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Salina Owens

Madrid, Spain

Digital Creator | Content Writer

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Carmel Kundai Makaya

Kenya

I'll help you clarify and share your story online.

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Amy Suto

Phoenix, United States

Stunning copy and content for your startup ✍️

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Brad Bartlett

Kansas City, United States

Your best [freelance writing] friend. 🚀

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Rodrigo Lamadrid

Monterrey, Mexico

You Think It, I Write It

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Lee Thompson

The Bahamas

Copy Curated for Visionaries

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Macy Berendsen

St Paul, United States

Fashion & beauty writer; podcast editor

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Kristina Lopez

Florida, United States

Helping your business help people with words✍🏽🌟

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James Seykot

Philadelphia, United States

Consultant, Data Scientist, Marketer

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Emily Becker

Chicago, United States

Words for a better world. 🌎

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Bridget Poston

Ohio, United States

Crafting magnetic copy that converts ⚡

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Samiya McMiller

Detroit, United States

Creative words, designs, reviews 💫

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Erika Carpio

Peru

Crafting Iconic Websites & Digital Content ✨

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Alexandra Fasulo

Fort Myers, United States

Welcome to the Freelance Fairy Writing Hub 🧚

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Quinn Foster

Lafayette, United States

Impactful Journalist & Copy Editor to the Rescue

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Bart Nagel

Vancouver, Canada

Taking pride in great code

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Alexia R

Chicago, United States

Copy Chameleon + Creative Writer 🦎

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Dana Alsamsam

Boston, United States

I help authors bring their visions to life! ✨

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Jasmin Nakamichi

Houston, United States

Marketing Communications for Digital Brands

Common projects for Copy Editors

Editing blog posts for clarity, grammar, and style.

Proofreading manuscripts for publishing in books or academic journals.

Reviewing website content for errors and inconsistencies.

Editing marketing materials like brochures, flyers, and email newsletters.

Proofreading academic papers or dissertations.

Editing technical documents or manuals for clarity and readability.

Tips for working with and hiring Copy Editors

Define your needs

Before you start your search for a freelance copy editor, you should have a clear understanding of what you need. This includes the level of editing required, your deadline, and any style guides or specific formatting that need to be followed.

Review their work

A good copy editor should have examples of their work available for review. This can give you a good idea of their editing style and whether it fits your needs. Look for consistency, attention to detail, and how they have improved the clarity and flow of the content.

Communication is key

Good communication is essential for a successful freelance project. Make sure your copy editor is responsive, understands your instructions, and is open to feedback. All communication and project management should be done through Contra's platform for the best results.

Check their software skills

Copy editors should be proficient in word processing software like Microsoft Word or Google Docs, and be familiar with other tools like Grammarly or Hemingway for improving readability and spotting errors.

How to hire Copy Editors

Define your needs

Before starting the hiring process, have a clear understanding of what you need from a Copy Editor. This could include the level of editing required, your deadline, and any style guides or specific formatting that need to be followed.

Post a detailed job

Posting a detailed job on Contra will attract the right freelancers. Include information about your company, the scope of the job, the skills required, and the project timeline.

Review applications

Review the applications you receive and shortlist freelancers based on their skills, experience, and fit for your project. Look at their past projects and reviews on their profile.

Conduct interviews

Conduct interviews with shortlisted freelancers. Ask questions about their experience, approach to editing, and how they handle various aspects of copy editing. Also, discuss your project specifics and expectations.

Make an offer

Once you've found the right freelancer, make an offer through Contra. This will include the project details, payment terms, and timeline.

3 questions to ask when interviewing Copy Editors

1. Can you describe your editing process and how you approach a new project?

2. Can you provide examples of similar projects you've worked on in the past?

3. How do you handle feedback and revisions during the editing process?

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Frequently asked
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A freelance copy editor is a professional who reviews and corrects written material to improve clarity, accuracy, and consistency. They can work on a variety of contents including books, articles, websites, and marketing materials. They check for errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and syntax, and ensure the text flows well and is easy to understand.

A freelance copy editor is a professional who reviews and corrects written material to improve clarity, accuracy, and consistency. They can work on a variety of contents including books, articles, websites, and marketing materials. They check for errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and syntax, and ensure the text flows well and is easy to understand.

Hiring a copy editor on Contra gives you access to a pool of top freelance talent. You can review their portfolio, communicate efficiently, and handle contracts and payments all in one place, making the process seamless and easy.

You can post a job detailing your project requirements on Contra. Copy editors who match your requirements can then apply for the job. You can also browse through the profiles of copy editors and invite those you are interested in to apply.

Any project that involves written content can benefit from a copy editor. This includes blog posts, articles, books, academic papers, website content, marketing materials, and more.

Copy editors typically use word processing software like Microsoft Word or Google Docs. They may also use tools like Grammarly or Hemingway for spotting errors and improving readability. Other tools like Adobe Acrobat might be used for editing PDFs.

The cost of hiring a copy editor on Contra can range from $25 to $60 per hour, depending on the complexity of the project and the editor's experience and skills.

Freelance copy editors are paid commission-free on Contra. They may charge per project, per hour, or per milestone. Clients must pay a minimum of $250 or $25 an hour to post an opportunity on Contra. The agreed payment is held in escrow until the project is completed to the client's satisfaction.

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