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Cynthia Calzone

Cynthia Calzone

Typist / Proofreader / Copy Editing

United States - Tests: 6 - Portfolio: 11

25+ years in the typing / proofreading / copy editing field. Excellent grammar, knowledge of some legal ease, fair amount of creative writing done throughout career. Copy writing available if needed, extremely imaginative and creative. Past employment did involve some contributions to article writing. Can create resumes, newsletters, brochures, etc. Research papers, theses' and manuscripts typed, proofread and edited. PROOFREADING, EDITING AND COPY WRITING RESUMES a specialty. NOW AVAILABLE FULL TIME MON.-FRI. 9:00 AM TO 8:00 PM EST. WEEKENDS AS NEEDED.

$16.67 /hr
0 hours

Therese B.

Therese B.

Expert English copy editing and proofreading

Australia - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 1

Let me help you make your point clearly, articulately and with the refinement it deserves. As a native English speaker I offer impeccable copy editing, proof reading and feedback for your non-fiction report, business documents or fiction writing. Highly versatile, I can edit in US, UK, Australian or New Zealand English, and deliver results in your chosen software. I am also a MS Word expert and can assist you with any formatting or template issues. With 13 years experience as a senior consultant and project manager in Australia I authored, reviewed and critiqued many strategic documents before publication. These documents were always clearly written, with powerful messages. My work has received a National industry award in Australia, and several reports have been instrumental in compelling governments to change public policy. When I proof read your work I will go beyond just checking the basics. I will give you feedback on the logic and flow of ideas, as well as spelling, grammar, readability and punctuation. My experience includes: - Technical reports - Academic theses - Magazine articles - Government reports - Marketing material - Business eBooks - Novels. Let me bring my accuracy and professionalism to your project, so you can have the confidence your work will be a quality piece of writing. Key skills: • Native English speaker (New Zealand and Australia) • Degree qualified - academic award for highest marks - scholarship winner • National industry award winner for strategic planning • Experienced project manager • Excellent written and oral communication skills • High level skills in software used for analysis and presentation (MapInfo GIS; MS Office Word, Excel, Access; Adobe Suite) • Professional tendering and report writing for government, public and community organisations • Skilled office administration, including set up of management systems and databases • Experienced facilitator and public speaker • Innovative thinker, seeking continual improvement.

98% Job Success
$29.00 /hr
96 hours

Patricia Guth

Patricia Guth

Web content, copy writing, news articles, editing

United States - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 10

As an experienced, published freelance journalist, I offer top quality, creative pieces on a variety of subjects, especially travel, music, and food, but can produce top-notch articles on just about any topic thanks to my excellent research skills. I also have more than 8 years experience writing about mesothelioma, asbestos-caused cancer, and have published two of my own children's books. My articles/blogs are available in a variety of styles, from keyword-optimized pieces to informative prose to articles with a bit of humor. Be assured that my work is always delivered on time and without errors.

100% Job Success
$40.00 /hr
41 hours

Virginia Hare

Virginia Hare

Exceptional. Affordable. On Time.

United States - Portfolio: 2

As a writer and editor for over 15 years, I have experience developing a variety of content types, from web copy to online articles, white papers, case studies and newsletters. Clients value working with me because I help them write the paper they need, whether they give me detailed information or simply a general concept as a starting point. I love to roll up my sleeves and learn about new concepts and technology. Many of my clients work in health technology, general technology, and IT security and compliance. Clients tend to find me easy to work with. I understand that the client is the owner of the piece that I write, so I value any and all client feedback. I ask questions when I need to. Plus, I communicate status updates regularly so that they know their project will be completed on time, barring any major roadblocks. See recent work samples at, or read some of my recent articles on IQ by Intel by searching for my name and "IQ by Intel."

$70.00 /hr
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Shoba G

Shoba G

Editorial Consultant and Writer

Singapore - Portfolio: 2

Talented, experienced and skilled editorial consultant and writer. Currently an editor-in-chief of two successfully-run published magazines. Also provide editorial and writing services in areas of web content, copywriting, magazine editorials as well as curriculum planning. Armed with a basic degree in Business Administration and a postgraduate qualification in English (Masters in EL), I was previously in the education industry, having been a Head of Department (English). Rest assured that my editorial team management experience and writing prowess will not disappoint.

$100.00 /hr
0 hours

Geoffrey Byron

Geoffrey Byron

Editor, Writer, English/Philosophy Major

Canada - Portfolio: 3

My name is Geoffrey; I am an English and Philosophy Major who has a potential long-term interest in a career in editing. I am here seeking both work experience and whatever small extra income this might bring, so that I might retain my plan of getting through my degree without any debt. I have a passion for reading and experience with writing both fiction and non-fiction, as well as editing experience for letters and essays in particular. I have written short stories, poetry, essays, and a few product reviews (predominantly of video games). I view each job as a kind of contract which I will have a vested personal interest in, and so I will do the best I possibly can to accomplish what I must in the best form possible within the time frame I am given.

$11.00 /hr
0 hours

Shaun L.

Shaun L.

Writer/Editor/Proofreader with Media background

United States

I have extensive background in writing, editing and proofing copy for many types of areas. I have creative writing experience in scriptwriting, advertising/marketing copy, fiction, industrial copy and more. I have a broad background in proofing and editing in various arenas; marketing/advertising, sports media, press releases, etc. As both a writer and an editor, I have an expertise in grammar, spelling, sentence structure and wordsmithing.

$33.00 /hr
0 hours

Abdullah Mohamed

Abdullah Mohamed

Reverse Engineer, IT Security Trainer, Analyst, Security Consultant

Egypt - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 8

Hello world, My name is Abdullah Mohamed, 21 year-old student at Alexandria University, currently studying Computer and Communication Engineering. I love Electronics, Information Technology Security field, and coding in C and Python. I've also got a little blog in which I share my technical projects from time to time, you can have a look at it from the link:

$25.00 /hr
0 hours