose interest) - Line edits; these occur when a certain line/word is throwing off the story. (Random examples: This sentence is clunky because the subject of the sentence comes after all those other objects and adjectives. Your use of the word Coptic may not be correct since technically these worshipers would be Russian orthodox. Double-check the accuracy of your claim that black widow spiders can kill. Consider editing out the word "felt" from this whole chapter because it weakens the text.) - Grammar/Punct correction; This is like proofreading, but it's best to perform a separate final proofread once you're completely done with all edits. (Examples: spelling of words, word usage, grammar correction, punctuation correction) Can't wait to talk to you about your needs!
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    Translation
    Art Curation
    Museum Studies
    History
    Synopsis Writing
    Query Letter
    Writing Critique
    Content Writing
    Query Analysis
    Proofreading
    Developmental Editing
    Spanish
  • $30 hourly
    I'm here to craft the perfect article, blog post, short story, or even novel that you need. From writing full-length novels to editing three-minute interviews, I have the background to create anything under the sun. My previous experience ranges from journalism to personal profiles; beyond this, I've written two novels and many short stories.
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    Article Writing
    Creative Direction
    Content Writing
    Creative Writing
    Proofreading
    Candidate Interviewing
    Copywriting
    Writing
    Editing & Proofreading
    Academic Editing
  • $25 hourly
    Allow me to help you reach your fiction goals. You can utilize my skills in a number of ways. I will proofread your fiction manuscript to ensure it is free of any spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. I will help you edit your work to eliminate redundant words, plot inconsistencies, flow issues, and characterization problems, and more. After your manuscript is polished, I will beta read the work and give you a comprehensive report of my impression, answering any questions you have. Once your book is completed, I will write a detailed and honest book review that I will then post to the websites of your choice. By hiring me you will have professional and swift results. Invite me to your job, and I’ll get back to you right away to discuss your project needs in detail.
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    Manuscript
    Review
    Proofreading
    Creative Writing
    Fiction Writing
    Book Editing
    English
    Editing & Proofreading
  • $30 hourly
    I'm an experienced, meticulous. detail-orientated editor and proofreader who can work in a wide range of genres and types of writing, including fiction, non-fiction and academic. I'm an editor for the literary magazine 'A Coup of Owls' and have worked as a reader and proofreader for publisher Sandstone Press, as a reviewer for academic journal Transformative Works and Cultures and as a blogger and reviewer for cultural organisation the Saltire Society. I also have numerous satisfied Upwork clients, many of whom have chosen to work with me on a repeat basis and will testify to my excellent work and attitude. I hold a PhD from the University of Stirling in Publishing Studies, focusing on online publishing and fan culture. I also have a first-class honours degree in English Literature from St Andrews University, two Master of Letters (MLitt) degrees from St Andrews and Stirling (in Shakespeare Studies and Publishing Studies, respectively) and a diploma in Creative Writing from the Open University.
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    Error Detection
    Academic Proofreading
    Proofreading
    Book Editing
    Writing
    Editing & Proofreading
    Line Editing
    Academic Editing
    Copy Editing
    English
  • $30 hourly
    Expertise in copy editing, developmental editing, proofreading, creative writing, research, and social media management. Efficient and dependable; professional. Whether you need just an overall review, a line-by-line edit, or a complete re-write, I'll help you organize your project in a professional way without losing your originality! Areas of expertise/experience: -Editing documents such as essays, creative writing, research papers, letters of recommendation, character references, and articles or blogs -Book editing -Beta-reading -APA formatting -Projects relating to psychology and/or child development -Satire/humor/opinion I would love to collaborate with you on your next project!
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    Psychology
    Academic Writing
    Proofreading
    Copy Editing
    Book Editing
    Developmental Editing
    Formatting
    APA Formatting
  • $40 hourly
    Writer | Editor | Publisher My experience in plotting, writing, editing, proofreading, and publishing has given me unique insight into the world of books. Whether you are working in nonfiction or fiction, romance or adventure, I can help you turn your ideas into a well-polished, published final draft. Over the past year, I have: - Created plot outlines for over 30 books - Edited over 50 books (developmental, line, and copy) - Helped at least 5 people in their publishing journey - Published 2 novels myself My goal is to help people realize their dreams of publishing a book.
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    Track Changes
    Content Editing
    Book Writing
    Microsoft Word
    Editing & Proofreading
    Book Editing
    Proofreading
    Writing
  • $62 hourly
    "Nicole is my first pair of eyes on every project. She is a secret weapon." - Lauren Stone, UBISOFT narrative lead writer I am a certificated copy editor and proofreader. I love to write, read and edit in all genres. As my client, you will get the deliverables you need so your business can thrive. I have a Master’s in Education and a BA in Theater, so I bring research skills and creativity to my work. Fun fact: I spent three years cultivating my storytelling skills while working on a hit CBS dramatic tv show. I will save you TIME and ENERGY. Your reputation is my reputation, so I am serious about the quality of work I provide to you. You have built your career from the ground up, and as your freelancer, I am a member of your team. *About Me Pages *Ghostwriting *Interviews *Technical Writing *Inspirational *Screenplays *Children's Stories *Developmental Edits *Beta Reading *Entertainment Writing *Coaching
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    Copy Editing
    Line Editing
    Article Writing
    Children's Writing
    Book Editing
    Screenwriting
    Creative Writing
    Short Story
    Academic Editing
    Entertainment
    Nonfiction
    Story Development
    Fiction
  • $20 hourly
