Editor

Do you love editing books?

Do you like helping other people achieve something meaningful in their lives?

Are you tired of the bullshit that comes with most publishing jobs, and want to do work that matters?

If we already captured your attention and this sounds like your dream role, we expect you to read the entire career description before you apply!

We need editors.

We want editors who can see the architecture of a book—and know how to fix it if it’s wonky. Editors who can bring authors along on the journey to the best book that author can write. Editors who can work with what’s on the page—and see what isn’t, but should be.

Of course we want editors who have the important and foundational skills that any editing job requires. These include excellent reading comprehension, advanced writing capabilities, a strong grasp of grammar and spelling, etc. You probably already have these skills if you’re reading this.

The problem is that many traditional editors see their job as “enforcing the rules of writing” (like the ones in Strunk & White). We don’t want editors like that. Yes, of course, the “rules of writing” matter, but that’s not our primary focus.

We want editors who love the creative work of turning good ideas into important books. To be specific:

  • If you like helping people tell their story, you’ll like working with us.
  • If you like helping people share their wisdom with the world, you’ll like working with us.
  • If you like taking a messy, unstructured manuscript written by a first-time author and turning it into something that the author is proud of putting their name on, you’ll like working with us.
  • If you like helping people refine and shape their ideas so other people will understand them, you’ll like working with us.
  • Most important, if you want to work on books that have a real impact on actual readers, you’ll like working with us.
  • But—if you prefer to focus on things like “proper“ literary merit, the use of “whom” vs. “who,” rigorous Oxford comma enforcement, and refusing to allow an “ain’t” anywhere in your sight, instead of really digging into the meaning of the content…you probably won’t like working with us.
  • Attention to detail in this role, and every role at Scribe, is crucial. That starts with reading this entire career description. Read everything we have to say in this career description.

Here are the primary skills we’re looking for:

  1. Deep experience working with book structure:
    You’ve written books. Or ghostwritten them. Most important, you’ve edited many of them, deeply and fully. You can look at a book manuscript and see just what it needs to be elevated to the next level—or three levels. Authors consider you to be some kind of magician because you take their messes and turn them into beautifully crafted works.
  2. Excellent grasp of the English language:
    You have lived and breathed reading and writing for a long time. You have deep experience in excellent written communication. Nobody who reads what you write is confused or unclear.
  3. Attention to detail:
    Yes, big-picture editorial work is important. So are the little things. Our focus on impeccable attention to detail is so important that when you find a question on this application that asks you, “What is your favorite animal,” we want you to write “Attention to detail is my middle name.”

Who are we and what do we do?

We’re Scribe Media, and our mission is to help everyone on earth write, publish and market their book.

The problem is that writing and publishing books are, for most people, a painful and difficult process, loaded with uncertainty and aggravation. Our goal is to make it as simple as possible, so that as many people as possible can do it.

We have multiple ways we help people do this. We can edit and publish an already written manuscript (Scribe Publishing), or we can help people write their book using a structured process with our guidance (Scribe Guided Author), or we can do a structured interview process that gets the book out of them in their words and their voice (Scribe Professional).

And if you can't afford our services, that's fine. We give away all of our information for free. Seriously, it's called Scribe Book School, and it's better than any paid course on the internet.

You can see some press about us here.

And you can see some of the books we've already published here.

Why our work matters

Our company was started because a frustrated entrepreneur wanted to put all of her incredible knowledge and ideas into a book, but didn't have the time to write it or the patience to deal with the frustrating publishing process. So we solved her problem. The origin story is here.

Her book became an amazing success, and we realized the world was full of these people--smart people who should write a book, but don’t, because the process is so painful.

These people want to write books, but don't have the time or desire to do it the old way, and that's why Scribe exists: we help people turn their ideas into books that both cement their legacy and impact the world.

Our process has worked for over 1500 authors in six years, and we’re growing fast. Our ultimate goal is to help everyone on earth write and publish a book.

If we do that, we'll help create many thousands of books that would never have otherwise existed, changing the lives of millions of people. That's really exciting to us.

