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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. Daniel Roy

    Daniel Roy

    Game Writer and Editor

    Canada - Tests: 2

    I am a freelance game writer and editor with extensive experience in the videogame industry. Prior to my freelance career, I was a senior producer for EA BioWare and a producer for Ubisoft. My videogame credits include "Splinter Cell Double Agent" and "Ghost Recon 2." I also have extensive experience in almost all segments of creative and technical writing, including marketing, business presentations, grantwriting, and copywriting.

    Groups: MediaPiston Writers

    $33.33 /hr
    63 hours
  2. Matt Leppard

    Matt Leppard

    Experienced, professional editor and writer

    Indonesia - Portfolio: 12

    Need a professional but only finding amateurs on Upwork? You can stop looking. I am a native English speaker, writer and award-winning editor with more than 18 years' professional experience in the media. My skillset includes quick and accurate copy-editing, writing and proofreading, as well as advising on design and layout. I can write or edit in both British English and American English, and am very flexible with regards to deadlines or urgent work. My previous jobs have ranged from PR agency work and press-release writing to scientific editing to web copy writing to writing opinion pieces for a national newspaper. I consider myself highly experienced in creative writing, as well as rewriting and copy-editing, and have a professional-level grasp of English grammar, spelling and syntax. I can adapt to any style, undertake any job, and deliver fast and superior results. All jobs considered.

    $33.00 /hr
    13 hours
  3. Lisa Kirchner

    Lisa Kirchner

    Wellness Author, Journalist, and Researcher

    United States - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    Lisa is expert at taking an individual's or company's mission and translating it for the marketplace. Her expertise includes public relations, media outreach, consumer brands, communications, news and feature writing, blogging, event management, project management, and marketing communications for international brands and nonprofits alike. She's directed PR & marketing campaigns for some of the world's largest and most recognizable brands, including GNC, SmithKlein Beecham, and RiteAid, as well as to international nonprofit initiatives on behalf of the Tribeca Film Festival, Carnegie Mellon University and The Andy Warhol Museum. And she's also worked with authors, fitness entrepreneurs, technology startups, and independent consulting agencies to develop branded materials. Her industry experience is concentrated in education, the arts, women's health & wellness, technology, and organic products. She is also an RYT-certified yoga instructor, and a freelance writer and blogger whose work has appeared in The New York Times,, Budget Travel, as well as in her own memoir, Hello American Lady Creature: What I Learned as a Woman in Qatar (Greenpoint Press, 2014).

    $25.00 /hr
    18 hours
  4. 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
  5. Shannon Donnelly

    Shannon Donnelly

    Editor/Writer - Professional work for reasonable rates

    United States - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 2

    Professional background in fiction, online content, and technical writing. A member of Romance Writers of America since 1994. Have worked with many writers, as well as for, Warner Bros., Sony, Fox, SEGA, THQ, and other entertainment companies. Email for a full resume and list of references or visit

    $15.00 /hr
    28 hours
  6. Lauren S.

    Lauren S.

    Editor, Proofreader, Writer

    United States - Tests: 12

    I am interested in all facets of the writing process, from idea development to outlining to the final editing stages. I have degrees in Linguistics and English, years of tutoring experience--including ESL students--as well as significant experience editing literary publications. I approach projects with a keen eye, a good sense of humor, and utter commitment. My computer skills are excellent and include proficiency in entire Microsoft Office Suite, Praat, HTML. I also have good knowledge of social media practices, including blogging on platforms like WordPress and Blogger, and managing social media for businesses on Facebook and Twitter.

    $22.22 /hr
    18 hours
  7. Elyce G.

    Elyce G.

    Creative Writer

    United States - Tests: 6 - Portfolio: 4

    I have extensive experience writing short stories (over 300) and also novels and screenplays. I have excellent grammar skills and work well with deadlines. I type an average of 80 WPM. I'm familiar with Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and Word, as well as Photoshop. I have experience with several blogging platforms such as wordpress and blogspot. I am experienced in creating ebooks for sales on kindle, as well as creating PDFs. I've worked a large variety of jobs and done a lot of traveling (mostly Europe, Asia, and the United States), therefore I have a lot of different areas to pull from when writing. I speak, write, and read a high level of French and have taken Translation courses in the past. I'm interested in translating French to English as well as independent writing for all kinds of needs. I'm very flexible and dedicated to finishing commitments.

    $22.22 /hr
    1,879 hours
  8. Karen Brady Smith

    Karen Brady Smith

    Expert Proofreader and Editor

    United States - Tests: 9

    I'm an experienced editor and proofreader. My work time is flexible and includes both weekdays and weekends, so I can offer a short turnaround time. I'm self-motivated, dependable and accurate. My English skills have always been excellent, including spelling, vocabulary, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. I can write well but I prefer editing and proofreading. My work experience is varied, giving me an extensive vocabulary across a wide variety of fields. I have excellent references, both personal and professional. They'll tell you I'm accurate, reliable, honest and trustworthy. I've been working with some of my clients for 19 years. I use Microsoft Word extensively. I have a master's degree in microbiology and worked in education, research, and infection control. I have had an insurance license and a securities license and am well acquainted with that specialized vocabulary. Any of the people I've worked with or for would be happy to provide a testament to the quality and timeliness of my work. I can get your work done quickly, accurately, and reliably.

    $22.50 /hr
    21 hours
  9. Evita Z.

    Evita Z.

    Mandarin/Simplied Chinese/ Virtual Assistant/ Web Research

    China - Tests: 2

    Hello, This is a great pleasure that you are reviewing my profile. Much thanks to you. I have three years of experience as a data typist and Data proofreader in the real estate title insurance project. I could key into the current Title information, including Vesting, legal, Mortgages (sub-item, like Assignment, Subordination, Modification), Judgment and Tax, which all should be typed into Microsoft word, after processing the 2nd QA they can paste into the Data Control System. During several documents I handled, 97% accuracy rate with 50 wpm is my performance I have been keeping in. The keying and Qa process are the two important elements in the data entry, therefore if you find a person to type some data or transcription, I am the one you are looking for. Feel free to contract me at anytime. Best Regards, Evita

    $7.21 /hr
    12 hours