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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. Liz Infante

    Liz Infante

    Professional Teacher / Freelance Writer

    Philippines - Last active: 2 months ago - Tests: 8

    I have been teaching EFL and ESL since 2002. My job includes teaching the four macro skills of communication : listening, speaking, reading, and writing. I conduct review classes for entrance examinations and other tests such as TOEFL and TOEIC. In 2007, I started training teachers to become effective EFL and ESL teachers. I occasionally do coaching for public speaking. Prior to my teaching experience, I have had jobs related to customer service and business process outsourcing owing to my linguistic and sociolinguistic competence. Since I have been a part of the labor force, I have always been doing freelance writing and editing as part time job and have earned quite a reputation for excellent outputs. I have helped quite a number of individuals in producing quality essays, theses, dissertations, and speeches. My strength lies in my superb facility of the English language, and as such I seek opportunities to be able to share my expertise to those who need help in any of the macro skills mentioned above. As for my education, I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education with English for specialization and is now taking Masters in Language and Literacy Education at University of the Philippines. I also have diplomas in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL) and Teaching English to Children (TEC).

    $20.00 /hr
    0 hours
  2. Jill Haldane

    Jill Haldane

    Academic writer and editor

    New Zealand - Last active: 02/12/2013 - Tests: 3

    WriteditNZ specialises in structure, presentation and style of academic written genres: essays and theses,business/lab/research reports, research and funding proposals, literature reviews, critical analysis, and policy/procedural documents. I also specialise in editing and proof-reading text, as well as textualisation of audio files: transcription. WriteditNZ is me, and I capitalise on the personalised service I can provide at each milestone of the job. On a daily basis at the university, I teach the theory and practice of academic writing and presentation. As a teacher, interpersonal facilitation of information, advice and ideas is my strength. Moreover, I have a trained 'reading eye' for language and syntax errors. Online, I also proof-read and edit around 10 undergraduate papers per week. Add this to my directorship of a successful Kip McGrath Educational franchise, and clients can be sure I am motivated to take on their jobs and complete them with pride. In short, I bring my huge work ethic and love of the written language to your pages. I researched, wrote and edited my 162,000 word book of oral narratives in 2008, so my clients are offered the same dedication and committment to their writing and editing projects. The list of past credentials include my book, 'An' then the World Came Tae Oor Doorstep', Collections Management Policy and Procedure manual, qualitative research and museum feasibility reports, funding proposals for my own education business, and legal reports on land usage for a city council in NZ. The time difference between NZ and the States is 12 hours+ (EST), 18 hours and 13 hours ahead of Canada andCentral Europe respectively. Geographically, I can, therefore, offer international clients an overnight service on fast projects, and I can deliver the project faster than any other contractor in the world.

    $14.72 /hr
    0 hours
  3. Cindy Summerfield

    Cindy Summerfield

    The Proven, Preferred Writer

    United States - Last active: 3 months ago - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 23

    Offering more than 20 years of professional writing and editing experience, I excel at helping others articulate facts and ideas through the written word. You provide the base knowledge--including keywords and phrases for SEO purposes--and I will help you turn that information into reader-friendly, highly effective communications. I will work hard to help you get the results you desire, and I will work equally hard to ensure you are delighted with my efforts and output along the way.

    $49.00 /hr
    0 hours
  4. Jason Greiner

    Jason Greiner


    United States - Last active: 11/21/2011 - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 5

    For more than a decade, I have been developing my skills in both the visual arts and virtually everything that has to do with the English language. I have published two books and one e-book, written for several professional and collegiate publications and worked with a number of Internet based companies. My software and general computer knowledge includes but is not limited to Adobe Photoshop and Creative Suite, Picasa, MS Office, Portrait Professional, Social Networking and Youtube. Having gained recognition as an expert in my field, I am confident that I can provide quality work and fulfill and needs you may have.

    $12.22 /hr
    0 hours
  5. Courtney Rice

    Courtney Rice

    Editor and Writer

    United States - Last active: 2 months ago - Tests: 6

    I have five years of experience in the publishing world. From 2007-2012, I worked as an Assistant Editor and Administrative Assistant for Standard Publishing, a Christian publishing company in Cincinnati, OH. During that time, I edited many products and even co-write a few children's books. I have a BA in English, and a Master's in Library and Information Science. Currently, I work as a school librarian and teacher at a private junior/senior high school. I would love more opportunities to write and edit a variety of products.

