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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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  1. Jill B.

    Jill B.

    Editor/Proofreader | I'll make sure your work is the best it can be.

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 9 - Portfolio: 75

    As a crackerjack editor, it's my job to understand exactly and deeply what your writing is about, so that I can help make it everything you know it can be. Whether light or substantive editing is what you need, whether you want your voice retained or developed, I will apply skills gained over 30 years in trade publishing (fiction and non-fiction), magazine editing, pharmaceutical advertising, television production, researching, and generating b2b marketing materials. Comparison proofreading in 14 languages for a pharma re-branding effort, researching to find hidden information, writing newsletters and editing Web sites for arts agencies, suggesting revisions for scholarly articles written by college professors, and working on books that became NYTimes bestsellers: all were interesting projects for me, and successful for my clients. Certainly, editing fiction is always a delight. Whatever your project is, I will help you make sure your work is the best it can possibly be.

    $35.00 /hr
    469 hours
  2. Miriam Hoover

    Miriam Hoover

    Professional Writer/Proofreader/Editor

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 1

    I am a native English speaker with an extraordinary grasp for the language and its rhetorical properties and possibilities. In the last 7 years I've completed my bachelor's and master's degrees, and I have contributed articles to the Hekalu Naturals' blog and the family and parenting blog, I am a trained grammarian and rhetorician. In addition to proofreading, copywriting, and copyediting, I am also proficient at creating style guides, doing research, and navigating Wordpress.

    $20.00 /hr
    47 hours
  3. Alex Sarrigeorgiou

    Alex Sarrigeorgiou

    Writer and Editor

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 5

    In 2013, I graduated from Vassar College, where I majored in Drama and minored in Creative Writing. I am an actress and writer, and I just finished a year-long internship with a small digital publishing company, where I frequently copyedited writing, wrote reader reports on manuscripts, wrote blog content, and handled social media. I grew up speaking English, Greek, and Romanian, and I also speak fluent French and intermediate Spanish. I have translation training and experience, and thoroughly enjoy reading in different languages. I am also an experienced copyeditor and proofreader, and have already successfully completed a variety of projects via oDesk, ranging from fiction to blog posts to academic writing.

    $20.00 /hr
    258 hours
  4. Lana W.

    Lana W.

    Quality ebooks, non-fiction, research

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 4

    A finished product you won’t hesitate to offer to your tribe. Thorough research and excellent organization. Your information presented in clear, logical, easy-to-read language. Native English that’s free of spelling, punctuation and grammar errors. Your readers engaged, informed, and encouraged to take the next step. My background is in counseling, coaching and mentoring. I’m passionate about great writing. I’ll work to capture what’s important to you and use my best skills to communicate it the way you want. If you’d like to ask me anything, please get in touch. I look forward to seeing if I can do something exceptional for you!

    $18.00 /hr
    66 hours
  5. Chantelle Prentice

    Chantelle Prentice

    Writer / Editor / Proofreader

    United States - Last active: 20 days ago - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 12

    I am a detail oriented writer and editor who enjoys working at a quick pace. I have a degree in English and, as a new member of oDesk, I am looking to broaden my experience as a writer and editor. I enjoy working on a wide range of topics and welcome any challenge that comes my way. I am a quick learner with an eye for detail and an open mind. My hope is to build long-term relationships with clients while also building my portfolio. My clients needs and time are of the utmost importance. If you are looking for a reliable contractor who can complete your job to your satisfaction, and do so in a timely manner, please contact me.

    $15.56 /hr
    56 hours
  6. Russ C.

    Russ C.

