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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. Kathryn Calvert

    Kathryn Calvert

    A creative writer for your copywriting needs

    United Kingdom - Last active: 2 days ago

    I love words. Words that inspire. Words that motivate. Words that bring ideas to life. Unfortunately, typos, incorrect word choices, punctuation, and grammatical errors can ruin your text. Your message becomes distorted and difficult to follow. The reader finds the errors distracting, loses interest, and your message doesn't get through. This is where I come in! My editing and proofreading services include: Websites Newsletters Reports Corporate and not-for-profit marketing materials Fiction and non-fiction books Direct mail Instruction manuals and product packaging Translated materials - any publication that has been translated into English or documents that need to be "translated" from UK to US English or vice versa I have worked on projects from a variety of industries and topics: Food Manufacturing E-learning (ESL) IT Electrical products Higher Education (essays, research proposals, etc.) Health and Psychology topics Inspirational topics Please feel free to contact me with your requirements. I am always happy to discuss your project and offer you affordable rates and clear, concise, and error-free text upon project completion.

    $14.00 /hr
    381 hours
    4.78
  2. Dianne Penny

    Dianne Penny

    Experienced, meticulous proofreader

    United Kingdom - Last active: 22 days ago - Portfolio: 9

    I am a perfectionist English proofreader with a wealth of experience in a wide range of material, including fiction and non-fiction books, articles, web copy, and - in particular - academic papers such as theses and dissertations. I work with both native speakers, and those for whom English is their second language. I am passionate about the written word and helping to create text which is fluent, clear, and a pleasure to read. Proofreading is, by necessity, slow and meticulous work, and I never 'cut corners', get software packages to do the work for me, or speed-read scripts. Over the years, I have also acquired strong copy-editing skills; I routinely check for inconsistency, unnecessary repetition, contradiction, or shifts in style. Throughout the editing process, however,I remain sensitive at all times to the 'voice' and intention of the author. In brief: I am reliable, communicative, skilled and dedicated - and have never yet missed a deadline!

    $19.00 /hr
    125 hours
    4.93
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Lee Johnson

    Lee Johnson

    First-class writing. First-rate results.

    United Kingdom - Last active: 8 days ago - Portfolio: 13

    My 8 years writing for education and internet marketing ensures your job is done to the highest standard and on time by a proven writer. I write compelling web and print content for business and personal use. My value is in adding creativity and business strategy into my writing. You want to inform, entertain, persuade or inspire. I tailor my writing to your needs, finding innovative ways to craft great copy to engage with your target audience. You will receive quick and courteous service for writing, editing, and proofreading assignments. My varied work means I am well-versed in writing for specific audiences and on a number of topics. My research skills ensure you receive accurate and up-to-date work. A degree in languages and experience writing and teaching English makes my spelling, grammar and use of language exceptional and will give you polished text suitable for your needs and target audience.

    $33.00 /hr
    45 hours
    4.73
  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. 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
  9. 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