How It WOrks


We take incredible story ideas and collaborate with talented writers 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. We then work with one of our writers to bring this outline to life.

We love great stories (who doesn’t?) and we’re passionate about the people who write them.

When you work with us, you’ll be working with people who respect and admire what you do – because they’re writers too. Write for us and be part of an ambitious, supportive team who have one goal: to create amazing stories

 the RELAY WRITING process

Story ideas and concepts are created by our in-house team using market research and good old fashioned brainstorming.
These ideas are then fleshed out into detailed outlines and character profiles forming a project pack.
We then go through our pool of writers to find a voice & style that fit the story best.
The writer is approached with the concept and outline. If their schedule is open, we’ll discuss the story, set-up payment terms and a contract with them to write the story.
Each writer is assigned a story expert and an experienced editor. They will be your contacts if you have any questions about the outline and to help you shape the story to its best possible version.
Once the story is finished, you’ll be sent the copyright contract to sign and then paid in full.


This is a commissioned work-for-hire project, so after payment is released the full rights of the story will be transferred to us.

Many writers have used commissioned projects to learn the craft and propel their writing career.

Paula Hawkins, bestselling writer of The Girl On The Train credits her commissioned work with developing herself as a fiction writer. Find out more about how ghostwriting can help you become a better creative writer here. 

…the Amy Silver novels were commissioned. I was given the idea by someone else.

They were really fantastic as a learning experience for a fiction writer. I really got to flex my fiction muscles and try things out, play around with structures.

So by the time I got to this book, which really came from me and was all my own ideas and what I wanted to do, I had an idea in my head how I wanted to structure things and how I was going to pace things, and what might work and what might not. It was a really good instruction into writing.

Paula Hawkins

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Payment Rates

Our rates are extremely competitive—please contact us for more information.

If you’re interested in writing for Relay Publishing, fill in our application form

THE RELAY REcruitment Process

Sample review—Submit a sample of your best work and one of our editors will review it. Expect a reply within 7 days.
Paid trial—You’ll receive a prompt or sample to work on during a paid trial. This is then sent to a senior editor to review.
Hired!  – You are now part of the Relay writing team


"I just enjoyed working with Relay again! It’s so nice to work with a professional publishing company who cares about content!"

Abbie (Writer), Jan '22

"I love the new outline, and the introductory calls continue to be super helpful. The professionalism, creativity, and flexibility of everyone on the Relay team continues to be excellent. Thank you!!!!!!!!"

Kate (Outline Writer), Jul '21

"I have to be honest, this is probably the best outline I've gotten as a story writer. The outline is thorough, realistic, the character motivations make sense and are believable, and it's going to be a blast to write!"

Victoria (Writer), Oct '20

"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed ghostwriting and the collaborative nature of writing for Relay."
Cara (Writer), July '20

"Coming onboard with Relay Publishing was far and away the best career decision I ever made. I get to work with a dynamic team of people to spin stories readers love. Best of all, I make my own schedule, and I can take my work with me wherever I go. Travel the world, be your own taskmaster, and write for a living!"

Miranda (Writer), '19

"Relay Publishing is a significant portion of my freelance business. I look forward to working alongside Harry and his first-rate team of professionals with every project. Relay’s business model really is the future of publishing, and I feel blessed to be part of such a forward-thinking team."

Laura (Writer), '19

"The team have been amazing. So supportive and smart within their respective roles. It's been one of my favourite experiences in the last few years. You're all building a cracking company. Really feel like I've landed on my feet here 🙂 "

Paul (Writer), Nov '18

"I appreciated that the Editor pushed me to really meet the needs of this new genre in terms of plotting - her edits gave me a chance to hone my skills in this area and now I feel much more confident producing this kind of story."

Rebekah (Writer), Mar '21

"The editor was very prompt and thorough in her answers, whenever I had a question or wanted to discuss where we were headed. We were therefore able to solve any problems that arose quickly and efficiently."

Anna (Writer), Aug '20

"I had a good experience working on these outlines. The Editor is an excellent collaborator, and always has good notes. She is very perceptive and detail-oriented, and goes out of her way to make sure everything comes together as it should."

Claire (Writer), July '20

"It’s always a pleasure writing on projects for Relay Publishing. I love the Teamwork application which makes finding out all the pertinent facts and communicating with team members so easy and efficient. I also like the ease of recording hours on the application and the ease of uploading project files now that we are doing it directly within Teamwork.

You hire top-notch people for every aspect of the process and I’ve yet to run into someone who isn’t knowledgeable about their respective aspect of the process. Everyone is always super positive and helpful and it makes working with Relay a true joy."

Traci (Writer), '19

"So far my time working for Relay has been great. The projects are fun, and it's an interesting new way to look at constructing a book. I'm learning a lot!"

Jeff (Writer), Dec '18

"I feel gratified that I was able to contribute to the revised concept, since I really liked the characters that came out of that  process. I felt part of the collaborative and creative process, and Relay staff made me feel part of the team and not just a freelancer."

Allyson (Writer), Sep '18

"The Editor is very open to allowing the writer to make suggestions and then rolling with those ideas, getting on board with any new plot points and helping to hone them so that their execution is the best it can be. Working with her felt truly collaborative."

Rebekah (Outline Writer), Aug '20

"The outline for this book was amazing. It made writing easy."

Patricia (Writer), Jun '20

"I'm liking the practice writing in a different mode for Relay and it really seems like you guys are interested in helping people try new things. Overall very happy! It's also a weight off my mind with how volatile publishing can be in general."

Anna (Writer), '19

"Would you please pass my congratulations to the outliner. The reason this story turned out so well was that she gave me solid, likeable characters with real, believable backstories and also lots of little fun details for me to riff on. She did a great job and made my work that much easier for it. Looking forward to my next relay project!"

Theresa (Writer), Dec '19

"I loved writing this series! It was so much fun—I had a detailed outline to guide me, but plenty of room to develop the characters and elements of the plot in a direction that felt organic as I was writing. This was a great way to take a break between my own writing projects and make some extra money. I can't wait to write another book for Relay!"

N.H. (Writer), Oct '18

"I can honestly say that my work with Relay has been my best freelance experience by far."

Kathleen (Writer)