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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. Cheryl Humphreys

    Cheryl Humphreys

    Highly skilled writer and editor

    United Kingdom - Last active: 10/06/2014 - Tests: 20 - Portfolio: 14

    Highly skilled editor and technical author. Co-author of "7 Steps to Making Money on oDesk" and "Get the Best - A Guide to Hiring the Best Freelancers on oDesk" Strong writing, editing, planning, administration & organisational abilities across all sectors. Proactive in prioritisation of workloads across several clients alongside solid engagement with stakeholders. Published author of two books on Celiacs Disease as well as ghostwriter for many other books (available on Amazon and other sites under pseudonyms). For the latest updates on my freelance career,

    $33.33 /hr
    346 hours
  2. Janine carla G.

    Janine carla G.

    Virtual Assistant

    Philippines - Last active: 15 days ago - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 13

    Experienced Web Researcher, Data Entry, Personal Assistant. Excellent in using search engines, enthusiastic in internet browsing and gathering information, patience and dedication is one of my essential trait, 48 hrs of working availability per week with stable internet connection. Good in written skills and verbal skills, I am looking forward to work with your team. Thank you!

    $5.00 /hr
    219 hours
  3. Shanaka Ajantha Jayatilake P H A

    Shanaka Ajantha Jayatilake P H A

    Data Entry/Graphic, Logo Designer/Business Writer/Marketeer

    Sri Lanka - Last active: 05/24/2012 - Tests: 6 - Portfolio: 2

    Over the past years I have developed many skills which are needed in the present day world. From my experience, the main difficulty faced by the employers when outsourcing is that the employers are not thinking according to the employee's thinking pattern. But over the recent years and through my job experience, I believe that I can deliver the best. I am an ICDL certified in Microsoft packages. My core is multi-disciplinary.

    $3.33 /hr
    0 hours
  4. Shahjahan Nadim

    Shahjahan Nadim

    Web Development///Wordpress Expert/Graphic Designer/SEO Specialist

    Bangladesh - Last active: 17 days ago - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 2

    Hi,my self “shahjahan- nadim”.My passion is web development With the knowledge gained. Over the last 2+ years,I have developed a very wide and deep range of many website.I like to work in PHP based application such as Wordpress, , Bootstrap, WooCommerce, Plugin Integration –Javascript, JQuery, Ajax and I also know Bootstrape.js –HTML, HTML5,CSS, CSS2, CSS3 -Database MySQL. I am very expert in WordPress site development. I can design responsive web site using twitter bootstrap. I also do web templates, Photoshop and logo design since 3+ years. I also experienced in SEO/Web Researcher and have a professional multi-skilled individual with strong SEO/Web Researcher. So I am a one stop guy for web programming and designing needs………….

    $11.00 /hr
    0 hours
  5. Abdullah Mohamed

    Abdullah Mohamed

    C and Python programmer, Reverse Code Engineer Analyst.

    Egypt - Last active: 6 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 8

    Hello world, My name is Abdullah Mohamed, 21 year-old student at Alexandria University, currently studying Computer and Communication Engineering. I love Electronics, Information Technology Security field, and coding in C and Python. I've also got a little blog in which I share my technical projects from time to time, you can have a look at it from the link:

