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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. Anna K Gibson

    Anna K Gibson

    Writer/Editor with Legal Experience

    United States - Tests: 20 - Portfolio: 5

    I have over 3 years of experience in a variety of legal settings as well as a multitude of projects you can view below that include skills such as editing novels, writing academic papers, working on different legal projects, and writing non-fiction ebooks for hire. I am interested primarily in writing and editing projects, but I am also open to legal work projects as they become available. See my online portfolio at: https://greengirl88.journoportfolio.com

    $13.00 /hr
    172 hours
    4.79
  2. Amanda V.

    Amanda V.

    a.learning strategist writing for change

    United States - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 4

    I am an efficient, reliable proofreader and writer, with exceptional literary analysis abilities. My versatile portfolio includes manuals, research articles, creative writing, website restructuring, proofreading, and novel editing. I have over a decade of expertise in professional and academic writing, research, and instructional design. I always complete work ahead of schedule and enjoy reading new fiction through editing. I graduated in 1999 with a BA degree in English and Writing, with minors in French and Secondary Education. I specialize in: rehabilitation; case management; education; literary analysis; cognitive and child psychology; learning disabilities; homeschooling; neuroscience; and brain based learning strategies.

    $20.00 /hr
    31 hours
    4.88
  3. 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
    4.99
  4. John Baldwin

    John Baldwin

    Writer-Editor with print and e-communications experience

    United States - 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
    144 hours
    5.00
  5. Tony Loton

    Tony Loton

    Writer, Editor, Designer and Publishing Consultant

    United Kingdom - Tests: 10 - Portfolio: 1

    Professional. Dependable. Personal. You deal direct with me, so there are no middlemen, no distributed teams, and no missed deadlines! I can take your book from “good” to “great”. I can write web site words that work. And I do deliver! Don’t take my word for it; listen to what others have to say: “I never had to worry about the quality and delivery times.” “I can tell you if Tony makes you a promise, he keeps it.” “He is responsive, extremely good at what he does, a pleasure to work with.” "If you need a great writer who is smart and a pleasure to work with, look no further." While some other Upworkers rate their own writing, editing, and publishing prowess, I have consistently tested in the top 10% (often higher) for specific skills here on Upwork. ARE YOU WRITING AND / OR PUBLISHING A BOOK? Try searching for the following books on Amazon.com, to see just a few of the books that I helped take from “good” to “great” as the editor and / or book designer (depending on the book). Note the nice reviews ;-) The Emotionally Intelligent Investor by Ravee Mehta Love Food that Loves You Back by Dorothy Holtermann Ultimate Gastric Sleeve Success by Dr. Vuong Unintentionally Celibate by Olive B Persimmon I help authors takes their embryonic manuscripts all the way to Amazon in print (usually via CreateSpace) and Kindle formats, from developmental editing all the way to final formatting. Other providers may (or may not) be able to write grammatically good English, but do they also have a real "way with words" to tell your story? DO YOU PUBLISH A WEB SITE, BLOG OR MAGAZINE? I have worked with web site owners (more details on request) and have regularly been commissioned by the likes of Barclays Stockbrokers, Microsoft, and other leading companies to provide very accessible educational content. I have written feature articles and article series for financial journals such as The Motley Fool and SpreadBet Magazine, and feature articles for IT magazines such as The Java Developers’ Journal and C#-Today. Not to mention my contributions to a blog about erectile dysfunction (don’t laugh). As an editor I have helped many authors get their articles, dissertations, web content and book manuscripts into good shape with good English... whether British or American. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MY BACKGROUND? Before becoming an independent Word wordsmith and self-publishing guru (yes, really) here on Upwork, I was published by traditional publishers including John Wiley & Sons (academic and technical), Wrox Press (IT) and Harriman House (business and finance). In former lives I have been an IT consultancy practice manager, an Associate Lecturer with the UK’s Open University, and a private stock trader. And I was once in a band that you'll never have heard of! HOW WILL I WORK WITH YOU? I will do exactly what I say I will do, when I say I will do it. I won't even pitch for your project if I don't think I can do it, so you can be confident that you won't have to go elsewhere to "finish the job" or to put right what I have done wrong. Like I said at the start: you deal direct with me, so there are no middlemen, no distributed teams, and no missed deadlines! Actually, I'm fairly picky about the projects I pitch for, and I only take one or two significant jobs at a time that I think are "right up my street". Your project is important, so you should be picky too, and I hope you pick me as your perfect partner. Professional. Dependable. Personal. That's me :-)

