Relay Publishing is looking to work with talented & experienced English to German translators and 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. We are looking to recruit to multiple roles so please apply to either translator or proofreader or both roles depending on your experience and interest.


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.

Our ideal candidate for the translator role will receive an English manuscript (ranging from 30k-80k words) and a blurb for the title. Each translated manuscript and blurb is then reviewed by a proofreader to ensure the quality of work that Relay expects. The final delivered manuscript will need to read fluidly and naturally to a native speaker – we are not looking for a literal translation. Please do not apply if you rely on AI software for your translations.


Necessary Skills & Experience

  • Proven experience of translating/ proofreading fiction stories from English to Standard German
  • Ideally experience translating/ proofreading in the romance and/ or fantasy fiction genres
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of the German translation team to produce a final manuscript free from grammatical and spelling errors
  • Ability to translate 2000-4000 words per day
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills.
  • Time management and prioritization.
  • Technologically savvy in order to work with our project management software and Word!


About You

Proven experience is required – you’ll have worked as an English to German translator or proofreader on fiction stories between 30k-80k in length. You’ll have a good understanding of how to translate into a fluid and readable story for a German audience. You’ll be reliable and able to deliver quality work to a set deadline and you’ll be able to work collaboratively as part of a 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!


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