    $10.00 /hr
    0 hours
  6. Sean Robins

    Sean Robins

    Senior Software Developer / Fitness Instructor / Editor & Writer

    Australia - Last active: 17 days ago

    I like to do many different things, so I take on projects which look to be interesting, where I can use my experiences to bring great results, and where I have the opportunity to learn something new or even experience something familiar from a new perspective. As a Software Developer: ------------------------------- I have 13+ years of Software Development experience, primarily using languages such as Delphi and C#, although I have dabbled with C++, Java, Python, VB, and others as the need has arisen. I prefer to create software using Agile methods, finding that specific methodologies are not as important as finding a method which fits a particular team / organisation / project. My one unbreakable rule however is that being Agile requires a Test-Driven, and in particular a Behaviour-Driven approach. I have worked in many industries, including Construction, Medical, Defence, Financial, Administrative, Hospitality, Retail, Telecommunications, Accounting, Education, Utility, Publishing, and others. Each is unique, and each individual product, process, business, and team has required it's own unique combinations of skills and elements to be brought together to ensure a project's success. The result is that I have learned to be adaptable, resourceful, autonomous, a team-player, focussed, results-driven, motivated, and tenacious. My most memorable projects have included: - Organisation-wide systems upgrades and rollouts, - API Architecture and Development - Modular Product Development - Multiple-version product development - Project Management - Process Development And Implementation - Introduction of Agile Methodologies and Processes - Multi-platform Product Development - Mentoring and Coaching - Team-building and team development As A Fitness Instructor: ----------------------------- I have worked with a diverse range of people, each with unique needs and requirements as relates to their health and fitness goals. I have worked with and around injuries, disabilities, & mental health. I educate my clients, correcting mis-information and promoting a self-help and self-guided learning process. My key competencies are in the following: - Weight Management - Strength Training - Individual & Small-group Training - Large Group Fitness - Sports-Specific Strength and Conditioning - Calisthenics - Resistance Training - Kettlebells - Suspension Training - Bulgarian bag - Boxing - Team-building - Goal-Keeper Training (Soccer) - Team Coaching (Soccer) Editing and writing: ------------------------ These are skills I have developed over my career lifetime, having created and edited many documents for both client and in-house use. I have managed Wikis and Content Management Systems such as Mediawiki (the Wikipedia platform) and Wordpress amongst others. Proof reading and editing articles for these platforms has been an ongoing requirement, while reviewing and editing documents over time has been necessary to maintain relevance as information has changed over time, as well as updating documentation to allow for localisation and alternative target markets. I have also written copy, as well as performing edits and proofs for manuals, guidelines, reviews, reports, presentations and so on.

    $50.00 /hr
    0 hours
  7. Wendy Spires

    Wendy Spires

    Manager of Support and Operations

    United States - Last active: 04/17/2014 - Tests: 1

    •Ability to relate detailed information to the overall project •Organized, efficient and strong attention to detail •Holder of Department of Defense Secret Security Clearance •Proficient in all Microsoft Office Suite applications; also Filemaker-Pro, Quark, Publisher, In Design, Articulate, Sales Force and Front Page •Strong interpersonal skills •Ability to solve problems and work with different communication styles •Typing speed 70+ wpm

    $55.56 /hr
    0 hours
  8. Marc B.

    Marc B.

    Organizational Communication Leader

    United States - Last active: 06/20/2014 - Tests: 1

    Communication and organizational emerging leader with experience developing and executing all aspects of public outreach campaigns to increase media exposure and support strategic marketing initiatives. Proficient in developing high-performance, dedicated teams to meet challenging goals. My success can be attributed to persuasive communication skills and relationship management talents to achieve a consensus across all organizational boundaries. Creative talent with demonstrated strength in producing effective advertising, print, and promotional material. • Completed $7,000 worth of work within 36 hours, along with a team of graphic designers, marketing and public affairs professionals. • Secured placement in a nationally distributed magazine (B.O.S.S.), which was seen by over 200,000 prospects. • Led and coordinated all local & national publicity and marketing campaigns for The Ebony J Show on, resulting in an increase of listenership. • Gained experience on an international European tour as a PR assistant. • Worked with BET Networks on Season 7 of Sunday Best in PR/Production Capacity.

    $16.67 /hr
    0 hours
  9. Andrew Brennan

    Andrew Brennan

    PowerPoint, Word and web content expert

    Australia - Last active: 08/23/2013 - Tests: 4

    I have worked in corporate and online communications for 13-years in a range of professional contexts from 2-person web startups, to large blue-chip Australian companies and complex multinational organisations: including KBR, Samsung, Westpac and BT Financial Group. The services I offer via oDesk include: Taking Adobe Creative Suite files and transform them into Microsoft Office templates that everyone in an organisation can use. I do this either partnering with a design consultancy or working with a company directly. Creating web-presences for small businesses that they can then manage themselves.