    I was a teacher for twenty years, and I have a background in fitness, health, and physical education. I love to study English, and I am interested in proofreading and/or editing for you. I also love to read, so I am always excited about an opportunity to work as a beta reader. My proofreading and editing experience includes fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery, young adult, and adventure novels. I have also completed edits on articles, workbooks, textbooks, and self-help books. I am open to working on many different topics. Although my areas of expertise are exercise and outdoor activities, I have several hobbies, a wide range of interests, and a desire to continue learning new things.
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    Self-Help
    Sports & Fitness
    Fantasy
    Microsoft Word
    Health & Wellness
    Young Adult
    Mystery
    Romance
    Science Fiction
    Copy Editing
    Book Editing
    Proofreading
  • $60 hourly
    I'll help you make your story the best it can be and together we'll create a page-turner that readers won't be able to put down. If you'd like to take your story to the next level, we should definitely work together! I will identify holes in your story and help you cut out what isn't needed. I have an excellent knowledge of story structure, character development, and how to create a vivid setting. Ghostwriter A long time ago, when I was in grade two, my well-meaning teacher told me that I overused the word ‘nice’ in my writing. As you can imagine, my younger self was both irritated and insulted. Somehow my eight-year-old brain thought that nice was the perfect adjective to describe… well, just about everything, I suppose. And anyways who was SHE to tell me how to write? If I wanted to use the word nice, I was darn well going to use it. Fast-forward thirty-eight years and my stories are anything but nice, perhaps in reaction to that very first criticism. I like to write adventures about what people do when terrible things occur. Hm. What would these characters do if the worst thing they can possibly imagine… happened? Let’s put them in that situation and see. I love science fiction and magic, action and adventure, fight scenes, and sweet moments, too. And I’m all about taking the reader along for the ride. So, I hope you’ll come along on this magical adventure. I can’t wait to see where it leads! (I hope it’s someplace nice.) I'm a creative writer with eleven years experience who also works as a developmental editor, so as you can imagine story structure is my jam! Reviews of my stories frequently say that the reader stayed up late reading because they couldn't put the book down. I value my time and energy highly, so I'm only looking for clients who are willing to pay well for the creativity, experience, and skill that I bring to every book that I write. I am well worth it. Looking forward to working with you!
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    Developmental Editing
    Storytelling
    Proofreading
    English
    Ghostwriting
    Romance
  • $60 hourly
    As of February 2024, I am actively looking for editing gigs, and I edit anything. A little bit about me: Hi there! I'm Kelly, and I'm a writer and editor (pronouns: she/her). From the University of Arizona, I hold a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Creative Writing with a concentration in fiction. I have 2+ years of work experience at a small traditional publisher, where I was responsible for all copy edits, proofreading, structural, and line edits for all acquired fiction book manuscripts. I edited for literary journals for 3+ years, including short stories, flash fiction, poetry, short plays/screenplays, and essays. I have 1+ years of experience on Upwork and Fiverr. I would love to offer my editing and writing services in areas, such as children's books, poetry collections, business writing, marketing copy, blogs, video game writing, query letters, short stories, essays, poetry, and screenplays. Check out my editing services. I hope to work with you!
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    Book Editing
    Line Editing
    Copy Editing
    Academic Writing
    Film
    Content Writing
    WordPress
    Content Development
    Developmental Editing
    Short Story
    Content Rewriting
    Proofreading
    Poetry
    Creative Writing
  • $20 hourly
    Native English speaker from the U.S. that specializes in editing, proofreading, and beta reading novels (fiction and nonfiction), academic papers, journals, and workplace documents. I also specialize in making PowerPoint presentations and slide designs that work with any version of Microsoft PowerPoint. Tackling challenges and helping clients successfully complete their projects is my #1 goal. I want to make it easy for clients to get their ideas on paper and out to their audience. Looking forward to working with you.
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    Writing
    US English Dialect
    Scientific Research
    Content Editing
    English
    Creative Writing
    Academic Editing
    Microsoft PowerPoint
    Graphic Design
    Copy Editing
    Proofreading
    Document Review
  • $35 hourly
    My goal, as a professional editor, is to be your true collaborator who ensures that your vision comes to life on the page. I am a native English speaker with 20 years of professional writing and editing experience. I specialize in beta reading, proofreading, and editing fiction manuscripts in the following genres: Fantasy/Worldbuilding Fantasy/Romance/YA Horror/Suspense/Paranormal/Dark Themes The Human Condition/Ethics Unconventional/Controversial Themes and Topics Medical Thrillers I also edit nonfiction manuscripts in the following genres: Memoirs Spirituality/Self-help I will provide you with a flawless final product that maintains the integrity of your unique voice, style, and message. I offer hourly pricing or fixed project pricing. We can discuss what works best for your specific needs. Please reach out if you have any questions. I look forward to collaborating with you!
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    English
    Novel
    Business Editing
    Letter Writing
    Story Editing
    Error Detection
    Proofreading
    Book Editing
    Developmental Editing
    Line Editing
    Editing & Proofreading
    Copy Editing
  • $30 hourly
    We all crave stories, for stories are an opportunity to escape our own worlds for a little while. As an experienced beta reader and proofreader with a BA in English Literature, I help writers elevate their stories and manuscripts to their maximum potential with my versatile skill set. Whether through in-depth beta reader reports/developmental manuscript evaluations, brainstorming sessions or providing an extra pair of eyes for proofreading. I aim to be your go-to collaborator and support for your project, Services I Offer: • Developmental Manuscript Evaluations/Alpha Reads/Beta Read Reports • Proofreading • Brainstorm Sessions • Sensitivity Reading.
