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Christina C. | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: Jan 9, 2012

Christina C.

Accurate Copy Editor - Experienced Word Wrangler
   United States
  |   Hamden, CT
  |  7:37 am Local Time

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $16

Every great writer has a good editor standing behind them, and my job is to make you sound good. Beyond correcting the odd spellings, resettling the misplaced commas, and excising extra words, a sympathetic but firm editor brings a fresh perspective to your text and helps you clarify your own voice.

I have worked with many kinds of writing, but am particularly adept at turning translated texts into sharp, colloquial English that is easy to read while preserving the intent of the author in the original language. I have a wide range of...

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Portfolio

Translation Editing sample from The Bertelesmann Foundation Transformation Index...
Translation Editing sample from an academic article originally written in Romanian.

Skills (5)

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English Vocabulary Test (U.S. Version)
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U.S. English AP Style Editing Skills Test (For Writing Professionals)
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U.S. English Basic Skills Test
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U.S. Word Usage Test
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Email Etiquette Certification
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English Punctuation
U.S. English Punctuation and Mechanics Test
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English Proofreading
U.S. English Proofreading Skills Test (Chicago)
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U.S. Culture and Etiquette Test
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Service Description

Express your ideas clearly, quickly, and concisely with an experienced, native English-speaking writer and bona fide word nerd. Get your text into tip-top shape with a firm but personable editor. Assemble and summarize research on your topic efficiently and uniquely. Find your target audience with the right tone: speak informally, or appeal to a well-read audience—you decide.

I write efficiently and research thoroughly, but my true calling is as an editor, whether it be proofreader, line editor, or translation editor.

I happily wear the hat of the "comma fascist" to set every detail exactly in place in a manuscript. One of my most challenging projects was a directory of over 1,500 environmental NGOs in eastern Europe and fSU countries for the Regional Environmental Center in Szentendre, Hungary. The source text was culled from existing sources and self-submitted by the individual organizations with regional formatting standards. Descriptive text was written by non-native English speakers from all of the different countries and varied wildly in understandability.

One of the challenges was to apply a coherent set of formatting rules onto the ordinarily simple elements such as addresses and telephone numbers, which in this case differed widely from country to country. Another challenge was to discern the meaning of writers who sometimes had poor English writing skills, and who we often weren't able to contact for clarification. One of our favorite textual curiosities was...

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Education

Pacific Lutheran University
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology
1987 - 1991
Pacific Lutheran University
Bachelor of Arts, History
1987 - 1991

Keywords

Copy Editor
Proofreader
Translation Editor
Indexer
Copy Writer
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