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  1. Natalia Volkova

    Natalia Volkova

    Experienced English-Russian Translator

    Russia - Last active: 4 days ago - Tests: 14 - Portfolio: 20

    20+Books in my Translation Published in Moscow, 27 Years In Professional Translation, a MD Linguist Translations from English, Italian and Spanish. I also do proofreading,editing and web research. I`m a native Russian speaker, a certified, experienced (20+), English/Spanish/Italian - Russian translator with a strong marketing and advertising background. I`m a resident of Russia. The last 6 years before freelancing I translated books for the well known all-Russia publishing houses AST and DEKOM (fiction, history, social and political essays). More than 20 books in my translation have been published. Now I translate, do editing and proofreading for direct clients and international translation agencies based in USA, Canada, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Denmark, etc. I also have experience in advertising, copy-writing (articles for newspapers (5 y.), and in elite Italian furniture and interior-design (2 y.). I came to oDesk in 2008 to use my skills in translating, editing, proofreading to my clients`benefit and to our mutual satisfaction.

    Groups: oTranslators

    $25.00 /hr
    1,396 hours
  2. Susan Mann

    Susan Mann

    Extensive experience in research, writing, editing, and proof reading.

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 3

    As the daughter of a newspaper publisher, I learned early the value of using understandable language to convey information in a concise, interesting way. I began my freelancing career years ago, writing articles for non-paying Christian publications. Through the years, I have written press releases for virtually every enterprise in which I have been involved. I have published a short story and completed a novel for which I am currently seeking a publisher. Also, as an English teacher, I have read, edited, and critiqued every type of writing. I also taught math, history, creative writing and science and have a broad field of knowledge. I have extensive experience in public relations, business correspondence, and research. I have my own website where I produce a blog at least four times each week.

    $22.22 /hr
    23 hours
  3. Elvana T.

    Elvana T.

    Senior Albanian Linguist

    Albania - Last active: 13 days ago - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 2

    For over 15 years, I have mastered in the technical and professional translation, working for public institutions and private companies. Also, I have proved to be an excellent organizer and event manager. My main competencies, apart from translation and localization, consist in reviewing and editing tasks for private companies, publishing houses or private advertising agencies, providing VO and TEP services of all kind, organizing and managing events, managing and editing web contents, as I do have an online interdisciplinary magazine, literary-oriented, which doesn't mean at all I have less skill and expertise in the other above-mentioned fields. I am open to new opportunities of collaboration, concerning translation and localization, web-content writing and editing, reviewing and editing, managing and organizing, for private subjects or businesses and companies. For other references you may check the reviews of previous clients and collaborators on my profile, you can scroll down for an expanded resume, as well you can check my profile in LinkedIn.

    Groups: Certified Translation Professionals

    $20.00 /hr
    26 hours
  4. Jennifer L.

    Jennifer L.

    Freelance Writer and Editor

    United States - Last active: 5 days ago - Tests: 4

    I have been a freelance writer for 15 years and an editor for 10 years. I am a creative writer, and I also enjoy technical writing. I love editing because I love getting down to the gritty details. I love working with a piece of writing until it shines. I am confident I can help your work shine! Recent Publications: • "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Binaries," Words Dance Publishing, 26 August 2014, • "Pi: A Love Story," Short, Fast, and Deadly, Spring 2014, • “What I Didn’t Learn in College,” Industry Night, 20 November 2013. • “Remembering Elaine,” “Reaching for Pollock in Portrait and a Dream,” and “Saying Goodbye to the House.” Entrances and Exits: A Poetry Review. Eds. Kristi Brooks and Matt Randall. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Pegleg Publishing, 2013. 7-9. Print and Ebook. • “Roar: A Trio of Shorts,” BlackHeart Magazine, 15 March 2013. • "The Closest Thing to Sibling Affection” and “Autumn,” Mused, Fall Equinox 2012 • “Blazing,” poem, Poetry Breakfast, July 15, 2012 • “Farmer’s Market,” poem, Poetry Breakfast, June 25, 2012 • “Driving to Quartz Mountain,” poem, Poetry Quarterly, Spring 2012 • “Chickasha National Recreation Area,” poem, Page One Literary Art Gallery, April 2012 • “Rain,” poem, The Long Islander, 2012 • “Driving to Quartz Mountain,” Page One Literary Art Gallery, Awarded, April 2011 • “Saying Goodbye,” poem, Page One Literary Art Gallery, Awarded, April 2010 • “Home,” poem, Prism Review, Issue 12, 2009

    $18.89 /hr
    818 hours
  5. Stephanie Nessen

    Stephanie Nessen

    Professional Writer and Editor

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 6 - Portfolio: 8

    I am a professional content writer and have written thousands of articles for various websites over the years. I love to write and have an adaptive range of writing styles, producing content that is creative and unique for my clients. My articles include every topic imaginable, from business and finance to becoming a Buddhist nun. As well as polished, compelling business content, I am also an expert in writing curated news content, how-to instructions, product reviews, link pages, and list pages. My clients can be assured of quality, concise writing, clear communication and quick turnaround. In the world of creative writing I have produced articles involving travel, health, and erotica. I am detail oriented and highly organized with effective written and oral communication skills, and have an exceptional ability to master software and its capabilities. I am also an editor of online SEO content ensuring correct spelling and grammar, as well as working backlinks and correct keyword placement. Other writing experience includes but is not limited to writing and editing newsletters, and developing users’ manuals.

    $12.00 /hr
    745 hours
  6. Kari O.

    Kari O.

