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Natalie Rich

Natalie Rich

Writer and Editor

United States - Tests: 1

Natalie Rich is a young screenwriter/playwright/social media manager with extreme attention to detail, word choice and accuracy. Her writing is innovative, humorous, and consumer-friendly. With a background in performance, Natalie is skilled at "knowing her audience" and presenting information in the appropriate tone and manner. Her most recent accomplishment is a six-episode web series called "The Weekend Detectives," co-written with fellow writer/actor Max Reinhardsen. The series follows twin part-time cops Alice and Alex McNally. Natalie writes all web content for the show; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Kickstarter, and Vimeo. Natalie has written and produced plays at the New England Youth Theatre for children ages 5-16 and assisted in the teaching of a college-level course in Theatre History at the University of Evansville, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance.

$27.78 /hr
22 hours

Karen Brady Smith

Karen Brady Smith

Expert Proofreader and Editor

United States - Tests: 9

I'm an experienced editor and proofreader. My work time is flexible and includes both weekdays and weekends, so I can offer a short turnaround time. I'm self-motivated, dependable and accurate. My English skills have always been excellent, including spelling, vocabulary, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. I can write well but I prefer editing and proofreading. My work experience is varied, giving me an extensive vocabulary across a wide variety of fields. I have excellent references, both personal and professional. They'll tell you I'm accurate, reliable, honest and trustworthy. I've been working with some of my clients for 19 years. I use Microsoft Word extensively. I have a master's degree in microbiology and worked in education, research, and infection control. I have had an insurance license and a securities license and am well acquainted with that specialized vocabulary. Any of the people I've worked with or for would be happy to provide a testament to the quality and timeliness of my work. I can get your work done quickly, accurately, and reliably.

95% Job Success
$28.00 /hr
21 hours

Julia Hammond

Julia Hammond

Freelance travel writer

United Kingdom - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 1

I am a published freelance travel writer whose work has been commissioned by Bradt (Bus Pass Britain Rides Again) and Unanchor (downloadable guides to North Norfolk, London, Cusco, Arequipa and Cape Town). Articles I've written have been published in a range of printed publications including the Daily Mail's Mail Travel supplement, Wanderlust magazine and Real Travel magazine. Online, I've received paid commissions for sites such as, Creative Travel Ltd, and Trainline Europe as well as featuring on the myWanderlust travel site. Holding a good joint honours degree in Geography with History and having travelled to over 100 countries, I can write with authority and accuracy on a wide range of places. In addition, I've also successfully researched and written blog posts about places I've not personally visited with a high quality end result. I regularly use Wordpress and use it for my own site, Julia's Travels, as well as for client blogs.

100% Job Success
$30.00 /hr
350 hours

Laura Behenna

Laura Behenna

Seasoned journalist, copywriter in science-based nutrition and health

United States - Portfolio: 3

“Laura quite simply did an excellent job. She has a keen eye for detail and she is well-versed in finance. Her service is quick and precise. We were very pleased.” — CapitalWire “Working with Laura is always a pleasure. She is a true professional, very fast and efficient, highest quality deliveries, wouldn't consider working with anyone else!” — zackyp “Laura is always ready to help, even for last minute requests. We love her writing style and professionalism and enjoy working with her.” — lindsaykhayes1 You're here because you require clear, accurate writing or excellent, professional editing. Maybe you need to professionalize, clarify, or simplify something you've written. Or you just need a thorough going-over of your completed work to assure it meets the highest standards. Whatever your need is, I'll work with you to craft a finished product you can be proud to show the world. I specialize in: - science-based health and wellness, including mental health - evidence-based nutrition, particularly plant-centered nutrition and whole foods - sustainability - healthy relationship skills I freelance full-time and am available for you during business hours, as well as evenings and weekends by arrangement. I welcome your inquiries and invitations any time! Laura Behenna B.A., Journalism University of Montana USA

100% Job Success
$25.00 /hr
117 hours

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 (

100% Job Success
$30.00 /hr
440 hours

Sierra Thomas

Sierra Thomas

Crisis & disaster Mgt /Finance / Editing / backed by UN

United States - Tests: 9 - Portfolio: 5

STOP! If you are looking for high end content written by a Native English speaker then you have in fact landed on the right profile. However if you are looking for generic content that simply fills the void on a webpage please continue to other profiles. It is sad that many people will agree to pay next to nothing in order to get basic content that rarely makes sense. I can assure you that readers can in fact tell the difference and it only makes your company look bad by hiring non native English speakers. For someone who themselves is not a Native English speaker, often times you will hire those who can write content that looks similar to English dialect, however the reader can ALWAYS tell the difference. Hi, I'm Sierra and I am located in Central Missouri. English is my native language and I have an extensive vocabulary that tends to astonish people. I am great at what I do, whether it includes copy editing or SEO content creation, researching the most recent finance related information or processing VA mortgage loans. I work with clients all over the globe, and I genuinely enjoy it. I have become Odesk's go to girl for ESL editing and TOEFL content creation which is awesome and I am proud that my clients entrust me with their contracts. I pride myself on my excellent verbal and written communication skills, having a descriptive writing ability that is second to none, and always providing my clients with 100% original and error free content, I am polite, courteous, and willing to help out with any problems that may arise. I am an extremely fast learner and I will not disappoint. I have excellent references from all of my previous clients and I am willing to provide them at any time. I am a Sociology graduate student, with a minor in Middle Eastern Culture focusing on religion. I have completed numerous contracts on this site as well as others and have always received excellent and positive feedback . I am well versed in teaching English, and I am open to tutor those working to pass the TOEFL exam. I have been working through Odesk since November of 2013 and to be honest it has been great. I now work off this site more because of repeat business and it has been awesome! I have clients from all over the globe and I couldn't have done it without Odesk.

