We are looking for a creative, organized, and deadline-driven Developmental & Line Editor, who will provide the feedback and guidance for an engaging post-apocalyptic novel that will keep readers 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’s template. In addition to correcting grammar or spelling, they edit from a “big picture” perspective, considering aspects such as structure and pacing.  Our Developmental Editor will review both outlines and manuscripts from a story level—digging into character set up, arcs, plot, structure, pacing and ensuring it all falls within genre expectations. This process requires extensive back and forth communication from our writers and editor as well as input from our concept creator. You will be expected to edit chapters as writers complete them to evaluate style and structure and identify potential problems. In addition, developmental editors ensure our writers adhere to our style guide and writers’ guidelines. If a writer gets stuck, the developmental editor helps him or her identify and work through obstacles.

Necessary Skills & Experience

  • Extensive experience within the post-apocalyptic genre, specifically “One Second After” by William Forstchen, “Dies in the Fire” by S.M. Stirling, and “Cyberstorm” by Matthew Mather.
  • Work collaboratively with writers and concept creators to build a comprehensive outline and/or manuscript to form a complex suspenseful story
  • Particularly looking for those with experience with survival preparedness.
  • Solid editing experience, with a passion for plot, structure and pacing
  • Ability to evaluate characters and story arcs to build drama and suspense for our readers.
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills
  • Time management and prioritization
  • Technologically savvy

About You

A deep knowledge of the genre is required—viable candidates should already have edited widely in the Post-Apocalyptic genre.  Particularly looking for those with experience editing these tropes:  Man vs. Nature, Survivalism, Wasteland, Zombie or Contagion Apocalypse, Safety in Numbers, etc.  In addition, a strong knowledge of the Five Principles of Preparedness and their implementation.  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.

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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