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  • $45 hourly
    I have always had a passion for words and stories, yet my true joy comes from helping others elevate their written works in regards to grammatical accuracy, style, and readability. After earning my bachelor's degree in English in 2013, I became the copy editor and literary editor of an online literary and lifestyle magazine. I now have 10+ years of editing experience and have edited more than 4,000 online articles and short stories. As a freelance editor, I have worked with both individuals and organizations, and I am available to edit business or marketing materials, academic papers, and creative writings. Levels of editing offered: Proofreading: I will correct any grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Copyediting: In addition to proofreading, I will improve sentence structure, word choice, flow, and clarity as well as ensure format consistency. Literary services: If requested, I will give feedback and advice regarding a story's execution or a poem's structure in addition to proofreading or copyediting. I would love to hear about your specific editing needs. Please don't hesitate to contact me with projects or questions.
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    Microsoft Excel
    Microsoft PowerPoint
    Chicago Manual of Style
    Proofreading
    Story Editing
    WordPress
    Copy Editing
    Final Draft
    Microsoft Word
    APA Formatting
  • $45 hourly
    I’m an American copy editor and writer splitting my time between Utah and the Alps of Haute-Provence in France. My expertise as an editor is in nonfiction, and my clients look to me for guidance on book-length manuscripts, white papers, journal articles, press releases, statements of purpose, cover letters, grant proposals, personal essays, newsletters, blog copy, and website content. I have particular experience working with texts that have been translated or written by non-native speakers of English. I've got a fine eye for punctuation problems and grammar mistakes, and a keen ear for awkwardness and usage issues. Along with my well-thumbed reference books I bring a writer's instincts to the table—both in terms of the flow of the prose and in terms of my approach to the client as a fellow-writer with a voice to be respected, whatever coaching and coaxing I might give. If I point out a problem, I take the time to propose an elegant solution. My BA from Cornell University is in literature and writing, and I have a copyediting professional degree from the University of Chicago's Graham School.
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    General Transcription
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    Proofreading
    Copywriting
    English
    Copy Editing
  • $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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    Content Strategy
    Beta Reading
    Chicago Manual of Style
    Proofreading
    Book Editing
    Copy Editing
    Publishing Fundamentals
    Creative Writing
  • $65 hourly
    I have been writing and editing professionally for 15 years, providing outstanding sales letters, web copy, e-mails, product packaging copy, communications, educational materials, and fiction. I have delighted clients in multiple industries, including construction, housing, fitness, dentistry, furniture sales, education technology, podcasts, children's literature, hospitality, transportation, and aviation. I am skilled in transforming scribbled notes, stray message scraps, and pages of messy thoughts into pristine copy that does what you need it to do. I hold a B.A. in English and an M.A. in linguistics along with teaching certifications in early childhood through twelfth grade.
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    Academic Writing
    Proofreading
    Writing
    Nonfiction
    Email Marketing
    Blog Writing
    Copywriting
    Children's Writing
    Copy Editing
  • $35 hourly
    Got a novel inside you but don't know how to bring it out? Want to hone your skills in description, dialogue or suspense? Have a stubborn plot point you're just not sure about? Or do you just want to know that your work is clean, crisp and free of errors? I'd be happy to help! I love working on fiction of all genres and lengths, but also really enjoy sinking my teeth into memoir, poetry, and engaging copy. I firmly believe that every word in a piece of creative work should earn its place. Errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation shatter the immersive illusion, and a wavering subplot can ruin the enjoyment. A good piece of writing will fall flat if it doesn't have great words and a cohesive vision behind it. This is where I can help you! I am also a writer myself, so I understand the importance of having an editor who is both sensitive to your work, meticulous in their reading, and who will tell you straight what shines like a magpie's nest and what should be sent straight to the recycle bin. Simply put, I love working with writers in a collaborative manner to help them tell the best version of their story they can!
