Category Romance Outline Writer
We are looking for a creative, organized, and deadline-driven Outline Writer, who will provide the roadmap to an engaging Romance novel that keeps an audience coming back for more!
About Relay Publishing
Relay Publishing is a multi-genre fiction publishing company running since 2013. We have a catalogue of over 450 books in both English and German, with our focus being on romance, young adult fantasy, science fiction and thrillers.
After several years working with publishing freelancers, we like to think we know what makes a creative, fun, and collaborative environment to work in. If you check Relay’s 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!
Necessary Skills & Experience
- Extensive experience within the romance genre
- Work collaboratively with editors and concept creators to build a comprehensive outline to a complex love story
- Particularly looking for those with experience writing these kinds of storylines: billionaires, CEOs, cowboys, SEALs, contemporary royalty (Princes & Sheikhs), European tycoons etc.
- Writing or editing experience, with a drive to see your story come to life on paper
- Ability to use characters and story arcs to build drama for your readers.
- Excellent communication and analytical skills
- Time management and prioritization
- Technologically savvy
Our ideal candidate will work within the Relay Publishing outline template to write the character set-up and plot for the book. The end result is detailed character sheets outlining goals, motivations, and internal conflicts for each of the main characters, as well as a full chapter-by-chapter for the book. This process requires extensive back and forth communication between the outline writer and their editor as well as input from our concept creator. To paraphrase Stephen King’s writing methodology “Try to put interesting people in difficult situations and then write to find out what happens”. You will be the creator of the interesting characters and their difficult situations, leading your manuscript writer to flesh out the story that you map out.
A deep knowledge of the genre is required—viable candidates should already have written, edited or read widely in the Romance genre. Particularly looking for those with experience writing these kinds of storylines: billionaires, CEOs, cowboys, SEALs, contemporary royalty (Princes & Sheikhs), European tycoons etc. This could be a current writer of romance novels that has too many ideas and is looking for an outlet. Or an editor with developmental editing experience looking to use knowledge to create. Regardless, you need to have high familiarity with the genre, 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.