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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. Rebecca K.

    Rebecca K.

    Creative Content and Copy

    United States - Tests: 6 - Portfolio: 9

    I am a compulsive perfectionist who has been writing since 1994: blogs, press releases, novels, articles, short fiction, essay, and at least one poem a day. I specialize in concision, precision, and impact. My style ranges from upbeat and friendly to polished, professional. Let me help you create captivating blog content, write your bio, your copy, even your love story. UPDATE: I am not available for large, long-term projects at this time. For short copy-writing/editing tasks, I have a few hours available on weekends only. Writing Experience 2001-Present Maintained a writing blog: wrote how-to articles, samples of creative writing, journal entries on novel process, and method research. See http://rebeccaprompted.wordpress.com . Created content for a family lifestyle blog, which included recipes, tutorials, crafts, humor, and journal entries. Wrote and published press releases for non-profit community organizations in Susanville, California, for local news outlets. Wrote one mainstream novel and one YA novel (in progress), as well as a wide variety of short fiction and poetry. Auditioned as an essay finalist on the Listen To Your Mother Show 2013, in Austin, TX. 1997-2001 California Baptist University Studied Ancient Languages and Spanish Literature, wrote research papers, literary essays, and text analysis. Translated ancient literature. Taught Spanish, writing, and grammar in the university language laboratory. 1994-1997 Studied American and British Literature. Wrote, wrote, and rewrote under a strict writing coach.

    $58.00 /hr
    226 hours
    4.99
  2. Christi Aldridge

    Christi Aldridge

    Word Lover, Spelling Corrector, and Article Creator

    United States - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 16

    I have a degree in Advertising and Public Relations, with a minor in Journalism. I was an award winning columnist for my university paper, and wrote articles for the school's magazine as well. I am creative and love to express that. I have been writing online for the past five years specializing in areas such as crafts, entertainment, beauty and fashion, home decor, DIY, kids' activities and parties, holiday ideas, electronics, jewelry, clothing, and literature. I am also trained in copywriting, opinion articles and public relations writing. I'm a grammar and spelling lover and adore editing as well as writing and have taken copyediting classes. I have a sharp sense of humor, flawless spelling and grammar skills and I tend to work very hard but very fast. I'm experienced with social networking, HTML, Microsoft Word, SEO writing and blogging. I love coming up with ideas and being creative so my articles aren't run of the mill. I'm friendly, social and great with customers and clients as well. I was named one of Yahoo's Top Writers of 2012, and stay busy with projects ranging from social media, product descriptions, blogs, and Buying Guides to page reviews and ratings, article writing, and editing. I love the written word, especially when it's spelled properly! I'm prompt, trustworthy, and strive for excellence every day, and I enjoy becoming a better writer with each project I work on.

    $27.78 /hr
    2,237 hours
    5.00
  3. Linda Reyburn Shirey

    Linda Reyburn Shirey

    E-book Proofreader and Content Editor

    United States - Tests: 13 - Portfolio: 4

    Small business writers are often too busy or distracted to pay careful attention to tricky details like subject-verb alignment or storyline flow. I help by editing and rewriting e-books and business documents that require some research, or content revision that gives a 'native' sound to British or American audiences. My goal is to enhance the true message by polishing prose until mistakes evaporate. Favorite Jobs: re-writing business e-books and start-up documents; editing sci-fi/fantasy novels. Least Favorite Jobs: writing press releases; proofreading a train manual. Strengths: word revision, spelling, vocabulary, concept flow. Continuing Education: working on a paralegal certificate. Automatic Job Refusals: romance/erotica e-books, 'spin' articles, wage robbery (i.e. less than $7 per hour).

    $19.50 /hr
    974 hours
    4.94
  4. Siobhan Gallagher

    Siobhan Gallagher

    American Editor, Proofreader, Author

    France - Tests: 12 - Portfolio: 35

    A full-time American freelance editor and creative writer, and one of oDesk's most sought after editors, I am skilled in US, Canadian, Australian, and UK English styles. (Yes, there really are differences.) Highly professional and hard-working, I tackle every project as if it were my own, and am scrupulous in finding flaws. A member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, I have structurally and technically edited, proofed, and indexed numerous books, fiction and nonfiction, for publishers around the world, and worked with authors to shape their work into publishable material, including doctoral theses and scientific/academic books and journal articles. (See my portfolio for links to a selection of these published works.) I use Chicago Manual of Style but can apply AP and other style guides if you so request. I'm currently working on both a historical novel and a travel memoir, and two of my short stories were recognized by Writer's Digest Magazine from among more than 19,000 competitors. Please review the hundreds of 5-star-rated comments on my work product from previous oDesk clients and my topnotch proficiency test scores; see my website at http://www.yourbesteditor.com for further information. Please be advised that, like many full-time skilled editors, I work Monday to Friday, normal business hours and am typically booked four to six weeks out at minimum—available slots go quickly and must generally be reserved well in advance. Six to eight weeks is the normal period between contract and start time. Please don't ask for last minute rush jobs unless you're already an established client. Thank you.

    $33.50 /hr
    3,683 hours
    4.99
  5. Alex ST

    Alex ST

    20-y experience, Professional & Topnotch Services

    Indonesia - Tests: 1

    My profound experience in language skill for seventeen years, particularly in English>Indonesian vv pairs, I believe will suit with any translation services. My clients come from local and international companies. In these last six months I have dealt with more than 20 international clients, which are willingly content to work again with me for future projects. My translation specialties are advertising and public relation, medical and health care, computer and softwares, business, banking and marketing, E-commerce, IT and engineering, hotel and hospitality services, tourism and lifestyle fields. I have translated various patent documents, for instance automotive and car tire control, scientific chemical products such as chemicals for high-tech textile product, medical chemistry (pharmaceuticals and medical interventions), etc. As well, I have experiences in copy writing project, promotional marketing and advertising purposes, transcription, DTP, localization, pedagogy, subtitling, voice over/dubbing. Proofreading is one of my best services. One and the main of my CAT tools is SDL Studio Trados 2011.

