Job Openings

Riptide Is Hiring!

Riptide continually strives to publish only the best of the best LGBTQ fiction. This means we're seeking only the best of the best staff to make it happen. To entice such talent, we offer competitive wages (our editors make between two and seven times what editors at other erom presses make), flexible hours, tremendous opportunity for advancement, and a laid-back, close-knit atmosphere. You'll work from home, and because we are a small press, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that your work will directly impact our success.

We're growing constantly, so we're hiring in multiple departments. Please read below to see which positions are open and what we're looking for in our applicants.

Editorial

Primary Duties: Work with 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. We will also provide training in house style by reviewing your first edit or edits and offering feedback as necessary.
Required Skills: Intimate knowledge of story and sentence structure and analysis. Mastery of MS Word and the track changes function. Superb communication and time management skills; this is a people-oriented, deadline-driven job. Working knowledge of CMS and Merriam-Webster. Strong awareness of common genre tropes, approaches, and expectations. Solid researching and fact-checking skills. Familiarity with LGBTQ content, and specifically the LGBTQ romance market.
Required Experience: A minimum of two years of full-time or full-time-equivalent fiction editing experience at a publishing house, literary agency, or magazine at the Associate Editor level or higher; or extensive freelance experience with high-profile clients. Experience editing romance, erotica, and/or LGBTQ fiction.
Salary: Salary: $1 to $1.75 per 100 words for acquisition-to-completion jobs, experience and skill depending, plus sales-based bonus payments of up to $420 per novel-length project (more info on bonus payments will be given to qualified candidates; please list salary requirements without taking bonus payments into account). 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 $50 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--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. Please note that manuscripts edited during training (typically the first two to five, editor experience depending) will pay a lower rate. Once training is complete, you'll receive your full rate.
Notes: Queer editors of color are highly encouraged to apply. All editors must be able to commit to a minimum of six manuscripts per year, though one to two manuscripts per month will be made available to editors who successfully complete training.
How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, CV, and work samples, along with a list of published works you've edited and at least one professional reference (senior editor, managing editor, publisher, etc.; not freelance author clients unless your client is exceptionally high-profile in their genre). Qualified applicants will be asked to take a short test. Applicants who test well will train on live manuscripts with the Editorial Director.
Primary Duties: SRs will read manuscripts with an eye toward any potentially inaccurate, inauthentic, insulting, misrepresentative, harmful, or *-ist themes, phrases, or actions in the text.
Required Skills: This is an entry-level position with no developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, or proofreading involved and thus no experience required in those areas. Sensitivity readers MUST be a part of the culture(s) or identity/identities they are reading for. Beyond this and the ability to express your thoughts via the written word, there are no requirements or prerequisites. You can be living anywhere in the world, and will work from home.
Required Experience: We need readers in all areas of racial, ethnic, and religious diversity, sexual and gender orientation, and mental and physical illnesses and disabilities. Please note that all of our books are LGBTQ+, and because intersectionality is so important, we will prioritize readers who share the intersectionalities they’re reading for. That being said, we will absolutely consider (and have in the past hired) non-LGBTQ+ readers for select manuscripts. No other experience is required. We seek only the knowledge gained from your own life experiences.
Salary: Pay is $1.50 per 1000 words. The average SR is able to read and comment as necessary on about 10,000 words per hour, and thus makes about $15 an hour. We recognize that this is not always the case, especially for some neurodivergent or visually impaired readers, so when we hire SRs with those backgrounds, we can individually discuss different methods of calculating pay.
Notes: SRs must be of legal working age in their jurisdiction. If you are a minor in your jurisdiction, we will require parental permission along with your application.
How to Apply: Required: A statement about all areas of experience and/or identity that you’d like to read for (this is the most important part of your application). Optional: A CV with education and pertinent editorial experience, if any (we’re actively seeking to diversify our editing staff and turn to our SR readers first when hiring in that department, but editing experience is not necessary to become an SR, so don’t worry too much about this part!)

