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  1. Shane A.

    Shane A.

    Experienced Sports Writer

    Philippines - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 10

    My day job is a banker but I am a freelance writer during my spare time. I have always loved to write sports articles, in fact I was always Sports Editor of our School paper both in High School and College. Although I finished a business course in college, writing has always been in my blood. I started writing for clients here at ODesk in 2013. Since then, I have been able to complete various tasks which included blog writing and article writing. From March of 2014, I have shifted my focus to sports writing, which is my first love and my true ambition. I've written and published hundreds of sports articles for various sports websites all over the world. The NBA, boxing and MMA are my cup of tea because I love those sports like a fish loves water. Should you need any article related to those three sports, I am you guy. I would love to share my love and knowledge of those sports with you and your audience. I have good command of the English language, a unique writing style, the right amount of writing experience and an unrivaled passion for sports.

    $11.11 /hr
    128 hours
  2. Dawn Daniels

    Dawn Daniels

    Expert Editor and Proofreader

    United States - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 2

    Every detail, from the way you describe the color blue to whether you use a semicolon or a period to break up a thought, affects the way a piece of writing is absorbed by the reader. Whether you've just finished your first rough draft and can sense that something is "off," but you aren't sure what, or you just need help polishing up your grammar before submitting to an agent, I'm here to help. I'm an experienced editor who has done proofreading, line editing, and developmental editing on published work. I do freelance writing and editing as a full-time career, which means that I have exceptionally fast turnaround times for impeccable work; I don't miss dealines. Ever. I've worked with many different manuscript types, including novels, novellas, self-help books, business how-to guides, and more. However, when it comes to developmental editing and in-depth line editing, I am most experienced with fiction work.

    $30.00 /hr
    61 hours
  3. Sandra Tremblay

    Sandra Tremblay

    Premium Designs For All Your Business Documents and Presentations

    Canada - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 36

    Wouldn’t you agree that appearances count? Documents that get read are those that appear easy to read, interesting, and important. A message that has visual impact will attract attention and invite readership… and I know just how much you invested in that document and I can be counted on to make it shine! Think of how proud you’ll feel having a document that establishes your credibility even before you state your case. I can provide you with that polished and professional document you’ve been dreaming of. I love what I do, and I like to think it shows! Curious and creative, I built trusting and lasting relationships with my clients and take their best interests at heart... all while having fun and enjoying life! I worked over 20 years in corporate marketing and communication departments in publicly traded companies in the aerospace, pharmaceutical, actuarial consulting, human resources and chemical distribution fields.

    $44.44 /hr
    472 hours
  4. Brigitte Engel

    Brigitte Engel

    Strategic Brand & Communications Planner

    Luxembourg - 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
  5. Thomas Klemens

    Thomas Klemens

    Writer, Editor w/ Design/Construction Experience

    United States - Portfolio: 7

    Early in 2014 I left a magazine staff position to pursue freelance writing and editing full-time. I love to explain things, which I've been doing professionally for 25 years, using words, pictures and drawings. In addition, I am a registered Professional Engineer. My experience includes design and construction, with both field and office assignments, as well as writing and editing numerous articles. I also developed the curriculum for an introductory class on Programmable Logic Controllers, subsequently revising it several times, and have taught that class on a continuing basis since 1997.

    $35.00 /hr
    154 hours
  6. Catherine H.

    Catherine H.

    Expert Fundraiser and Grant Writer

    United States - Tests: 9 - Portfolio: 5

    I'm a freelance writer who specializes in content marketing and nonprofits. My background is in fundraising. As a writer I focus on writing annual reports, campaign prospectuses, stewardship collateral, and grants. With years of experience as an in-house fundraiser I know how to help each of my clients tell the right stories. I have extensive experience in copywriting and editing, blogging, grant writing, and project management. I pride myself on meeting deadlines and communicating with clients. I take relationships I am seeking opportunities to engage with start-up business and help build up organizations, nonprofits, and businesses from the ground up through creating high quality, engaging and dynamic copy every step of the way.

