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Hire a copy editor today to review and correct, format, stylize and otherwise prepare written content for typesetting, publication or print. In addition to catching errors in writing, copy editors often standardize headers and footers, add headlines, and shorten or lengthen text to fit length limits. Their job is to make written information clear, concise, accurate and consistent.

Copy editing (also written as copyediting) involves the correction of punctuation, spelling, grammar, terminology, jargon and semantics to prepare text for publication in a particular style or voice. On Upwork, the world’s largest online workplace, you’ll find copy editors who can style and prepare publishable written content for businesses, professionals and individuals around the world.

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Copy editing Upwork freelancers typically receive a client rating of 4.82.

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  1. Diego Vargas

    Diego Vargas Agency Contractor

    Industrial Engineer - Translation English - Spanish

    Colombia - Last active: 11 hours ago - Tests: 6 - Portfolio: 8

    I´m a dynamic, working and responsible person with the desire of learning every day more and more with the interest of helping the company in the accomplish of its goals. I did a traineeship for one year in the city of Bursa, Turkey in which I learnt a lot about the culture and their way of making business in this country. Besides this, I learnt another language, in a basic level as it is the Turkish and I could practice my English knowledge. I have experience coordinating groups thanks to my work several years with different organizations, mainly with Rotary International(Interact and Rotaract Club) and I was also member of academic associations at the university such as ANEIAP (Students National Association of Industrial, Administrative and Production Engineering). In both organizations I occupied different positions among the directive board. Furthermore I work in a multilevel system where I had learned a lot about leadership and personal management. Besides these occupations I also had few temporary jobs that helped me understand a lot of a company working dynamics. I can adapt easily to different kind of situations and that I behave well in several fields and that I also like to keep learning new things. In my trajectory I had learned and handled all type of computers and software and I had learned to deal quite well in this field, I like a lot whatever is related to technology. I´m a very creative person at the moment of finding solutions and improvements in this topic. I had developed mainly in the administrative field, making project analysis, handling controllers and indicators and developing better and more effective and efficient methods for the performance of the company.

    Associated with: E-Services

    $10.00 /hr
    4,223 hours
    5.00
  2. Tracie Walker

    Tracie Walker Agency Contractor

    ms

    United Kingdom - Last active: 17 days ago - Tests: 19

    Require employment which can be done from home. Successfully raised 3 great children alone so have many life skills which can be applied to any situation. Have experience working directly with the public for many years. Achieved 5 GCSE qualifications leaving school including an A in English, Business and commerce, Maths, also a City and Guilds in Typing and office practice. Attended college as an adult and gained a BTEC national diploma in Beauty Therapy and an NVQ in Hairdressing- which involved learning computer skills equivalent to NVQ level 3 Enjoy learning new skills and furthering my education and knowledge whenever possible, learn new skills quickly but accurately Mature, professional attitude. Can plan strategies and meet targets.

    Associated with: A 2 Z Virtual Secretary & Administration

    $11.11 /hr
    330 hours
    4.86
  3. Robert O.

    Robert O. Agency Contractor

    Web Researcher/Article Writer/Academic Writer/Rewriter/Editor

    Kenya - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 6

    I am a Kenya CPA with 4 years of accounting and auditing experience where I have developed excellent analytical and problem solving skills. I have thorough knowledge of the principles, procedures and practices of accounting and financial records and transaction. In addition to my skills as an accountant, I am also an expert when it comes to web research and I have excellent data entry skills. I am self-motivated with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, I am keen on providing exceptional quality of service to all employers out there in need of a brilliant Accountant/Web Researcher/personal assistant/Data Miner/Data Entry Professional.

    Associated with: StudentOffice Agency Agency

    $10.00 /hr
    66 hours
    4.86
  4. Elizabeth Lytle

    Elizabeth Lytle Agency Contractor

    Business Managing Professional (Administrative)

