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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. Lori Heaford

    Lori Heaford

    Experienced Copy-Editor, Proofreader, Writer, High Quality, Reliable

    United Kingdom - Last active: 09/24/2014 - Tests: 7

    If you write – at work, in class, or just for fun – you will benefit from my help. The standard of any piece of writing you produce reflects on you – and, if I’m involved, on me! Whether it’s: • a report, brochure/marketing leaflet, manual or website; • a thesis, dissertation, assignment or research proposal; • an article for a magazine or journal, a book, short story or even a blockbuster of a novel; my proofreading and copy-editing skills will help to ensure that the only thing that stands out is your message. So why use me instead of a colleague, relative or friend? Same reason you no longer let your mum cut your hair around a pudding basin! I’m a Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) with a BA (honours) in English language and literature and an MA (distinction) in literature. I’m also partway through a second BA in politics, philosophy and economics. I worked as a full-time editor for several years before turning freelance in 2009. I’m a native English speaker based in the UK, although I work with US, Australian and non-native English as well. I’ve got a handle on all the main referencing styles – Harvard, Chicago, APA, MHRA, OSCOLA – and can help you put together a house style for your business too. On top of all that, I’m efficient, friendly and flexible, so you don’t have to worry about needing a quick turnaround or chasing me for emails. I’m interested in the same thing as you – top-quality plain English delivered on time and within budget. See? Good writing is a joy to read.

    $26.67 /hr
    1 hours
  2. Meki Cox

    Meki Cox

    CONSULTANT | Writer | Journalist | Social Media Expert | SEO Writer

    United States - Last active: 01/05/2012 - Tests: 8

    I DO NOT WORK OFF OF ODESK - PLEASE DO NOT ASK TO COMMUNICATE OFF OF ODESK UNTIL WE HAVE A CONTRACT ON ODESK I'm a Consultant first and foremost - I help companies learn how to adjust to the incoming Social Media wave. I teach company and online leaders how to operate online effectively and efficiently. I teach that straight forward advertising of the past is not the way to promote your business - instead through interaction online - you will develop a long range trend. Making that trend happen is a LONG RANGE Goal and requires time, money and resources. I am also a journalist - a writer - a freelancer and administrative assistant. I have been associated with High profile sites and Celebrities. I do voiceover work - and have an effective voice for many different applications. Google me and you'll find quite literally hundreds of my articles or online activities. I'm a Social Media Expert and have been involved with very exclusive positions both on websites and in personal training and would like to continue in this field. I also Consult on high level projects offering my opinion and diagnosis of issues that can be corrected and need changing. My expertise in dealing with high level sites and individuals allows me to use my knowledge to give Major Companies that extra push towards Marketing and Consumer Interaction that they may have needed. I also help teach people Social Media - and train them to create Marketing Projects for themselves and their companies - using Social Media online. I enjoy helping companies become the best they can be and will provide ideas to help your company grow and gain momentum. I also am willing to look over written plans and provide feedback. I give you the ideas to move forward in this new Social Media era. And I'm VERY good at what I do. And...Although I charge high fees for Consulting - don't be surprised if I bid low on a small job because I see the potential for helping a smaller company make it online - or help them learn to manage themselves appropriately. Thanks for checking in on my Objective - and Thanks for being on Odesk!.

    $62.22 /hr
    0 hours
  3. Julian Phillips

    Julian Phillips

    Digital Marketing Professional - Communications, Design, Development

    Canada - Last active: 03/07/2014 - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 2

    I am an experienced marketing freelancer with design, development and project management skills. I have worked with leading corporates, small businesses, and cutting edge startups to design and implement well-optimized sites that convert visitors to customers. My core competency lies in complete end-to-end management of web development projects, and marketing campaigns. I have experience setting up and managing Google Analytics, Hubspot, and other crucial marketing metrics applications. I have experience with Mailchimp, Campaign Monitor, Aweber, Constant Contact, Custom Contact, GroupMail, Litmus, Vertical Response, Icontact, Infusionsoft and Photoshop among others. Key skills: // Responsive email design & coding // Custom email newsletter templates (design & coding) // Custom email newsletter templates for email marketing tools (Mailchimp, Campaign Monitor, Aweber, Constant Contact, etc.) // PSD, PDF, JPG to email // Troubleshooting any HTML email // E-flyers // RSS templates // Anti-spam checking // Email campaign management // Importing contacts. Having recently exited my own startup business, I am looking to help other people grow their own companies.

