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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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Typical total cost of Upwork Copy editing projects based on completed and fixed-price jobs.

Upwork Copy editing Jobs Completed Quarterly

On average, 625 Copy editing projects are completed every quarter on Upwork.

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Average Copy editing Freelancer Feedback Score

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

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  1. Christine W.

    Christine W.

    Editor/Writer

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 3

    From the world of small business publishing to medicolegal language, I have the skills to write and edit your documents into professional-appearing works. I have been running my own editing and transcription business from home for over 10 years, so I am well versed in deadlines, accuracy and customer service.

    $66.67 /hr
    63 hours
    5.00
  2. Joshua Sargent

    Joshua Sargent

    Joshua M Sargent

    United States - Last active: 05/12/2014 - Tests: 6 - Portfolio: 6

    Do you need someone to Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate (ADDIE Method) training courses? Do you want to make sure your learners get the most out of those courses, and that you are getting the best result possible for your dollars spent? You need me. I have degrees in marketing (B.Sc.) and education (M.A.), and am a current part time doctoral (Ed.D.) student where my area of research is on maximizing long-term learning outcomes from training programs. This gives me a strong foundation of math, statistics, research methodology, and teaching pedagogy to build on. I have a strong publication and conference presentation history, and I am happy to share my knowledge of learning pedagogy and materials development with anyone. I also have a proven history of materials development, having published more than 20 textbooks used in millions of lessons every year. I have trained thousands of employees in skills such as business communication, regulatory compliance, technology usage, adult learning pedagogy, and even retail sales. I started my teaching career in Japan, and soon became a lecturer at Waseda University. There, I really developed as a teacher and learned firsthand that results-oriented teaching was best. As I got better at teaching and knew more about pedagogy, I started getting hired as a consultant for various companies in Japan. I was able to bring great success to all my projects, and soon was consulting for Global Fortune 500 companies such as Nissan, Nippon Steel, and Teijin Pharmaceuticals. I always approached each client’s situation with open eyes and a solid understanding of how people learn. Years later I was given a chance to lead a massive retraining initiative for a chain of schools in Japan called Gaba, which involved the creation of an entirely new blended learning curriculum, the introduction of the first online learning tools used there, and the training of more than a thousand teachers in how to use these new online tools and materials. This required extensive data collection, assessment, and description. I worked every day with both front-line teachers and senior leadership to achieve the learning outcomes we needed. After two years, the teaching and learning had improved greatly, and the new curriculum was working well. I then decided to return to the USA. Most recently, I was working for the U.S. Department of Defense, developing and presenting employee training in adult learning theory, learning materials development, and eLearning tool usage. There, I created offline and eLearning materials for employee education programs, and worked with subject matter experts to create software usage and regulatory compliance workshops for teachers.

    $55.56 /hr
    85 hours
    5.00
  3. Michael Sugarman

    Senior Editor, Writer

    United States - Last active: 18 days ago - Tests: 5

    Michael prides himself on efficient text, both succinct and compelling. For five years, he has been writing for online publications and drafting public relations copy. For two of those, Michael has worked as Senior Editor at a rising music blog. He holds a BA from Columbia University

    $50.00 /hr
    19 hours
    5.00
  4. Judy L.

    Judy L.

    Writer, Editor, Translator

    Netherlands - Last active: 5 days ago - Tests: 4

    I am a writer who's got a proven track record for delivering. I am knowledgeable, thorough, and precise. I do meticulous research of the topics I am given, and even for the fiction that I write. I am, by nature, a detail-oriented person. My past history includes medical school and graduate-level research, as well as laboratory work and editing scientific papers. As for translating, I have lived in the Netherlands for seven years, and have taken and passed the NT2. My approach to translating is less than literal, but I've always felt that if you can discern that the document is a translation, then the translator has failed. I endeavor not to leave any awkward traces of Dutch.

    $33.33 /hr
    39 hours
    4.99
  5. Melissa O.

    Melissa O.

