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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. Taylor Basilio

    Taylor Basilio

    Copywriter, Blogger, Editor

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

    Hi! I'm a former marketing professional and now full-time freelancer. I can help with copywriting, copyediting, and more, and I'm always interested in new, challenging projects. Some current and prior professional writing experiences include: - Blogging for my personal lifestyle blog, as well as publishing companies, interior designers, and more - Articles for parenting websites, horoscope websites, etc. - Editing autobiographies and novels - Developing web content for a variety of websites - Developing and editing Facebook copy, Facebook ads - Product descriptions and reviews - Creative, personal work such as marriage vows and love letters Publicatons include: - HelloGiggles - Our Military Kids - Feel free to ask me about my blog or articles to see a sample of my writing, and I'm always happy to send my resume. I look forward to hearing from you!

    $27.78 /hr
    46 hours
  2. Dori Thomas

    Dori Thomas

    Proofreader | Copywriter | Editor | Tutor | Blogger | Film Lover

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 2

    To see my resume, simply visit Need help finding the right words or correcting your grammar? If so, I’d love to help. I am a skilled writer, proofreader, editor and tutor with a passion for contemporary literature and film. One of my favorite things to do is to help people improve and update old copy and to proofread and edit academic writing and fiction. That said, I am open to all sorts of writing and editing jobs. I graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in English and a certificate in linguistics in June of 2014. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on evil in the works of Tolkien and Rowling and was given a departmental award for my work. More than anything, my time at Princeton taught me how to read and write effectively, to read closely, to think analytically, and to express complex and original ideas in writing. I have been an active freelancer on oDesk since July of 2014. While working through oDesk, I have gained numerous skills that make me a good candidate for a variety of writing, editing, and proofreading jobs. I have proofread sales copy, academic writing, sales pitches, fiction, social media posts, DVD packages and more. I have also written and edited website copy, press releases, professional emails, blog posts, menu copy, recipes, advertisements, academic writing, fiction, and hundreds of product descriptions. In my spare time I run, a film blog where I review, discuss, and analyze movies. Though I graduated with a degree in English, film is my real passion. As ridiculous as it may sound, movies are one of the only things that I truly love, and I would be extremely grateful for a chance to work for those that make them and (maybe) to even eventually make them myself. In March of 2015, I began working as an English, literature, and writing tutor through InstaEDU. I often edit and provide feedback on essays and help ESL students make their writing sound more fluent. I also help students understand questions pertaining to grammar and literature. If you have a project that you believe I would be a good fit for, feel free to contact me. Also, if you would like to see samples of a particular type of writing, just let me know.

    $16.50 /hr
    1,539 hours
  3. 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
    529 hours
  4. Peter Guess

    Peter Guess

    copy-editor and proofreader, SfEP Advanced Professional Member

    Poland - Last active: 10 days ago - Tests: 19 - Portfolio: 13

    • native English copy-editor and proofreader • Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) • trained by the Publishing Training Centre, London • ranked 1st on Upwork — 'Understanding Differences in British and American English' • ranked 2nd on Upwork — 'UK English Editing Skills (Oxford style)' • 13 skills tests ranked in the top 1% on Upwork Authors often find it difficult to be completely objective about their own work because they are so familiar and involved with it. If you are worried about embarrassing grammar slips, elusive typos or erratic punctuation, I can help. I am meticulous and tenacious about identifying those tiny imperfections, the ones you know must be there but cannot find. I would like you to be as confident as possible about publishing, proud to place your work on public view. To ensure that your message is communicated clearly, concisely, consistently and correctly, I will correct errors in grammar, punctuation, word usage and typography—I aim to allow your work to reach its audience without distraction from the content. Whether you have a 500-page book requiring a full copy-edit, or a 50-word email needing a quick proofread, I would be glad to help—no job is too big or too small. There is a certain amount of overlap between what a copy-editor does and what a proofreader does, and both services are often offered by an individual editorial professional. Traditionally, proofreading is the final stage of the editorial process and can be seen as a final check before publication. Sometimes a manuscript will have been through developmental and substantive editing in addition to copy-editing, design and typesetting. It is a proofreader's responsibility to catch any errors or blemishes which may have been missed or introduced at previous stages of the editorial process. On other occasions authors will be self-publishing and need a second pair of eyes to catch errors that have eluded them due to their familiarity and involvement with the project. This is where the services of a copy-editor or proofreader are the ideal choice. Although no editorial process can consistently guarantee an error-free publication, I have a proven track record of delivering results that meet the highest of professional standards.

    $35.00 /hr
    360 hours
  5. Luke L.

    Luke L.

    Skilled copyeditor, transcriptionist, audio, general logistics

    United States - Last active: 5 days ago - Tests: 5

    I'm an avid editor/typist/transcriber with an absolute hunger for new experiences and work that I consider interesting. I have lifelong experience in writing and editing, and formally I've been doing all copyediting for a popular photography eBook site. I am an in-demand transcriptionist with a variety of experience ranging from video for captioning to light legal and medical, focus groups, IDIs ... you name it! I am particularly fond of copyediting novels for beginning authors. My transcription experience (I'm always responsible for my own proofing) has given me the skills to skillfully and thoroughly proof and copyedit virtually any type of content. I bid on jobs that look interesting and different to me. I'm always interested in learning new things or new ways to do things and I seek out those exciting opportunities to do so. My assistance can help provide the edge you need. I don't just complete a task for you; I work to absolutely exceed your expectations and deliver a product or service that's beyond perfect. My clients from oDesk and otherwise come back again and again. Hire me for your job and find out why! Please note that I will not complete lengthy unpaid assessment or testing/training periods. I can provide examples of my work happily upon request, and I will complete showcase exercises for free that take no more than a few minutes, or we can discuss a discounted rate for such.