    $40.00 /hr
    102 hours
    4.98
  6. 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
    4.99
  7. Jim Dobrowolski

    Jim Dobrowolski

    Travel writer and Spanish-English translator

    Mexico - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 9

    I'm an American freelance writer, Spanish-English translator, and social media manager currently based out of central Mexico. Travel writing with an SEO focus is my bread and butter, but I dabble in other interesting niches as well. A winner of various foreign language and academic writing awards from universities and civic organizations, I'm also certified by the University of Cambridge to teach English to speakers of other languages. I have been recommended by 100% of my Elance/Upwork clients thus far, and I hope to add you to this list!

    $20.00 /hr
    78 hours
    4.98
  8. Amanda Mintier

    Amanda Mintier

    Editor ~ Writer ~ Content Consultant

    United States - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 2

    Beyond the use of proper conventions, I utilize an intuitive approach to writing and editing to ensure that the work matches your intended voice and matches the intended feeling response in your audience. Words have energy and when there is coherence and clarity, there is impact. I can help shape what you want to say into its most dynamic, clear, and effective form.

    $22.00 /hr
    74 hours
    4.95
  9. Shawn Hansen

    Shawn Hansen

    Technical Writing Services

    United States - Portfolio: 1

    I am a native English speaker from the USA offering my services to help you with your technical document or content writing projects. I also offer review, proofing, and editing services as well. My background is in Information Technology (IT) and Electrical Engineering, so I am well versed in technical reading/writing and technology concepts. I have written content that needed to be suitable for technology professionals as well as for non-technical readers. I was also part of the Executive Management team in my previous job as IT Director, so I am experienced and comfortable with writing for executive level audiences too.

    $55.56 /hr
    432 hours
    5.00
  10. Heidi Wallenborn

    Heidi Wallenborn

    Skilled copy editor, writer

    United States - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 6

    As a detail-oriented editor and writer with 20 years experience in the journalism industry, I provide high-quality services for manuscripts, reports, and articles for a variety of venues. The Chicago Manual of Style, AP Stylebook, and Strunk and White's Elements of Style are my go-to literary handbooks. I believe that communication with my client is key to the success of producing stellar copy while keeping their own voice intact and keeping the reader hooked throughout. I understand that my role is to advise and "fix," but in the end, the product is their own. As a writer AND copyeditor, I understand both sides of the process; I believe that gives me unique understanding while I handle another's work. Comments from a few happy clients: "Heidi Wallenborn is extremely professional and dedicated to her tasks. She provides quality work and is reliable to deliver on schedule. She is easy to communicate with and responds promptly to messages. She will not disappoint." "I had a great experience with Heidi. She's a skilled editor and an all around joy to work with. She did a great job polishing my writing while still maintaining my voice. Highly recommended!" "Heidi is a natural-born writer. Dedicated and passionate about producing top quality articles, her work is one of the highest standards in writing I've seen. This contract has ended because we renegotiated and started another." "Wonderful writer and original thinker, Heidi was fantastic to work with. Her travel articles were top quality, well researched and structured nicely. An excellent choice of contractor if you need original and unique content for your site/blog." There is a skill to telling captivating stories. I can help you tell yours. I look forward to working with you.

    $22.22 /hr
    794 hours
    4.98