    United States - Last active: 11 hours ago - Tests: 8 - Portfolio: 17

    11 years of experience as a professional transcriptionist (7 of those years spent working as a freelancer), editor, researcher and paid academic/technical article writer. Seeking ongoing hourly work as a copywriter/editor or administrative or project manager. Typing speed of 120 WPM with a 99.9 % accuracy. For Project Management: Experienced in managing a team of 250+ writers and 15-20 transcriptionists. I also have professional experience within the construction industry (owner and managing partner of American Global Renovations between 2006 and 2010 - commercial and residential construction). I'm extremely organized, driven and efficient. Previous job duties included general HR (recruiting, hiring, training and managing), general accounting duties (payroll, accounts receivable and payable, taxes and so on), marketing (including online marketing and promotion), online presence management (designed and built company websites, wrote and edited content and managed updates), social networking (established following on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and with company blogs and articles), document creation and preparation (contracts, bid proposals, invoices, brochures, newsletters, magazine covers, design and compilation, business card design, logo design and branding and so on), and general customer service (via phone, chat, email and in-person). For Transcription: Published author and business owner looking for new personal opportunities (with smaller jobs) and larger jobs to include my transcription team. Experienced in all types of transcription with a focus on focus groups and research interviews. Seeking transcription jobs of any size (experience with managing and completing large jobs of 50 + audio hours). For Writing & Editing: Seeking virtual assistant jobs, writing jobs and editing positions. Experienced in technical writing, article writing, blogging, newsletters, resume writing, letters and inquires, writing queries, academic writing, data entry, research, website design, copywriting, fiction, poetry, children's literature I'm also helped several candidates successfully land employment by writing professional resumes/CVs, assisting with the online job search, producing general and position-specific cover letters, completing online applications and contacting employers online, offering job interview coaching and tips and offering basic training, such as MS Word/Excel, Internet Explorer and so on. I occasionally do voice over work (generally related to business). I'm experienced in writing successful manuscript query letters (my query letters get a good response), professional business letters, legal letters and so on. Background and Experience: Business management, almost all aspects of administrative work, all aspects of the construction business (focusing on hard surface installation, drywall, paint, bidding, bid proposals, human resources and more), sales, travel (international), skincare, health management (focusing on alternative health and weight loss). I've also done extensive research in natural/alternative treatments, focusing on pain management and quitting smoking. I've successfully developed an all-natural quit smoking plan and I've developed several alternative/natural pain management methods (pain oils, creams, mouthwash, etc). My research has been of interest to medical communities in three countries and is ongoing. Currently studying psychology at Argosy University. I have a background with criminal justice administrative work and also do some photography on the side. I have valuable business contacts throughout the world, which can often assist in the timely completion of large projects (professional photographers, authors, editors, printers, website designers, commercial construction contacts, models, makeup artists, freelance writers and so on). I can assist in business setup/management by taking a look at what your immediate and long-term goals are and creating a solid business plan to help you set things in motion. I'm also available to manage this aspect of your business. I'm experienced with creating business plans, marketing plans and can also help with grant proposals and other financial proposals. I've helped several ODesk contractors put together an award-winning profile, write cover letters designed to get a positive response and help with compiling a professional portfolio. I do a lot of different things and my experience comes from not only my own experience owning and managing two successful businesses (and working successfully as a professional writer/editor), but from helping other business owners and freelancers (businesses of all sizes) put together or reorganize a business.

    Associated with: Blue Digital Solutions Agency

    $38.89 /hr
    1,289 hours
    4.90
  5. Jenny R.

    Jenny R.

    PR Specialist and Freelance Writer

    United States - Last active: 08/28/2014 - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 3

    My educational background is in Public Relations and Marketing, but I am a very skilled writer with sales experience. I have 2+ years in the newspaper industry, both as an editor and in advertising, so I am comfortable with writing, layout, and design. However, my sales experience has sharpened the skills that will help me to be most effective when persuasively representing a product or idea. I am highly organized and an efficient multi-tasker which will be crucial when handling projects such as yours.I am always "knowledge hungry" and will research any topic or product extensively to make sure I have the background to accurately represent whatever it is I might be working on in a given project. I would be happy to answer any questions or provide a sample. I look forward to working with you.

    $22.22 /hr
    93 hours
    5.00
  6. Deborah D.

    Deborah D.

    Professional Writer

    United States - Last active: 07/03/2012 - Tests: 3

    I am an experienced administrative professional. My first 'real' job began at the age of 16 when I trained to be a legal assistant to a municipal judge. Since that time, I have been in legal and executive assistant positions; became a published author of children's, Y/A, and adult fiction; founded a very successful non-profit organization, which I managed for 18 years; and started my own in-home bookkeeping business. My dream is to eventually work full-time at home while continuing my writing career.