    Groups: Certified Translation Professionals, oTranslators

    $38.89 /hr
    115 hours
    5.00
  6. Nathan D.

    Nathan D.

    Experienced Manager - Content Management

    United States - Tests: 11 - Portfolio: 3

    Nathan DeMetz provides content management services to various companies via the freelancer website oDesk. Currently engaged in ongoing projects with eBay, he focuses primarily on quality assurance. Additionally, Nathan works with content creators to help them understand and implement changes in the project processes over time, and works closely with project managers to ensure requirements and deadlines are met. Previously, Nathan worked in the hospitality industry as management, leading the better part of two-dozen employees through day-to-day activities. In this role, he also worked closely with business-to-business customers as well as the average traveler to increase guest satisfaction and increase sales. Nathan's prior management experience also includes overseeing daily activities in the lamination department of Medtec Ambulance and two stints as a receiving group leader with separate companies. Outside of his day job, Nathan operates Nathan DeMetz Personal Training, as he has a desire to help people reach their fitness and health goals, in hopes that this will lead to a better life for these people, who will in turn pay it forward.

    Groups: MediaPiston Writers, Pro Customer Service

    $22.22 /hr
    918 hours
    5.00
  7. Robert Macias

    Robert Macias

    Professional Editor Since 1987

    United States - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 6

    I’ve been the lead editor at two magazines and three online publications. Since becoming a full-time freelancer in 2009, I’ve acquired significant experience in academic editing, book editing, screenplay editing, and editing corporate content ranging from annual reports to newsletters. I’ll help you avoid embarrassing mistakes while preserving your unique voice. For fixed-fee editing projects, I’ll need to see the document before giving you a firm bid. Standard rates: Academic editing (APA stylebook), book editing, and business editing: 3 cents per word Online article/web content editing: 5 cents per word Screenplay editing (submitted in MS Word format): 1 cent per word Writing: 20 cents per word

    $33.33 /hr
    36 hours
    5.00
  8. Melissa Johnson

    Melissa Johnson

    Copy editor and copy writer

    United States - Tests: 13 - Portfolio: 2

    Since 2010, I have worked as a freelance editor, writer, and marketer with a focus on one thing: Outstanding content. My work in the digital space includes large-scale content projects for eBay and other companies, but I have come to find that my passion lies with small businesses, and I've been fortunate enough to carve out a niche for myself doing just that: helping small business owners and entrepreneurs with all of their content needs. Whether I'm writing or editing, my goal is the same: deliver clear, concise, appealing copy for my clients. I have experience in an eclectic array of fields—I've written and edited corporate and executive biographies, e-commerce product descriptions, and articles for topics such as health, food, fashion, home and garden, insurance, financial planning, and more. Lately, I've focused my skills on website copy, blogging, and marketing materials, as well as SEO, particularly in relation to e-commerce, entrepreneurship, and technology. With each project, I meticulously research the topic and provide original, worthwhile content that goes above and beyond the generic. One of my biggest strengths is taking complex material and breaking it down into an easily accessible discussion. I always strive to get into the mindset of the target audience, so that I can answer their questions and ease their concerns. Over the years, I've developed multiple style guides and I love helping to shape a company's voice. My command of grammar is impeccable, and even though I am a native U.S. English speaker, I have also done work for Australian and U.K.-based content. I also have experience using social media platforms for businesses, including Facebook and HootSuite. My skillsets also include SEO and basic HTML. If you're looking for an enthusiastic blogger or copywriter who learns quickly and embraces new challenges and opportunities, I'd love to hear from you!

    $24.00 /hr
    2,794 hours
    4.94
  9. Jade Hughes

    Jade Hughes

    Freelance Writer/Editor/Proofreader

    United States - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 4

    I specialize in writing articles (online and print), essays, blog posts, short stories, profiles, descriptions and summaries but can expand to writing just about anything I put my mind to. Topics include (but are not limited to): travel, art, history, music, lifestyle, parenting, politics, literature and fashion. Fluent in English (native language) and French, I have lived in many different countries and currently reside in the United States. I am extremely flexible and deadline driven. I have an MA in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing and over the past 10 years have written articles, profiles, press releases and interviews on a freelance basis. During 9 these 10 years I was also a full-time employee for two different companies in charge of creating training manuals, profiles, internal and external articles, product descriptions and vendor-to-client written communication practices. I am currently freelancing full time.

    $22.22 /hr
    29 hours
    4.99
  10. Kellilynn Hann

    Kellilynn Hann

    Experienced Sales Copywriter

    United States - Tests: 14 - Portfolio: 5

    I'm a highly experienced copywriter and editor specializing in sales letters and marketing copy, including product descriptions, landing pages, direct mail pieces, and advertisements. I also edit existing content to improve sales/response rates. I've been working as a copywriter for over 18 years, with 10 of those years as a full-time freelancer. Freelancing is not a side job for me, it's my business, so you can be sure I'll give your project my full attention. I am dependable, professional, and very easy-going. Quality is important to me, and I'm certain you'll be as happy with my work as other clients have been. Please see my feedback scores and comments (they're pretty fabulous) and feel free to browse my portfolio. I'm happy to accept invitations to interview-- you can either post a job and send me an invitation or contact me directly if you'd like to discuss the project first. I look forward to hearing from you, Kellilynn

    $50.00 /hr
    715 hours
    4.97