    $10.00 /hr
    91 hours
  6. Jean Hilde-Fulghum

    Jean Hilde-Fulghum

    Female voice talent, native English speaker, warm/sincere/believable!

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 12

    My goal is to make your voiceover project sound fabulous! My specialty is providing a warm, sincere, believable female vocal presence that will convince and reassure your clients, bringing you better results. In addition, I can be the hip young thing on your IVR system, the knowledgeable teacher (I'm a retired lawyer) for your online ed class, the midwestern mom selling your product, the classy British art expert narrating your travelogue, the techno-geek explaining your computer course or website, as well as the dangerous dame in your video game or the little kid who brings your latest iPad children's story to life! You know the old saying, " Fast, Good, or Inexpensive: Pick Two"? Well, I give you all three, and more! I bring to all my projects professionalism, timeliness, creativity, flexibility, and a great sense of humor, all at an affordable price. I specialize in quick turnarounds (often within 24 hours or less!) and can easily work on short notice. Thanks for your time! I look forward to working with you. :-) Video demo reels here:

    $55.56 /hr
    45 hours
  7. Russ C.

    Russ C.

    Senior Technical Author, Microsoft Word and Self-publishing Wizard

    Thailand - Last active: 3 days ago - Tests: 50 - Portfolio: 96

    A professional, diligent, multi-talented author with a proven track record in producing documentation across many industries. A native British national with advanced Microsoft Word skills, and a wealth of experience as a technical author, proof-reader, editor, and self-publishing wizard, means I can transform your work from where it is, to where it needs to be, while maintaining or achieving the highest standards. - - - - "Exceptional eye to detail."- - - - * With excellent skills in PowerPoint, Excel, and many other common programs, such as PhotoShop, Wordpress and other Internet-related apps, you will gain one of the most important factors when looking for professionals online - peace-of-mind. - - - - "Russ was amazing to work with..." - - - - * Peace-of-mind that allows you to focus on what YOU need to do to build your business; peace-of-mind about not having to worry about whether your money is being well spent; and, the peace-of-mind from knowing that you have made the right choice and that you will get what you need, on time, ahead of budget, and of the highest quality. - - - - "It was a pleasure to work with you..." - - - - * I believe in trust, I believe in relationships, and I believe in satisfaction. Most of my clients, on oDesk/Upwork (and elsewhere) are repeat clients and this only comes through listening to and delivering what they need; and that only occurs through effective communication, feedback, and flexibility. - - - - "...if you need someone with Russ' skills, we can't recommend him highly enough." - - - -* Indeed, when reviews include the above client comments (all taken from client feedback available in full in my work history), you know that not only are you are making a sound choice, but also you are getting the best for your money and you are getting that oh so valuable peace-of-mind that you both want and need. So why risk it? I have been a Word user for 21-years, a technical author for 18, a designer of professional Word templates for just a little less, am a qualified English Language teacher (CELTA), have a 1st Class Honours degree in English Language (with High Academic Achievement award), and guarantee my work 100%. - - - -"Russ was perfect for the task (and perfect for most tasks, I'd imagine)" - - - -* If you have any questions about me, about the work I've done, if you think I can help you, or are even just after some advice, then feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, Russ * Quotes are from client feedback on my profile below.

    $50.00 /hr
    1,338 hours
  8. Brynn Tyszka

    Brynn Tyszka

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

    United States - Last active: 4 days 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
  9. Sara S.

    Sara S.

    Highly organized and energetic communications professional

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

    With more than seven years of experience in public relations, marketing, social media management and event planning in both agency and not-for-for profit settings, I am a confident and capable communicator. Advanced experience in writing, editing and promotional material content production. I love new and social media and have managed online accounts for large and small not-for-profit organizations, as well as a major travel company. View my work here:

    $32.22 /hr
    1,567 hours
  10. Alex Blackburn

    Alex Blackburn

    Native English writer, editor and proofreader

    Netherlands - Last active: 3 days ago - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 5

    I'm a native English speaker who specialises in proofreading and editing novels written by non-native English writers. I also have over a years worth of experience in writing and editing online and offline content. I am perfectly fluent in both UK and US English and have completed jobs writing and editing in both. From my 5 star rating you can tell I am fast, reliable and accurate. I am also always readily available and am good at communicating with clients. Born in England and with 'A's (top 25%) in both GCSE English Language and Literature, and a good eye for detail, I possess accurate, reliable and consistent skills in proofreading and editing. I have attended University for several years and attained a 2:1 (Hons) degree in Film & Television Studies and since then I have been writing regularly for my own enjoyment. In recent months I have been proofreading and editing fictional historical novels for an acquaintance and wish to do more of this kind of work.

    $16.67 /hr
    404 hours