To see what we mean, here are some author success stories and videos of authors talking about what their books mean to them, and to their readers.

But if you really want to see why we do this...just watch this video of an author we worked with, Philip McKernan.

What’s it like working with Scribe?

We're not going to try to pitch you a load of corporate doublespeak bullshit about how great we are. Instead, we’ll just show you proof.

These are all real tribe members, speaking openly and honestly about all aspects of what it's like to be part of this tribe:

The 5 Things Applicants Need to Know

Who Should Not Work At Scribe?

What’s It Like To Work At Scribe?

You can also watch The Power of Vulnerability at Work, for an excellent glimpse into how much we care about each other as people, and how we approach our relationships.

You can see a bunch more videos here, on our YouTube Channel.

This is the operating system for our tribe: The Scribe Culture Bible.

We are consistently ranked the #1 Best Place To Work in Austin.

Also, Entrepreneur Magazine said we have the #1 company culture in America.

You In? Awesome, here are the details:

Location

  • Remote

Type of Employment

  • Freelance

Necessary Skills & Qualifications

Here is the list of skills we believe are necessary for this career.

  • Editorial Problem Solver: You will take rough, problematic manuscripts and assess what they need, with an order of hierarchy from most important to least. Then you’ll do the work, clearly and empathetically explaining what you’ve done for the author, so that they feel encouraged and supported.
  • Experienced & Accomplished Book Editor: You’ve done a lot of this work already, and can point to effective examples of your involvement in books.
  • Effective Communicator: You are clear, concise, kind and direct in the way you communicate with authors and team members. You feel a sense of responsibility around making sure you are holding up your end of things.
  • Detail-Oriented: Yes, you see the big picture. You see the small picture, too. People who work with you don’t have to look over your shoulder to catch missing items.

Salary & Benefits

  • Competitive Pay: $60 an hour
    Yes, I know what you're thinking—if you are a successful freelance editor, this is probably less than your normal rate. But, remember that the reason you have to charge $100-$150 an hour to regular clients is because you have to bake into your fee all the unpaid time you spent finding the client, negotiating your deal, admin work, etc. Working with us, there is none of that unpaid time. What most freelancers find is that though the hourly rate is a little less with us, they actually make more money in total, and their quality of life goes up because they are doing less work that they don't like.
  • Be Part of a Tribe: This role is intended to begin as freelance, but there is real potential to move to full-time, given you want this and you do a great job. We see ourselves as a tribe of people who are working hard together to accomplish a specific mission (help everyone on earth write, publish and market their book), in service of a larger purpose (help people share their story and leave a legacy of impact on others). We also have a pretty cool set of principles that we live by as a tribe, you should check it out, because this is the operating system for our tribe.
  • Freedom: You can work from anywhere—we don't care. We only care that you have reliable phone and internet connections and that you do your job well.
  • Fun & Fast-Paced Work: We don’t have boring days. Some are hectic, some are hard, some are incredibly rewarding...but they are never boring and never exactly the same. That's what happens when you're solving real problems for people.
  • Work with Interesting People: Past authors include major company CEOs, famous entrepreneurs, professional athletes, and people with amazing personal stories.

EEO Statement

At Scribe, we don’t just accept differences — we support them, celebrate them, and as a company, we thrive on them. Scribe is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and we actively look for and hire people who bring new perspectives and experiences to our tribe.

Everyone has a story to share. Our CEO, JeVon “JT McCormick”, is just one Tribe Member example.

Ready to apply?

Complete the application by clicking on the "Apply To Position" button. Applications will remain open until we find the perfect person for this role.

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Please, no phone calls. Due to the number of applicants we typically receive for our career openings, we are not able to do phone interviews until later stages of the hiring process. All applicants must submit an application through our portal.

Note: If you're on an external job site, we encourage you to apply directly from our career portal at https://scribe.breezy.hr/

We're only considering candidates that are authorized to work in the United States and we will not sponsor applicants for work visas.