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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. Jothea H.

    Jothea H.

    Freelance Editor/Writer

    Namibia - Last active: 06/28/2013 - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 2

    As an entrepreneur, I have to be competent in many fields, but for the sake of writing and editing work, I have a high level of discipline and dedication to get the job done in time and to the employer's satisfaction. As editor of corporate publications at our country's power utility for more than eight years, I was also involved in some public relations and marketing. I have since been the owner of a franchise advertising publication and a confectioner's shop where I have designed all my own ads and marketing material. At present, I am the owner of a start-up car hire company, with a big interest in filling the down-time in the tourist season with either writing or editing jobs. ,

    $11.11 /hr
    0 hours
  2. Marjorie T.

    Marjorie T.

    Writer/ Editor/ Early childhood educator

    United States - Last active: 11/14/2014 - Tests: 2

    An in-house writer for six years, published several articles on national and local dailies; managed and edited company newsletters; is adept at writing press/news releases; a preschool teacher for more than two years and handled learners from infant to 5 years of age; possesses a bachelor's degree in Communication Research and is experienced in transcribing research data. Current goal is to find a job that will utilize writing and editing skills or any of the skills mentioned above.

    $9.00 /hr
    7 hours
  3. Keren C.

    Keren C.

    Professional Work of the Highest Quality

    United States - Last active: 07/05/2014 - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 1

    Out of the many oDesk contractors, how do you know which one to pick? You'll want someone who is intelligent, educated, motivated, and efficient -- someone who will give their 100% to every assignment that they take upon themselves. As a hardworking and passionate American college student, I meet all of these qualifications and more. I am a newly returned oDesker with a great work ethic and university-level written and spoken English. I can assure you that I will deliver nothing but the highest quality of work within the given deadline. I am flexible, versatile, and a great creative thinker who takes all measures possible to leave the employer completely satisfied. As a student with college bills to pay, I am open to many different types of assignments. I would be thrilled to discuss any possible job opportunities further, and look forward to working with you.

    $20.00 /hr
    7 hours
  4. Debbie J.

    Debbie J.

    Canada - Last active: 10/03/2013 - Tests: 4

    I am an experienced writer with an extensive portfolio of top-quality work on a wide range of topics: health care, psychology, music/creative arts, biographies, software, product reviews, travel, and more. My background includes editing, transcribing, Spanish/English translation and database analyst. Prior to earning advanced degrees in Psychology and Communications I enjoyed many years as a professional musician and musical theatre teacher. The creative arts continue to inspire both my writing and my professional counseling practice.

    Groups: MediaPiston Writers

    $33.33 /hr
    0 hours
  5. Julia Fine

    Julia Fine

    Writer with good PR experience

    United States - Last active: 09/03/2014 - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 3

    I am a creative writing graduate student with experience in proofreading, copywriting, social media marketing and public relations. I have a dual BA in English and Psychology from Grinnell College, and am the Essays Editor for I am currently working part-time as a proofreader/copywriter/social media guru for a growing financial services company, and looking to supplement this with more proofreading/copywriting work. As a Fiction Writing graduate student (attending Columbia College Chicago's MFA program with a Follett Fellowship), I am especially interested in proofreading, ghostwriting, and manuscript editing!

    $33.33 /hr
    9 hours
  6. Steve Burke

    Steve Burke

    Published Technical Editor & Writer

    United States - Last active: 08/05/2014 - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 4

    Hi there, potential client! I work as the Editor-in-Chief of a large technology news & reviews website, but I'm always excited to work with clients on copy writing and copy editing tasks! I'm a published, industry-acknowledged journalist within the world of computing and gaming. I've also got ten years of web development and design experience, which have historically included web content writing, SEO writing, and editing. If you're looking for a content writer who can couple editorial work with search engine phrase targeting, you've found your guy. Oh, and I speak English and live in the US, which I'm sure is a bonus for some people. In terms of writing, my specialties include: - Deep, technical analysis of computer hardware and software. See an example of my writing here: - Fun, playful, oft-satirical writing of games and events: - Serious & SEO-targeted writing. (I also made this website for a client). - Newsletter & press release writing. Seriously. I know press releases, mostly because I receive hundreds of them a day for my day-job. I've even written articles about how to write a press release! Example of my press release writing: (also contains SEO-targeted phrases). - English language and grammar. I can edit your posts just as well as I can write them. If you're ready to hire a real writer with industry-celebrated articles -- someone who's been published in numerous locations -- contact me and let's get started. I don't play around; writing is what I do. We'll work together closely on Skype or phone to get your project done right the first time, and more importantly, done quickly and competently.

    $66.67 /hr
    2 hours
  7. Sarina Rahman

    Sarina Rahman


    Canada - Last active: 10/18/2014 - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 2

    Having completed a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University, I am looking for any creative work that involves illustration, graphic design or photo editing. I am proficient in a variety of design and illustration software; most notably Photoshop, Illustrator and Manga Studio. My most recent endeavour is a comic book that I am collaborating on with an American writer. I also have a background in writing, copy-editing, and translating. I am trilingual--fluent in English, French and Bengali--and can translate any English-French or French-English document in a quick and efficient manner.

    $14.44 /hr
    0 hours
  8. Sue Straight

    Sue Straight

    Writer - Wine & Food

    United States - Last active: 11/09/2014 - Tests: 6

    I'm in the midst of launching my new business, Back Label Girl. I specialize in back label text for wine bottles, tasting notes, tech sheets, press releases, website content, magazine and social media content and much more! This business blends my 30 years of professional wine industry skills with my professional wine judging and wine writing background. It's a win-win!l I've been writing for Wine Country This Week Magazine for over ten years, set up and provided content for a wine-related website for The San Diego Union Tribune for over five years, currently provide content for Wine Country Lifestyle Magazine and do quite a bit of freelance writing work. I do top quality work and never miss a deadline.

    $35.00 /hr
    7 hours
  9. Cindy Summerfield

    Cindy Summerfield

    The Proven, Preferred Writer

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

    Offering more than 20 years of professional writing and editing experience, I excel at helping others articulate facts and ideas through the written word. You provide the base knowledge--including keywords and phrases for SEO purposes--and I will help you turn that information into reader-friendly, highly effective communications. I will work hard to help you get the results you desire, and I will work equally hard to ensure you are delighted with my efforts and output along the way.

    $49.00 /hr
    0 hours
  10. Sean B.

    Sean B.

    Copywriter & Creative Writer

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

    Content marketing, blogging, article writing, copywriting, web design, and a lot more. I've worked in content marketing for nearly seven years. My experience varies from consulting with a 7-time New York Time Bestselling author, to an Inc. 500 startup in Venice Beach, CA. Experienced expert in content marketing plan development, asset creation, creative direction, content creation, blogging, social media, SEO, copywriting, Twitter, Facebook, and a lot more. Four years' experience in print media - writing, editing, proofing, layout, management, etc. Creative tendencies include television, film, music, short story, poetry, novel, screenplay, etc. If you need it written...I can write it for you. If you need it marketed...I'll get you results.

    $39.00 /hr
    3 hours