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Sue V.
$55/hr
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  • Editor
  • Proofreading
  • Copy Editing
  • Adobe PDF
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Academic Editing
  • Case Studies

Highly skilled line editor, copy editor, and proofreader whose goal is to bring words to a high level of excellence for high-level use. As a full-time freelance editor, I am skilled at line editing and can recognize grammatical and formatting errors that many don't see. I am often the last set of eyes to see a document or manuscript before it is published. My work spans fiction and non-fiction books, science and technology curriculum, legal documents (I have a paralegal certificate), white papers, dissertations, theses, journal articles, online course material, blogs, and more. Style expertise includes APA, CMOS, and MLA with high...

Rachel O.
$50/hr
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  • Copy Editing
  • Proofreading
  • English Proofreading
  • English Grammar
  • English Punctuation
  • English Spelling
  • English Tutoring
  • Editor
  • Creative Writing
  • Technical Writing

Owner of The Wallflower Editing, LLC, Rachel Oestreich has a long history of reading, writing, and editing. She earned her B.A. in English from New Mexico State University in 2015, and she returned soon after to complete an M.F.A. in Creative Writing in 2019. She spent three years teaching English at NMSU, and she now teaches English at Dona Ana Community College. Rachel has worked for numerous small-press publishers, including World Weaver Press and Reuts Publishing. She has also gained more than 50 hours of freelance editing experience, working with authors on their novels and performing social media and email newsletter proofreading...

Nicolle H.
$85/hr
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  • Copywriting
  • Social Media Management
  • Content Creation
  • Copy Editing
  • Proofreading
  • SEO Writing
  • CVS
  • Writing
  • Researcher
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Website Content
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Australian English Dialect
  • Blog Content
  • Blog Writing

A keen love for the English language, paired with an exceptional level of attention to detail, have been ever-present in my life. I'm degree qualified and have invested significantly into my continuing education. I've worked in various roles throughout my career, most of which have involved copywriting and editing as key responsibilities. This has provided me with extensive writing experience across various industries, and native fluency in both UK and US English. I've been involved with numerous digital agencies and managed teams of writers across multiple major cities, globally. The experience I've gained over the past 15 years has been...

Amanda B.
$25/hr
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  • Editor
  • Copy Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Creative Writing
  • WordPress

I am an experienced editor with a BA in English and minors in creative writing and marketing. I have worked at the oldest publishing literary magazine in the United States, the North American Review, and have edited/proofread over 200 novels and novellas and countless marketing documents and blog posts. I work in Microsoft Word and Google Docs and always use the track changes or suggestions feature, as applicable. Whether you are looking for a quick review of a document to ensure there are no errors or a thorough dissection of your written piece, rest assured that whatever your needs are, I can meet them.

Dylan G.
$60/hr
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  • English Grammar
  • Proofreading
  • Copy Editing
  • Editor
  • Book Editing
  • Content Editing
  • Academic Editing
  • Line Editing
  • English Proofreading
  • Developmental Editing
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Fiction
  • Thriller
  • Science Fiction
  • Mystery

Ranked in the top 1% of all Editing & Proofreading contractors. I am a freelance editor with a BA in English and Creative Writing from Macalester College. I have over 10 years of experience in proofreading and copyediting, as well as line editing and developmental editing for style, clarity, and flow. I work with all types of writing, including: • Fiction (both literary and genre) • Non-fiction such as business books, self-help, memoirs, and more • Web content and blogs • Magazines • Academic articles and papers • Screenplays • Poetry

Jennifer P.
$40/hr
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  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • Microsoft Office
  • Wix
  • Google Apps
  • Editor
  • Copy Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Writing
  • Website Development
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • English

I hold a PhD in musicology and film studies. I have 10+ years of professional proofreading and editing experience and currently work with a variety of publishing companies and online creators as an editor. I am an expert in Chicago Manual of Style, APA, and MLA style guides. As you can see by looking through my reviews here, I have extremely good customer service and time management skills. You never have to worry about a project being completed on-time or lack of communication when you work with me.