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    Proofreading
    Copywriting
    Commenting
    Fiction Writing
    English
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    Creative Writing
  • $35 hourly
    I am trained historian and an expert copy editor and proofreader, with proven skills in making any text more readable, free of errors, and ready for publication in print or online. I work easily with text of all varieties, including auto-generated, but I specialize in scholarly nonfiction, having edited articles, books, and blogs professionally, for an academic journal and as a personal book editor, for over a decade. I offer: ⭐ Writing guidance: I can assist you at any--or every--step of your productive process, whether you are just starting out or have a nearly completed draft. From helping you break through writer's block to discussing how to enhance the organization of your manuscript, I can help you mentally and editorially through the difficult process of constructing and completing a document. ⭐ Line-by-line editing: Let me follow your lead in optimizing your manuscript's power and style. I will clarify your views, demonstrate how to strengthen the impact of your prose and visual elements, and ensure that the guidelines of your form of work are met. I will standardize your text according to the most-used manuals of style or your own personal style guide. I am comfortable with CMS, MLA, APA, and AP style manuals, but I am also familiar with the importance of checking publishers' house styles to ensure conformity of your project. ⭐ Copy editing: If you are seeking to have the last corrections to your manuscript made--giving it that final sense of polish in style, grammar, and citations, let me help. I will move quickly and with a sure hand to make timely and professional changes that increase the strength and appeal of your argument(s) while rendering your work grammatically impeccable. ⭐ Proofreading: When almost everything about your manuscript is in place, I can perform the final, necessary step prior to putting your work before the public. I correct all grammar, typographical, syntactical, and citation errors, giving my meticulous attention to ensuring consistency of usage across all sections of your manuscript. I can also provide a human touch to enhance AI-generated writing. ⭐ Perhaps my most crucial skill is that I listen. I’ll work with you to craft your ideas and your voice into all you want and need it to be. Whatever your project—large or small, on paper or online—I can guide your thinking, help structure your piece, and will be your last line of defense against errors and inconsistencies.
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    Error Detection
    History
    Dissertation Writing
    Academic Research
    Academic Proofreading
    Proofreading
    Content Editing
    Editing & Proofreading
    AI Fact-Checking
    English
    Book Editing
    Academic Editing
    Line Editing
    Copy Editing
  • $55 hourly
    Highly skilled editor, copy editor, and proofreader whose goal is to bring manuscripts and documents to a high level of excellence. My previous position as a full-time senior editor for a book publishing company led to full-time freelance editing. I am highly skilled at preparing manuscripts and other documents for publication, which includes detailed attention to grammar, punctuation, syntax, flow, consistency, and readability. My work spans fiction and nonfiction books, doctoral dissertations, master's theses, science and technology publications, legal documents, journal articles, blogs, and more. I am highly proficient in academic editing, formatting, and proofreading with experience in APA, CMOS, and MLA for in-text citations, references, and formatting. I have taught academic writing at the state university level. I have a Master's degree in English. One client wrote, "Fantastic work - an expert in her field and phenomenal at her craft."
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    Microsoft PowerPoint
    Proofreading
    Editing & Proofreading
    Academic Editing
    Case Studies
    Copy Editing
  • $30 hourly
    𝗗𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱𝘄𝗶𝗱𝗲. "Working with Richard was the best, he's highly skilled, professional and experienced." "The quality of work and adherence to the schedule was outstanding" "Richard is an exceptionally talented English proofreader....he's my go-to person when I need EN content reviewed" "Richard did amazing work and exceeded expectations with a fast turnaround. Highly recommended" "Did exactly as I requested in a timely and professional manner. A pleasure to work with..." 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗗𝗼𝗰𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 ✔𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 ✔𝗜𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 ✔ 𝗪𝗲𝗯𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁 ✔ 𝗕𝗹𝗼𝗴 𝗔𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗹𝗲𝘀 ✔ 𝗕𝟮𝗖 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗕𝟮𝗕 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗼𝗽𝘆 ✔ With over ten years proofreading experience, including for a national governing body, corporates, and internationally recognized organizations, I will bring to your project not only outstanding editing and proofreading skills, but also a quick and reliable service. Having everything read exactly as you want it to is not easy, especially for non-native English speakers. Whether that means perfecting your landing page, pitch deck, business report or blog article, I can help. In short, I will deliver what you want: error-free copy completed on time, every time. Don't leave things to chance. Work with a top-rated freelancer on Upwork, knowing that you will get professional assistance to complete your project successfully.
