Relay Publishing is looking for a creative, organized, and deadline-driven Developmental Editor, who will provide feedback and guidance for an engaging cowboy Romance novel that keeps an audience coming back for more!
Our ideal candidate will review manuscripts from a story level—digging into character set up, arcs, plot, structure, romance progression, pacing and ensuring it all falls within genre expectations for a cowboy romance. This process requires back and forth communication between yourself and our writers. You will also be expected to edit the manuscript with a view to line edits, including story flow, language choice, showing vs. telling etc. Doing both developmental and line edits in a pass is a key requirement for this role.
Necessary Skills & Experience
- Extensive experience within the romance genre and specific experience and knowledge in the cowboy sub-genre. You should be familiar with Cora Seton, Lorelei James, Diana Palmer and Cat Johnson.
- Ability to work well collaboratively with writers and concept creators to build a manuscript as a team.
- Comfortable with cowboy heroes, small town life and intimate scenes.
- Solid developmental editing experience, with a passion for characters, plot, structure and pacing
- Excellent communication and analytical skills
- Time management and prioritization
- Technologically savvy
A deep knowledge of the genre is required—viable candidates should already have edited widely in the cowboy romance genres and be familiar with the bestsellers (Cora Seton, Lorelei James, Diana Palmer and Cat Johnson). You’re a talented and experienced editor, with the ability to help a writer to create relatable and engrossing characters who instantly engage a romance reader, as well as an intriguing small-town plot line.
Your editing style is warm, character-focused and driven by experience. You’re able to juggle both the external plot and the romance plot simultaneously, keeping tension high throughout. A fire at the ranch is as easy for you to edit as a love scene. The books you’ve edited previously leave readers believing in the power of love and emotionally satisfied by your characters overcoming all obstacles.
We want to work with editors 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.
You enjoy a challenge and working collaboratively with other talented creatives to build something magical: a story. You are a person who loves the editing process and high level collaborative creation. You can say: “I’ve never missed a deadline.” Finally, you are passionate about your craft, storytelling and love working within a supportive team.
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!