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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. Nicole M Tommarazzo

    Nicole M Tommarazzo

    Freelance content writer, copy editor, and transcriptionist

    United States - Tests: 11

    I bring my enthusiasm, attention to detail, and willingness to learn to the workplace. I aim to be as clear and as informative as possible while still being interesting in all my writing, and I have a history in service, research and clerical jobs, bringing a wide area of knowledge from my previous work experiences. I have experience copy editing creative writing projects and journalism articles and with writing news aggregate articles, content writing for various topics, SEO, and transcription. I'm also certified for basic technical writing. Topics I've written for: business news, new and emerging technology, communications, industrial safety, metalworking, federal regulations and safety, health and wellness, medical training, prescription medications, smoking cessation, psychiatric and substance abuse therapy, travel and destination tips/descriptions, company and product descriptions, entertainment Sources I have worked for that are not otherwise listed: Elke Harre (editing fiction) David Moyer (copy editing for journalism and content writing) O&O Investigations (content writing, SEO) QualityGal (content writing, SEO)

    $20.00 /hr
    364 hours
  2. Liya P.

    Liya P.

    Writer / Psychologist / Traveler / Fashionista/ ESL Teacher

    Bulgaria - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 6

    Hey there! I am a passionate freelancer with interests and experience in various fields such as adventure, fashion, ecology, wildlife and many more. Even though writing is my number one priority, I am also very keen on other aspects of life as well, and am currently in the process of completing my master's in Clinical and Counselling Psychology. Even though I am relatively new to oDesk, I do have sufficient writing experience - I've done work for travel/adventure websites, extreme sports, psychology and others. What I would say is the biggest advantage to my writing is that I am able to mold my words to suit all kinds of audiences, while staying true to my own style and incorporating a bit of myself into every text I create. I also have experience working as an ESL teacher for both children and adults, which was an amazing adventure and serves to show you that I have a very thorough understanding of the English language. I hope we can get to know each other and do some great work together! :)

    $13.33 /hr
    403 hours
  3. Helen P.

    Helen P.

    Writer, Editor and Author

    United States - Tests: 6 - Portfolio: 8

    Are you in need of a writing ACE? Then, I could be exactly who you're looking for. I have worked as a freelance writer and editor on the internet for over seven years, and have a lot of experience in writing and editing all types of projects, and love to edit for others. I have also worked in the legal field before joining emergency medicine for the last 12 years. I have written press releases that have been published in newspapers for San Francisco, Miami, Dallas, and Phuket Thailand along with many on-line releases. I also write product reviews, ghostwriting and general articles. I can take direction well, and will deliver on time, every time. I have a novel that sells on the Barnes & Noble website, and several e-books on Kindle. I do best with fiction, articles, and medical writing, press releases and product reviews, but I can do it all. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

    $16.67 /hr
    16 hours
  4. Hazel Angelyn Tesoro

    Hazel Angelyn Tesoro

    Professional Teacher | Freelance Copy Editor

    Philippines - Tests: 19 - Portfolio: 7

    College Instructor | Licensed Teacher of English | Freelance Copy Editor/Proofreader | Tutor | Photojournalist | Graduate Student Renders professional editing and proofreading assistance to clients working on essays, academic papers, undergraduate and post-graduate researches, personal documents (application letters, articles, curriculum vitae, recommendation letters, resumés), and other related documents—having worked as a college instructor in a state university, having served as language critic of undergraduate researches, and having been employed as essay editor and language tutor in a third-party client company whose end-clients are Korean students in the elementary and middle-school levels. Conducts photojournalism trainings and cliniquing of student-journalists, being invited in press conferences in public secondary schools. Endorse me on LinkedIn:

    $30.00 /hr
    35 hours
  5. 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, a women's online boutique full of handmade jewelry. And, occasionally, I also write for my personal/lifestyle blog 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
  6. Jenna Laffin

    Jenna Laffin

    Writer, Editor, English Teacher

    United States - Tests: 8 - Portfolio: 4

    I am an award-winning, Ivy-League educated writer with experience in literacy tutoring, English teaching, copywriting, content management systems (Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, Squarespace), social media, blogging, proofreading, and Spanish-to-English translation. My projects have ranged from writing web copy for a Montessori school to building a website on Squarespace for an architecture firm, from designing a catalog of sunglasses to proofreading a doctoral dissertation for publication. I always strive to perfect my current skills but I also love to acquire new skills and welcome any new challenge.