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    Editorial Writing
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    Creative Writing
    Copy Editing
    English
  • $75 hourly
    My professional journey has been defined by a deep passion for the English language, combined with meticulous attention to detail and an unwavering dedication to always go the extra mile. With a degree in communications, an advanced diploma in business management (advertising) and a commitment to continuing education, I have navigated through diverse roles in content strategy, copywriting, editing, SEO optimisation, and team management. This path has equipped me with extensive experience across a wide range of industries, constantly enriching my skill set and perspective in the evolving field of content creation. Throughout my career, I have collaborated with a variety of digital agencies and businesses ranging from small to medium-sized, as well as enterprise-level organisations like Indeed.com and Adobe. This global experience over the past 15 years has helped to fuel my ever-growing passion for copywriting and equipped me with fluency in both US and UK English. With a substantial portfolio and a wealth of references, I'm always ready to demonstrate the breadth and depth of my work. My strengths lie in remarkable organisational and time management skills, combined with effective communication, allowing me to deliver work of an exceptionally high standard that also resonates on a human level. Whether it's creating engaging narratives, enhancing online visibility, or leading dynamic teams, my focus is always on delivering excellence in every aspect of my work. I'm the Upworker you can confidently rely on to not only meet, but exceed your expectations.
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    Writing
    Concurrent Versions System
    Social Media Management
    Content Creation
    Proofreading
    Copy Editing
    Email Marketing
    Copywriting
    Blog Content
    Search Engine Optimization
    Website Content
    SEO Writing
    Email Copywriting
    Blog Writing
  • $40 hourly
    "Melissa is amazing! She edited my work wonderfully. She has a great eye for small grammatical errors, and the ability to rework complete sentences and sections so they are clean, clear and effective. I highly recommend her work . . ." --Karlee I like to let my clients' feedback speak for itself. As a well-rounded, experienced editor and proofreader, I have the tools to make your written words flawless!
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    Error Detection
    Track Changes
    Microsoft Word
    Formatting
    Copy Editing
    Proofreading
    English
  • $60 hourly
    Everyone has a story, so everyone needs an editor. My most meaningful work is in the shaping of words, finessing every project into its most fully realized form. I'm a writer's editor, having worked for newspapers and magazines for more than 17 years. You will almost always find me with a book or pen in my hand, if I'm not at my desk editing a manuscript or assignment. A bachelor's in English and master's candidacy in writing form the bedrock of my lifelong study of literature in all its forms. If you need an editor or proofreader, odds are I am more than qualified (and very eager to get started). I pride myself on keeping a diverse pool of clients, with projects that range from financial materials for American Advisors Group to line edits for authors like Christopher Murphy (The Other Side of the Mirror, Where the Boys Are). Name it, and I've edited it: commercial pieces, flash fiction, website ads, product packaging, email campaigns, slideshows, poems, recipes, blogs, business newsletters, short stories, children's books, travel guides, exposés, memoirs, screenplays, novellas, and so much more in just about every industry and genre. Empathy is an underestimated force of nature that informs my own writing, along with my all-in process as an editor and proofreader. My first priority is learning from my clients what kind of editor they need and how I can be the most successful fit for the work ahead. Is there a resume in need of structure? A novel in need of a thorough and careful eye? Perhaps the company needs an editor to freshen up the website. Whatever the project, I will gladly make room for it in my calendar. It is always a thrill and honor to showcase my skills.
