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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. Chelsy P.

    Chelsy P.

    Proofreader, Editor, and Historian

    United States - Last active: 4 months ago - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 1

    I've not been writing "for as long as I can remember," but relatively close. Next to history, it's always been my passion. I showed that by challenging myself to write a novel once a year in 30 days, by being published in my university literary magazine, by blogging for a popular tourism website for my town, and helping with historical presentations, but I want more. I want to expand my writing expertise and, hopefully, expand my talent. Editing comes naturally to me, and I enjoy helping others write more fluently. I have a B.S. in European History and am currently employed as a docent at a local history museum. I am interested in continuing historical research in addition to writing.

    $12.22 /hr
    15 hours
  2. Thomas Steiger

    Thomas Steiger

    IT Expert, Translator and Writer

    Switzerland - Last active: 06/05/2014 - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 1

    Hello I am from Switzerland and my native language is German. I also speak and write fluent English. I was CEO of a small company that provides Telecommunication and Networking-Services to customers. In this time I was able to obtain a large knowledge in IT, socialmedia marketing, proofreading, writing and administrative work. I am very familiar with most CMS, hence I am able to administrate your Blog/Website/Facebook/Twitter/Linked-in/Ebay/Amazon Accounts. With my abilities to converse and write the German and English languages, I am able to translate English content into German, easily and reliably, or vice-versa. I am used to working independently. I am new here, and very keen on building a portfolio of work. I would appreciate any opportunities of work.

    $20.00 /hr
    23 hours
  3. Matt H.

    Matt H.


    United States - Last active: 03/27/2014 - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 3

    Hi! My name's Matt, and I'm a writer. I've done web copy, blogs, travel journalism, SEO, short fiction, essays, press releases, book reviews, and more. I'm only interested in jobs where I can hone my skills as a writer and editor. I work with words. My favorite clients have clear objectives and maintain an open line of communication. SAMPLES A choice portfolio of blogs and articles can be found at this address: I also curated Circuits, a web design and development blog, from August 2011 - August 2013, so I invite you to poke around over there: If you want more writing samples, such as web/sales copy, please ask and I will send them separately.

    $27.78 /hr
    50 hours
  4. Jason Dickson

    Jason Dickson

    Content Coordinator and Expert Content Writer w/ Journalism Background

    United States - Last active: 11/10/2013 - Tests: 11 - Portfolio: 6

    I have accepted content writing and blogging contracts via oDesk since 2012. As a former journalist and current professional content coordinator who writes, edits and leads a team of content writers for a multinational Internet company, I am a talented and reliable asset with a great set of skills. I am also a very strong marketing writer and a public relations expert, and I plan to accept more writing and editing work in the coming year.

    $19.00 /hr
    638 hours
  5. John Little

    John Little

    Skilled Freelance Writer & Editor

    United States - Last active: 02/15/2013 - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 2

    I have worked as a freelance writer and editor for online publications, blogs, and customer-facing websites for close to three years. During this time, I have become highly proficient in SEO-style writing, social media marketing, and creating exciting and engaging blog content. The companies I have worked for have ranged from eCommerce, to tech, to universities, as well as global brands. As a result, I have the skills and knowledge to write appropriate content for a wide variety of businesses in a wide variety of styles.

    $30.00 /hr
    21 hours
  6. Laurie Nylund

    Laurie Nylund

    Business services/Project Management/Freelance writer

    United States - Last active: 03/26/2013 - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 4

    Based in the US, I'm looking to expand my current clientele and broaden the categories of business and writing services I typically provide. My experience includes technical management, project management, product management, marketing, and technical/creative writing. I have significant experience in creating/modifying/editing technical documentation (user guides, case studies, white papers, etc.) for software and hardware companies as well as writing/ghostwriting small business and corporate blogs. I am skilled in all Adobe products (particularly FrameMaker and Robohelp) in addition to the obvious Microsoft Office products. I frequently work in WordPress and have some experience with MadCap Flare as well.

    $66.67 /hr
    83 hours
  7. Emily D.

    Emily D.

    Editor & Copywriter

    United States - Last active: 04/11/2014 - Tests: 5

    I bring to projects a fresh perspective, a tight grasp on grammar, and a 5+ year track record of successful and creative campaigns. My résumé offers more details about the roles I have played as a copywriter and editor in publishing and new media industries for nearly a decade. Please also check out my portfolio:

    $44.44 /hr
    599 hours
  8. Cheryl Conant

    Cheryl Conant

    Graphic Designer

    United Kingdom - Last active: 2 months ago - Tests: 1

    Graphic Desiner looking for freelance projects to supplement my job at an advertising agency. I have obtained my M.A in Graphic Design & Art Direction as well as having undergraduate degrees in design and literature. I have extensive experience in branding and marketing, web design, UX, and have worked at a globally recognised packaging design agency and have received several design awards.

    $33.33 /hr
    35 hours
  9. Mike Klepfer

    Mike Klepfer


    United States - Last active: 03/12/2014 - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 5

    I've been a freelance writer since 2010. I've written about local news, small business, arts and food for the Southeast Examiner newspaper of Portland. I've also provided commercial writing, including content, blogging and articles for websites such as Practical Environmentalist and The Innovation Diaries, covering a wide range of topics, such as environmental matters, food preservation, gardening and homesteading. I've also written about Permaculture and community supported agriculture for The Food Garden, a Biodynamic farm based in Australia. As a journalist, I want to employ increasingly diverse and fluid media to not only tell stories, but do so more completely and target audiences more precisely. I also want to try a variety of story forms and continue honing my language, translating the real world to the written word. As a commercial freelancer, I will train skills learned in the field towards making information clear, exact, interesting and specific to your desired demographic.

    $22.22 /hr
    48 hours
  10. Simcha Chairsky

    Simcha Chairsky

    English to French Translator, Writer and Editor

    Israel - Last active: 01/22/2014 - Tests: 9 - Portfolio: 3

    You want to reach out to the French speaking community? I can translate from English to French or Hebrew to French: articles, books, company profiles, websites, product descriptions and more. A French native speaker and a journalist, I am also a creative writer and can edit any text into perfect French.

    $14.44 /hr
    23 hours