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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. Eliza Kocken

    Eliza Kocken

    Copy-editor, Proofreader, good typist, translator Dutch to English

    Italy - Last active: 3 months ago - Tests: 8 - Portfolio: 1

    I have worked for 7 years in a private publishing/translations company. I worked as a manager so I have good experience working with people from many different nations. I have a good mastery of English and Dutch and can translate from Dutch into English. I am a quick and accurate typist and am an experienced and skilled proofreader and copy-editor. I have a knack for finding mistakes in text and have a passionate hatred for bad grammar and typographical errors in written material. I am not specifically experienced in freelancing but I am competent in my line of work, and I consider myself a perfectionist and capable of providing a good product. I would like an opportunity to freelance for a company that could hire me for a longer period of time. I also have some experience with Excell, MS Word, Powerpoint, etc. and can do office work and administrative functions. I have an orderly mind and a high stress threshold. I can deal with a lot random motion and still keep things under control.

    $27.78 /hr
    2 hours
  2. Grace Larson

    Grace Larson

    Proofreader/Copy editor

    United States - Last active: 05/31/2014 - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 2

    I love words. They are a powerful gift from our powerful Creator and are meant to be used wisely. I desire to serve clients who wish to communicate concisely and credibly. Please consider hiring me to proofread and/or copy edit your material for proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, structure, layout, and content. My background includes a bachelor's degree in elementary education with specializations in English and music. I have put this to use as a public school language arts teacher (3 years), home educator of my five children (20 years), and piano teacher (20+ years). Did you ever hear of the person who, while reading the newspaper or a novel or a bulletin, asked, "Why didn't they proofread this? There are three errors on this page." Well, I am that person. Because of this skill, I decided to launch into the proofreading and copy editing field. I am new to this marketplace, but am certain I have much to offer the employer looking for someone to improve their product. In addition to my background, I recently completed an online course at Universal Class, Inc., called Proofreading and Copy editing 101, earning 1.2 CEUs. I have set my hourly rate below the average and invite clients to give my proofreading and copy editing skills a try.

    $15.00 /hr
    0 hours
  3. Grace Huntsinger

    Grace Huntsinger

    Journalist/Freelance Writer

    United States - Last active: 12/27/2014 - Tests: 11

    I am a college graduate with an AA in journalism looking for ways to supplement my income as well as obtain experience relevant to my eventual publishing career. I am a wordsmith, someone who is able to use words in a way that captivates a reader's mind and brings interest to the subjects about which I write. I was the Editor-in-Chief of the Cuestonian, my college's monthly newspaper, so I have experience in both writing and editing for publication. I was the Managing Editor before that and the Sports Editor before both. I have been writing for as long as I can remember, both fiction and non-fiction. My love of writing has come alongside a love of reading, which is my favorite leisure-time activity. I have an excellent vocabulary, which helps me to edit and write equally in a way that provides information uniquely and without boring regurgitation.

    $16.67 /hr
    7 hours
  4. 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
  5. Shadrack Otieno

    Shadrack Otieno

    Academic Writer & Editor (Business, Human resource, law & logistics)

    Kenya - Last active: 3 months ago - Tests: 3

    I have four years experience of writing in the field of procurement, supply management, logistics and business management .I have experience writing essays, research papers, academic assignments and articles related to the mentioned disciplines. I have a degree in business management and masters in procurement and logistics. Please feel free to engage my services as I guarantee proper task accomplishment in record time at an affordable cost.I have good experience in academic writing using MLA,APA, Harvard and Chicago Writing styles. I posses great editing and proof reading skills.

    $10.00 /hr
    0 hours
  6. Robert Ortiz

    Robert Ortiz

    Creator of Creative Content, Copy, and Characters

    United States - Last active: 09/03/2013 - Tests: 3

    My fondness for writing has always been grounded in my love of literature. As both a professional and hobbyist writer, I bring a well-honed elegance and versatility to the projects I take on through my attention to detail, and the ability to grasp the style that most suits the project’s needs. Relevant professional experience includes designing copy for large online retailers, where I wrote content on a wide assortment of products – everything from video games to outdoor patio furniture, to seafood meals and bidets. I’ve also researched and written e-mails, brochures, and website copy for clients in the Physical Therapy/Dentistry field. While the majority of my work thus far has been in marketing, SEO, and copywriting my truest passions are fiction and gaming. In my spare time I have worked on designing board games of my own creation, written fiction, developed characters, generated pitches for video games (along with quests and other etcetera), and I have even been fortunate enough to have had paid work writing content for video games and their websites. My goal is to find work in the video game or table-top game industry as a writer, and everything I do up until then is in pursuit of that.

    $16.67 /hr
    0 hours
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Amy McHugh

    Amy McHugh Agency Contractor

    Experienced VA / Administrative Support / DTP Professional

    United States - Last active: 3 months ago - Tests: 13 - Portfolio: 25

    I have a strong background in administrative and sales support, data entry, web research, Photoshop image editing, graphic design, web design using Weebly and desktop publishing. I have proficient various computer abilities. I am quite experienced with a variety of CRM databases. I am proficient in all Microsoft applications. I enjoy learning new techniques in those applications to improve the quality and speed of my work. I enjoy building a relationship with my clients as I look forward to working with them for a long time to come. Working in an administrative support role, it is very important to me to develop good relationships with clients that I support. I know that I have succeeded in this area as my clients are very comfortable speaking with me about their needs, and trust me to provide accurate and timely support. I want my clients to know they can depend on me to provide a great service to them and their clients. I have enhanced my customer service skills, over the years, and I have earned several awards in customer service. I take pride in my job and strive for excellence each and every day. I know what needs to be done and I complete it with precision without needing assistance. I believe in prioritizing and making checklists to ensure that all tasks are completed in a timely manner. I am a quick learner and very eager to succeed in my career. Details are very important to me and I make sure that nothing is overlooked. I have ensured accuracy by implementing a system of checking my work during and after a task is completed. I am very dependable. When I say that something will be done by a certain deadline, it is always completed on time. I have become very knowledgeable and computer savvy. I am quick to become familiar with new software. I consider myself trustworthy and driven. I am a dedicated worker that is eager to learn new things. I currently use Microsoft office 2007, Photoshop CS3, and Adobe Acrobat X.

    Associated with: Prairie Branch Administrative Services Agency

    $26.67 /hr
    3,239 hours
  10. Peter J.

    Peter J. Agency Contractor


    United States - Last active: 08/14/2012 - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 20

    Looking for agency quality without the price tag? I bring 15 years of experience and a laser focus on quality. Many of my clients are in the Fortune 500 bracket. My writing services include: *** Web, Digital, Thought Leadership, PR, SEO and Copy My work has been covered in: *** WSJ, Tech Crunch, Mashable and numerous other publications Whether you need a Press Release that moves to action or SEO Copy that converts clicks to purchases, you have found your writer! -"Highest praise for Peter and his work! Very talented writer that gets directly to the heart of the message..." -"The single most capable person I have met on Odesk..." -"...that press release worked out well. KATV Channel 7 responded within 5 minutes. They did a story on me that very same day, filmed me while I worked, and asked me questions on camera. It aired on the news last Thursday. I really appreciate the work that you did for me."

    Associated with: Confidante PR Agency

    $50.00 /hr
    98 hours