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    Novel
    Screenplay
    Line Editing
    Copy Editing
    Developmental Editing
    Book Editing
    US English Dialect
    Content Editing
    Editing & Proofreading
    Story Editing
    Creative Strategy
    English
    Proofreading
  • $20 hourly
    With so many editing companies and freelancers offering their services, the one thing for certain is that you get what you pay for. A low rate can mean little more than a spellcheck and a pass through Grammarly.com. When you hire me as your freelancer, you get a NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER with: • academic credentials (B.S., M.S., PhD from major public universities in the U.S.) • 20+ years professional experience writing, reviewing, and editing • experience as a published researcher and educator in both sciences & humanities • deep knowledge of English grammar based on teaching other languages • understanding of various style guides (APA, Chicago, etc.) • knowledge of various forms of English (British, American, Australian, Canadian) • extensive experience helping non-native speakers publish in English • one of Upwork’s Top-Rated freelancers with a 100% success rate Whether you are a researcher seeking to publish in an academic journal, a student completing a paper, thesis, or dissertation, a web designer making sure that your site reads well, a marketer who needs product profiles to be error-free, or anyone else trying to communicate in a professional manner, I can polish your prose to perfection quickly (usually within 24-48 hours for 10-20,000 words) and for a reasonable price. I guarantee flawless grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation, and I can assist with the logical flow of ideas. I am also happy to provide a sample edit for free. My posted hourly rate is approximate; in most cases I prefer to work on a per-word basis, usually $0.02-0.04USD (2-4 cents) per word of original text, depending on the extent of editing required. [Please note that my skill set does not extend to creating content or to rewriting text in order to get around anti-plagiarism software. The minimum charge for any contract is $20.] Thank you for taking the time to view my profile! Best wishes, James
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    Copy Editing
    Proofreading
    English
  • $60 hourly
    I've been employed in the financial publishing industry since 2007 as a writer, proofreader, and editor. I've done everything from editing long-form sales promotions to writing in-depth reviews of financial services, to researching individual stocks. But I'm not limited to the financial world; I've also worked extensively with topics including travel, lifestyle, antiques and collectibles, and art.
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    News Writing
    AP Style Writing
    Content Writing
    Content Editing
    Newsletter Writing
    Copy Editing
  • $40 hourly
    My goal is to make your work sound its best--to make YOUR voice shine. I have a master's degree in Publishing and have written and edited within varying genres (academic, travel writing, food, lifestyle/wellness/health, etc.). I am extremely familiar with web content development and SEO - I have several years of blog-writing experience for different niches. I've also consulted undergraduate students, post-graduate students, and professionals in academic and personal writing, and I have experience with various book and magazine publishing companies throughout all stages of the publishing process. I am flexible and familiar with many writing styles and guidelines. I have proofread 50+ large projects across all stages of development, and across different mediums. I've also served as the final editor for several projects. As you can see, I have a little bit of everything under my belt. My rate and availability are flexible. Contact me with any questions--I look forward to working with you!
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    Academic Editing
    Copywriting
    Copy Editing
    Commenting
    SEO Writing
    Proofreading
    Writing
    Website Content
    Blog Content
  • $40 hourly
    I am an efficient and reliable editor and proofreader with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, History and Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing. I demonstrate an excellent eye for detail and deliver quality work at a reasonable rate. Equally adept in Australian, British and American English, I have had extensive experience editing and proofreading novels, e-books, children's books, website content and a wide variety of documents. My objective is to edit and proofread projects that will enable others to clearly communicate varied subject matter to the public. I offer accurate and enthusiastic proofreading and editing on any fiction or non-fiction project that requires word perfection.
