Relay Publishing is looking for a creative, organized, and deadline-driven Developmental & Line Editor, who will provide the feedback and guidance for an engaging vigilante thriller novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats! We are looking for an experienced editor who wants to earn a competitive, reliable income in a fun online working environment using their editing skills.
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 for this role 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.
Necessary Skills & Experience
- Extensive experience within the genre of Vigilante Thrillers. You should be familiar with authors such as Lee Child (Jack Reacher), Brad Thor (Scot Harvath) and Vince Flynn (Mitch Rapp).
- Collaborating with writers to build a comprehensive manuscript to form a complex suspenseful story.
- Particularly looking for those with experience with action and military thriller editing.
- 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 in order to work with our project management software and Word!
A deep knowledge of the genre is required—viable candidates should already have edited and read widely in the Vigilante Justice genre. Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books should be extremely familiar to you, you’ll have grown up with old school westerns and you’ll see the new anti-hero superhero films (Batman, Iron Man etc.) as another evolution of this very popular genre.
Particularly looking for those with experience working with exciting vigilante justice storylines that are immersive, fast paced, surprising and explore dangers of the contemporary world—ending with hard justice dealt to evil. They provide exciting action, plot twists, and an admirable hero who represents victim empowerment. You need to have a high degree of 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!