Judith J.
$48/hr
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  • Writing
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Ebook Design
  • Ghostwriting
  • Layout Design
  • Copy Editing
  • Line Editing
  • Book
  • Book Editing
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Proofreading
  • Editor

I'm a seasoned professional with solid, practical expertise in writing, editing, content development, author services, print and electronic publications, public relations and media relations. While I'm flexible and enjoy variety in the work I accept, most of my work at present is with authors seeking to self-publish. I really enjoy helping them polish their work and bring their books into the world. I believe that every author has unique strengths and unique needs, so my goal is always to be flexible and find the best way of working with each particular author. I can provide editorial help at each stage of the process: developmental...

Darci H.
$40/hr
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  • Proofreading
  • Editor
  • English Proofreading
  • English Punctuation
  • Book Editing
  • Copy Editing
  • Style Guide
  • Academic Editing
  • English Grammar
  • Developmental Editing
  • English
  • Microsoft Office

Need some help with your professional presentations and academic endeavors? Looking to finally publish that book that has been taking up space in your brain for years? Let me help with your editing and proofreading needs. I can edit fiction and non-fiction books and stories. I am a meticulous yet efficient editor and enjoy helping authors bring their best work to fruition. I am comfortable editing most genres and sub-genres. I can also edit for various professional and business projects, such as website content, marketing materials, lead magnets, email campaigns, and blog posts. I have 15+ years of experience editing academic curriculum,...

Melissa C.
$51/hr
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  • Ghostwriting
  • Creative Writing
  • Fantasy
  • Content Writing
  • Editor
  • Proofreading
  • Copy Editing
  • Book Editing
  • Developmental Editing
  • Partnership Coaching
  • Science Fiction

Does your manuscript look like a cat stomped across your keyboard for 450 pages of a Word or Google document? Or maybe the whole thing isn't gibberish. Perhaps only parts are. Perhaps your MS is solid aside from the absence of something you struggle to pinpoint, and you need help to find that thing. Hey, I have your back. My specialty lies in fiction and creative non-fiction. My goal is to find that "missing" thing for you. My job is to read, line by line (and often between them), to pinpoint inconsistencies in narrative, themes, tone, dialogue, pacing, plot, flow, and character development/character arcs. I help authors to repair such...

Heathryn S.
$35/hr
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  • Medical
  • Copy Editing
  • Writing
  • Editor
  • Medical Editing
  • Technical Writing
  • Blog Writing
  • SEO Writing
  • Project Management
  • Health & Wellness

Heathryn has written, edited, and developed online medical and science content for the higher education market after years of experience working in k-12 education and developing online courseware. She has been an author and a lead content editor on various higher education health and science courses including Introduction to Healthcare, Medical/Surgical I and II, Pediatrics, Maternal/Newborn, Nutrition, and Leadership/Management. As part of her content development experience, Heathryn has recruited, interviewed, trained, and given feedback on content and question writing to experienced health care professionals (nurses and physicians)...

Victoria B.
$40/hr
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  • Employee Communications
  • Internal Communications
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Communication Strategy
  • Copywriting
  • Copy Editing
  • Creative Writing
  • Proofreading
  • Content Creation
  • Corporate Communications

I am a professional copy editor and proofreader based in the UK, providing editing, copywriting and publishing support for independent authors, businesses and academics. I am an Amazon #1 bestselling author (under a pen name) and a member of both the Chartered Institute for Editors and Proofreaders, and the Alliance of Independent Authors. ​ I am particularly passionate about helping to demystify the practice of self-publishing and working with businesses and academics to deliver the right message, in the right way, to their target audiences.

