We are looking for a creative, organized, and deadline-driven Outline Writer, who will provide the roadmap to a gripping Legal Thriller that keeps an audience on the edge of their seats.
About Relay Publishing
Relay Publishing is a multi-genre fiction publishing company running since 2013. We have a catalogue of over 750 books in both English and German, with our focus being on romance, young adult fantasy, science fiction and thrillers.
After several years working with publishing freelancers, we like to think we know what makes a creative, fun, and collaborative environment to work in. If you check out Relay’s Testimonials you’ll see we have a reputation for clear instructions, paying fairly and on time, and helping writers develop their craft. If you love stories, you’ll be among great company!
Book Packaging You Say?
That’s right, we’re a book publishing / packaging company. That means we handle the book publishing process from beginning to end. We take great story ideas and collaborate with talented writers to bring them to life. These story ideas and concepts are created by our in-house team, which are then fleshed out into detailed character profiles and outlines (30-40 pages).
We then work closely with one of our writers to bring these outlines to life. The focus throughout is on quality, and the writer works closely with an editor to ensure the reader will be blown away by both the story and the prose. Depending on the word count, the process from idea creation to finished product is 2-4 months.
Then the book enters the marketing phase where the cover and blurb are optimized to sell, and various advertisements are set up to promote the book. Every book is made with the target of hitting the bestseller list.
Our ideal candidate will work within the Relay Publishing outline template to write 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 extensive back and forth communication between the outline writer and their editor as well as input from our concept creator. To paraphrase Stephen King’s writing methodology “Try to put interesting people in difficult situations and then write to find out what happens”. You will be the creator of the interesting characters and their difficult situations, leading your manuscript writer to flesh out the story that you map out.
Necessary Skills & Experience
• Extensive experience within the genre of Legal Thrillers, specific knowledge of Criminal Law.
• Work collaboratively with editors and concept creators to build a comprehensive outline to a complex thriller
• High level writing experience. We are looking for the best of the best, with a drive to see your story come to life.
• Ability to use characters and story arcs to build tension. Strong knowledge of pacing and structure is required
• Excellent communication and analytical skills
• Time management and prioritization
• Technologically savvy
A deep knowledge of the sub-genre is required—viable candidates should already have written, edited or read widely in the Legal Thriller genre, and already have a specialist level of knowledge of criminal law. This could be a current writer of legal thrillers that has too many ideas and is looking for an outlet. Or an editor with developmental editing experience looking to use knowledge to create. Regardless, you need to have high familiarity with the sub-genre, know how to plot and structure a story, and have a good mind for what readers in this genre want.
In addition, you 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.
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. 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. 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 year and we plan on growing more, come along for the ride!