    $10.00 /hr
    0 hours
  6. Christopher Castro

    Christopher Castro

    Freelance/Consultant Writer/Editor

    United States - Last active: 11/13/2012 - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 3

    You want something written well, concisely and clearly that conveys the proper message to your customer. You want a writer who has the technical, grammatical and creative expertise to tackle any project. I have over ten years experience in the IT industry as a technical writer, served as publications manager for literary journals and convention newsletters. I am also an aspiring novelist. I am an expert in the Microsoft Office Suite, Framemaker, InDesign and Visio. My web development skills include HTML, XML, CSS and Javascript. I also have extensive experience with process writing and government regulations, including SOX compliance.

    $20.00 /hr
    0 hours
  7. Sylvia Valentic

    Sylvia Valentic

    Croatian/Serbian-English or English-Croatian/Serbian Translator

    United Kingdom - Last active: 05/07/2014 - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 3

    I am a native Croatian/Serbian speaker with a Masters Degree in English and English Literature from Zagreb University, based in London. Mature, good writing and journalism skills, lots of translating and administrative experience, excellent in grammar and editing. Fast and reliable worker. Would undertake any type of general, literary, art, media or technical translation as well as editing. Have a full time day job so able to carry out the translating duties in the evenings and at weekends. Happy to negotiate and undertake fixed price jobs.

    $12.22 /hr
    0 hours
  8. Robert Kemmett

    Robert Kemmett

    Freelance Writer

    United States - Last active: 12/07/2012 - Tests: 4

    A creative and passionate professional looking for an opportunity to use experience and education to benefit others through the art of writing. Working as a sales associate, sales representative and chef gives me uniquely excelled people and communication skills. As a writer, I use my gift of gab to connect with my audience and grab their attention. I am a no-nonsense individual who provides employers with quality work that exceeds expectations. I am seeking a position to quench my thirst for creative writing and satisfy the hunger of others for knowledge and information.

    $11.11 /hr
    0 hours
  9. Michelle Greysen

    Michelle Greysen

    Professional Freelance Writer / Copywriter / Publishing / Author

    Canada - Last active: 11/04/2013 - Tests: 6 - Portfolio: 1

    Michelle Greysen ... is an edgy articulate professional freelance writer. Her work can be read in a variety of publications across the country, including many cover stories and features to her byline credit. Michelle's background in the print industry and her past corporate career as a publisher gives her an ability to see the story from both sides of the page. Her copy not only produces an enjoyable read but appeals to the demographic of the publication and weaves a tale that is editorially sound but also a perfect fit for the market from all angles, readership and revenue. The global publishing dilemma, the chicken-and-egg argument of editorial versus advertising and which side truly sells magazine, is a non-issue with Ms. Greysen's copy. Her well-researched storyline fits the publication as a whole, meeting and exceeding both editorial and publishing needs. Her extensive background lends itself to a perfect fit as a sharp copy writer with the skill set to polish your web site or marketing materials to position your venture for greater sales and success. Michelle not only gets-it in this competitive multiple-media product world, she also tells a great story, writes polished copy and professionally delivers - clean and on time!

    $83.33 /hr
    4 hours
  10. Amy Baker

    Amy Baker

    Talented content and copy writer

    United Kingdom - Last active: 3 months ago - Tests: 2

    My writing portfolio can be viewed at or I have eight years editorial experience writing magazine and online content primarily for the travel sector for publications including Easyjet Traveller, Ryanair Magazine, Jetaway and TNT. My most recent position was as Assistant Editor of the Overseas Guides Company (OGC). Through weekly newsletters, magazine editorial and online content the OGC has secured its position as the leading supplier of valuable information for people looking to move overseas in the UK and the readership now stands at close to 70,000. I was responsible for generating content ideas, managing a team of 15 writers, interviewing and writing a large amount of the content. In addition to my editorial experience I am an experienced copywriter and have written content for a range of clients including Havana Club Rum, Bacardi, Glenfiddich, The British Association of Anger Management and Tropicana.

    $45.56 /hr
    0 hours