Vinh C.
$40/hr
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  • AP Style Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Editor
  • Proofreading
  • English Proofreading
  • Writing
  • Sports Writing

With my journalism background (B.A.) and editing experience (10 years), I can help you communicate your message just as you intended it. After all, the whole idea is to convey YOUR thoughts as effectively as possible. In short, I will check your document for the following: - Grammar - Punctuation - Coherence - Redundancy - Flow - AP style Ultimately, my goal is to deliver clean and engaging copy while preserving the writer's voice. If that's precisely what you're after, then please get in touch and we can get started.

John N.
$25/hr
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  • Copy Editing
  • Copywriting
  • Content Creation
  • Proofreading
  • Content Editing
  • Content Marketing
  • Editor
  • Magazine

I am a creative and versatile content professional who edits and writes for online and print mediums. I'm also a content marketer who crafts copy that engages and converts readers into customers. I look forward to editing or creating content that exceeds your needs. Here's a sampling of feedback about my work: "His editing eye is unmatched; he cleans and improves copy while thoroughly fact-checking and asking all the right questions." -- Adam W. "John is a consummate content professional; whatever he works on ends up better." -- Ellen M.

Ren J.
$60/hr
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  • Technical Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Instructional Design
  • User Experience Writing
  • Employee Training
  • Training Online LMS
  • Elearning LMS Consulting
  • Adult Education
  • Spanish

I am a Dallas native with a passion for customer experience and written language. My goal is always to make training, documents, and procedures less convoluted and more user-friendly. I am also a learning enthusiast with the drive to learn as much as I can in this lifetime, so I enjoy working on a variety of projects under different difficulties, industries, and lines of business. I have a BA in technical and business writing, and I am the owner of Rennovate It. I have partnered with various small businesses, authors, individuals, and Fortune 500 companies (including Southwest Airlines, Skyflow, Bank of America, SmartMoving, Wells Fargo,...

Ella M.
$45/hr
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  • Editor
  • Translation
  • German
  • Transcription
  • Subtitles
  • English Proofreading
  • Book Editing
  • Copy Editing
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Ebook Design
  • Formatting
  • Developmental Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Academic Editing
  • Vellum

Translator and Editor Bilingual native German and English (US & UK) translator. Expert in technical translations, fiction and non-fiction editing, digital publishing, book design and transcription.

Savannah W.
$25/hr
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  • Proofreading
  • Copy Editing
  • Academic Editing
  • Academic Proofreading
  • Line Editing
  • Editor
  • Academic Research
  • Academic Writing

Hello and welcome! I am a freelancer skilled in proofreading and copy editing, as well as academic editing, research, and writing. Born and raised in America, I also lived and studied in the U.K. for many years, so I am well versed in both American and British English. I am certified in Grammar, Proofreading, and Copy Editing from the Publishing Training Centre, which is the most highly regarded training establishment in the publishing industry. I have a BA in Psychology and a MSc in History and have conducted research and teaching assistance in institutions such as the University of Edinburgh, Yale University, St Edward's University, and...

Meryl S.
$60/hr
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  • Ebook Writing
  • Content Editing
  • Website Content
  • Business Consulting
  • Article Writing
  • Blog Writing
  • Content Writing
  • English
  • Product Description
  • Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Book Editing

I am a content writer and editor serving clients throughout the United States and abroad. As the former owner of Cortina Leathers, I have over thirty years of experience as an innovator in the A&D industry. I write about interior design and architecture, leather, and home improvement including construction and design/build. With a B.A. in English Literature as well as a J.D., a background in languages, and years of corporate and writing experience, I am a multi-talented business advisor, content writer and editor. I consider the power of words to be transformative. My training in languages, including French, Italian, Latin and ancient...

Hilary L G.
$40/hr
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  • Editor
  • Proofreading
  • Copy Editing
  • English Proofreading
  • Format & Layout

I never miss an error, and I will construct sentences to say exactly what you want in exactly the right way. I'm a skilled editor with a BA in English and Psychology and several years of editing experience. I proofread and edit across multiple styles and genres including academic articles, ebooks, blogs, novels, and non-fiction manuscripts. I have an innate feel for grammar and sentence structure and a strong ability to bring the best out of others' writing. Give me your document, and I will show you how I can make it better.