    $22.22 /hr
    21 hours
    5.00
  7. Rita Dillow

    Rita Dillow

    NEWSPAPER EXPERT CONSULTANT & TRAINER

    United States - Last active: 12/10/2013 - Tests: 10 - Portfolio: 14

    Over the last 25 years, I was an advertising salesperson in print, an advertising sales manager in print (major daily and community newspapers, and specialty publications). I owned, published and designed my own local community newspaper delivered to an upscale community for 7 years. I'm a very experienced graphic designer, print layout specialist and marketing expert in all forms of media. I am an experienced training manager, instructional systems designer, needs analysis expert, and platform speaker and adult trainer. In my past, I've been a project manager for a very large project (using Gantt charts, etc.). I've been a top sales producer through the products I both created and sold for others. My clients love my work. Regardless of the type of business you're in, in 20+ years, I've had experience working with very type of business as an advertising and marketing guru, and a consultant and coach for other problems leaders, managers and salespeople encounter. And, I create designs and ads that get results based on my clients' needs and expectations. I have over 20 years of management experience, and a small advertising and printing agency, and the acumen, knowledge and experience to help with many problems encountered in businesses.

    $33.33 /hr
    861 hours
    4.93
  8. Linda Gosslin

    Linda Gosslin

    Product Description Writer, Clerical support

    United States - Last active: 4 months ago - Tests: 5

    I am available for product descriptions, revision.editing and data entry. I am skilled in spelling, grammar, sentence structure and narrative flow. I have knowledge of medical terminology. I have many years of experience in accounting, billing and budgeting. I have over 30 years of business experience working in the medical field. My background includes the admitting desk, reception/switchboard, medical assistant, credit and collection clerk and insurance biller. I retired after 17 years as Business Office Manager for a 175 bed hospital in the midwest. Recently I worked over 140 hours as a product writer, writing and editing descriptions of online companies and technical applications. At present I am writing product descriptions.

    $16.67 /hr
    145 hours
    5.00
  9. Alexi Rodrigo Monardez Miranda

    Alexi Rodrigo Monardez Miranda

    Editor / Project Manager / Business Assistant

    Spain - Last active: 07/20/2014 - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 3

    I'm a hardworking and responsible guy aware of the latest trends. I'm learning more languages to increase my skills. I'm also a very well educated and informed person. I have a lot of experience at administrative support and international customer service and relations. I'm a native Spanish speaker and Catalan and English with an advanced level. Because of my job i'm pretty used to work with Microsoft Office and social networks, having a very good management, administrative and computer skills. Feel free to contact me for any question or purpose.

    $23.00 /hr
    1,085 hours
    5.00
  10. Douglas Jewsbury

    Douglas Jewsbury

    Editor, translator and teacher of English as a foreign language

    United Kingdom - Last active: 02/20/2013 - Tests: 11 - Portfolio: 40

    My business is English-language services. I have worked extensively as a copy-editor, editing books for publication. It's work that requires a very high standard of English. I'm also experienced in teaching English and in translation. ESL / TEFL / TESOL I teach English as a foreign language, online. I love this work; it enables me to share my enthusiasm for this beautiful language and help people to gain the maximum from learning it. I began my teaching career in a classroom environment in southern Spain. Now based at my home in Scotland, through the wonder of the internet I am privileged to work with students at all stages of learning, and from all parts of the world. I can tailor tuition to the requirements of the individual student, whether that may be, for example, improving fluency, attaining a higher level of business English or preparing for an exam such as IELTS. I hold the Trinity College certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Copy-editing You've got it written. You've already done the most original and creative part. Now you just want to make sure that it's polished and lubricated and ready to be rolled out to an admiring audience. That's where I can help you. I can remove any grammatical or orthographical blemishes, any bumps or dents in the body, any unevenness in the action, any excessive gas emissions, so that your text can impress the way it deserves to. Not only that, but I have all my own polish, oil and rags. A glance at my copy-editing portfolio shows that I have experience of a wide range of subject matter and format: biography, history, industry, technical, general interest. Whatever the theme of your text, you can rely on me to get it into perfect fitness for purpose. Translation (Spanish / French to English) Let's take it as read - there are hundreds of translators out there, the majority of them very good. And any translator worth his or her salt will tell you that the key objective in translation - apart, of course, from translating correctly - is to convey the tenor and tone of the original. You shouldn't have any problem finding a translator who can do that for you. In fact, I'm one of them! Where I might be able to help you out a little more than some others lies in the preceding sections: I bring copy-editing skills to the party. How does this help you? Well, that depends. If your original is a very formal official document, then clearly there is little leeway for expanding creatively on it. You want a translation that adheres very closely to the original wording - no more, no less. On the other hand, if your original is a piece of sales or marketing copy, it may well be that there is scope for improvement. The original may be a little dated; it may need to be enlivened; it may need to take into account some new marketing campaign; it may need to be tuned for the change in culture of the target audience. Clearly, you need a translator who knows his or her way around copywriting. I may just be the person you need.

    $18.89 /hr
    50 hours
    5.00