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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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Sean Ross

Sean Ross

Top Rated Finance Writer

United States - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

I am an expert writer, researcher and consultant dedicated to creating original, professional work. I hold a B.S. in Economics, have 8+ years of work in financial services, and have been a published author since I was 16. I help both established and aspiring professional publications and websites to reach their audiences more effectively. All work is designed to be keyword-rich and generate 'clicks.' Work can be tailored to either sophisticated or lay audiences. Available topics include: money, interest rates, inflation, exchange rates, trade, capital theory, economic philosophy, public policy, personal finance, bankruptcy, real estate and security investments, technical and fundamental analysis, credit repair, banking, loans and insurance. I've worked with family businesses, sole proprietorships, and large companies. My recent articles have been featured on several prominent websites, including Investopedia and Seeking Alpha. In the past I've also performed limited work on advanced medical topics, technology and politics.

100% Job Success
$40.00 /hr
73 hours

Samuel K.

Samuel K.

Samuel Kamau

Kenya - Tests: 13 - Portfolio: 9

I am a trainee engineer specializing in Telecommunication and Information engineering. I am more than talented in penning articles, journals, e-books and publications that leave a mark on every one who gets absorbed into reading my work right from the first paragraph. I pride in diverse and unique techniques of presenting information with utmost clarity, rich in variety of captivating styles of writing. I have honed my writing skills over the years to ably deliver work that wins me accolades from my clients. I am experienced in research and statistical analysis, medical journals, e-books as well as a reports, essays and thesis. I look forward to working for you.

100% Job Success
$8.89 /hr
989 hours

Sanil Varghese

Sanil Varghese

RN/medical/nursing/article/graphic design/translator/transcriber/NCLEX

India - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 6

I can be the person you are searching for any kind of job in oDesk. I will provide quality articles in English. My articles will pass through copyscape. SEO articles are my area of interest. I do lots of research and then write the articles. I do prepare NCLEX questions and Nursing competetive examination questions. I am a professional transcriber. I have completed medical transcription course. I have done transcription of medical and non-medical files. English-Kannada-Malayalam-Hindi Transcription and Translation works are done. I provide voice over for agencies and websites. To know more about my service.............just hire me.

$7.00 /hr
163 hours

Darwin S.

Darwin S.

Excellent Admin Assistant, Data Miner, PA

Philippines - Tests: 12 - Portfolio: 5

Administrative support professional offering versatile office management skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office programs. Strong planner, program developer and problem solver who readily adapts to change. Works independently and exceeds expectations. Able to juggle multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines without compromising quality. With more than 12 years of experience in doing administrative jobs, data entry expert, excellent virtual assistant, and jack of all trades. Advance knowledge in MS Office 2007, basic Photoshop CS4, basic Html, blogging. Researcher and data miner, data analysis, friendly email responder. Always doing my best to exceed your expectations!

83% Job Success
$4.00 /hr
2,051 hours

Kurina B.

Kurina B.

TOP RATED Health, Safety & Environment - Writing & Editing Specialist

Trinidad and Tobago - Tests: 10 - Portfolio: 10

I have over ten years of experience in the field of writing and editing and my aim is to take your writing to the next level, whether it be a book, thesis, dissertation, report or an article. I am a native English speaker, primarily British English. However, I am also capable of providing professional writing and editing services for American English, as well as Australian English contents. Academically, I have completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours), as well as a Master of Science (Distinction). My services include but are not limited to: - Editing, proofreading and formatting journal articles, dissertations, theses and research projects/essays. - Formatting journal articles, dissertations, theses and research projects/essays in accordance with the different manuscript styles, such as APA, MLA, Harvard and Chicago. - Editing and formatting in-text citations, bibliographies and reference lists in accordance with the different manuscript styles, such as APA, MLA, Harvard and Chicago. - Ensuring that thoughts, ideas, as well as general content is organized, coherent, logical and flows well. - Substantive editing, stylistic editing, technical editing and copy editing. - Rechecking/recalculating of statistical tests and quantitative data. - Academic research and writing in various fields. - Article writing Most importantly, I value confidentially. Therefore, I will never disclose the contents of a client's work to anyone without their permission. Additionally, I am an independent health, safety and environment consultant providing services to an international clientele. I analyse and advise on HSE issues, as well as develop public outreach and education programs. My services and skills include: - Writing Standard Operating Procedures for various she topics/issues - Conducting risk assessments - Developing training modules on various topics - Preparing safety manuals on various topics/job tasks - Job hazard analyses - Conducting accident investigations - Developing emergency preparedness and response plans - Preparing statistics and reports My qualifications also include successful completion of certifications in Solid State Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics, and Statistics. Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your project in detail and determine how my skills will positively contribute to your project.

100% Job Success
$55.56 /hr
283 hours

Gian paolo B.

Gian paolo B.