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    Romance
    Fact-Checking
    Science Fiction
    Children's Literature
    Literature
    Fantasy
    Time Management
    Developmental Editing
    Proofreading
    Administrative Support
    Editing & Proofreading
  • $35 hourly
    My goal as a copyeditor is to make my clients look great to their readers. I’m a voracious reader and love words. You know those people who want to learn about everything? That’s me! I’ve had careers ranging from graphic design to crime lab analysis to wildlife rehabilitation to medical transcription. My hobbies include riding horses, watercolor painting, and watching NFL football, and I’ve even tried basket weaving and beekeeping. I bring this varied background to my copyediting career. Do you have a short story or novel that needs a professional eye? Short and sweet or long and detailed, new or experienced writer, I can help you make sure your message is clearly understood by your readers. I also offer proofreading and beta reading services. Just reach out!
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    Microsoft Word
    Medical Editing
    Copy Editing
    Proofreading
    Chicago Manual of Style
    Book Editing
    Track Changes
    Medical Transcription
  • $18 hourly
    Currently Accepting: Beta reading, editing, and proofreading jobs on a case-by-case basis. Please note that if your manuscript hasn't been edited and "proofreading" turns into "editing," then I will charge extra for the job, or we'll part ways since the job wasn't as discussed. Currently on Hold: I have two upcoming ghostwriting jobs at the beginning of 2024, but I'm always open to the possibility of another job depending on what's needed! The ghostwriting jobs I take on are typically romance-based (no historical or western) novels or novellas with the outline provided for me, 1st person past/present tense or 3rd person past tense, omniscient POVs, and all sub-genres of romance welcome! If you're needing a different genre written, I am always up to discuss it and have experience with YA, Sci-fi, horror, and light Fantasy genres as well! My skills begin by pulling ideas from the shadows of everyday life and creating realistic characters, ideas, and worlds. I am always up for the challenge. My interests lie in stories, novels, and the creation of an escape from the mundane. If you need help with developmental editing, or a fully-fleshed, ready-to-read manuscript, I could be your girl. I am an experienced novelist, beta-reader, and ghostwriter with a full-rounded potential to proofread anything you need. My areas of interest in the fictional world are horror, romance, science fiction, urban fantasy, slice-of-life, coming-of-age, paranormal, crime/thriller, and fairytale retellings. Communication is key to the success of your novel! Expect clarifying questions from me, respectful comments, honesty, and collaboration!
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    Literature Review
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  • $45 hourly
    As a published author and top rated plus freelancer, I have over ten years of experience in all types of editing, from basic proofreading and copy editing to deep line edits and developmental commentary. I have written ten novels across a wide range of genres and multiple screenplays. My writing is consistently praised for having nuanced, realistic characters, clever dialogue, and exciting action. Line editing is my passion, although I am also available for more creative writing in screenplays and the realm of video games.
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  • $35 hourly
    Hello there, my name is Dörthe and I've been working as a translator/proofreader/copywriter and voice over artist for about 5 years now. My native language is German but I am fluent in English as well and happy to take jobs in both languages.
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    Travel & Hospitality
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    Google Reader
    Newsletter Writing
    Voice-Over
    German
    Translation
    Literary Translation
    Website Translation
    Proofreading
    English
  • $80 hourly
    I am an award-winning novelist who has published two books with a major New York City publishing house. My first novel went to auction and five publishing houses bid on it. It was also an IndieNext pick. My second book won the 2016 Beverly Hills Book Award for Excellence in Fiction. It was called "Compulsively readable" by Kirkus Reviews. It was number four on PopSugar's list of must-read books, and it was featured in USA Today. My third novel was published by Koehler Books in October, 2019. I have extensive editing, development editing and proofreading experience and have worked with acclaimed authors. I offer everything from intensive manuscript reviews to development editing to proofreading and basic editing. I am also a writing coach with more than twenty years of experience. I have worked for newspapers and magazines as a writer, editor and copyeditor. I had a double minor in college concentrating on fiction and non-fiction writing. I have lectured at writing conferences and workshops all over the country and have taught graduate-level writing courses at major universities. I conduct private writing groups as well as one-on-one coaching for writers wanting to improve their craft and create a more well-developed manuscript. I mentor high school and college students as well as writers of all ages wishing to advance their skills.
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    Book Marketing
    English Tutoring
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    Narrative
    Copy Editing
    Creative Writing
  • $32 hourly
    Thanks for checking out my page! A few of my Upwork specialties are: • Writing Critique • Text Formatting • Editing / Proofreading • Beta-Reading • Poetry Manuscripts • Novel Manuscripts • Short Stories • Translation Localizing I spent 8 years as a high school teacher of Creative Writing, English, and Theatre. Now I am a “digital nomad” - exploring as I work remotely. When I'm not baking scones or befriending dogs, I’m here to help you out with your personal and professional projects. It is always my goal to boost your creativity and efficiency. Creative writing is my passion - especially short stories and poetry. I have published several books of my poetry, which gives me good insight into the manuscript formatting and publication process. And I run a blog showcasing poetry, short stories, and articles. I look forward to hearing more about your projects!
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    Creative Writing
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How to Hire Top Beta Readers

