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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. Elvana T.

    Elvana T.

    Senior Albanian Linguist

    Albania - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 2

    For over 15 years, I have mastered in the technical and professional translation, working for public institutions and private companies. Also, I have proved to be an excellent organizer and event manager. My main competencies, apart from translation and localization, consist in reviewing and editing tasks for private companies, publishing houses or private advertising agencies, providing VO and TEP services of all kind, organizing and managing events, managing and editing web contents, as I do have an online interdisciplinary magazine, literary-oriented, which doesn't mean at all I have less skill and expertise in the other above-mentioned fields. I am open to new opportunities of collaboration, concerning translation and localization, web-content writing and editing, reviewing and editing, managing and organizing, for private subjects or businesses and companies. For other references you may check the reviews of previous clients and collaborators on my profile, you can scroll down for an expanded resume, as well you can check my profile in LinkedIn.

    Groups: Certified Translation Professionals

    $25.00 /hr
    26 hours
    5.00
  2. Elizabeth K.

    Elizabeth K.

    Writer, Narrative Designer, Science Background

    United States - Tests: 9 - Portfolio: 5

    I am a freelance writer with a background in science. I graduated with a Masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford and conducted research in the field of solar power. I write about everything from technical subjects like graphene and solar energy to human interest topics like cooking, education, health, Millennial culture, and cross-cultural communication. I have nearly ten years of experience in writing and copyediting, including writing scripts for informational videos, creating characters and dialogue for branching storytelling and alternate reality games, and developing engaging business copy like bios and website information. Because of my background in science, I have a passion for making complex ideas understandable to people from a variety of backgrounds, and with my experience living in both Europe and America, I have a global perspective and the ability to tailor my writing to diverse audiences. While completing my scientific studies, I worked part-time as a writer and program developer for a non-profit organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. My projects for them included organizing an international conference in Singapore, directing an educational summer camp, writing sketches and plays for their programs, and working with their leadership on a rebranding project. I also developed their social media marketing strategy and drafted a new mission statement and policy documents to support their vision. To research, write and edit a high-quality blog post or article, I charge around $50 for 300-500 words, $75 for 1,000 words, and $100 for 1500 words. My rates can be negotiated if less research is required. For editing (including academic editing), I charge $8.50 per double-spaced page. For clients who prefer to pay hourly, I can edit approximately six pages in an hour (again, rates negotiable if less significant editing is required). I look forward to making new connections and expanding my areas of knowledge!

    $50.00 /hr
    57 hours
    4.96
  3. James W. Steury

    James W. Steury

    Writer and Editor

    United States - Tests: 13 - Portfolio: 26

    During my career, I have had the privilege of writing on a wide variety of topics in a wide variety of styles for a wide variety of media formats. I have edited everything from letters to books to app user interfaces (UI) and have annotated countless pages as part of a Natural Language Processing (NLP) program. If effective language is your desire, whatever the field, whatever the topic, whatever the style – whether it’s new words or improved words – my expertise is your best solution. My (Short) Bio: James W. Steury is a freelance writer and editor who enjoys keyboard shortcuts, good pens, tea, and cranking out 2,000 words a day. When he’s not pounding away on his mechanical keyboard he’s usually walking around town searching for inspiration or at the library wishing it had a more extensive science fiction collection. His life goals include deadlifting twice his body weight, owning the complete twenty volume Oxford English Dictionary, and writing more than Didymus Chalcenterus. He prefers cats over dogs, Star Trek over Star Wars, and the company of his wife over all else.

    $27.78 /hr
    1,646 hours
    4.98
  4. Lynne Patterson

    Lynne Patterson

    Proofreading, Editing, Rewriting

    United States - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 3

    My talents lie in the areas of written communication, researching, creating documents, proofreading, editing, rewriting, and organization of information, with great attention to detail and accuracy. I have experience with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Publisher, and Excel. My years of work history include grant writing for a nonprofit educational organization, light bookkeeping, retail, and clerical positions. I am self-motivated, dedicated, and enthusiastic. I enjoy and look forward to learning new skills and tasks.

    $18.00 /hr
    755 hours
    4.83
  5. Helen G.

    Helen G.