79% Job Success
$26.67 /hr
11 hours

Sabrina Bos

Sabrina Bos

Efficient translator, copywriter, proof reader and document consultant

Netherlands - Tests: 1

Hi there! my name is Sabrina, and to support setting up my own company, I'm offering these services on UpWork. - Translations: I would love to help you out with translations from English to Dutch (and vice versa) - Content / SEO writing: I can write content on any topic in English and in Dutch that you could use for link building/SEO purposes. - Proofreading - I can help you with proofreading your documents in Dutch or in English (general documents or even your thesis!) - Document creation or consulting - I have a lot of experience in creating high quality documents, in Word, Powerpoint or Excel. I can for example support you in creating training, sales or general business documentation. I can also give critical feedback on the quality or writing style of your documents. - CV creation and/or checks -I will also be able to have a critical look at for example your CV. - Any consulting work in the IT industry Coming from a large firm in the IT consulting industry, I have now started my own company. To support this financially, I'm looking to do some freelance work on a regular basis. After both doing my Bachelor and Master's studies in English, travelling the world and working in my consulting job mostly in English, I have gained much knowledge in both business and general English. I always work super efficient, and will make the most of your hours! Please contact me if you have any questions. Thanks, Sabrina

93% Job Success
$15.00 /hr
14 hours

Daisy's Dock

Daisy's Dock

Excellent Editor/Professional - Playful Designer

United States - Portfolio: 35

Reading, Writing, and Rapture for both! Graphics to Match! Over 23 years in public education teaching secondary English and nearly 10 years as a freelancer. Edits, articles, blogs, print ads, book covers, layouts, website review, academic papers,book reviews...there is not much I would not enjoy working on as it relates to written or graphic text. Excellent feedback, punctual returns, and a cooperative partnership are what you will get! Please ask for samples of writing.

100% Job Success
$24.00 /hr
44 hours

Kathryn Schenk

Kathryn Schenk

Expert Writer and Wordsmith

South Africa - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 17

Every writer brings a unique style to the table: I strive to convey information in clear terms by the cunning use of colourful language, rather than fluffy fillers. With a love of storytelling and communication propelling me, I spend my days creating and perfecting the written word for a clientele that spans the globe. As an American expat currently living in South Africa, my experiences allow me to infuse a global perspective into micro-environments while my appreciation for diverse cultures drives me to create content that appeals to everyone. I was born and raised in the American Midwest. In between and after my studies, I spent many years travelling and living in different areas of the world before finally settling in Johannesburg. I studied International Relations at Kent State University, and completed master’s work in the field of Forced Migration, so understanding of other cultures comes as second nature to me. After arriving in South Africa, I initially focused on production, mainly stills production, although I have experience with television, podcasting, and stage management for conferences, as well. However, after a few years of balancing production with writing, I decided to pursue my passion. I delight in my work, and my clients do too. -- “Katie is the consummate professional and an amazing writer. Her writing is fresh, engaging and compelling. Regardless of the project, you won't be sorry you hired her. THE BEST writer on Elance.” -- “It's great working with this freelancer! She's extremely responsive and accountable and never misses a deadline. Highly recommend working with her!” -- “This writer produces some of the best work I have seen so far. She captures your attention and imagination & holds it right through.” -- "Kathryn is a very thorough and creative writer. She explains to you what the writing process is and asks the right questions. She goes above and beyond her line of duty and brings up other aspects of the project that you haven't thought of yet. I was only thinking of a campaign content but she immediately offered her expertise in script writing, and social media management. She is an all-in-one package! Don't make the mistake of not hiring her as she brings in a lot of value and expertise to any type of project you may bring to her." Whether you have 140 characters to grab a prospect’s attention or you need to hold your reader’s attention for 1700 words, you want a writer that invests passion into finding the best words for the job. I work across a number of media, from editorial articles to blog posts, commercial scripts to web editing. Areas of experience and expertise include -- Entrepreneurial enterprises and workplace solutions -- Food writing and recipe development -- Educational tips and trends -- Personal finance and crowdfunding -- Grooming and beauty -- Observations on daily life -- Trends and current events -- Product descriptions -- Health and fitness -- Social media copy My portfolio reflects a wide breadth of work, but there are pieces I won't add here as they're ghostwriting projects. This includes work relating to -- Property and Home Development -- Pet Care -- Retail -- Leadership -- Education If your project pertains to one of these fields and you don't see examples within my portfolio, please send me a message. If I have examples from my Ghostwriting collection, I will send them along with an NDA for you to peruse.

97% Job Success
$60.00 /hr
922 hours

Ross Townson, LLM

Ross Townson, LLM

Professional Copywriter, Speechwriter - Reach Out, Connect, Sell.

Australia - Tests: 5

Words that sell, words that move; words that compel you to take action. Effective communicators know how to sell. Great communicators have their audience desperate to buy. Do you have an exciting new product that the world needs to hear about? An upcoming speech that has the potential to launch you to the stratosphere in your field? Each of my clients has a story to tell that is too important to entrust to anybody but the best. Effective writing is an art form. It is the art of less, rather than more. It is the art of giving your audience much, but never all. An effective story, well told, can make all the difference. To your business, to your career and to your life. Words are powerful. Used effectively, there is no limit to what you can achieve. About me: I have written speeches for Princes and Prime Ministers. I have contributed language to determinations and communiques from some of the world's highest-profile bodies, including the United Nations and the G20. I undertake my work with a high level of discretion so if you would like to see samples of my writing, please contact me. For an honest sample of my work, I include below a link to a speech I wrote for the Australian (Commonwealth) Attorney-General introducing a Bill to the Federal Parliament: (pp 3143-5)

100% Job Success
$114.00 /hr
24 hours