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    Copy Editing
  • $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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    Chicago Manual of Style
    Beta Reading
    Technical Editing
    Proofreading
    Academic Editing
    Microsoft Word
    Copy Editing
  • $75 hourly
    Offering meticulous attention to detail and dedication to your project. My services include: *Editing *Proofreading *Developmental editing (at a higher rate) *Kindle & paperback formatting *KDP publishing (using your account) **All of my editing and proofreading projects include a detailed reading of the content to check formatting, grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, awkward sentences or phrasing, and plot inconsistencies. My goal is to help you tell your story in your voice and style with excellent readability and a very low percentage of errors (if any). A US native, I am also experienced with editing UK, Australian, and Canadian English. In addition to works of fiction, I am also available to copy edit and proofread your nonfiction manuscripts, blog posts, web articles, and US legal documents. My previous work experience includes my time as a day care teacher, convenience store cashier, waitress, and fast food cook. I worked as a Legal Assistant for three years, creating and editing legal documents on a daily basis. I have since completed a degree and certificate in Office Administration while homeschooling my two children. I still homeschool full time while also managing a growing social networking business. My passion is to perfect the written word. I look forward to working with you!
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    Microsoft Word
    Ebook
    Ebook Design
    Proofreading
    Legal Assistance
    Legal Writing
    Book Editing
    Formatting
    Copy Editing
  • $35 hourly
    I'm a freelance editor with nineteen years' experience. For several of those years, I was a medical editor. I now run my own editing business (copyediting, proofreading, and manuscript critique services) as well as edit and proofread for publishing houses. My professional memberships include Editorial Freelancers Association, Christian Editor Connection, and The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network. In addition to my editing experience, I also have a strong creative writing background, with several poems, short stories, and articles published in literary magazines and periodicals. Fiction writing (primarily contemporary and historical) is my first love, and I regularly attend fiction-writing and editing classes online and at writers' conferences. I've also judged manuscript excerpts in fiction-writing contests and taught at writers conferences. My debut novel released in June 2020, and I have another releasing in 2021. My editing/proofreading projects have included but are not limited to: * Book manuscripts - Fiction novels and novellas (no erotica, horror, or gratuitous sex or violence) - Memoirs - Nonfiction, including self-help and medical-related - Cookbooks - Children's literature - Inspirational (I am a longtime Christian and especially enjoy editing faith-based writings) * Short stories (fiction and autobiographical) * Personal statements for acceptance to graduate school and medical residency * Articles, including medical and other journal articles * University-level assignments written by students who speak English as a second language * Blog posts * Translated documents My other background includes clinical experience in the medical field (primarily Internal Medicine and Pediatrics), post-secondary teaching experience as an instructor in a Medical Assistant program, and knowledge of nutrition, fitness, and various specialty diets (gluten-free, paleo, diabetic, multiple allergen). My English language and editing proficiency is reflected by my Upwork test scores as well as my feedback from clients. I have well over 1000 hours' time on Upwork (fixed-price jobs are not included in Upwork's calculation of hours), take special interest in every document I edit, and consistently provide quality work within deadline.
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    Proofreading
    AP Style Writing
    Microsoft Word
    Creative Writing
    Chicago Manual of Style
    Blog Writing
    Copy Editing
  • $40 hourly
    I am a skilled and efficient editor with experience in fiction and non-fiction editing, including novels, websites, blogs, and educational materials. I have a thorough understanding of grammar and language, but I also understand the importance of the vernacular for creative and less formal writing. I apply this range of knowledge appropriately for the task, so I can effectively edit all types of written material. Services I provide: -Content and developmental editing -Line editing and copyediting -Proofreading -Manuscript critique In addition to my editing services, I am an educational consultant. I develop educational resources and materials as well as provide feedback on already created materials. I am an expert in the education field with a master's degree and National Board Certification. I specialize in the sciences and English.
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    Fiction
    Chicago Manual of Style
    Proofreading
    Error Detection
    Book Editing
    Line Editing
    Microsoft Word
    Developmental Editing
    Copy Editing
  • $30 hourly
    Do you need help with an important piece of text? I'm here to help your writing be as accessible, engaging and, crucially, grammatically correct as it can possibly be! I am a trained proofreader with over a decade of experience writing, editing and proofreading essays, dissertations, reports, presentations, emails, grant applications, blogs and social media posts. I am a native English speaker and a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. My recent Upwork projects have included editing meta descriptions, website content, history essays, quiz questions and university applications, including working with non-native speakers. I have received excellent feedback and enjoy working with fantastic clients on such a diverse range of writing.
