We are looking to expand our pool of freelance content/developmental editors. We’re in search of editors who are interested in the romance and mystery genres we publish and have an awareness of what is selling in the romance markets, as well as what romance readers are looking for. In short, we’re looking for editors who love romance and genre fiction as passionately as we do.
We’re particularly interested in hiring freelance editors from historically marginalized and currently underrepresented groups in publishing. More broadly we’re referring to race, sexual orientation, religion and groups that are similarly underrepresented or misrepresented.
In order to open these positions to a wider pool of applicants we’ve changed our requirements to place less emphasis on paid experience and more emphasis on unpaid experience, a love of genre fiction, passion for the job, and the ability to commit to a unique freelance position. As such, it’s crucial that interested applicants read through this entire post, do some research on Carina Press, and be familiar with our books and authors, as well as with the romance and mystery genres as a whole.
Please read the below carefully. Respondents who don’t meet the requirements or who don’t include the requested material will not receive a reply. Please be sure to provide all requested material detailed in the paragraphs below.
We are looking for candidates who fit the following criteria:
If you meet these qualification requirements, are interested in working in a freelance capacity for a flat, per-assignment/per-task fee, and would like to learn more about the freelance editing position, please upload your CV, Credential File, and a letter of interest.
Because we have relaxed our paid experience requirements, the letter of interest is going to be critical in telling us who you are, how you feel about romance, what you know about Carina Press. We’re looking for candidates who can impress us with their enthusiasm and passion for working with our authors, working in the romance industry and working with Carina Press. In short, this is how we’re able to get our first and main impression of our applicants, so don’t be shy in selling yourself!
In addition to enthusiasm, in your letter of interest we’d like you to:
Upload all documents to the job posting at this link. Attention Angela James, Editorial Director.
Required information (to be saved as Applicant Name_Credential File) to be included alongside a CV and letter of interest:
We will respond with further information about the position, including the freelance rate card, to qualified applicants only.
Applicants who move on past the initial application stage will be asked to complete an editorial test on a partial manuscript, as well as a reading evaluation of 10 manuscripts, so please be prepared to go through this process if you apply. This testing phase is somewhat time consuming but is crucial in finding candidates with a keen editorial eye and an aptitude for critical evaluation of submissions.
To apply: please upload, at this link, three separate documents.
We will accept applications for this freelance opportunity until October 25, 2017. Questions about this position can be directed to email@example.com
UPDATE 10/17/2017: We’re getting a lot of questions about whether or not someone is qualified, and it’s pretty hard to answer that based on a blog comment or an email. So going forward we’re not going to respond to individual comments/emails asking to vet your qualifications but just reiterate here and say: if you have experience that you feel qualifies you to edit genre fiction (romance and mystery), if you love romance, and are open to diversity and inclusion, and if you fit the other listed requirements, please feel free to apply. Thank you!
**Should you forward this call or post it on forums or job search boards, please be sure to include a link to this post and the requirements. In the past we have received applications via freelancer job boards that have not followed our instructions/requirements as the applicants did not read the specific job posting. Thank you!**