Relay Publishing is looking for a creative, organised and deadline-driven Outline Editor to help oversee and shape the outlines for our exciting Military SciFi series! 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.
About Relay Publishing
Relay Publishing was founded in April 2013, and since then has developed a catalogue of over 750 books across several genres in both English, German and French. Our focus is on young adult fantasy, science fiction and romance, but we have recently expanded into the post-apocalyptic, cozy mystery, and psychological thriller genres.
At our core, we’re a book packaging company—our process starts with fresh concepts and outlines created by our in-house team. From there our amazing writers are commissioned to flesh it out into a fully-fledged book, while working alongside our award-winning editors, to create stories that readers simply can’t put down!
After several years working with publishing freelancers, we like to think we know what makes a fun, creative, 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 (10-15 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.
Our ideal candidate will work within the Relay Publishing’s outline template and will see the story develop step by step, from the very kernel of an idea to a detailed chapter-by-chapter outline. They will edit from a ‘big picture’ perspective, considering and strengthening story elements including conflict, pacing, character development, structure, story logic etc. This process requires extensive back and forth communication between writer and editor. You will be working from a Project Overview which details the concept for each book in the series as well as the tropes to be included, and other useful information to begin the project with.
You will be expected to edit outline stages as writers complete them to evaluate content, structure and identify potential problems. In addition, outline editors ensure our writers adhere to our style guide and writers’ guidelines. If a writer gets stuck, the outline editor helps them identify and work through obstacles.
Necessary Skills & Experience
- Extensive experience within the genre of Military Sci-Fi, understanding the complexity of weaving military combat alongside the relationships of a platoon of soldiers.
- Use imagination to fill in gaps, and envisage how a talented writer would flesh out the outline as it develops.
- Working knowledge of military slang and technical terminology with a futuristic slant
- Work collaboratively with writers and concept creators to build a comprehensive outline for an exciting, fast-moving story in an alien world.
- Solid editing experience, with a passion for plot, structure and pacing.
- Ability to evaluate characters and story arcs to build drama and suspense 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 Military Science Fiction novels, and have both read, written or edited Military Science Fiction stories.
In addition to genre familiarity, you will 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.
Our Military Sci-fi writers create a futuristic world where mankind has colonized the stars and face challenges both internal and external. You can handle both fast-paced action, but also the elements comradery, humor and character development required in this genre. Readers will suspend disbelief to get into the science fiction world, but then everything after that must be realistic and follow the rules the world has set up.
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 couple years and we plan on growing more, come along for the ride!