    Writer | Editor (Academic & Non-Profit)

    United States - Last active: 3 days ago - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 6

    I want you to shine. I truly do. Whether writing copy for you or editing what you have already written, I will engage your specific audience and make sure your text is organized, easy to understand, and flows well. Though I can write/edit in a formal tone, my preference is to use a more conversational style that really connects with people while still being professional. My best work is done with individuals, educational organizations, and non-profit organizations, as that is where I have gained most of my experience. Recent projects include: - book manuscripts - organizational newsletters - academic articles I have also worked with news articles, blog articles/posts, website copy, brochures, drama scripts, seminar transcriptions, and email copy. REFERENCE: "I have worked with Kari Otto on a wide variety of projects, ranging from creating thought-provoking pieces for curriculum to crisp, informative brochure and web site copy. I am consistently impressed with her insights and the command she has of her craft. Her writing is clear, colorful and well-organized. Kari understands deadlines and has established a record of turning around projects well within the agreed upon timeline. She is also a gifted editor, pulling together the ideas from a rough piece of copy and turning into more effective communication. Kari delivers all of this with the confident, helpful attitude born of experience. I recommend her without reservation!" Michael Boze Art Director/Communications Specialist

    $20.00 /hr
    124 hours
  7. Shelby Paul

    Shelby Paul

    Creative Writer, Illustrator, Article, Blog, Book Descript

    United States - Last active: 10 hours ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 27

    I am a professional writer and illustrator with the skills needed to bring the creativity and passion to your project. My objective is to bring the reader into the story with my words and the brilliant visuals I create. I have a background in child development which enables me to write with the adaptation needed to meet the developmental needs of children as well as the skills to write for various people. I have Written, Illustrated and Publish a children's book titled, I Can't Wait any Longer and made it available online through Amazon, Barns and Noble and etc... I have written and/or illustrated several other books and ebooks for clients, which have also been published. My writing skills range from young readers to adult. I am experienced in writing various types of creative writings, articles and blogs. I also specialize in Mobile App descriptions as well as Amazon Book descriptions. Self directed and motivated person with the capability to have built and managed a business, Characters and Clowns, and also, Kids' With Spirit, an Outreach Program from the ground up. Over the past 15 years I have developed a wide range of skills. I have experience with copy writing, editing, illustrations, both freehand style and vectored illustrations, typing skills, book cover design, 2D design, book description, social skills, organizational development, designing, project management, business management, and social media market. My goal is to provide quality work to my clients and to meet their needs to the extent of all my possibilities. I will professionally conquer each task and treat each client with individual care.

    $7.00 /hr
    813 hours
  8. Laurie B.

    Laurie B.

    Proofreader and Copy Editor

    United States - Last active: 4 days ago - Tests: 31 - Portfolio: 3

    I am a native speaker of U.S. English with extensive experience in proofreading, editing and more recent experience with copy editing. My skills have given me the ability to handle and process both large and small projects well under deadlines. As you can see by my skills list, I have a mastery of the English written word and can offer advice, upon request, to improve upon your work or to simply correct your documents with complete and thorough professionalism. I am available to discuss and review your project at your convenience, and can be easily reached by email or phone. For the record, I also possess extensive experience as an administrative assistant, also making me proficient in all of the most common MS office programs on the market today. I look forward to helping your projects reach their fullest potential.

    $14.96 /hr
    382 hours
  9. Tasneem Sachee

    Tasneem Sachee

    Expert Article Writer/Copywriter, SEO-search engine optimised content

    Canada - Last active: 15 days ago - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 5

    Over the last few years, I have developed content for small and medium sized businesses focusing on 100% original content catered to both the search engines and the human reader. My approach is to write content based on keyword research with the right amount of keyword density. My aim is to incorporate everything from H1,H2, H3 tags to Page Title, correctly optimized description and keyword tags, internal linking and more. I also have experience in the following areas: Setting up a wordpress site or blog, installing relevant plugins, keyword research using Market Samurai and Google Keyword Tool, email marketing, HTML, video optimization. I offer fanatical customer support with all my projects. Looking forward to building a fruitful and mutual business relationship together!

    $16.67 /hr
    134 hours
  10. Judith P.

    Judith P.

    Expert CopyWriter, editor/proofreader, novelist and content specialist

    United Kingdom - Last active: 7 days ago - Tests: 25 - Portfolio: 11

    Certified by oDesk as being in the top 5% of their contractors, which is a considerable achievement, given the number of freelancers on this platform. I have also been awarded membership of the exclusive Bronze Club by oDesk. Hire the WordSmith Copywriter with the experience and feedback to make your investment a worthwhile investment. You can't please all of the people all of the time, but my record speaks for itself with perfect five star feedback from every job apart from 2, for which I was awarded high 4' impressive record to say the least. I have penned many How To... Guides and E-books as well as life-coaching and stress management copywriting and also articles both for SEO and pure content, as well as press releases, sales/landing/squeeze pages and newsletters. I have written stories for a major US TV producer, based on a current extremely popular TV series, and excel in relationship and erotic novels, both historical and current. My standard rate for fiction per 100 words is $8.00, although this can be negotiated if long-term work is available. Non-fiction and articles which require research will be chargeable at $9.00 per 100 words. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT ME IF THIS RATE IS UNACCEPTABLE. Website reviews and copywriting is charged at a higher rate which we will negotiate together. Having worked alongside one of Canada's leading SEO/Marketing Companies, I have been professionally trained in best practice for SEO and work with the latest Google updates so that your content is fresh, relevant and of interest to the reader. Your content will always have the correct use of KW (and density) and I use 'ring-fencing and Silo's' when employing interlinking within a website. Whether you want a Consultant or a professional copywriter, you have come to the right profile.

    Groups: MediaPiston Writers

    $88.90 /hr
    41 hours