Relay Publishing is looking for a creative freelance Art Director who enjoys working in a fast paced environment, using their knowledge of design and consumer behaviour, to create art that immediately grabs reader’s attention in a very competitive market. You will lead our cover creation process in a range of genres, including sci-fi, fantasy and thrillers. You will draw up cover briefs and then cooperate with a design-savvy team to produce eye-catching covers that will stand out from the crowd.


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.

As an Art Director, you will generate clear ideas and concepts, and cooperate with the rest of the creative team in order to produce cover designs for our fiction novels. You will take work from concept to final execution within deadlines.


Necessary Skills & Experience

  • Proven working experience as Art Director/Art Lead in the publishing industry
  • Hands on experience with cover design, typography, colour, web layout design, print production, image selection and package design
  • Extensive portfolio with cover designs for fiction novels, across many genres
  • Proficient use of InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator or other visual design and wire-framing tools
  • Produce clear feedback and take/give direction well
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills
  • Time management and prioritization


About You

Candidates will understand that readers do judge a book by its cover, but that’s OK! Because we work with some of the brightest and most talented designers around.      

You enjoy a challenge and fully understand marketing initiatives, target audiences and genre expectations. You know that good cover art is not about conveying the story, but effectively showing what emotional fantasy the book will fulfil, in an attention grabbing manner. You are on top of all trends using your creative skills, you can create the perfect cover designs that will visually refine a compelling hook for readers. You have an eye for detail and ensure that your work is of a high standard at all times. You are a person who enjoys the brainstorming process and high-level collaborative creation, a design specialist who can cater to your target audience, and works well with deadlines. 


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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