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    Google Docs
    Editing & Proofreading
    Copy Editing
    Microsoft Word
    Academic Writing
    Academic Proofreading
    Research Papers
    Proofreading
    Grammar & Syntax Review
    Blog Content
    English
  • $45 hourly
    I am an experienced copy editor and proofreader specializing in academic and technical editing – journal articles, technical reports, professional publications. I hold a PhD in Humanities, which has furnished me with an approach to language that aims at clarity, consistency, and coherence. Although my background is in the arts and humanities, I also have extensive experience working with academics and professionals in other fields, including global health, psychology, management, economics, and medicine. My clients include professors, research groups, international organizations, and education institutions. I am well versed in the most popular style guides (Chicago, APA, MLA, etc.), and can work in both American and British English. I approach each project as an opportunity to make something the best that it can be, all the while constantly challenging and honing my skills.
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    English
    Translation
    Copy Editing
  • $45 hourly
    You’ve typed up your best ideas, and now you need a conscientious proofreader to edit your work. Let me improve your writing so that it conveys exactly what you want to say. I have a gift and a love for spotting typos, style inconsistencies, and issues with grammar, spelling, and punctuation. My English degree, experience as a copywriter, and passion for reading and writing make me an excellent editor. I’ll ensure what you've written is correct, concise, and compelling.
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    Copywriting
    Writing
    Editing & Proofreading
    Proofreading
    Line Editing
    English
    Book Editing
    Microsoft Word
    Book
    Copy Editing
  • $35 hourly
    I'm a native-English speaking editor and proofreader with nine years of professional editing experience. I offer: ✅ Copy editing ✅ Proofreading ✅ Developmental editing ✅ Academic and technical editing I've successfully worked with countless clients ranging from individuals to large marketing agencies to deliver expert editing and proofreading services. I'm excellent at editing content to ensure it's clear and easy to read without compromising the author's original voice. I've edited a wide range of content, including: • Marketing copy, including blog posts, social media posts, emails and more • Academic writing, including journal articles, dissertations and theses • Technical and business reports, including case studies, reports and manuals • Non-fiction books such as self-help books, memoirs and business advice • AI-generated content that needs a human touch Rates vary depending on the type of editing work, and I'm available to work for fixed rates per word or hourly. I'm available for both short- and long-term projects and am always happy to discuss a project, so get in touch, and we can get the best out of your writing!
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  • $65 hourly
    Having served as a professional editor and writer for more than ten years now, working with both fiction and nonfiction, my passion revolves around helping authors and publishers find the full potential of their manuscripts. I have an excellent eye for detail, and with my extended background as a writer and teacher, I can be depended upon to offer professional guidance at every turn, eliminate errors and inconsistencies, and meet all deadlines. By turns, I work as a writing coach, editor, and ghostwriter, matching my talents to my clients' needs. In each of these roles, I only take on projects that suit my skills--so, if you ask me to edit or write in a genre where I have no experience, I'll be the first to tell you I'm not your ideal fit. But, when I do take on a project, you can be sure that it will become a top priority and receive the attention and skill it deserves. I work with both indie authors and publishers, and about 90% of my workload comes in the form of novels, whether that means I'm offering ghostwriting, developmental editing, line editing, copy-editing, or combined line/copy-edits. I also do work on blurbs, synopses, and queries, but only for works that I've edited. When it comes to nonfiction, I'm got a varied background that crosses a variety of disciplines and types of writing. I've edited and copy-edited a number of dissertations and academic articles within the humanities and sciences, and I've developed a close familiarity with details of grammar and citation styles (as I've worked as both a freelance copy-editor and as the assistant director of a university-level writing center). Additionally, I've served as the editor of a major university's literary journal for four years, copy-editing creative writing and narrative nonfiction; it was this position that led me into working on what the majority of my time goes to now, which is full-length novels. My work as an editor for a university led naturally into my working as a developmental and content editor--a position I fell naturally into because of my experience and my passion for literature & teaching. Regarding editing: I've been freelancing on a full-time