Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do I apply to work with Relay Publishing?
All our vacancies are listed online and you can apply via our Writing, Editing or Other Roles pages (for designers, translators, book formatters etc). Read through the job descriptions and if there is a role that suits your experience and interest, you can apply via the application form at the end of each page. We’ll contact you following this.
When can I expect to hear back from you?
We’d like to say pretty quickly! But we do regularly receive a large number of applications, so a reply can sometimes take up to 2 weeks. In most cases, it is much less time, so please be patient in case we are experiencing a particularly busy time!
What does the recruitment process look like?
- Firstly, your sample submission is reviewed by our senior editors. If the decision is made to move forward, then we’ll send you a request for a trial and finalise details of rates, etc.
- You’ll complete a paid trial for us (at our agreed-upon, per word rate), so that you get a feel for how it is to work in our structure. We usually allot a week for a trial to be completed.
- We’ll then evaluate your trial to make sure that it meets our goals and style. This may take a few days and sometimes we may ask for writing revisions based on editorial feedback as part of this stage of the trial.
- If we like your trial (and you liked doing it) then we’ll get you all set up with our project management software and processes, and then our team can start pitching projects to you.
- When you receive a project pitch and have time in your schedule to complete, then you accept, we send you a contract, you review and sign it, and begin working with us!
Do I get credited in the published book?
No, all work with Relay Publishing is as non-credited ghostwriters for our new or established pen names.
I’m not entirely sure about what a pen name is?
A pen name is a fictitious name that a book is published under when the actual author’s name is something different. There are a lot of reasons for using pen names and our Managing Director, Harry Wallett has written an article all about pen names here that will give you some more information about this topic.
Will my editing style suit Relay?
Relay works with a more “hands-on” approach with edits, and that is definitely something we and our writers welcome. If you come from a traditional editing background, where having utmost respect for writer’s voice and style is paramount (above that of a good story), then this approach can feel a bit odd. Do you feel that you would be open to this collaborative style of working?
Can I refer someone who I think might be a great fit?
Relay Publishing is always looking for talented writers, editors, and outliners. We have found that the best way to meet a great writer or editor, is to ask a great writer or editor! That’s where you come in. If you have a friend, colleague, acquaintance or even facebook friend who would be a good addition to Relay, and we hire them to join our freelancer team, we’ll give you $200. In addition to our writing and editing teams, we are also seeking talented cover artists, illustrators, and typographers.
How do I refer a friend to Relay?
It is so simple! Just send us your referral’s name, skills, and a way to contact them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your referral is hired onto a project, and fulfills their first milestone, we will pay you $200. There is no limit to the number of referrals you can send us. We can’t wait to meet your friends!
I still have some questions that I need answers to. How can I get in touch?
You can always get in touch with us by sending an email to email@example.com