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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 4.84.

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  1. April D.

    April D.

    Excellent Editor and E-publishing Specialist

    United States - Portfolio: 4

    Need a top-quality editor with great communication skills? You've found her. Editing is my passion, be it fiction or nonfiction. I am a stickler for details but love to see how all the pieces make a bigger picture. My organizational and communication skills are superb, and I have a passion for work that is both challenging and diverse. I have spent the last five years helping dozens of indie authors get started in the e-publishing world. I have edited multiple bestselling novels and nonfiction books and have choreographed ten bestselling anthologies that feature authors from around the world. I am a published author with three published books and more underway. I can also format e-books and print books, as well as design covers for digital and print formats. If you need help with grammar or smoothing out English for non-native speakers, I am definitely the person you want to hire.

    $22.22 /hr
    65 hours
    5.00
  2. Marsha M.

    Marsha M.

    Nitpicking with a Purpose ... now certified!

    Jamaica - Portfolio: 4

    There's a reason most of my Elance clients would recommend me, and many have hired me more than once! The reason is simple: they get high quality work at an affordable rate, within a reasonable time frame. A look at my lifetime earnings through Elance (currently over US$25,000) will confirm these claims. I'm a published novelist, and until recently, I worked freelance while maintaining a full-time job as a college instructor. I've taught Spanish, Communications, Caribbean Studies, Foundation English and Academic Writing, and have degrees in Spanish American Literature (M. Phil.) and Spanish Education (B.Ed.). I am a certified Copy Editor and an experienced proofreader, and I've recently decided to become a full-time freelancer. My Elance projects include: *Copyediting/proofreading *Transcription *Data entry/Project categorisation *Web-based research *Quiz-writing *Grading of English papers (university level) I have also had two long-term, part-time, telecommuting projects through Elance, both in administrative services. I currently work in project categorization for a company in England (June 2013 - present), and previously I worked as an administrative assistant for a group of language schools in South America (July 2008 - October 2010). The tenure of these projects (over two years each) is a testimony of my commitment and the level of service I provide. I'm highly ethical and committed to quality service, and I specialize in improving the quality of my clients' work.

    $25.00 /hr
    1,190 hours
    4.94
  3. Bryce A.

    Bryce A.

    You need it, I write it!

    United States - Tests: 4

    We do "highly technical writing", or tech writing that the average tech writer can't do because they're not actually...that...technical after all. When you need material designed for engineers/scientists, contact us! We do a lot of patent work for individual inventors, especially in the areas of electrical/mechanical engineering and software (not biotech or chemical). We even do academic writing (standardized tests, quizzes, etc.) Please visit our website www.averyenterprises.net for detailed information about us.

    $60.00 /hr
    90 hours
    4.92
  4. April Banta

    April Banta

    Creative Approach. Results-Driven Focus.

    United States - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 4

    Results-oriented, forward thinking marketing executive with proven, consistent ability to strategically plan, design, and execute marketing strategies through multichannel management and collaborative teamwork. Solid track record of success in strategic planning, brand development and management, process development and implementation, problem-solving, creativity, leadership, and relationship management. Utilize strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, as well as oversee marketing staff of four and marketing budgets. A driven leader with a passion for effective campaigns and the determination necessary to ensure project completion.

    $55.00 /hr
    115 hours
    5.00
  5. Rebecca Joki

    Rebecca Joki

    Freelance writer with the "Write" words

    United States - Portfolio: 2

    I am award-winning fiction author and I have been freelance writing for several years. I an a stickler for deadlines and take great pride in my work. I write effective calls-to-action with my unique style and powerful command of the English language. I write business content including SEO Website content, marketing materials, proposals,HR-related content and various other business writing. I also write articles on a variety of other topics on a regular basis. I also content for various Websites including writing for Examiner.com as the Northern Wisconsin Fishing Examiner. I maintain my own blog at www.GetOutsideWisconsin.com and my own Website at FishLikeaGirl.us. I guest blog whenever possibel. I have received many awards for my fiction writing. . I have launched many successful email marketing campaigns for local businesses.

