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  1. Tony Loton

    Tony Loton

    Writer, Editor, Designer and Publishing Consultant

    United Kingdom - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 10 - Portfolio: 1

    Professional. Dependable. Personal. You deal direct with me, so there are no middlemen, no distributed teams, and no missed deadlines! I can take your book from “good” to “great”. I can write web site words that work. And I do deliver! Don’t take my word for it; listen to what others have to say: “I never had to worry about the quality and delivery times.” “I can tell you if Tony makes you a promise, he keeps it.” “He is responsive, extremely good at what he does, a pleasure to work with.” "If you need a great writer who is smart and a pleasure to work with, look no further." While some other Upworkers rate their own writing, editing, and publishing prowess, I have consistently tested in the top 10% (often higher) for specific skills here on Upwork. ARE YOU WRITING AND / OR PUBLISHING A BOOK? Try searching for the following books on Amazon.com, to see just a few of the books that I helped take from “good” to “great” as the editor and / or book designer (depending on the book). Note the nice reviews ;-) The Emotionally Intelligent Investor by Ravee Mehta Love Food that Loves You Back by Dorothy Holtermann Ultimate Gastric Sleeve Success by Dr. Vuong Unintentionally Celibate by Olive B Persimmon I help authors takes their embryonic manuscripts all the way to Amazon in print (usually via CreateSpace) and Kindle formats, from developmental editing all the way to final formatting. Other providers may (or may not) be able to write grammatically good English, but do they also have a real "way with words" to tell your story? DO YOU PUBLISH A WEB SITE, BLOG OR MAGAZINE? I have worked with web site owners (more details on request) and have regularly been commissioned by the likes of Barclays Stockbrokers, Microsoft, and other leading companies to provide very accessible educational content. I have written feature articles and article series for financial journals such as The Motley Fool and SpreadBet Magazine, and feature articles for IT magazines such as The Java Developers’ Journal and C#-Today. Not to mention my contributions to a blog about erectile dysfunction (don’t laugh). As an editor I have helped many authors get their articles, dissertations, web content and book manuscripts into good shape with good English... whether British or American. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MY BACKGROUND? Before becoming an independent Word wordsmith and self-publishing guru (yes, really) here on Upwork, I was published by traditional publishers including John Wiley & Sons (academic and technical), Wrox Press (IT) and Harriman House (business and finance). In former lives I have been an IT consultancy practice manager, an Associate Lecturer with the UK’s Open University, and a private stock trader. And I was once in a band that you'll never have heard of! HOW WILL I WORK WITH YOU? I will do exactly what I say I will do, when I say I will do it. I won't even pitch for your project if I don't think I can do it, so you can be confident that you won't have to go elsewhere to "finish the job" or to put right what I have done wrong. Like I said at the start: you deal direct with me, so there are no middlemen, no distributed teams, and no missed deadlines! Actually, I'm fairly picky about the projects I pitch for, and I only take one or two significant jobs at a time that I think are "right up my street". Your project is important, so you should be picky too, and I hope you pick me as your perfect partner. Professional. Dependable. Personal. That's me :-)

    $40.00 /hr
    102 hours
    4.98
  2. Ibrahim Assi

    Ibrahim Assi Agency Contractor

    Powerful Content Writer

    Lebanon - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 16

    I'm an American native and a University of Michigan Business/Marketing graduate. I have 10 years experience in creating web content and, also, for the past 5 years I've been the lead content developer for a web technologies firm and have helped my employer and all their clients create professional web content from scratch, edit already-written content, and most importantly, maximize the content's appeal by making it as market-oriented and search-engine-optimized as possible. Basically, my strengths lie in two areas: First, I create/edit any web content, regardless of its type or subject orientation. Secondly, I intensely focus my content towards maximizing its SEO power & market-orientation. Please refer to my portfolio for a small taste of what I can do. Regarding my skills, as a former columnist & editor, along with significant experience as an English teacher and currently a full-time professional content writer, you will not find a more creative & impressive content writer

    Associated with: A+ Digital Marketing

    $20.00 /hr
    48 hours
    5.00
  3. Andrew Harding

    Freelance translator and programmer.

