Work closely with a supervising editor on manuscripts--acquired through your own slush reading or assigned to you--on everything from large foundational issues (plot, characterization, themes, pacing, order of events, etc.) to line-by-line edits for issues like voice, flow, rhythm, consistency, build-up and release of tension, cutting words/lines that don't pull their weight, word choice, comprehension, grammar, micro-pacing, POV, logic, consistency of style and voice, fact checking, etc. You may shepherd some projects from acquisition to completion; on others you may perform only developmental or only line edits. Either way, you will likely do several passes on each manuscript. (The average manuscript goes through one to two rounds of developmental edits and three to four rounds of line edits, although the latter rounds of line edits move very quickly.) Since every house approaches editing in their own way, we will provide you with several example manuscripts to study before you take your first edit so you can see the level of detail we expect. On all projects, you will work closely with a senior editor who will train you, supervise you, and review your work at multiple stages to ensure that both you and the author are receiving the best possible experience.
Riptide is deeply committed to including members of marginalized communities on our editorial team. To that end, we have created an entry-level content editing position with less stringent skill and experience requirements, the most important of which is an undying passion for queer romance! If you're deeply familiar with our catalog, love the LGBTQ romance community, participate in book groups, review books on your blog, write meta (fandom folks, we mean you!), love language, hate bad grammar and poorly constructed sentences, and love to work with authors to help make their work the best it can be, this position is for you! Beyond that passion, please bring a strong understanding of story structure, thematics, character journey, and other developmental issues (that's you, meta writers and literature majors!); a strong working knowledge of MS Word and the track changes function (and a reliable computer with MS Word on it); superb communication and time management skills; some awareness of CMS and Merriam-Webster; strong awareness of common genre tropes, approaches, and expectations; solid researching and fact-checking skills; excellent interpersonal skills; a strong ability to learn and grow from constructive feedback; and the finesse to know when an edit crosses over into stepping on authorial voice (and, conversely, to know when voice clashes with clarity and needs editing anyway).
A minimum of one year of paid or unpaid, full-time or full-time-equivalent experience working with novel-length fiction (romance and LGBTQ preferred but not necessary). This experience may be paid professional, paid or unpaid internship, teaching or tutoring, or even fandom beta work.
$.50 to $.75 per 100 words for acquisition-to-completion jobs, skill and experience depending, plus sales-based bonus payments of up to $210 per novel-length project. Line-only or developmental-only edits are pro-rated at 70% of your full rate for lines and 30% for devs. R&Rs pay a flat fee of $30 per project, and if the ms is ultimately acquired, the project will go to you, with your R&R payment applied to the final bill. Slush reading is done on your own time and is NOT a requirement of the job (see notes below for exception)--read slush if it brings you pleasure and you'd like to hunt for projects you'd enjoy the most; don't read slush if you'd prefer not to and would rather be assigned mss by the Editorial Director. INTERNSHIP CREDIT IS AVAILABLE for those who are interested (you will still get paid). Once you complete training (expect to perform ten to thirty line edits, developmental edits, and slush reader reports before completing training), you will be promoted to an Associate Editor position, with all accompanying pay increases.
QPOC interested in buiding a career in editorial are highly encouraged to apply. This position is open to all members of our community and its allies. All editors must be able to commit to a minimum of six manuscripts per year--including a minimum of three in the initial three-month training period--though one to two manuscripts per month will be made available to editors who successfully promote to Associate Editor. All applicants must commit to a minimum of twenty rejection reader reports and two R&R/accept reader reports within the first three-month training period; the R&R reports will be paid as per above, and the accept reports will turn into paid developmental work for the trainee as per above, but reject reports will not be paid (most reject reports can be completed in under fifteen minutes, though some require deeper time commitments.) Reader reports will not be required once the initial training minimum is complete.
How to Apply:
Begin with a cover letter telling us why you'd love this job, why we specifically are a good fit for you and you for us, and which genres you're most familiar with and passionate about. Please also share with us some of your favorite LGBTQ romance books and authors, along with why you love them (two to three examples of each, please, and make sure at least one book is a recent release). Also include your CV, a list of at least five published works you've edited (fanfiction is fine if that's where your experience lies, as is short fiction in magazines or fanzines) along with a note about what type of edit or edits you performed on those works, any works you've done developmental or line edits for that have met with strong success or critical/award recognition (if you don't have any, that's okay, but show off if you do!), and at least two references (please include email address and phone number) from authors with whom you did developmental and /or line edits (again, fanfic and short fiction are fine). Successful applicants will be asked to take two tests: writing a reader report on three submissions in genres they've indicated strength with (you will be provided with the proper report format), and performing line edits on two to three 10-page editorial samples. Applicants who test well will train on our current slush pile and on live manuscripts under the close supervision of a senior editor or our Editorial Director. Please note there are two application emails; send your application to both.