General Editor, Proofreader, Typist and Photoshop Expert

Philippines - Tests: 12 - Portfolio: 13

Currently looking at opportunities in: - Analysis; - Proofreading and editing; - Photo-editing; - Audio and Video editing; - Calligraphy; - Data Entry and Transcription; - Typing; - Data Modelling; - Mathematics and Physics; and - Translation (Filipino - English). Excellent in English, Math and Filipino. Fast typist. 84 ~ 92 words per minute; 100% accuracy Quick, responsive and keeps in touch with clients through email (odesk) and Skype. Skype ID available upon request. Receives messages through mobile phone when offline and responds to them as soon as possible. Willing to work offline. Having earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and am currently taking up my Ph.D. in one of the top universities in the country, I have over 6 years of background and experience in technical writing and editing. Some of my output include over 20 short stories, 10 plays, 15 poems and 5 technical papers. I have also had my research published in several local publications and in an international triple-blind peer-reviewed research journal. My background in spoken and written Filipino and English are sufficient for translating texts from either language. My translation services emphasize the preservation of the original Tagalog-Filipino as opposed to colloquial Filipino. I have several hours of experience in transcribing English and Filipino audio and video files of different qualities into text. I have experience in handling photo editing and enhancement tasks through Adobe Photoshop CS.5.5, and using software such as Excel Solver, MATLAB, Minitab16, and RealFlow. I have handled audio and video editing software, such as Audacity and Corel Professional Studio. In addition to this, I am experienced in using audio-to-text and text-to-audio software, such as Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking software. In addition to these, I am also inclined to Mathematics, especially Algebra, Geometry, Physics and Calculus.

$15.00 /hr
14 hours

Phillip Nista

Phillip Nista

Freelance writer and academic copyeditor

United States - Tests: 5

I have a PhD in biology (Indiana University, 2013) with publications spanning evolutionary ecology, bioinformatics, genomics, and botany. Over the last year, I've become a careful and helpful copyeditor of academic manuscripts in many fields, including agriculture, environmental sciences, psychology, clinical medicine, and foreign policy. I edit all documents, from dissertations to cover letters and CVs, for clients of all backgrounds, including ESL. Jobs less than 4,000 words are done in 24 hours. In addition to standard and substantive copyediting, I also specialize in rewriting cover letters. If you can provide me with some rough text and/or a CV/resume, I can provide you with a stellar cover letter that shows people just how much you have to offer. I'm also available for consultations on statistics and use of the R statistical computing environment. This service can range from troubleshooting and guidance of your analyses to writing R code and performing analyses for you.

94% Job Success
$50.00 /hr
144 hours

Carie H.

Carie H.

Accounting/Billing/Administrative Specialist

United States - Tests: 3

I have 17+ years experience in accounting and administrative management. I have extensive experience in bookkeeping, healthcare billing, payroll, human resources, data entry, accounts payable, and various other administrative/clerical duties. I am proficient in Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint, and Quick Books. I can type 70+ WPM with accuracy. I also have experience with copy editing and creative writing so I'm interested in writing projects as well as administrative tasks. Whatever project I work, large or small, I give 100% of my full effort. I am very thorough and I double-check all work before I turn in a finished product. I'm dependable, hard-working, have a strong eye for detail, and am able to accomplish projects in a timely manner. I hope that my professional experience and skills can help your business accomplish it's goals.

$15.00 /hr
2 hours

Mike Porter

Mike Porter Agency Contractor

A Copywriter with Imagination

United Kingdom - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 10

You should work with a writer that knows how to send a different message. You don't have to settle for the same bland content as the rest of the web. If a little imagination can go a long way, why not work with a copywriter that has a lot to share? In terms of background, I am a native English speaker from Ireland. I have a BSc in Marketing from the University of Ulster and an MSc in International Marketing from the University of Strathclyde. I have written hundreds of thousands of words of content in prior roles as a business analyst and a copywriter. Now I have my own copywriting agency, and that is called Prime Scripting Ltd.

Associated with: Prime Scripting

100% Job Success
$30.00 /hr
731 hours

Roulene E.

Roulene E.

Researcher, writer, editor. I give information meaning.

South Africa - Tests: 11 - Portfolio: 3

Sourcing and organizing quality information/data is what I love to do most. For me the beauty lies in not only sourcing the right information but also presenting in such a way as to give it meaning and help my client to change mere information into usable knowledge. I specialize in desktop research, data collection and analysis, while applying my writing skills to write outstanding, well researched reports. Preparing presentations or presentation notes for my clients has become one of the skills many rely on, especially when deadlines are looming. As web designer I focus on content rich sites using HTML or CMS design to build effective websites. As consultant my focus is on e-waste and hazardous waste management in Africa and I have been involved in research and report writing on several energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Groups: Bluehost Developers and Designers

94% Job Success
$27.78 /hr
135 hours