Relay Publishing is looking for a creative, organized, and deadline-driven Outline Writer, who will provide the roadmap to an engaging western romance novel that keeps our readers coming back for more! 

Job Outline

Our ideal candidate will work within the Relay Publishing outline template to create the character set-up and plot for the book. The end result is detailed character sheets outlining goals, motivations, and internal conflicts for each of the main characters, as well as a full chapter-by-chapter for the book. This process requires regular back and forth communication between the outline writer and their editors in a “Writer’s Room” format.  


Necessary Skills & Experience

  • Extensive experience within the romance genre and specific experience and knowledge in the Cowboy Western sub-genre. You should be familiar with Cora Seton, Lorelei James, Diana Palmer and Cat Johnson.
  • A love for working collaboratively with editors and other writers.
  • Particularly looking for those with experience writing storylines with strong, capable, respectful cowboys who are slow to let people in and strong-willed, unflappable heroines who challenge our stubborn cowboys.
  • Prior outlining experience a big plus.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Time management and prioritization skills
  • Technologically savvy


About You

A deep knowledge of the genre is required—viable candidates should already have written, edited or read widely in the western romance genre. You should be familiar with Cora Seton, Lorelei James, Diana Palmer and Cat Johnson. You know why readers pick up these books and the experience they want from them. You have a love for the unique setting these books takes place in: great wide-open western spaces, beautiful Texan (or New Mexico, or Montana, etc) sunsets, big-sky Americana.

You could be a current writer of romance novels that has too many ideas and is looking for an outlet. Or an editor with developmental editing experience looking to use their knowledge to create. Or maybe you’re between projects and are looking to create as a team. Regardless, you need to have high familiarity with the genre, know how to plot and structure a story, and have a good mind for what readers in this genre want. You will enjoy a challenge and using your problem-solving skills to define what is next in the story. You are a person who enjoys the brainstorming process and high-level collaborative creation. 

We want to work with writers who are creative, passionate, and conscientious on an ongoing basis. As a virtual office, communication is key—we like to work with individuals who can meet deadlines and communicate clearly and efficiently to keep project coordinators up to date with your progress.


What’s in it for You?

An amazing freelance, online, remote working environment with a real collaborative virtual office that fosters teamwork, development and open communication. We are passionate about creating an online workplace that really works! We use an online project management software that helps us keep an open, collaborative approach to all our projects and integrates seamlessly with your emails.  Just because we work remote, doesn’t mean we have to be remote! We want to nurture our team and work with a consistent group of professionals to be part of the company as it continues to grow. 

We thoroughly believe in long-term collaborative relationships and that is reflected in our approach to all our projects. We offer competitive rates, clear briefs & expectations, and friendly and fun communication throughout. Flexibility is one of our core work principles: as long as the work gets done, you can do it whenever it suits you. Unlike a traditional office we don’t require you to be at your desk 9-5—you pick your own schedule. If you’re serious about writing or editing for a living, we’d love to hear from you.

We are always open to ideas. We like to have brainstorming sessions and offer incentives for participation. Whether that’s a new book or business venture, a change to processes and workflow. No matter what your role, you are part of the team and your voice counts.

We have grown dramatically over the last couple years and we plan on growing more, come along for the ride!


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