Cover Artists

Primary Duties: Creating front-only or full-wrap digital paintings in high resolution for both ebook and print book use. You will work with extensive data provided by the author to create two to four concept sketches that accurately reflect the genre and content of the book, serve as a strong marketing tool, and display strongly in both large and thumbnail sizes. Work with marketing and the Art Director to hone concept sketches. Turn chosen concept sketch into a final painting. Be prepared for multiple rounds of minor revisions.
Required Skills: Superb photo-realistic digital painting skills and creativity, and/or superb illustrative/typographic design skills and creativity. Strong ability to work with a team and take direction and criticism. Must be able to work without a reference; you will often have to create original faces from author descriptions. Ability to integrate painting with stock photos is not required, but highly desired. Ability to design the cover (choosing or creating, integrating, and arranging typographic and non-art elements such as title, author, spine, and back cover elements with the finished illustration) is not required, but highly desired. Ability to work under deadline is absolutely critical.
Required Experience: None. Your portfolio can speak for itself, though if you have a professional design or fine art background, please be sure to mention it.
Salary: Front cover only, no typography: $100 to $300. Front cover only, with typography: $125 to $400. Full wrap, no typography: $150 to $450. Full wrap, with typography: $200 to $550. Ranges depend on experience, skill, turnaround time, and the complexity of the requested illustration.
Notes: All Riptide painters work for hire; this means you sell us both the image and the copyright, rather than license it to us. You may still include commissioned paintings in your portfolio, you will receive credit (with a website/portfolio link) on the copyright page of each title you paint for, and you will be given a bio on our staff page where you may link to your website/portfolio.
How to Apply: Send a cover letter, CV, portfolio link, and salary requirements (within the listed ranges only, please) to our Art Director, L.C. Chase. Fandom painters are very welcome, but please be sure your portfolio contains at least one or two non-fandom pieces.
Primary Duties: Creating complete, front-only digital covers in high resolution for short- and novella-length ebooks. You will work with extensive data provided by the author to create two to three concept layouts that accurately reflect the genre and content of the book, serve as a strong marketing tool, and display strongly in both large and thumbnail sizes. Work closely with marketing and the Art Director to hone concepts. Turn chosen concept into a final cover.
Required Skills: Superb digital manipulation and digital effects skills and creativity. Strong ability to work with a team and take direction and criticism--as this is an entry-level position, we will provide on-the-job training. Must be proficient with selecting and manipulating appropriate stock photos (and vetting them for overuse) and fonts. (You are welcome to use your own photos with appropriate legal documentation.) Absolute ability to hit deadlines every time without fail.
Required Experience: None. Your portfolio can speak for itself (fandom portfolios are fine if that's where you've honed your craft!), though if you have a professional design, photography, or fine art background, please be sure to mention it.
Salary: $75 to $100 per cover, skill and experience depending. Please note you are responsible for providing your own stock photos and fonts.
Notes: You will work for hire. This means you sell us both the final image and the copyright, rather than license it to us. You may still include commissioned covers in your portfolio, you will receive credit (with a website/portfolio link) on the copyright page of each title you do covers for, and you will be given a bio on our staff page where you may link to your website/portfolio. Superb repeat performance will lead to promotion and fee increases.
How to Apply: Send a cover letter, CV, portfolio link, and salary requirements (within the listed ranges only, please) to our Art Director, L.C. Chase.
Primary Duties: Providing made-to-order, royalty-free, digital photographs for use in book cover designs. You will work with our Art Director to design the shoot, and provide her with multiple options from which to choose the final photo. You will be responsible for sourcing models, props, costumes, etc., and providing all associated legal documents (model release forms).
Required Skills: High proficiency in digital photography. Superb creativity. Access to all necessary equipment (cameras, lighting, studio space, etc.). Strong ability to work in a team atmosphere and take direction and criticism. Absolute ability to hit deadlines.
Required Experience: At least one year (or freelance equivalent) of studio experience, with models, on either a professional or focused amateur level. Essentially, your portfolio will speak for itself.
Salary: $25 to $300 per final image, depending on the complexity of the shoot and retention or sale of copyright and/or exclusivity.
Notes: Images may be licensed royalty-free in perpetuity, exclusively or non-exclusively; or you may sell us the copyright. If you wish to retain copyright and non-exclusivity, under no circumstance may an image designed for us be licensed to another book publisher.
How to Apply: Send a cover letter, CV, portfolio link, and salary requirements (within the listed ranges only, please) to our Art Director, L.C. Chase.