    $50.00 /hr
    0 hours
  10. Antoinette Coleman

    Antoinette Coleman

    Experienced Publishing Editor, Proofreader, Ghostwriter, and Copywrite

    United States - Last active: 05/02/2014 - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 3

    My name is Antoinette Coleman and I have been in the publishing field for more than twenty+ years. I worked for Daxel Publishing for a few of those years and freelanced as a copyeditor, copywriter, technical writer, and editor. I prepared and helped develop the manual for “Behind the Red Apple” by Charlotte Ford. This book was published through Xlibris Publishing. Also, I helped edit “I Miss the Hugs But NOT the Hurts” and “This is a Comma in Your Life, NOT a Period” both books by Dr. Tunishai Ford and I edited and proofed “A Nail in the Road” by Shelley Perelman. Last, I have a book of my own out under my pen name, Anna Jard called, "Abigail Finley and the Spirit Soldiers". During the sixteen years I worked for BASF, I developed and wrote Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for eight computer sites as well as help train people for the Greenville, Ohio and Grand Rapids, Michigan sites. Also, trained various personnel at the Troy, Hamtramck, Bourke Avenue, and Southfield sites for the new direct input system BASF installed at the time and wrote the SOPs for their training. I am a very conscientious worker, hard working, and time conscious. I have for the most part met most if not all of my deadlines. I am a team player and always ready to improve my abilities. RESUME CAREER OBJECTIVE Seeking a work in Copywriting, Publishing editing, proofreading, etc. Qualified by: Twenty+ years of results-oriented documentation, editing, proofreading, manuscript development:: • Designed and implemented computer services standard operations procedures for BASF sites: Bourke, Milford, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, also Cincinnati and Greenville, Ohio. • Trained computer operators for the Milford, Grand Rapids, and Greenville, Ohio sites; trained ICR input users for the Bourke Avenue, Troy, Hamtramck, Michigan sites. • Researched and wrote standard procedures for BASF Milford Avenue payroll and accounts payables duties while performing operations. • Wrote instructions adopted department wide. • Created documentation and procedures for the execution of 26 accounts receivable and accounts parables programs for a sales package manual at Burroughs World Headquarters. • Provided technical support and written guidance for the revision of company inventory control systems. • Experienced in customer services, resident retention techniques, payroll processes and regulations, general accounting, cost accounting, bookkeeping, deposits, etc. • Edited over 20 various manuscripts for DAXEL Publishing. • Sales representative for store merchandise and trouble-shoot customer problems. SYSTEM APPLICATIONS Windows98 Lotus 3.1 Microsoft Access Prowrite Word Processing Microsoft PowerPoint Lan Applications Microsoft Excel Access Microsoft Mail Windows – Dos Harvard Graphics Microsoft Word Word Perfect EDUCATION Working on a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Computer Science at Detroit Mercy College. * Coursework includes: General Business, Accounting, Composition, Computer Science, and Technical training. Graduate – Cass Technical High School, 1976 Corporate Sponsored Training: Harvard Graphics Professional Business Writing Career Development for Professional Women Team Building Plant Safety and Safety Procedures CPR Opportunity for Improvement (OFI) Technical Writing Time Saving and Job Analysis Microsoft Package XP edition EDITING/PUBLISHING EXPERIENCE • Edited A Nail in the Road, by Shelley Perelman • Edited and helped develop Behind the Red Apple Workbook by Charlotte Ford, Xlibris, 2002 • Edited I Miss the Hugs, But NOT the Hurts by Dr. Tunishai Ford, Xlibris, August, 2008. • Edited This is a Comma in Your Life, NOT a Period by Dr. Tunishai Ford, Xlibris, August, 2008.. • Have 1st book, Abigail Finley and the Spirit Soldiers, Publish America, Sept. 2008

    $55.56 /hr
    0 hours