We are looking for a creative, organized, and deadline-driven Developmental & Line Editor, who will provide the feedback and guidance for an engaging legal thriller novel that will keep readers 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 450 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.

Job Outline

Our ideal candidate 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 back and forth communication from our writers and editor as well as input from our concept creator. You will be expected to edit the manuscript with a view to line edits, including story flow, language choice, pacing etc.—this is a key requirement, if you’re not able to juggle the two please do not apply. Legal knowledge, particularly criminal law, will also be valued highly. 

Necessary Skills & Experience

  • Extensive experience within the genre of Legal Thrillers, specific knowledge of Criminal Law. You should be familiar with authors such as John Grisham, Michael Connelly and Scott Pratt.
  • Work collaboratively with writers to build a comprehensive outline to a complex fantasy story in a fully developed and absorbing medieval fantasy world.
  • Solid editing experience, with a passion for plot, structure and pacing
  • Ability to evaluate characters and story arcs to build drama 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 written, edited or read widely in the legal thriller genre. 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.

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!

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