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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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Copy editing Upwork freelancers typically receive a client rating of 4.83.

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  1. Patricia Guth

    Patricia Guth

    Web content, copy writing, news articles, editing

    United States - Last active: 11 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 10

    As an experienced, published freelance journalist, I offer top quality, creative pieces on a variety of subjects, especially travel, music, and food, but can produce top-notch articles on just about any topic thanks to my excellent research skills. I also have more than 8 years experience writing about mesothelioma, asbestos-caused cancer, and have published two of my own children's books. My articles/blogs are available in a variety of styles, from keyword-optimized pieces to informative prose to articles with a bit of humor. Be assured that my work is always delivered on time and without errors.

    $40.00 /hr
    33 hours
    4.98
  2. Heather Klaver

    Heather Klaver

    Proofreading, Editing, Copy and Content Writing

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 9

    I am an efficient and responsive freelance writer and editor. I create articles and content for blogs and websites, and have particular skill in the areas of editing, proofreading, and polishing manuscripts and articles.

    $11.11 /hr
    27 hours
    5.00
  3. Heather Ruffalo

    Heather Ruffalo

    Editor and Author

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Portfolio: 6

    My former clients say: "She has a clear understanding of her role in the editorial process. I have no hesitation in endorsing her skill as a copy editor." "She adheres to time limits, works well under pressure, and always gives one hundred percent." "She has the ability to sift through a lot of out-of-order material, random thoughts, and chicken scratch to make it the perfect linear read for the masses." I have experience editing educational materials, short stories, self-help books, novels, articles, business documents, website content, and blogs. I am also a published author of several short stories, blogs for a variety of online sites, and a nonfiction book on fertility. I understand the importance of strong editing from a writer and editor's perspective. I am always positive and reaffirming to my clients while still providing a professional critique and sound defensible editing. It is my job to help authors flesh out their stories, find their voice/style, and create the best possible written work.

    $25.00 /hr
    117 hours
    4.84
  4. Joni Wilson

    Joni Wilson

    Copyediting, proofreading, formatting

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 13

    Tested in the top 5% of copyediting, proofreading, and editing. Let me help your work shine! I provide thorough copyediting and proofreading that includes formatting Word documents for print and electronic publication. With a master's degree in liberal arts, I am capable to work on all topics. I have more than 20 years of editing experience and offer you a mature well-rounded perspective. I look forward to working with you.

    $30.00 /hr
    780 hours
    4.99
  5. Stephen H.

    Stephen H.

    Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 2

    A skilled and conscientious editor with over 17 years' professional copy editing and proofreading experience, I offer high-quality editorial services for jobs of all sizes and levels of complexity. I apply the editorial knowledge and skills developed over many years towards the goal of clients' manuscripts being clear, well-written, professionally formatted, and error-free.

    $15.00 /hr
    222 hours
    4.96
  6. Tracie Davis

    Tracie Davis

    Experienced strategic communications professional

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

    Let me apply my decades of strategic marketing and communications experience to help you achieve success. I have a broad range of professional experience that includes helming marketing communications departments in health care, Osteopathic medicine, retail grocery, retail shopping center, engineering and higher education. In my freelance career I've provided copy writing, creative writing, natural keyword web writing, blogs and articles for a diverse set of clients including a grass roots non-profit organization, a marketing analytics firm, a fitness studio, an HVAC company, a law firm, a boarding school, an eLearning IT company, a kitchen products retailer, a women's entrepreneurship initiative and a construction company.

    $22.00 /hr
    98 hours
    4.94
  7. Alex Norris

    Alex Norris

    Cambridge-educated editor and proofreader

    United Kingdom - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 5

    I am a full-time editor and proofreader with a BA degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge. Before becoming a freelancer, I worked as a quality assurance engineer for the Cambridge-based localisation and translation company, Alpha CRC. My job was to work primarily with PayPal, checking all of their new releases for errors in grammar, syntax and style. Though my job mainly involved working for PayPal, I also checked texts for HP, Tesla, Blackberry and Avid. Eventually, I quit my job to work as a full-time freelancer. I prefer working with people to big companies and with fiction to corporate texts. I have experience of working with a variety of different genres, including thrillers, science fiction, contemporary fiction and fantasy. Please see the sample under 'Portfolio' to get an idea of my editing style and feel free to get in touch to ask me any questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!

    $10.00 /hr
    85 hours
    4.93
  8. Ariatna Abigail Rios Trejo

    Ariatna Abigail Rios Trejo

    Traductor FR-ESP

    Mexico - Last active: 8 days ago

    Soy hablante nativo de español. Nací en la ciudad de México. Cursé la carrera de Lengua y Literaturas Modernas Francesas dónde desarrollé la destreza de hablar y comprender la lengua francesa, asimismo desarrollé la capacidad de traducir textos literarios, sociales y técnicos de manera crítica, creativa, pertinente. Me gusta trabajar con compromiso y responsabilidad para lograr puntualmente un resultado de calidad.

    $4.44 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  9. Flo C.

    Flo C.

    Creative Content Specialist

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Portfolio: 6

    I am a free lance writer and a former school teacher. I am American born and raised with English being my first language. I have been writing for clients on Odesk for over five years, supplying them with great content for their websites. I am an expert in SEO ranking, I create original engaging content across a host of genres and topics. My research skills are excellent! I have an MA in Family Therapy and Special Education, a BS in Psychology/Sociology. I worked in the following fields: NYC Real Estate 1984-1990 as a property manager which entailed converting buildings into co-ops ( a long drawn out process). I managed units that had 105 apartments and above which requires people managing skills and to be highly organized. I worked for the federal government in import and exporting. I am a GSA expert.

    $12.00 /hr
    3 hours
    4.93
  10. Jason Simpson

    Jason Simpson

    Obsessive cultural critic

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 3

    J. Simpson has been writing about music and culture for 6 years. He's got a solid background in on-line journalism; speedy and dependable, passionate and enthusiastic. He loves words more than just about anything, other than his girlfriend and his cat, often at the peril of his roommates. Voracious reader, speedy typist - he dreams of being the next Walter Benjamin!

    $25.00 /hr
    0 hours
    4.99