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Gustavo fidel U.

Gustavo fidel U.

Web Content Developer/ Copywriter/ Proofreader/ Internet Marketer

Philippines - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

Copywriter and Online Marketer with 6 years of experience. Host of an English-speaking radio program for 9 years. IELTS certified with an 8.5 (out of 9) score. Since 2009, I have worked as a copywriter and team supervisor for an online marketing agency in the Philippines, leading a team of writers and SEOs in tackling a wide variety of content creation assignments, ranging from Blog and Article Writing for online distribution, Online Content Creation for website pages, to Press Release Writing and more. My skills have also branched out to developing Internet Marketing Strategies (Organic and Paid) for a variety of online business sites. This involves analyzing a company's industry and niche, understanding their market, and responding with the appropriate marketing strategy, encompassing social media, content creation, and link building. I have also worked as a Radio Disc Jockey for a local English-speaking radio station from 2004 to 2013 acting as host and producer of a daily radio program. My responsibilities ranged from audio production, producing and voicing several radio advertisements for clients, and hosting live events. My core skills lie in putting into writing the ideas of clients, understanding how they want things presented, and adapting to their individual needs. I have a keen eye for detail and I see to it that my written output is of excellent quality before submission to clients. My experience in traditional (radio) and online media has allowed me to develop an understanding of the importance of marketing and how both platforms can work hand in hand in strengthening an organization's presence.

100% Job Success
$11.11 /hr
401 hours

Calee A.

Calee A.

Editor and Proofreader

United States - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 13

"Thorough, honest critique, professional, quick response, and competitive in pricing. Calee A. is not just an editor but a grand teacher." Whether you need a simple line edit proofreading or a more substantial content edit for consistency and tone, I can ensure your writing is coherent, engaging and error-free. As an editor, I approach each job with dedication and professionalism. I keep in contact with the authors throughout the process and believe in the importance of the author's voice. As a lover of literature, I also work as an advocate for the reader, ensuring an engaging and readable flow. I am also an experienced writer, and have written a wide range of copy, including children's, academic, product oriented and technical. I am familiar with writing for SEO optimization.

100% Job Success
$15.00 /hr
1,034 hours

Chirag Thakkar

Chirag Thakkar

Master of Arts in English Literature, Translator, Copy Editor, Writer

India - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 8

I have been working as a full-time freelance wordsmith for last 15 years. Having acquired excellent linguistic excellence in English, Gujarati and Hindi, I am an expert at translation, transcription, copy editing and article writing. I do English - Gujarati - English and English - Hindi - English translation. In last 15 years, I have translated a number of legal, formal and literary documents that actually conveyed the meaning of original words. In January 2014, I translated an English book of former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam, titled 'Squaring the Circle' into Gujarati which was launched by His Excellency President of India. Editing a manuscript with magnifying glass is what I love to do because it uses all the skills of a particular language and the most satisfying job of all. I also enjoy writing article as it gives an opportunity to pamper the creativity within an individual and I have enjoyed it a number of times as a freelancer in print media as well as on my own site In the end, I would also like to mention that I am a language teacher as well. I have taught English, Hindi and Gujarati to hundreds of students on-line and off-line. I have been teaching the languages since 2001.

100% Job Success
$8.89 /hr
294 hours

Nikki Schaeffer

Nikki Schaeffer

Voice Over Artist / Copywriter / Writer

United States - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 4

To hear a sample of my voice, click on the video below and visit my website for full demos, I have three years of professional Voice Over experience including web videos, narratives, imaging, and commercial spots. I can record, and edit tracks with a quick turn around from my home studio. I also LOVE to write copy! Throughout the last 10 years I have done freelance writing for local newspapers, focussing heavily on articles about music, culinary trends, and the arts. Combining my 20 years of experience as a Chef, with many moonlighting projects including doing stand-up comedy, I am at my best when writing witty and jocular content related to food and the industry.

94% Job Success
$30.00 /hr
27 hours

Jamie G.

Jamie G.

Eyecatching Content & Social Media Management

United States - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 5

I deliver eye-catching content. I specialize in original articles, blog posts, researched articles, and website content. I have marketing experience and can also manage your Facebook page or Twitter account. If you are designing a new site or redesigning your existing site, I will write superb content. If you have an existing blog you can't manage or need a ghost writer, I can easily adapt to your tone and style. Check out my work samples here ( Contact me with questions because I'd love to work with you. Let me do the word work for you!

79% Job Success
$29.96 /hr
149 hours

Thomas Klemens

Thomas Klemens

Writer, Editor, Engineer, Builder

United States - Portfolio: 7

Early in 2014 I left a magazine staff position to pursue freelance writing and editing full-time. I love to explain things, which I've been doing professionally for 25 years, using words, pictures and drawings. In addition, I am a registered Professional Engineer. My experience includes design and construction, with both field and office assignments, as well as writing and editing numerous articles. I also developed the curriculum for an introductory class on Programmable Logic Controllers, subsequently revising it several times, and have taught that class on a continuing basis since 1997.

