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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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Average Copy editing Freelancer Feedback Score

Copy editing Upwork freelancers typically receive a client rating of 4.84.

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  1. Tara F.

    Tara F.

    Editing: Business Professionals & Creative Writers

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Portfolio: 5

    Friends and colleagues have always sought me out for copy editing and especially for resume/cover letter writing. I crystallize the message while retaining the author's voice. I have 15+yrs' experience in business, specializing in Customer Experience, Human Resources, and Sales. Editing and writing has been a major component of each of these facets, throughout my career. I'm a reader, writer, traveler, mom and life learner.

    $49.00 /hr
    0 hours
    4.86
  2. Jeff V.

    Jeff V.

    Writer/Editor

    United States - Last active: 20 hours ago - Portfolio: 4

    I've been an English professor for the past twenty years. I have writing experience with technical writing, general writing, content writing, fiction writing, poetry writing, and screenwriting. I can turn your projects around quickly and professionally. Work with me, and I can promise that you won't be disappointed with the results or the pricing.

    $20.00 /hr
    0 hours
    4.93
  3. Stephanie L.

    Stephanie L.

    Experienced Editor / Proofreader

    United States - Last active: 20 hours ago - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 1

    My extensive background in editing, proofreading and project management gives me the skills necessary to complete your project on time and on budget. I have edited over 100+ manuscripts, all non-fiction in the past five years. As a professional freelancer, I have written a dozen books for other professional organizations. Previous projects consist of proofreading marketing materials, brochures, flyers, web copy and a blog. Your project can be completed with the tone that you request from professional correspondence to friendly blog pieces.

    $35.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  4. Michael K.

    Michael K.

    Writer, Proofreader, and Editor

    Australia - Last active: 4 days ago

    I live-and-breathe writing, reading, grammar, and the Internet. It's not just about work, money, and writing, however. My clients are important to me, and I will never stop, until they are satisfied with a project. Are you looking for some professional, polished writing, whether it is fiction or non-fiction? Do you need your writing fixed? My editing, copyediting, and proofreading skills are top-quality. Are you looking for some content, for a website, or for your business? Do not hesitate to contact me, as I can provide quality writing, whatever your requirements. I have been writing web-content for over 7 years; during that time, I have studied a Higher Diploma of Editing (Publishing), and a Diploma of Professional Writing. I started at the bottom of the ladder, and it has taken hard work to bring my skills to their current level.

    $20.00 /hr
    0 hours
    4.91
  5. Virginia Aronson

    Virginia Aronson

    Author/Ghost 40+ Books

    United States - Last active: 20 hours ago - Portfolio: 4

    Virginia has published dozens of books in a variety of genres with Random House, Doubleday, Penguin, Prentice Hall, and small indie presses. She has written books for people at the White House and Harvard University. She's helped doctors, lawyers, professionals and everyday folks to get their stories into print. She will edit your work, coach you as you work, or ghostwrite from an outline. Reliability and professionalism guaranteed. Subject matter of published work ranges from health and wellness, cookbooks, and memoir to literary fiction and steamy romance. Nonfiction articles, poetry, flash fiction, novellas, novels, she's published it all.

    $30.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  6. William C.

    William C.

    Best-selling author and editor/proofreader

    United States - Last active: 20 hours ago - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 1

    March 5, 2015: “William is a superb editor and has a work ethic to match. This is my third project with him in less than a month. I think that speaks for itself.” — networlding Dec. 12, 2014: "He didn't just do the work to 'do the work' -- he showed an investment in the success of my manuscript, which made me feel confident that I made the right choice in hiring him." — dlovitz I have edited two Amazon #1 bestselling books since September 2014. I am also an award-winning and bestselling author represented by one of the top literary agents in the U.S. I have written five nonfiction books, three that became Amazon bestsellers, including one published by Simon & Schuster. My books have been featured on NBC, CNN, Katie, Ricki Lake and in People magazine, to name a few. I was an award-winning journalist for 10 years with the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper. I have 25 years of writing and editing experience. Thank you for your consideration!

    $20.00 /hr
    67 hours
    5.00
  7. Barbara E.

    Barbara E.

    Creating dynamic copy for busy people.

    Canada - Last active: 28 days ago

    Hi there, I'm Barb. I am a native-English writer specializing in technical writing and copywriting, as well as editing and proofreading. I understand and use effective SEO and social media management practices for my clients. I am based in Hamilton, Ontario and have 10+ years experience writing technical, industrial, business, marketing, and academic materials. I work with my clients until they express satisfaction on their project. Please note that I would like to work with you to develop my reputation through the Elance platform. I am flexible regarding proposal terms and rates of pay in order to build my online presence. I look forward to working with you!

    $28.00 /hr
    56 hours
    4.89
  8. Brandon Hastings

    Brandon Hastings

    Trusted Business/Tech Writer & Content Wordsmith!

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 4

    Do you need words written in an exacting manner that provide business utility? Purposeful. Practical. Precise. Words that accurately describe me and my solo business writing venture -- Write Precisely, LLC. Let me put words to digital paper to serve your business needs and provide stellar results. Problem solved. Value gained. You deserve it! >>Clients speak: “I have lost count of how many projects Brandon has helped us with. Once again he confirmed his excellent standards of quality, responsiveness and professionalism. He is our go-to guy.” - Great repeat client “Brandon is an absolute professional. He was proactive in seeking the information he needed to complete the tasks and quickly understood the complex information presented to him. When given feedback, he was quick to implement it, and was always extremely clear in his communication with me. I would happily work with him again on a future project.” - Great new client >>And there's more: Education -- (1) BS, Computer Information Systems, UH; (2) MBA, Business Administration, Penn State (Aug 2015) Upwork tests -- top 10% in business writing (ranked 4th out of 2,000+) Writing portfolio -- successful projects in healthcare, IT, software, oil & gas, etc. Notable clients -- MD Anderson, NASA, and Weatherford >>What now? Let's collaborate. Hire me now and make a great business decision.

    $60.00 /hr
    63 hours
    4.99
  9. Kate Kearns

    Kate Kearns

    Professional Editor

    United States - Last active: 5 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 12

    I am a professional, full-time editor and published writer with a Master's Degree in writing. I love working with the written word, no matter the topic, and I own a business that allows me to do just that. I work with all genres and mediums from creative writing, to non-fiction, to business and web content. More than just correcting grammar, I specialize in making the author's original words shine through in the strongest, clearest language possible.

    $30.00 /hr
    125 hours
    5.00
  10. 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
    4.72