How to hire beta readers

Beta readers can provide feedback to help you improve a manuscript in progress. Or help you edit a manuscript before sending it to a publisher.

So how do you hire beta readers? What follows are some tips for finding top beta readers on Upwork.

How to shortlist beta reading professionals

As you’re browsing available beta readers, it can be helpful to develop a shortlist of the talent you may want to interview. You can scan profiles on criteria such as: 

  • Type of beta reading. You may want a beta reading specialist who understands the type of beta reading you’re dealing with, whether it’s a specific genre, culture, or topic.
  • Project experience. Screen candidate profiles for specific skills and experience (e.g., beta reading teen romance novels).
  • Feedback. Check reviews from past clients for glowing testimonials or red flags that can tell you what it’s like to work with a particular beta reading specialist.

How to write an effective beta reading job post

With a clear picture of your ideal beta reading specialist in mind, it’s time to write that job post. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for an independent professional to know if they’re the right fit for the project. 

An effective beta reading job post should include: 

  • Scope of work: From providing general impressions to editing grammatical errors, list all the deliverables you’ll need. 
  • Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project. 
  • Background: If you prefer experience with certain industries, topics, or genres, mention this here. 
  • Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts

Ready to find an independent professional to help with your beta reading project? Log in and post your beta reading job on Upwork today.

BETA readers FAQ

What is beta reading?

Beta readers are people who read and provide feedback on manuscripts, such as typos, grammatical errors, or structural issues. Many authors use beta readers before submitting a manuscript to a professional editor.

Here’s a quick overview of the skills you should look for in beta reading professionals:

  • Beta reading
  • Types of beta reading (e.g., technical, genre, subject matter)
  • Familiarity with style guides (e.g., APA, MLA, Chicago)
  • Basic editing knowledge (e.g., book editing, technical editing, academic editing)

Why hire beta readers?

The trick to finding top beta readers is to identify your needs. You know you need someone familiar with beta reading, but do you need someone to read an 8-page chapter and provide general feedback? Or someone to read a 400-page manuscript and provide detailed notes per chapter?

The cost of your project will depend largely on your scope of work and the specific skills needed to bring your project to life. 

How much does it cost to hire a beta reading specialist?

Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, detailed critique required, and length of the manuscript.

  • An experienced beta reading specialist may command higher fees but also work faster, have more-specialized areas of expertise, and deliver higher-quality work.
  • A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their beta reading services more competitively. 

Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project.

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