Relay Publishing is looking for a creative, organized, and deadline-driven Outline Writer, who will provide the roadmap to an enthralling Psychological Thriller that keeps an audience on the edge of their seats. 

 Job Outline

We want to work with people 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.

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 Psychological Thrillers, specifically the Domestic Noir sub-genre.  You should be familiar with authors such as Gillian Flynn, B.A. Paris, J.P. Delaney and Lisa Jewell
  • Work collaboratively with editors and concept creators to build a comprehensive outline to a complex thriller
  • Writing or editing experience, with a drive to see your story come to life on paper
  • Ability to use characters and story arcs to build suspense for your readers. 
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills.
  • Time management and prioritization.
  • Technologically savvy in order to work with our project management software and Word!


About You


A deep knowledge of the genre is required—viable candidates should already have written, edited or read widely in the Psychological Thriller, Domestic Noir genre, specifically Alice Feeney’s Sometimes I Lie and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.  Particularly looking for those with experience writing exciting Domestic Noir storylines that are immersive, character-driven, fast paced, and surprising, providing the shocking plot twists that this genre is known for.  This could be a current writer of Psychological Thriller 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. Regardless, you need to have high familiarity with the genre, specifically female protagonists, unreliable narrators, secrets and tensions.  This genre does deal with dark themes, such as physical and emotional abuse, characters in peril, and drug addictions.

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 use an online project management system to run our projects which integrate seamlessly with your emails.

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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