Relay Publishing is looking to work with talented & experienced English to German proofreaders who want to earn a competitive, reliable income in a fun online working environment using their skills to work on fiction titles in the Romance & Fantasy genres.
About Relay Publishing
Relay Publishing is a multi-genre fiction publishing company running since 2013. We have a catalogue of over 1,000 books in both English, German and French, with our focus being on romance, young adult fantasy, science fiction, thrillers and post-apocalyptic and over 150 of our books are also published audiobooks.
After seven years working with publishing freelancers, we like to think we know what makes a creative, fun, and collaborative online environment. 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.
We have a small team of people running the company, handling the coordination of projects, marketing, finance, human resources and administration. We also work with over a hundred creatives to bring our books to life. If you love stories, you’ll be among great company!
What We Do
We are a book publishing and packaging company. We develop great story ideas and collaborate with talented writers and editors to bring them to life. Story ideas and concepts are created by our in-house team, which are then fleshed out into detailed character profiles and outlines. The outlines are then given to our manuscript team – comprised of a ghostwriter and editor. The focus throughout is on exceptional storytelling, 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 word count, the process from concept creation through to finished novel can range from four to twelve 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.
Our ideal candidate will review the German manuscript and blurb (translated from English) to ensure the quality of work that Relay expects. We work with experienced translators, so we are not expecting a heavy edit with lots of changes. However, the final delivered manuscript will need to read fluidly and naturally to a native speaker with a keen attention to the nuance that brings our stories to life. Our novels range from 30,000 – 100,000 words and we are looking for a German Proofreader that can proof between 2000 – 4000 words per day.
Necessary Skills & Experience
- You are a native German speaker and fluent in English
- Minimum 2 years German proofreading experience
- Proven experience of proofreading fiction stories which have been translated from English into German
- Specific experience proofreading romance and / or fantasy fiction genres preferred.
- If working within romance, must be comfortable with intimate scenes
- Ability to work collaboratively as part of the German translation team to produce a final manuscript free from grammatical and spelling errors
- Excellent communication and analytical skills.
- Time management, prioritization and ability to meet deadlines.
- Technologically savvy in order to work with our project management software and Word!
You have a solid understanding of how to proofread a translated manuscript and ensure that it is a fluid and readable story for a German audience. You are reliable and able to deliver quality work to a set deadline. You enjoy working collaboratively as part of a team helping the translators to improve their translation skills.
We want to work with people who are creative, passionate, and conscientious on an ongoing basis. As Relay runs a virtual office, communication is key, so 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. To be successful in this role, you possess the following qualities: you are inquisitive, proactive, responsive, and responsible.
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!