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  1. Hannah Sheppard

    Hannah Sheppard

    Help your novel shine with a full structural edit

    United Kingdom - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    I'm a Branford Boase Award nominated editor, I've worked in trade publishing for over a decade. I can help give your manuscript the best chance of success. In traditional publishing there are three stages to the editorial process: Developmental/Structural editing - looks at structure, plotting, characterisation, style, language, genre, market potential etc. Copy editing - to correct for grammar, punctuation, clarity etc after the more major edits. Proof reading - a final check to make sure all corrections have been taken in. My speciality is developmental editing and I can help make your novel shine. I started my career at Macmillan Children's books where I worked with authors such as Judy Blume, Meg Cabot, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Eva Ibbotson. Most recently I ran the YA and crossover list at Headline Publishing Group (Hachette) where I commissioned books by Julianna Baggott, Cathy Brett, Tanya Byrne, Jennifer E. Smith and Cecily von Ziegesar, amongst others.

    $50.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  2. Cynthia Sheppard

    Cynthia Sheppard

    Wordsmith and Writer

    United States - Portfolio: 5

    I am an educator with 27 years of experience at the secondary and collegiate levels. My writing skills are exceptional, and include expertise in academic, technical, and creative non-fiction writing. I have edited two accreditation self-study documents (National Association of Schools of Music) at the college level, and one at the high school level. As a musician, I regularly proofread and edit programs for content, errors and formatting. I also design my own publications, programs and stationery. I have an eye for details, consistency within a document, and visual appeal of copy. I work quickly and will meet deadlines. I also maintain a blog that features creative non-fiction essays, book reviews, and reflections on current events.

    $50.00 /hr
    10 hours
    5.00
  3. Nikki H.

    Nikki H.

    Freelance editor and WordPress Developer

    United States - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 4

    I have 14 years of experience and a couple degrees in writing and editing. I have been focused on editing books of late and I have recently started collaborating with a software engineer to develop WordPress websites. I offer personal service, including professional consultations to help you learn how to manage your website if that is what you desire.

    $30.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  4. Adele H.

    Adele H.

    Online typist and editor

    Australia

    I am an organised and hardworking person, capable of working under pressure. I have a Certificate III in Business and very good keyboard and typing skills. Three years ago, I became a parent for the first time. I’m looking for an online position, so that I am able to return to the workforce, yet continue to raise my daughter.

    $16.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  5. Scott Kelemen

    Scott Kelemen

    Professional, Timely, and Precise Editing Services

    Canada - Portfolio: 6

    Canadian Writer / Editor with the following credentials and background: - Bach. of Arts with a concentration in English Composition. - Strong scientific and computer background, - Personal writing biased towards Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and other Genre Fiction - Military Experience (Navy!) - Article Published in Military Journal - Extensive editing work on fiction, technical documents, cover letters, etc - Editing to include plot comparisons, character evaluations, consistency, etc - English Proofreading to a high degree of accuracy - Eastern time Zone Based, but Freelance working from home, so no set hours

    $25.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  6. Nathan Washburn

    Nathan Washburn

    Creative works with excellence, no typos allowed

    United States - Portfolio: 2

    Need an article written, one that is well-researched, original, and engaging? Or perhaps you are more interested in creating a fictional piece, or even simply need help planning your next novel or short story. If it's editing, writing, or even thinking, I can help you. Whatever it may be, I can write it!

    $13.00 /hr
    6 hours
    4.45
  7. Kim Kimber

    Kim Kimber

    Experienced editor and proofreader

    United Kingdom - Portfolio: 12

    I am an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). I provide high-quality copy-editing, proofreading and writing. I can add sparkle and polish to all of your writing projects. I am committed, driven and professional with excellent communication and time management skills. Each client is important to me and I complete every project to the best of my ability at a competitive price.

    $33.00 /hr
    8 hours
    5.00
  8. Jennifer Edwards

    Jennifer Edwards

    Professional Editor & Writer

    United States - Portfolio: 5

    Jennifer Edwards is a professional editor and writer with over 20 years of experience. She specializes in non-fiction writing, editing, marketing copy, web content, and curriculum development. As the owner of Jennifer Edwards Communications, Jennifer enjoys helping clients with their writing and editing needs. She is known for her attention to detail, on-time delivery, and excellent client service. Ms. Edwards has a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing and is finishing up her Master's in Biblical and Theological Studies, making her more than capable to assist with marketing, PR, and religious content, editing, and fact checking. She is the copyeditor for Principles To Live By in Roseville, California and has worked on projects for Bamboo Creative, Flint Builders, Inspired Solar Technologies, Green Valley Church, Genesis Process, and several other upcoming authors. Her blog, Truth Bites, is popular among women looking for a little insight and a new perspective on the issues women face today. (Editing specialties include content, substantive, line editing, and proofreading.)

    $45.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  9. Smita Bhatt

    Smita Bhatt

    English Editor, Proofreader, Technical Writer

    India

    I am an experienced editor, technical writer, working on projects with Orient Blackswan, a leading Indian publishing house. With an eye for detail and a passion for what I do, I take pride in delivering high quality work, and on schedule. My academic background is software, where I hold a Masters degree.

    $15.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  10. Valerie M.

    Valerie M.

    Fiction writer with a love for editing

    United States - Portfolio: 3

    I have been writing, editing, and proofreading ever since I was little and now, I just want to help other writers like myself be the best they can. I have published two novellas already and am working on a third, so I know my stuff and how to make a story compelling and its characters lovable.

    $13.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00