    Proofreader & Copy-Editor

    United Kingdom - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 2

    I am an experienced proofreader and copy-editor from the UK with qualifications in English Language. I understand the use of grammar, and can also proofread to a high standard. I have excellent grammatical and spelling skills, with qualifications in English Language. My keen eye for detail allows me to pick up on any mistakes, and produce work to a very high standard. I am very hard-working and reliable and can always achieve deadlines. I have a passion for reading and writing and work well with other people.

    $23.33 /hr
    2,342 hours
    4.99
  6. Laurie B.

    Laurie B.

    Proofreader and Copy Editor

    United States - Tests: 31 - Portfolio: 3

    I am a native speaker of U.S. English with extensive experience in proofreading, editing and more recent experience with copy editing. My skills have given me the ability to handle and process both large and small projects well under deadlines. As you can see by my skills list, I have a mastery of the English written word and can offer advice, upon request, to improve upon your work or to simply correct your documents with complete and thorough professionalism. I am available to discuss and review your project at your convenience, and can be easily reached by email or phone. For the record, I also possess extensive experience as an administrative assistant, also making me proficient in all of the most common MS office programs on the market today. I look forward to helping your projects reach their fullest potential.

    $14.96 /hr
    382 hours
    4.90
  7. Francine Rudd

    Francine Rudd

    USA Native provides proofreading, editing, fact-finding, rewriting.

    United States - Tests: 9 - Portfolio: 5

    Professional writers always have someone looking over their shoulders making certain that what they say is what they mean to say in a way that enhances their message. They have editors and proofreaders drawing them in a better direction, framing great ideas in the best light with words and mechanics that allow the reader to focus on the communication. If you’re a blogger, you know your topic. If you’re a businessperson looking for more business –who isn’t?–you know your business. But probably, if you are totally honest, you feel you’re a little light in English skills, my department. Writing scares people just a little less than public speaking. That’s because we don’t like to expose the soft underbelly of what we don’t know. And it’s an even greater struggle if English is your second language. Stop worrying! I can help. I can make your message clear, to the point, factual, and appropriate for your audience, which is very important. Your written words can and should give your reader confidence to trust what you say, boost your image and heighten your style. Put your work in my hands for the finishing touch it deserves. Whether it’s a rewrite, an edit, proofreading, or fact-checking, I can do it for you professionally, efficiently, and in the strictest confidence.

    $25.00 /hr
    592 hours
    5.00
  8. Elissa E.

    Elissa E.

    Blogger and Content Writer

    United States - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 6

    I'm a writer by day and an entrepreneur by night. My day job consists of writing email copy that reaches an audience of 10,000+ and assisting in creating content marketing strategies through e-Communications and print materials. In the evenings I create, operate, and write the content for lucymint.com, a women's online boutique full of handmade jewelry. And, occasionally, I also write for my personal/lifestyle blog shoplucymint.blogspot.com. I find great confidence in powerfully written word and believe, when used correctly, it is our best form of communication. I'm looking for more opportunities to serve as a copyeditor or content writer for fashion and lifestyle brands or for a ministry reaching a Christian audience. I'm willing to help build an idea from scratch or develop an already existing project.

    $25.00 /hr
    12 hours
    4.98
  9. Rebecca L. Bennett

    Rebecca L. Bennett

    Writer, Editor, Photographer

    United States - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 5

    I have always been good at two things: telling stories and having adventures. I'm rooted in Austin, Texas, where I captain my business, Brave Bird Photography, and write words for Austin.com, PictureCorrect.com, and other kind folks. I'm a native English speaker and have earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and Writing from Ivy League-caliber liberal arts school Southwestern University.

    $27.78 /hr
    334 hours
    4.90
  10. Taylor Smith

    Taylor Smith

    Transcriptionist, Proofreader, and Copy Editor

    United States - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 1

    I am a PhD student in International Security and Nanotechnology who freelances as a proofreader and copy editor on the side. In addition to editing fellow students' papers and dissertations, I also served as a proofreader and editor with the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) from March 2012 to August 2013. My primary goal with any project is to work closely with the client to enhance and perfect the document while retaining the author's unique voice. Relevant experience: * B.A. English and Creative Writing, B.S.H. in Government (2011) * M.S. International Affairs (2013) *Proofreader and Copy Editor: President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) (March 2012-August 2013)

    $11.11 /hr
    63 hours
    5.00