    United Kingdom - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 4

    I enjoy playing with LaTeX and have manually installed a LuaLaTeX installation, component by component and line of configuration by line of configuration. LaTeX is my preferred tool for most kinds of document production, and I've set test papers, reports and sales literature in it. I can produce source files which use either UTF-8 font-encoding and calls to the operating system for opentype/truetype, or which use the traditional escapes and the NFSS. I enjoy writing in C# and have designed a program that loads properties from different tables in MySQL, and manipulates them conditionally (based on the values of relevant fields in the MySQL table that drives the program) following the biochemical model that I am using. My program then writes the resulting data to CSV, where I have a script upload it to MySQL and also run Gnuplot. I can manually group and sub-total data in a spreadsheet of hundreds of thousands of lines, and, of course, construct multi-worksheet models using spreadsheets. I would consider myself to have an expert user's knowledge of Microsoft Word. I have used fields to properly set out documents, and also to construct templates where the user need only enter variable values into a prompt. I have been playing with HTML since I was about 14, and am easily able to hand-code it, and to apply CSS to it using id and class attributes. Ich habe Arikel zu Englisch von Italianisch, für einen Möbelkonzern und eine Telefonfirma, unter Freiberuflichaufträge, erfolgreich übersetzen, obwohl mein haupt sprachlich Projekt mein Deutsch erweitern ist. Mein Deutch ist praktisch aber kann ich nicht die Sprache ohne ein Wörterbuch sprechen, und mein Gehörbegriffsvermögen ist furchtbar. Ich habe, jedoch, eine strenge, fortgeschrittene Anfängers Lesenerkenntniss entwickelt: die Berner Zeitung ist meine haupte Quelle über internationalen Angelegenheiten und Wirtschaftnachrichten, und lese ich gern die gelegentlichen Roman (ich empfehle stark „Vermesserung der Welt”). [I have successfully translated articles into English from Italian for a furniture business and a telecom company under freelance contracts, although my main linguistic interest is improving my German. My German is functional but I cannot speak the language without a dictionary, and my aural comprehension is terrible. I have, however, developed a strong intermediate reading knowledge; the Berner Zeitung is my main source on international current affairs and business news, and I enjoy reading the occasional novel (I would highly recommend 'Vermesserung der Welt').]

    $6.67 /hr
    0 hours
    0.00
  4. Craig-f S.

    Craig-f S.

    Content Writer

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

    To produce quality content takes time, effort and research. It is my job to ensure you are provided with the best quality content available. All content provided is 100% Copyscape and guaranteed to meet your requirements. I am flexible and easy to work with respective of your budget and available at your request to communicate closely with you to fulfill your requirements for the project at hand.

    $5.00 /hr
    188 hours
    4.60
  5. Janine carla G.

    Janine carla G.

    Virtual Assistant

    Philippines - Last active: 22 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
    222 hours
    4.95
  6. Abdullah Mohamed

    Abdullah Mohamed

    Reverse Engineer, IT Security Trainer, Analyst, Security Consultant

    Egypt - Last active: 1 month 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: http://defensivetech.blogspot.com

    $25.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  7. Cole Reibin

    Cole Reibin

    Quick & Reliable Graphic Designer

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 26

    100% English speaker with a B.S Degree in Computer Science, Applied Computer Graphic concentration and over 8+ years in Graphic Design, specializes in designing: Postcards, flyers, banners, coupons, signs, door magnets, info-graphics, brochures, templates, and much more! My number one priority is making sure your needs have been met or exceeded. The quality of work I create is of the utmost importance, and I don't stop a project until you are completely satisfied! I also have an exceptionally fast turnover rate with many projects being completed within just 2-3 days. Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope to hear from you soon! Sincerely, Cole Reibin

    $25.00 /hr
    4 hours
    4.72
  8. Emily Jones

    Emily Jones

    Proofreader - Project Manager - Copy Editor

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

    Over the last 10+ years, I have written and edited countless articles and blog posts on a freelance basis and have been involved in ghostwriting, proofreading, and co-authoring ebooks, technical manuals, and team education materials. I have extensive experience in recruiting, training, and managing a team and I am currently seeking new engagements that will allow me to use my editing and supervisory skills to bring both clients and projects to your organization. I am dedicated to my projects and my teams and it is my mission to exceed my clients' expectations.

    $22.22 /hr
    2,275 hours
    4.92
  9. Melanie Rivera

    Melanie Rivera

    Top Ten Percent Article Writing, Blogging, Advertising Pro

    United States - Last active: 4 hours ago - Tests: 9 - Portfolio: 10

    Journalist, content creator, WordPress expert, social media marketing and WHITEHAT SEO expert. UK born and educated currently temporarily living in the US. Interested and experienced in many niches.. Consistency, enthusiasm and a pursuit of excellence are my strengths along with a desire to provide excellent work and assistance to the fellow small business owner.Learn more about me here. http://sisters73.wix.com/melanieevans

    $7.70 /hr
    6,687 hours
    4.87
  10. Cheryl Humphreys

    Cheryl Humphreys

    Highly skilled writer and editor

    United Kingdom - Last active: 21 days ago - 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, http://digitalmined.com/going-from-zero-to-hero/#sthash.WEBezSRR.7s1xmFmH.dpbs

    $33.33 /hr
    346 hours
    4.95