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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. Shannon S.

    Shannon S.

    Get your book out - quickly - and with confidence!

    United States - Last active: 8 days ago - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 14

    I specialize in preparing book-length manuscripts for both e-book and print (CreateSpace) publication. My services include feedback/developmental editing, line editing, proofreading, interior layout of print publications and e-book conversion. I have a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Liberal Arts. I am an accomplished writer and an intuitive editor, with an eye for detail, excellent language skills, and the writing skills to reorganize a document, if necessary, to achieve clarity and momentum. I have a deep interest in and understanding of the craft of writing and a great faith in the future of self-publishing. I am committed to helping writers get their work out into the world in the best shape possible. I hope to get an opportunity to work with you!

    $40.00 /hr
    11 hours
    5.00
  2. William C.

    William C.

    Best-selling author and editor/proofreader

    United States - Last active: 2 days 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
  3. 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
  4. Mayssam E.

    Mayssam E.

    Professional Translator, Proofreader, Editor

    Canada - Last active: 4 days ago - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 3

    In need of an eagle-eye proofreader? I am the perfect proofreader for you. In need of accurate, fast and error-free translation? I am the best translator for you. With over 20 years experience at one of the largest printing and publishing companies in the World and one of the biggest non-governmental institutions, and through hard work, dedication and a client-focused attitude, I've managed to become one of the best proofreaders, translators, copy-editors and transcribers. I've headed, as an assistant editor in chief, the daily operation of a magazine for 11 years. Then, became a production manager of a community newspaper, as well as a professional prepress proofreader for 10 years. I will provide to you (my employers) a combination of my professional abilities, my solid work ethics, my time management and multitasking skills as well as great results that will please them and achieve their goals.

    $23.00 /hr
    26 hours
    4.96
  5. Brigitte Engel

    Brigitte Engel

    Strategic Brand & Communications Planner

    Luxembourg - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 5

    I am a multilingual strategic planner and have worked full-time in several international media agencies (MediaCom, Mindshare) in London; working on clients such as Audi, Ford, Nissan, Procter & Gamble & Lexmark; writing strategic media/creative briefs, facilitating content deals while guaranteeing the correct brand positioning to reach the desired target audience. Recently I have been consulting clients on creating corporate identities, art directing and creating copy for their advertising requirements, designing and copywriting CMS based websites and email newsletters and managing social media sites. I specialise in strategically pinpointing the most relevant channels of communication while equally developing a visual identity and a tone of voice for clients to reach their consumers on both tactical and branding levels.

    $45.00 /hr
    63 hours
    4.96
  6. Jeff R.

    Jeff R.

    Copyeditor and Proofreader

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

    "He was prompt, professional, and a pleasure to work with!” "I cannot imagine other projects without his help. Excellent!” "He knows what he should do, and more importantly, he knows what he should not do. I hired many people before this freelancer, and most of their edits was harmful. With this freelancer, I never got such a problem." Hello, I am a full-time freelance editor and proofreader. As a copyeditor or proofreader, it is my job to ensure that your ideas come across in your manuscript free of spelling and other technical errors that may distract the reader from what you are trying to say. And I strive to always do so in a timely yet thorough way. I have a BA in English from Colorado State University, as well as a BS in Business Administration from San Jose State University. I have now been working about a year as a freelancer, with consistently positive reviews from my clients. I am familiar with the following writing styles, and can edit according to whichever one you'd prefer: AP (Associated Press Stylebook) APA (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association) Chicago (Chicago Manual of Style)

    $15.00 /hr
    32 hours
    4.98
  7. Darcie N.

    Darcie N.

    Engage Your Audience

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Portfolio: 8

    I know how to turn your communication needs into effective platforms that engage your audience and inspire action. I have worked with topics from pop culture to social justice and projects that range from one-liner tags to full length features. I am organized, detail oriented and collaborative with experience including popular blog topics and feature articles, networking, press release composition, introduction letters, and informational materials

    $24.00 /hr
    510 hours
    4.97
  8. Joni Wilson

    Joni Wilson

    Copyediting, proofreading, formatting

    United States - Last active: 4 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
    806 hours
    4.99
  9. Victoria Matthews

    Victoria Matthews

    E-books, Articles, Ghostwriting, Editing

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

    Although relatively new to the world of freelance writing, I have successfully completed several jobs on Elance with excellent feedback. I have a Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and would particularly welcome the opportunity to write about health, nutrition and environmental issues. As an English Literature graduate (MA Hons Edinburgh University) I also have a strong interest in creative writing and can provide a mentor/editing/ghostwriting role to help you with your novel or short stories. Where research is necessary, I will do this thoroughly so that an authentic 'voice' can shape the material into original and engaging work. I can offer you a written product that is highly polished in terms of spelling, grammar and editing.

    $18.00 /hr
    35 hours
    4.71
  10. 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