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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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  1. Jessica H.

    Jessica H.

    Writer and Editor

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 6 - Portfolio: 2

    A life-long love of writing and reading led me to beginning my freelance career here on Upwork, and I haven't looked back. My writing work is a reflection of my work ethic, and I will put forth the best I can toward every job. I deliver all documents in either .txt, .doc, .rtf, or .docx format; whichever would work best for your needs. I am also available through gmail and skype for communication while projects are in process, and strive to answer all questions within 24 hours.

    $20.00 /hr
    750 hours
  2. Rachel C.

    Rachel C.

    Editor, Proofreader

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 8 - Portfolio: 6

    Experienced editor of academic, business, periodical and manuscript (fiction and non-fiction) writing, with excellent client satisfaction. English language perfectionist providing responsive, professional attention to your editing and proofreading needs. Native US English speaker, very comfortable with UK usage. My clients do incredible, engaging work, in a wide variety of pursuits. My function, my mission, is to help their audience see just how brilliant that work is!

    $40.00 /hr
    525 hours
  3. John Baldwin

    John Baldwin

    Writer-Editor with print and e-communications experience

    United States - Last active: 5 days ago - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 4

    The professional profiled here is an award-winning writer and editor, extremely versatile, capable of creating excellent work within deadline that can be as short as a well-crafted Tweet or email message, or as long as a print newsletter… and everything in between. Knowledge specialties (not all-inclusive): • Solar power • Grant requests • Donor cultivation and stewardship • Education (some teaching experience) • Media • Politics Skill specialties (not all-inclusive): • Research (print and/or Internet) • Website content • Marketing emails • Speechwriting • Press releases and media advisories • Wikipedia editing • Facebook content management • Other social media • Wordpress If you are looking for a skill or special knowledge, but don’t see it here, don’t be afraid to contact me to ask.

    $20.00 /hr
    133 hours
  4. Lauren Stewart

    Lauren Stewart

    Web Designer and Writer

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 7

    I have a B.A. in Technical Communications with a concentration in Nutritional Sciences. I currently provide professional web design services and copywriting/editing services. Over the last 5 years, I have worked as web designer for several businesses, either creating the site or improving the design and functionality of the site. I prefer Wordpress and the Genesis framework for web design, but I also have experience in Weebly and Wix. I have experience in the following areas: HTML, CSS, Jquery, HTML5, PHP, and SEO. I have also been blogging for about 10 years and am available to help with writing and editing blog posts or other web content. (You can read my personal blogging at where I post healthy dessert recipes and healthy living advice.) My business website can be found at:

    $22.50 /hr
    69 hours
  5. Karen Brady Smith

    Karen Brady Smith

    Expert Proofreader and Editor

    United States - Last active: 23 hours ago - Tests: 9

    I'm an experienced editor and proofreader. My work time is flexible and includes both weekdays and weekends, so I can offer a short turnaround time. I'm self-motivated, dependable and accurate. My English skills have always been excellent, including spelling, vocabulary, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. I can write well but I prefer editing and proofreading. My work experience is varied, giving me an extensive vocabulary across a wide variety of fields. I have excellent references, both personal and professional. They'll tell you I'm accurate, reliable, honest and trustworthy. I've been working with some of my clients for 19 years. I use Microsoft Word extensively. I have a master's degree in microbiology and worked in education, research, and infection control. I have had an insurance license and a securities license and am well acquainted with that specialized vocabulary. Any of the people I've worked with or for would be happy to provide a testament to the quality and timeliness of my work. I can get your work done quickly, accurately, and reliably.

    $22.50 /hr
    19 hours
  6. Jenna Laffin

    Jenna Laffin

    Writer, Editor, English Teacher

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 8 - Portfolio: 4

    I am an award-winning, Ivy-League educated writer with experience in literacy tutoring, English teaching, copywriting, content management systems (Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, Squarespace), social media, blogging, proofreading, and Spanish-to-English translation. My projects have ranged from writing web copy for a Montessori school to building a website on Squarespace for an architecture firm, from designing a catalog of sunglasses to proofreading a doctoral dissertation for publication. I always strive to perfect my current skills but I also love to acquire new skills and welcome any new challenge.

    $33.33 /hr
    56 hours
  7. Cindi J. Harrison

    Cindi J. Harrison


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

    I am a talented writer and highly skilled editor for technical as well as creative endeavors. As an editor, I view each piece of writing holistically to ensure that it is not only grammatically correct but that it also serves its intended purpose. As a writer, my goal is to create documentation that fits my clients' needs and complies with their chosen style guides, whether I'm creating user or admin guides for software or hardware, online documentation, website copy, or computer-based training. I do high-quality work because I love what I do.

    $50.00 /hr
    424 hours
  8. Eve J.

    Eve J.

    Copywriter / Content, Article, Blog Writer / Editor / Proof Reader

    Thailand - Last active: 9 days ago - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 8

    I am passionate about the English language, a stickler for correct grammar and would love to write keyword-rich content, blog posts and product descriptions for your website. I have taken and passed a number of oDesk's tests, scoring in the top percentages of some of them. I have a sound knowledge of SEO and social media and even enjoy working to a deadline! For the last 12 years I have been writing website content and articles, blog posts, product descriptions, marketing emails, newsletters, T's & C's as well as re-writing and editing product instruction manuals. I'd love to hear from you if you think we could work together.

    $11.11 /hr
    616 hours
  9. Stephanie Ayres

    Stephanie Ayres

    Copyeditor, article writer and copywriter

    Australia - Last active: 9 days ago - Tests: 5

    My name is Steph and I'm a freelance copyeditor, article writer, copywriter and proofreader based in Melbourne, Australia. I hold a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing (2011) and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (2008), and have been successfully running my freelance writing and editing business, Ayres Copyediting, for over two years now. I write and edit almost anything, but specialise in scientific writing and articles for the web. I have a strong knowledge of SEO principles and am comfortable writing on any topic. One of the biggest worries about hiring a freelancer is the uncertainty of whether you are picking the right person - that's why I always give you the opportunity to see how I work or edit/write a sample before you commit to hiring me. I do not provide a portfolio as many of my clients prefer to keep my work confidential, but I am more than happy to show you some of my previous work on request.

    $50.00 /hr
    125 hours
  10. Brynn Tyszka

    Brynn Tyszka

    Talented writer/editor offering a healthy dose of rhetoric and wit.

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

    If you're looking for work that is both gripping and grammatically sound, then I'm your girl. I have been writing both creatively and logistically for over a decade, and I know how to gear my work toward a specific audience using those time-tested tools of rhetoric: logos, pathos and ethos. Those of you seeking an uncompromising editing eye will be pleased to know that my ability in this arena was recognized as early as high school, where I was asked to begin assisting my peers in reworking essays and other assignments (a task I was more than delighted to perform throughout my college years and beyond). I know how to preserve a writer's voice while striving for content and readability ... and, despite the negative assertions of Vampire Weekend, I DO "[give] a f--- about an Oxford comma."

    $20.00 /hr
    325 hours