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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.

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Patricia Guth

Patricia Guth

Web content, copy writing, news articles, editing

United States - Tests: 3 - 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.

100% Job Success
$40.00 /hr
42 hours

Therese B.

Therese B.

Expert English copy editing and proofreading

Australia - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 1

Let me help you make your point clearly, articulately and with the refinement it deserves. As a native English speaker I offer impeccable copy editing, proof reading and feedback for your non-fiction report, business documents or fiction writing. Highly versatile, I can edit in US, UK, Australian or New Zealand English, and deliver results in your chosen software. I am also a MS Word expert and can assist you with any formatting or template issues. With 13 years experience as a senior consultant and project manager in Australia I authored, reviewed and critiqued many strategic documents before publication. These documents were always clearly written, with powerful messages. My work has received a National industry award in Australia, and several reports have been instrumental in compelling governments to change public policy. When I proof read your work I will go beyond just checking the basics. I will give you feedback on the logic and flow of ideas, as well as spelling, grammar, readability and punctuation. My experience includes: - Technical reports - Academic theses - Magazine articles - Government reports - Marketing material - Business eBooks - Novels. Let me bring my accuracy and professionalism to your project, so you can have the confidence your work will be a quality piece of writing. Key skills: • Native English speaker (New Zealand and Australia) • Degree qualified - academic award for highest marks - scholarship winner • National industry award winner for strategic planning • Experienced project manager • Excellent written and oral communication skills • High level skills in software used for analysis and presentation (MapInfo GIS; MS Office Word, Excel, Access; Adobe Suite) • Professional tendering and report writing for government, public and community organisations • Skilled office administration, including set up of management systems and databases • Experienced facilitator and public speaker • Innovative thinker, seeking continual improvement.

98% Job Success
$29.00 /hr
97 hours

Janine carla G.

Janine carla G.

Virtual Assistant

Philippines - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 13

Experienced Web Researcher, Data Entry, Personal Assistant. Excellent in using search engines, enthusiastic in internet browsing and gathering information, patience and dedication is one of my essential trait, 48 hrs of working availability per week with stable internet connection. Good in written skills and verbal skills, I am looking forward to work with your team. Thank you!

89% Job Success
$5.00 /hr
222 hours

Anna Eckerdt

Anna Eckerdt

Writer & Editor

Canada - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 3

Do you want your words to resonate with polish, clarity and power? Don’t let grammatical errors stand in the way of your message. Every writer, no matter how skilled or experienced, needs an editor. I have experience editing and writing in formats ranging from articles, speeches, academic papers, newsletters and brochures to full-length novels, covering a wide variety of topics from ballroom dancing to health care. I offer obsessive attention to detail, and I consider myself a failure unless I’ve earned your 5-star rating and repeat business.

85% Job Success
$35.00 /hr
22 hours

Marz D.

Marz D.

Expert Writer, Editor, Translator, and Designer.

United States - Portfolio: 6

I have extensive experience in communications: writing, editing, translations (English to Polish, Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Swedish), writing and marketing for social media, web management, web design, book reviews, writing study guides for CLEP and Dantes exams, writing about travel and preparing itineraries as well as extensive tour guides for various locations around the world, blog posts, etc. I have extensive knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style, MLA Manual, AP Stylebook, and ISO 690. Topics I have written about include: the humanities, travel, religion, ethics, finances, politics, dating, book and movie reviews, comp lit, health, self-improvement, volunteering, cross-cultural working and personal relationships, diversity, foreign affairs, policy, non-profits, linguistics, etc.

81% Job Success
$25.00 /hr
64 hours

John Fontaine

John Fontaine

Professional Transcriber

United States - Portfolio: 1

I'm a professional English language transcriber with thousands of hours of experience. I've worked for ghost writers, transcription firms, TV programs, focus groups, corporations, the financial sector and more. My output has at least 99% accuracy and always comes with perfect spelling and formatting. Rush orders are available upon request. I'm comfortable working with accents and groups.

100% Job Success
$50.00 /hr
810 hours

Jessica L.

Jessica L.

I'm an editing enthusiast.

United States - Portfolio: 1

I love editing. From the nitty-gritty details of individual sentences to the broad strokes of character arcs, I strive to leave the documents I edit in a significantly better state than when I first saw it. As a college student, I am familiar with APA and MLA formatting and style, and I am also accustomed to the Chicago Manual of Style. I have edited approximately half a million words over the past three years, and the prospect of adding to that number continually excites me. Give me an opportunity; you won't be disappointed.

88% Job Success
$15.00 /hr
20 hours

Jared Steinberg

Jared Steinberg

Skilled Poet, Story Writer, and Blogger

United States - Portfolio: 26

As a writing student currently studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design I know that there are a lot of veteran writers out there. Some write for the web, others for the news, and then there are the ones who have written some of the greatest bestsellers in recent history. Yes there are a lot of veteran writers out there, but sometimes you need something new. Sometimes you need a new writer who has grown up in this new age of technology, social media, and art. My name is Jared "I.J" Steinberg and I am that writer. I am a writer who takes everything that his generation has to offer and puts it into every facet of his writing. Every talk, every passing word, every defining moment of my generation y is used in every essay, poem, and story I write. In this age where a conversation can literally define the future, people need a writer who is part of the generation having those conversations.

$56.00 /hr
22 hours