    $30.00 /hr
    331 hours
  7. Isabelle Anne Abraham

    Isabelle Anne Abraham

    Writer, Proofreader and Editor

    Mozambique - Tests: 19 - Portfolio: 6

    If you need reliable and exceptional services, then you've arrived at the right profile. I offer: proofreading & editing, writing & online research, reporting/journalism, transcribing, and social media management. I am fully committed to each task that I take on. My highest priority is that you, as the client or collaborator, are completely satisfied with the end result. I ensure: ✔ Accuracy, clarity and attention to detail ✔ Prompt and straightforward communication ✔ Quick turnaround without compromising on quality I am available for both short and long-term projects. Please feel free to contact me for any queries or if you are ready to receive dedication & excellence. Look forward to working with you! _______________________________________________________________________________ [EDUCATION, BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE] I graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from Rhodes University, South Africa. ✪ Specializations: Writing & Editing and New Media. ✪ Academic Major: English Literature. ✪ Intensive course: Web Design & Development. ✪ Others: French 1&2, Modern Fiction, and English Language & Linguistics. Due to my location, many people are doubtful about my language skills. However, I have been verified as a native English speaker (with expert status) by the Duolingo Test Center; I grew up with US English and was educated in UK English, so I can easily work with both. I've collaborated with numerous British, North American and Australian clients, from whom I’ve received excellent feedback. I have worked with a variety of individual professionals; startups and small businesses; private firms and consultancies; large companies and organizations such as the United Nations; and several NGOs & NPOs. From these experiences, I have gained the following skills and expertise. _______________________________________________________________________________ [SERVICE DESCRIPTION] *Proofreading & Editing* High-quality writing is invaluable. No matter what I provide—proofreading, copy-editing, content editing, or line editing (heavy editing)—I guarantee error-free work. Not only do I correct spelling and grammar, but I also ensure consistency in style, tone, and structure. Furthermore, if necessary or required by you, I will rephrase/rewrite sentences. Each punctuation mark, word and paragraph is carefully reviewed for readability; and I always keep your target audience in mind when proofreading and editing. Additionally, I am more than happy to provide suggestions / constructive criticism for your content. I have worked on various texts: • Government bids, grants proposals, and corporate documents; • Academic works (essays, dissertations, theses); • Scientific articles and papers (published in PNAS), and technical reports; • Ebooks and printed books; • Websites, blog posts, and social media marketing materials; • Business plans and presentations; • CVs, resumes and personal statements; • Catalogues, emails, letters, and more. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Writing* I can research and write on almost any subject, for both online and offline platforms: news articles; blog and social media posts; emails, letters, marketing materials, etc. I usually don’t offer ghostwriting services. My written work has been published on global platforms such as a United Nations blog, United Press International, and Deutsche Welle. My articles have also been printed in numerous publications like Down To Earth (Indian magazine), The Lowvelder (South African newspaper), and several local newsletters. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Transcribing* I provide either a verbatim or clean transcript, and can transcribe almost any accent in English: American, Canadian, British, Indian, Australian, South African, and more. I have transcribed a range of audio and video recordings: journalistic interviews, focus group discussions (with up to 9 speakers), private counselling sessions, advertisements, and so forth. The transcriptions are always double-checked for accuracy. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Social Media Marketing* I currently manage multiple social media accounts for individuals and companies. I post regular, consistent and carefully researched updates on social networks; monitor relevant online conversations and trends; and respond to and interact with fans & customers.

    $28.00 /hr
    1,966 hours
  8. Victoria Matthews

    Victoria Matthews

    E-books, Articles, Ghostwriting, Editing

    United Kingdom - 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
    39 hours
  9. Hannah Harrison

    Hannah Harrison

    Freelance Writer

    United States - Portfolio: 8

    As a freelance writer, one of my biggest concerns is making sure you're happy with the final product. I will work with you to make sure that you get exactly what you want in a timely manner on every project, every time. I have extensive experience in fiction, non-fiction, and academic writing. I'm a fast learner and an efficient perfectionist. I recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. I would love to work with you!

    $12.00 /hr
    203 hours
  10. Mohamed Atlagh

    Mohamed Atlagh

    Writer-Translator/Reviewer (English-French) | Web & Graphic Designer

    Morocco - Tests: 16 - Portfolio: 10

    As i just got my Master's degree in France (Nancy-I). I am fluent in French and English as well. I am a Network security engineer with a passion for Writing. I can do on a high level Translation, Web content and articles writing, Proofreading etc. I am looking for opportunities that would enable me to put my organizational, Creative and communication skills to use in both French and English. My passion for languages pushed me to prepare and get both my TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and DALF (French Language Advanced Diploma) diplomas.

    Groups: oTranslators

    $22.22 /hr
    177 hours