    $50.00 /hr
    1 hours
  4. Elina VanNatta

    Elina VanNatta

    Marketing Consultant/Copywriter

    United States - Last active: 03/31/2014 - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 3

    My passion: Helping organizations succeed by marketing effectively. What you should know about me: I am not always gentle, but I am always candid. If your strategy sucks – I’ll tell you. My experience in brief: In the past 10 years, I have gained diverse skills in the areas of marketing, branding and sales; writing and editing; SEO and SEM, as well as Wordpress, landing page anatomy, blogging and much more. I enjoy dissecting organizations’ strategies, assessing their marketing and branding, and making recommendations for improvement. I love being a virtual marketing director! What I can do: - Current marketing/branding/sales assessment - Marketing/Branding plans to correlate with your Strategic Business Plan - Copywriting: brochures, flyers, content, sales letters, sales scripts, sales presentations, e-mail campaigns, Adwords ads - Blog and article writing - Adwords: setup, review, management - Wordpress: installation, updates, customization - On-page SEO - Preparing for trade shows - Building and training sales teams

    $44.44 /hr
    3 hours
  5. Aaron Reynolds

    Aaron Reynolds

    French to English Translator, Copywriter, Administrative Support

    United States - Last active: 02/21/2013 - Tests: 6

    As a university student, I developed a keen interest in the French language, its history, and its accompanying culture. I passionately enjoy working with both English and French, and enjoy seeing how they interact. I offer a strong work ethic, and am committed to always providing the best service I am capable of. Producing work that pleases others is extremely important to me, as is connecting people across language barriers. As a native English speaker who has spent time living in France, I offer more than just a dictionary translation, as I have been immersed in the nuances of the language.

    $12.00 /hr
    0 hours
  6. Matthew Shedd

    Matthew Shedd

    Writer and Editor

    United States - Last active: 03/12/2013 - Tests: 2

    I am a professional writer. I currently write, edit, and produce the morning news for the NPR member station in Athens, GA, where I am also the Morning Edition anchor. My writing has been published in No Depression: The Roots Music Authority, Chitrolekha Magazine, and Rupkatha Interdisciplinary Journal. I also started and run my own arts and culture website: My writing is regularly broadcasted on WUGA-FM in Athens, GA and before that on KLCC-FM in Eugene, OR. I have worked as an editorial assistant for major publications, including the forthcoming Norton Anthology of World Religions (2013) and Chawton Library's Memoirs of Scandalous Women (2011). I have also worked as a writer in the non-profit sector. I received my MA in English from the University of Oregon where I also taught college composition courses.

    $16.67 /hr
    0 hours
  7. Jillian B.

    Jillian B.


    United States - Last active: 03/30/2014 - Portfolio: 14

    I've worked as a writer and editor for magazines, newspapers, and websites for over ten years. My articles have appeared in The New York Observer, Marie Claire, Self, Ladies Home Journal, Home by Design, Spasearch, Life by Design, and websites such as MSN Lifestyle, Aspen Education, and the non-profit Best Friends Animal Society. My writing has covered a broad range of topics inclduing travel, home design, art and culture, health, education, real estate, beauty and skincare, green living, and philanthropy. My objective is to find work as a writer and editor. I have a master's degree in Creative Writing from New York University and have taught writing, composition, grammar, and literature at the School of Visual Arts. Clips are available

    $33.33 /hr
    3 hours
  8. Daniel G.

    Daniel G.

    United States - Last active: 02/11/2014 - Tests: 9

    Analytical digital marketing professional, with a background in content marketing, paid search marketing, and SEO at the agency level, as well as hands-on product management experience building SaaS products in an agile environment. Possesses strong qualitative and quantitative skills, with a high level of comfort in both creative and technical roles. Knowing that technology is an industry that never stands still, he is constantly working to expand his technical skills and increase his SEO, SEM, and digital marketing expertise. On an unrelated note, he isn't a huge fan of referring to himself in the third-person, but has succumbed to relentless heckling of his peers, friends, and even family to change his oDesk profile accordingly.

    $55.00 /hr
    0 hours
  9. Dessislava Jeleva

    Dessislava Jeleva

    Writer and Editor

    Bulgaria - Last active: 05/28/2014 - Tests: 5

    I have two years of experience as a writer and editor for the SportPulse website. I also contribute a monthly column for the UK-based Paddock Magazine. I pride myself for being detail-oriented (a bit of a grammar Nazi when it comes to catching typos) and for possessing relatively smooth writing style in English. Besides my work as a part-time sports journalist, I have also contributed to the corporate communication efforts of the software development company Wakoopa. I hold a BA degree in Business Administration and Mathematics and a MSc degree in Marketing Research, so my knowledge of statistics is also quite good.

    $22.22 /hr
    0 hours
  10. Jennifer Povey

    Jennifer Povey

    Freelance Writer

    United States - Last active: 10/21/2013 - Tests: 2

    I am an experienced freelance writer with knowledge in travel, health and fitness, pets and animals (especially horses), and technology. I am also experienced as a proofreader and copyeditor of non-fiction articles, with some experience proofreading and editing fiction. I have a particular knack for writing product and property descriptions. I am also experienced in internet research and finding useful information.

    Groups: MediaPiston Writers

    $50.00 /hr
    0 hours