Carrie W.
$31/hr
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  • Editor
  • Proofreading
  • Instructional Design
  • Article Writing
  • Business Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Presentation Design
  • Presentations

I have about 25 years of experience as a writer, editor, and instructional/graphic designer for any and all topics. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, educational institutions, and major corporations. I am interested in freelance jobs that utilize my skills. No job is too small or too big! TYPES OF MATERIALS Brochures, newsletters, classroom and online courses, how-to videos, social media/online content (blogs, Web sites, podcasts, etc.), conference posters, fiction/non-fiction books, white papers, fact sheets, and much more! COMPUTER SKILLS HTML/Web, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Content Management Systems, SharePoint, Captivate,...

Jenny L.
$30/hr
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  • Proofreading
  • Copy Editing
  • English Proofreading
  • Content Writing
  • Editor
  • Writing
  • English Grammar

I'm an experienced English language proofreader and copy-editor with a background in academic publishing and marketing. I'm a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and provide various editorial services, undertaking anything from light editing and proofreading to partial re-writes. I've been freelancing for several years and love the variety of the work! I work on academic manuscripts, web content, corporate brochures, novels, non-fiction books, research papers and much, much more. I have a Social Sciences academic background so am particularly experienced in this area. Another of my specialties is editing work either...

Deanna B.
$28/hr
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I have been freelancing as a writer and an editor for seven years. I have a degree in English literature and a law degree. While I am still a licensed attorney, years ago I found writing and editing to be more rewarding than sitting in a courtroom. Slowly, I made the switch from the legal world to the literary one and I have never looked back. I am very familiar with the SEO process, particularly since I have written hundreds of articles for www.wiseGEEK.com and www.eHow.com. In addition, I have written countless pages of copy for website landing-pages, promoting people, places, and products. My writing experience includes full...

Andrew H.
$40/hr
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  • Proofreading
  • Editor
  • Copy Editing
  • Writing
  • Microsoft Word
  • Google Docs
  • English Grammar
  • English Spelling
  • English Punctuation

I graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a B.A. in journalism in December 2013. I have worked as a freelance writer and editor since 2012. I have flawless grammar skills, great attention to detail and a strong command of AP style.

Julie H.
$25/hr
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  • English Proofreading
  • Proofreading
  • Copy Editing
  • English Grammar
  • English Punctuation
  • Teaching English
  • Spanish to English Translation
  • Ebook
  • Content Creation

I am a qualified proofreader and copy editor but I also teach English as a foreign language so have an excellent command of the English language, including grammar and punctuation. I have proofread a number of non-fiction books and worked as a proofreader for a magazine. I have an excellent eye for detail and can proofread in UK or US English. I can also translate information from Spanish to English. I am professional, efficient, and excellent at my job. I would love to work with you and you will be really happy you hired me!

Lisa M.
$45/hr
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  • Copy Editing
  • English Grammar
  • Microsoft Word
  • Internet Research
  • Line Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Track Changes
  • Developmental Editing
  • Google Docs
  • Creative Writing
  • Book

I believe the role of an editor is to help writers express themselves as clearly and eloquently as possible. To do that requires honesty, sensitivity, communication, obsessive attention to detail and a collaborative spirit, and I'd like to think I embody all of these traits. But don't take my word for it - my 100% job success score should tell you how my wonderful clients have felt about their experience, and trust me, it's mutual. As they say, variety is the spice of life, and I've discovered that holds true in editing as well. Learning new things from the wide range of content on which I work is one of the best parts of my job. Whatever...