100% Job Success
$35.00 /hr
191 hours

Baylen Miller

Baylen Miller

Freelance Writer and Communication Assistant

United States - Tests: 12 - Portfolio: 1

I am a graduate of Thomas Edison State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities. Although this specific degree covers many areas, my main areas of study consisted of English, Literature, and Writing. Within the bounds of my higher education, I learned how to successfully write in many genres including fiction, non-fiction, persuasion, news reporting, and PR. It was also part of my college career to learn extensive information about the English language, communication, and also the works of countless literary figures and philosophers. Apart from the academic tools gained, I also learned how to successfully write using computer programs, do extensive research in a professional manner, submit projects before or precisely on deadlines, and communicate on a successful and professional level with those with whom I am working. Concerning communication, 90% of my interactions with those of a professional/educational level over the past three years has been strictly via email, posts, and telephone. Therefore, I have communicational abilities that will assist me in communicating successfully with all employers with which I interact. As a side note, I have also progressively worked on a novel over the years which has assisted me in developing the ability to organize huge tasks into small, manageable parts. I have also trained as an ambassador for a program called CollegePlus! which required me to organize my own promotional event, write my own speech, create a presentation, and deliver information in a fresh and exciting way. This training enhanced the skills of effective communication, interaction, and writing, bringing my proficiency in these areas to a higher level. I know my experience will be of great benefit to me and to those who employee me. I look forward to working with you in the very near future.

100% Job Success
$14.00 /hr
377 hours

Dean Edwards

Dean Edwards

Writer, Editor and Proofreader

France - Tests: 9

"Dean is kick-ass!" - Nathan Seven Scott My fiction and non-fiction specialities include: Horror Paranormal Romance Erotica Contemporary Dreams France Marketing Business Self-help Communications (I'm not currently writing blog posts). * ESTIMATED FEES FOR FIXED PRICE PROJECTS - Writing starts at $10.50/1000 words. For this rate, I ask you to provide the characters, plot and setting. For a higher fee, I'll come up with these story elements. I prefer to write short stories of 5000 words and under. I'm willing to consider a standalone novella up to about 20,000 words. - Editing starts at $10.50/1000 words. Fiction or non-fiction. I am a native British English speaker living in France. I am also able to proofread and edit US English. - Proofreading starts at $5.50/1000 words. Any text considered. I am a native British English speaker living in France. I am also able to proofread and edit US English. Get in touch with your project requirements and I'll see if I can help. EXPERIENCE - 16 years' experience in writing, proofreading, editing and web design for firms including Precise Media in London, Abbey National Bank and The Times Educational Supplement. - served as UK Chapter Head and Webmaster of the Horror Writers' Association, promoting quality and professionalism within the genre. - Short stories published in a number of magazines and online venues, including Trapeze, 7x20, 140 Fiction and The Rapid Eye. - In the last 12 months alone, I have ghostwritten, proofread and edited dozens of texts for a wide range of audiences. - I have successfully published short stories, interactive fiction and novels (erotica, contemporary romance, horror and paranormal) under a pseudonym. - As a freelancer, I have written, edited and proofread academic non-fiction, two memoirs, novels, short stories, a screenplay and several outlines. - I've helped many clients prepare their own work for publication and have provided technical, marketing and creative advice. I now offer independent publishing advice. EDUCATION/RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS BA Writing Degree CIW (Certified Internet Webmaster) English Literature Information Technology Business Studies Business Administration Advanced Screenwriting CAREER GOALS When I'm not working for my clients, I continue to write short stories, novellas and novels. I have been living in France for several years and would like to use my French language skills more often. OTHER I'm computer-literate, friendly and work quickly. I enjoy working independently and with others. I'm ambitious, creative, realistic and reliable.

100% Job Success
$11.67 /hr
42 hours

Brett D.

Brett D.

Nonfiction Copy Editor/Proofreader

United States - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 3

Professional proofreader/copy editor since 2008, specializing in nonfiction books and educational material. Microsoft Word, Excel & Google Docs expert user. I am a straight-up logical thinker with a broad range of interests. I have read many of the classics in business, finance, and self-improvement, and in my editing I consider these genres my specialties. I will invariably seek to digest the book's arguments, and I'm not afraid to ask questions when a particular concept is unclear. I am an expert in all levels of Mathematics, which makes me an ideal fit for math test prep and numbers-heavy finance/budgeting/accounting material. I am a native of the Midwest United States. I have lived in Illinois, Indiana, and presently reside in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. The bottom line of copy editing--and what sets great copy editors apart from poor ones--is the way in which he / she ensures that every piece of writing achieves full adherence to the Four C's of Editing: Clarity Coherency Consistency Correctness

96% Job Success
$15.00 /hr
60 hours

Glenn aries D.

Glenn aries D.

Legal Word Processor/Transcriptionist

Philippines - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 2

I have been in the transcription industry for 7 years (3 years in voicemail transcription and 4 years in legal transcription) and I am very familiar with UK, US and Australian accents. I am a touch typist with 90-100 wpm. I am knowledgeable in MS Office applications. My job description includes: *Data entry *Data archiving and collection *Customized research *Copy editing/formatting deeds and agreements *Transcribes electronic record of interviews, correspondence and admin documents *Perform proofreading on edited legal documents to ensure quality *Ensure that turnaround time for processing transcripts is met *Check transcripts for accuracy *Create captions/subtitles files in WebVTT

97% Job Success
$5.56 /hr
1,026 hours