basis since August of 2014, and I've specialized in editing narrative nonfiction, memoir, and novellas & novels of various genres (including but not limited to: science fiction, fantasy, suspense, mystery, romance, paranormal romance, literary fiction, and horror). I have experience with MG, YA, and adult material, and I love keeping an eclectic calendar so that I always have a fresh eye for each new manuscript. In terms of writing, I hire out as a fixer just as often as a writer--this means that I work through a complete novel, elevating the writing and 'fixing' issues that come up in relation to the story, character, pacing, genre, etc. Essentially, hiring me as a 'fixer' means that you've got a complete draft, and it's in decent shape, but you know it needs work and want it to reach the next level without your being directly involved in the revision. When it comes to nonfiction, I take on very few fixing and ghostwriting positions, and generally only consider projects where an author has already developed a fair amount of content that I can work from in terms of content, voice, and style. My work in ghostwriting fiction has been focused around paranormals, suspense, romance, horror, SFF, and nonfiction, and I only hire out as a ghostwriter for adult work (vs MG and YA). As a published writer and a freelancer, I've accumulated numerous experiences which translate to my being a more well-rounded editor and writer. I have a particular interest in speculative, literary, and scientific writings, as well as in all manuscripts related to socio-political concerns, and I read widely in both fiction and nonfiction, which allows me a real familiarity with various types of texts and professional expectations from separate academic and professional communities. I have eclectic interests and passions, so I'm working to build a varied portfolio and form lasting working relationships with individuals and companies in need of strong editors and writers. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you think I might be a good fit for your project, and know I'm glad to answer any questions along the way.
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  • $38 hourly
    Hi there! Thank you for checking out my profile. I'm a top-level writer, editor, and proofreader, with years of experience in both fiction and non-fiction across a wide range of genres and subjects. I have a first-class Honours degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, from the University of East Anglia. I have been freelancing for 8 years, and have never missed a deadline or failed to deliver on a project. I understand the importance of accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and I know how to construct emotive and powerful sentences. I'm an excellent teacher, and can provide in-depth commentary on your work. My experience includes: - Writing fiction and non-fiction books in many different areas - Developmental editing, copy editing, and line editing - Proofreading novels across genres - Work on biographies and autobiographies - Extensive transcription work - Creating online articles, with a good understanding of SEO (frequently appearing in the top 10% on Google) - Editing and creating business emails - A wide range of other writing, editing, and proofreading services I have edited creative writing pieces for Masters courses, written a fortnightly serial for a local newspaper, and been published in four creative writing anthologies. I have also completed an Open University ‘Start Writing Fiction’ course, and ghostwritten over 50 non-fiction books. I am efficient and thorough, and will work meticulously to ensure any document is polished and accurate. I'm not happy until my client is happy, which is why I will always revise a piece until you feel it has reached perfection. I look forward to working with you!
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  • $25 hourly
    I love to read, organize things, and help people fix their problems. I combine these interests to smooth out your manuscript with proofreading, copy-editing, and formatting to present your text in a form easily read and understood. I do not do developmental editing, but when I copy edit, I'm highly aware of content mistakes and missteps and will alert you to these. My favorite assignments are fixed-price, non-fiction projects; I’m open to both long-term and short-term contracts and will edit any document size. Please Note: While I do have a reliable satellite connection, it isn't compatible with internet conferencing requirements.
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  • $40 hourly
    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, research papers, theses, and dissertations. I was a college professor in English and history as well as SME for all general education curriculum. I have extensive grammar and communication skills. I have experience as a researcher, including finding and validating sources. I have worked with multiple styles, such as APA, MLA, and Chicago Manual. I can also follow guidelines for specific journals and publications. I am proficient in editing within Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and Adobe.
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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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