Jesse T.
$65/hr
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  • Fiction Writing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Editor
  • Creative Writing
  • Developmental Editing
  • Article Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Essay Writing
  • Explainer Video
  • Documentary
  • Researcher

I am a fierce believer in the power of story, of dialogue, of contemplation and communication––the power language gives us to transcend the limitations of the individual and to taste of the perspectives and possibilities that lie beyond. To challenge presuppositions and to grapple with life's deepest questions, and to share this journey amongst ourselves, to learn from, to exhort, to empathize with one another. Most concisely, I suppose I love to study and relate with people, and what it is we do here. Our relationships with each other, with ourselves, and with the universe around us. That is the heart of communication, of story, of every...

Cheryl K.
$60/hr
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  • Blog Writing
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  • Business Writing
  • Content Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Writing
  • English Grammar
  • English Punctuation
  • English Spelling
  • Content Management

American English is my native language. Let my prose make you shine. I have written articles, blogs, guides, and an e-book, "Allergy Free Living". My areas of expertise are healthcare with in-depth knowledge of allergies, asthma and COPD; business and entrepreneurship; and aquaponic gardening. From drill bits to bits on pool maintenance, I can craft the content you need to connect with your audience. Put my extensive experience writing policy and procedure to work for you. You'll find my grammar and rhetoric skills are excellent. I know the difference between "which" and "that" and my writing style is clear and easy to read. I excel in...

Kelly A.
$60/hr
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  • Creative Writing
  • Ghostwriting
  • English Proofreading
  • Copy Editing
  • Microsoft Word
  • Newsletter Writing
  • Article Writing
  • Blog Writing

I have been working as a freelancer for more than 20 years. As a writer I am intuitive at translating your thoughts and ideas into solid prose; you give me the key concepts, I'll give you articulate and persuasive content that expresses exactly what you mean. I have a loyal roster of clients who come to me again and again for this type of help. As a ghostwriter, I've received praise for being professional, easy to work with, and for consistently delivering high-quality content. I am highly organized and am willing to tackle complicated projects. My special talent is working with authors, either collaborating to create original content or...

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How to Hire Top Copy Editors

What is copy editing?

Copy editing is the process of checking and correcting errors (e.g., spelling, grammar, style, punctuation) in written material. Copy editors will revise copy in accordance with the style guidelines a piece of copy must meet before being published. 

How do you hire a copy editor?

You can source copy editing talent on Upwork by following these three steps:

  • Write a project description. You’ll want to determine your scope of work and the skills and requirements you are looking for in a copy editor.
  • Post it on Upwork. Once you’ve written a project description, post it to Upwork. Simply follow the prompts to help you input the information you collected to scope out your project.
  • Shortlist and interview copy editors. Once the proposals start coming in, create a shortlist of the professionals you want to interview. 

Of these three steps, your project description is where you will determine your scope of work and the specific type of copy editor you need to complete your project.  

How much does it cost to hire a copy editor?

Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions. Learn about the cost to hire a copy editor.

How do you write a copy editing job post?

Your job post is your chance to describe your project scope, budget, and talent needs. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.

Job post title

Create a simple title that describes exactly what you’re looking for. The idea is to target the keywords that your ideal candidate is likely to type into a job search bar to find your project. Here are some sample copy editor job post titles:

  • Copy editor needed to review case studies
  • Web copy editor needed for blog
  • Seeking a copy editor to proofread and edit an academic newsletter 

Project description

An effective copy editor job post should include: 

  • Scope of work: From editing to proofreading, 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, subjects, or writing styles, mention this here. 
  • Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.

Copy editor job responsibilities

Here are some examples of copy editor job responsibilities:

  • Review copy for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors
  • Edit and revise copy in accordance with the company style guide
  • Proofread text before publishing

Copy editor job requirements and qualifications

Be sure to include any requirements and qualifications you’re looking for in a copy editor. Here are some examples:

  • Copy editing
  • Solid command of the English language (e.g., spelling, grammar, prose)
  • Experience editing and proofreading desired writing materials (e.g., blog posts, magazine articles, academic journals, books)
  • Experience with desired writing style (APA, Chicago)
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