    $16.00 /hr
    36 hours
    4.95
  6. Carrie Cathey

    Carrie Cathey

    Internet Branding Specialist

    United States

    A combined five years of experience working as an online branding manager, content curator and social media specialist to strengthen companies online presence by creating, editing and developing blogs, articles and newsletters through skills I have developed through my professional and educational experience (MBA, BA in Communication and certifications). Other areas of concentration include: rebranding individuals/ companies; pitching articles/content to syndicated networks and publicists; creating taglines; promoting individuals/companies on radio shows & podcasts.

    $26.00 /hr
    1,054 hours
    4.98
  7. Gemma Rowlands

    Gemma Rowlands

    Proofreader & Writer

    United Kingdom - Portfolio: 4

    If there is a mistake, it WILL be spotted. Since being young, I have picked up on errors that others have missed, including in printed textbooks and novels. Since realising that I could make my entire career this way, I chose to work as a freelancer offering my services proofreading both novels and articles to a high standard. With regards to pricing, it will vary depending on projects, however this is ALWAYS negotiable, so please get in touch if you would like to make the most of my skills and expertise. If you have any questions about my abilities, or would like to ask for a quote on a job, please feel free to get in touch.

    $12.00 /hr
    13 hours
    4.99
  8. Darlene Guetre

    Darlene Guetre

    Exceptional Editing Services; Reasonable Rates

    Canada - Portfolio: 6

    A Native English-speaking copy editor, proofreader, nonfiction and fiction author, freelance writer, blogger, and reviewer, with a genuine love for editing and proofreading. My goal is to help you realize your ambitions through collaboration. I specialize in: General fiction manuscripts Historical fiction manuscripts Nonfiction manuscripts I am meticulous, with a keen eye for details. I copy edit and proofread with these aspects in mind: Spelling Punctuation Typographical errors Verb tense Phrase structure Sentence structure Repetitive words Excess wordiness Fact checking Consistent font Proper formatting Comment queries or suggestions regarding content Clients receive both a “marked-up” copy and final copy of their work. I work with PDF, Microsoft, and print documents. Reference materials utilized are the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, and the Chicago Manual of Style (unless another style is requested)

    $33.00 /hr
    0 hours
    4.94
  9. Robert Anschuetz

    Robert Anschuetz

    Copy Editing To Make Your Words Hit Home

    United States

    Whether you represent a business, institution, or profession, market your own products or services, or want to share your ideas with the world, you'll get a leg up on the competition by producing written communications or documents that reflect competence and professionalism. As a skilled and proven writer/copy editor, I can help you achieve those standards by improving the organization, paragraphing, and transitions in your text for better flow, and by optimizing sentence syntax and word choice for maximum clarity of meaning, sharpness of expression, and impact. I'm eager to help you make your words hit home in pursuit of your goals. You can be sure I'll work with you closely until you are satisfied that the finished product will in fact achieve the purpose you intend. And I'll do so at an attractive fee. As a freelancer now retired from corporate and agency employment, I seek this work not principally for the money, but to stay involved in an activity I very much enjoy.

    $11.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  10. Erin S.

    Erin S.

    Quick and Precise Copywriter and Content Editor

    United States - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 4

    WRITING SKILLS: I have an eye for detail and a drive to get things done. I produce high-quality, creative, grammatically correct content in short turnaround times. I have experience writing marketing content for blogs, websites, and video scripts, with a focus on creating SEO-friendly content designed for social distribution. EDITING SKILLS: I completed an editing minor along with my English major. I have edited for a variety of industries, from publishing houses and individual authors to newspapers and internet marketing companies. I edit copy quickly, but rarely miss any errors, and offer clear and helpful feedback as to overall structure and flow of content. I am extremely well versed in the Chicago Manual of Style.

    $30.00 /hr
    7 hours
    4.93