    Copy Editor, Transcriber, Data Entry, Research, Customer Service

    Philippines - Last active: 14 days ago - Tests: 3

    For the past years, I have worked various transcription, VA, and editing jobs on oDesk. Outside of oDesk, I am a professional copy editor; I have also worked in customer service. I always strive to provide quality work to my clients within the time given to me. If you hire me, quality is what you'll get.

    $16.67 /hr
    113 hours
    4.86
  6. Ellen C.

    Ellen C.

    Proofreader, Editor, and Writer

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 14 - Portfolio: 1

    I'm an American copy editor and writer of fiction and creative nonfiction with a BA in English and 4 years experience with book editing. I've worked on book-length manuscripts on a variety of subjects for publishers in the U.S., and I'm familiar with Chicago, APA, and AMA styles I have a keen eye for errors and a passion for making text clean and easy to read. I can vary my revision to suit your needs- I've done everything from surface-level proofreading to light translation and grammar interventions to reordering sentences and paragraphs for optimal flow. I have extensive experience working with non-native speakers to make their writing flawless and accessible to American or British audiences. Please feel free to contact me for further examples of my work.

    $16.67 /hr
    411 hours
    4.99
  7. Brooke Pierce

    Brooke Pierce

    Writer, Researcher, Editor

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 4

    I have been working as a freelancer for over 15 years, and during that time I have developed long-term working relationships that have allowed me to expand my abilities while also giving me the flexibility that comes with telecommuting. I am always looking for interesting new projects to take on, especially in the areas of article writing, copywriting, and editing.

    $38.89 /hr
    530 hours
    4.75
  8. Jodi B.

    Jodi B.

    Experienced Researcher, Proofreader, and Data Entry Professional

    United States - Last active: 11 hours ago - Tests: 6

    Over the past five years, I have developed a wide range of experience with project management positions. I have had the opportunity to work on several projects that required data entry. I am seeking opportunities to build, or help to, establish a company and to grow within the company. I am very responsible person and guarantee the completion of projects on time, if not sooner. If given an opportunity I can prove that I can deliver the quality of work that one may be looking for. My goal is to become successful in the online work environment. I am very driven and would appreciate any opportunity to demonstrate the work that I can do. Working from home enables me to be productive and obtain opportunities that are not available in my area.

    $16.67 /hr
    2,906 hours
    5.00
  9. Katrina Beaver

    Katrina Beaver

    Transcription Expert with 6 Years Experience, Accurate and Fast

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 13 - Portfolio: 5

    I DO NOT Farm out the work. I also do not use speech to text software. If you want an accurate,professional transcript of your audios or videos, you have found the right contractor. Having 6 years of transcription experience and over 1,700 oDesk hours, I have transcribed several audios and videos including: dissertation interviews, medical, focus groups, legal, corporate meetings and interviews. I can transcribe an hour of audio in 4 working hours or less. When you hire me you can be confident that you will get a professional transcript by or before your specified deadline, and you will not have to spend your valuable time going through and making corrections. You will get your transcripts in MS Word. All of my transcriptions are proofread for the highest level of accuracy and quality. I will never outsource transcriptions. I can guarantee the work you will receive will be 100% mine. Your satisfaction is my number one goal.

    $16.67 /hr
    1,879 hours
    4.84
  10. Chere Poole

    Chere Poole

    Copy/Content Editor, Business/Creative Writer, Proofreader

    United States - Last active: 3 days ago - Tests: 6 - Portfolio: 13

    I am an experienced editor, writer, proofreader, and marketing professional with an excellent work ethic and "I can do" attitude. Self-motivated, organized and deadline-driven, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table gained in various settings over 30 years. I have earned a 5 star rating and intend to keep it by using excellent research, writing and editing skills to deliver quality work for my clients. Whether I design, write and produce promotional materials for your business, SEO copy for your website, or help you polish an article, blog, short story or novel, every project receives my best effort. I am detailed, motivated, driven to succeed and take pride in my work. I consider your project my project, and do my utmost to make you happy. For a look at my current blogs, check out CBeyond Realty.com and Mortgage Springs.com

    $25.00 /hr
    1,504 hours
    5.00