    Senior Technical Author, Microsoft Word and Self-publishing Wizard

    Thailand - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 50 - Portfolio: 96

    A professional, diligent, multi-talented author with a proven track record in producing documentation across many industries. A native British national with advanced Microsoft Word skills, and a wealth of experience as a technical author, proof-reader, editor, and self-publishing wizard, means I can transform your work from where it is, to where it needs to be, while maintaining or achieving the highest standards. - - - - "Exceptional eye to detail."- - - - * With excellent skills in PowerPoint, Excel, and many other common programs, such as PhotoShop, Wordpress and other Internet-related apps, you will gain one of the most important factors when looking for professionals online - peace-of-mind. - - - - "Russ was amazing to work with..." - - - - * Peace-of-mind that allows you to focus on what YOU need to do to build your business; peace-of-mind about not having to worry about whether your money is being well spent; and, the peace-of-mind from knowing that you have made the right choice and that you will get what you need, on time, ahead of budget, and of the highest quality. - - - - "It was a pleasure to work with you..." - - - - * I believe in trust, I believe in relationships, and I believe in satisfaction. Most of my clients, on oDesk/Upwork (and elsewhere) are repeat clients and this only comes through listening to and delivering what they need; and that only occurs through effective communication, feedback, and flexibility. - - - - "...if you need someone with Russ' skills, we can't recommend him highly enough." - - - -* Indeed, when reviews include the above client comments (all taken from client feedback available in full in my work history), you know that not only are you are making a sound choice, but also you are getting the best for your money and you are getting that oh so valuable peace-of-mind that you both want and need. So why risk it? I have been a Word user for 21-years, a technical author for 18, a designer of professional Word templates for just a little less, am a qualified English Language teacher (CELTA), have a 1st Class Honours degree in English Language (with High Academic Achievement award), and guarantee my work 100%. - - - -"Russ was perfect for the task (and perfect for most tasks, I'd imagine)" - - - -* If you have any questions about me, about the work I've done, if you think I can help you, or are even just after some advice, then feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, Russ * Quotes are from client feedback on my profile below.

    $50.00 /hr
    1,346 hours
  7. Dolissa M.

    Dolissa M.

    Journalist and Mediamaker Can Help You Get Noticed

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 12 - Portfolio: 8

    My 20+ year career in communicating ideas has come full circle on the Web. I am a trained Journalist, Filmmaker, and former Fulbright Scholar who can work with you on a variety of writing, marketing, crowdfunding, and media needs. Special knowledge in film history, film criticism, and the arts. An American English native speaker, I also have a background teaching English as a second language.

    $55.00 /hr
    386 hours
  8. Erin Carrington

    Erin Carrington

    Freelance researcher

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 1

    I am looking for opportunities to use my research and writing skills to build a freelance career. I have six years experience working for the Department of State doing research, analysis, writing, and editing. I have a bachelors degree in Political Science and History and a masters degree in National Security, but I am interested in working on any and all topics. I am exceptional at online research - a google guru, if you will - and genuinely love putting my grammar skills to use editing. I'm an extremely hard worker and highly motivated by my desire to break into a new career path.

    $11.11 /hr
    286 hours
  9. Amanda V.

    Amanda V.

    a.learning strategist writing for change

    United States - Last active: 3 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 4

    I am an efficient, reliable proofreader and writer, with exceptional literary analysis abilities. My versatile portfolio includes manuals, research articles, creative writing, website restructuring, proofreading, and novel editing. I have over a decade of expertise in professional and academic writing, research, and instructional design. I always complete work ahead of schedule and enjoy reading new fiction through editing. I graduated in 1999 with a BA degree in English and Writing, with minors in French and Secondary Education. I specialize in: rehabilitation; case management; education; literary analysis; cognitive and child psychology; learning disabilities; homeschooling; neuroscience; and brain based learning strategies.

    $20.00 /hr
    31 hours
  10. Jennifer Mendez

    Jennifer Mendez

    Video Game Scriptwriter/Narrative Designer, Author, & Freelance Writer

    United States - Last active: 8 hours ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    My name is Jennifer, and I am a freelance writer, video game scriptwriter and narrative designer, and author. My experience includes blogging, article writing, journalism, creative writing, book writing and self-publishing, and promoting products online. I have a flexible, professional writing style, and have the knowledge and experience to work on several different projects. I received my Bachelor's in English from the University of Maryland, University College, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. My emphasis was creative writing and classic literature, but I also picked up on many other writing styles and techniques. My experience has only grown within the gaming industry, and freelancer community. I've built a strong client base here on UpWork, so unfortunately I am booked until further notice. I will be updating my availability date upon further details. Thank you!

    $12.00 /hr
    276 hours