    $33.33 /hr
    57 hours
  7. Steven C.

    Steven C.

    Content Writer/Editor/Copywriter

    United States - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 7

    SUMMARY Creative writer with 10 years experience working in television/commercial production as a screenwriter, digital marketing (explainer) specialist, copywriter and other media-related materials -- including narrative treatments, documentary research/writing, one sheets, web content and social media. MEDIA PROJECTS: CorFire Mobile Commerce (Explainer, USA - Best Buy Autos (Explainer, AUS - Lincoln Financial (Explainer, AUS - The Wealth Centre (Explainer, AUS - CampCite (Explainer, USA) EquitySmart (Explainer, AUS) USTaxCentral (Explainer, AUS) Sentinel Wealth (Explainer, AUS) MimoCare (Explainer, AUS) Cash Fast (Explainer, AUS) Eastern Suburbs Driving School (Explainer, AUS) Chase Banking Canada/Canadian Federation of Independent Business (Explainer, CAN) Factory Direct Craft Supply, Inc. (Viral Ad/Commercial, USA) TV CREDITS: Writer - Resurrection (#209, "Aftermath"), for ABC Television Writer - Hawaii Five-0 (#314, “Olelo Ho’opa’i Make”), for CBS Television Writer - Mad Love ("The Larry Munsch Show: Settling My Tab"), for CBS Interactive ADDITIONAL: Contributor - The Absolutely Worst Places to Live in America (St. Martin's Press) Scripted DVD extras for "Battlestar Galactica" (SyFy Network) Spec commercials for Kraken Rum and Fruit of the Loom Has completed projects with RedBird Projects ( and DemoChimp (

    $25.00 /hr
    188 hours
  8. Alex Sarrigeorgiou

    Alex Sarrigeorgiou

    Writer and Editor

    United States - Tests: 5

    In 2013, I graduated from Vassar College, where I majored in Drama and minored in Creative Writing. I am an actress and writer, and I just finished a year-long internship with a small digital publishing company, where I frequently copyedited writing, wrote reader reports on manuscripts, wrote blog content, and handled social media. I grew up speaking English, Greek, and Romanian, and I also speak fluent French and intermediate Spanish. I have translation training and experience, and thoroughly enjoy reading in different languages. I am also an experienced copyeditor and proofreader, and have already successfully completed a variety of projects via oDesk, ranging from fiction to blog posts to academic writing.

    $20.00 /hr
    259 hours
  9. Lisa Bouchard

    Lisa Bouchard

    Editor and Ghost Writer

    United States - Tests: 6 - Portfolio: 5

    I am pleased to say that I am in the top 10% of all Upwork workers. This means my work is professional, well-thought out and timely. I am a freelance editor with five years experence editing anything and everything that comes my way. I can do developmental (heavy) editng, copy editing or proofreading, whichever your manuscript needs. I have worked in a variety of fiction genres, including: Erotica, Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, and Horror. In nonfiction, I have edited memoirs, self-helpbooks, technical manuals and scientific papers. I am also a novelist, short story writer, and intermittent blogger.

    $33.33 /hr
    145 hours
  10. Sean Ross

    Sean Ross

    Top Rated Finance Writer

    United States - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    I am an expert writer, researcher and consultant dedicated to creating original, professional work. I hold a B.S. in Economics, have 8+ years of work in financial services, and have been a published author since I was 16. I help both established and aspiring professional publications and websites to reach their audiences more effectively. All work is designed to be keyword-rich and generate 'clicks.' Work can be tailored to either sophisticated or lay audiences. Available topics include: money, interest rates, inflation, exchange rates, trade, capital theory, economic philosophy, public policy, personal finance, bankruptcy, real estate and security investments, technical and fundamental analysis, credit repair, banking, loans and insurance. I've worked with family businesses, sole proprietorships, and large companies. My recent articles have been featured on a variety of notable websites, including Investopedia and Seeking Alpha. In the past I've also performed limited work on advanced medical topics, technology and politics.

    $40.00 /hr
    73 hours