Cover Designer

Are you a truly original thinker?

Would you like to work with clients that value limitless creativity?

Are you tired of boring, soulless design jobs directed by awful clients? Do you want to be excited for work every day?

If this sounds like you, we've got your perfect career.

At Scribe, we're growing, and we need great creatives to design our book covers. You can see some of them here.

We’re looking to bring on world-class cover designers for freelance work. Must-have qualifications are technical proficiency with InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, as well as experience producing print products.

We’re also looking for someone who is experienced and capable with communication, since talking to and guiding authors through cover design decisions is an important component of this role.

But most of all, we’re on the hunt for an original thinker who can both dream big and work intelligently in order to make great concepts a reality and provide our Authors with a flawless experience they won’t forget.

If you can nail all the above, you're probably pretty awesome, which brings us to an important question:

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 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.

And, our President and CEO was named the #1 CEO in Austin this year.

You In? Awesome, here's the details:


  • Remote OK from anywhere in the United States

Type of Employment

  • Freelance

Necessary Skills & Qualifications

Here is the list of skills we believe are necessary for this job. Most importantly, we are hiring based on a careful balance of relevant experience, culture add, and motivation:

  • Extensive Design Skills: We are more concerned about your design skills than your resume. If your portfolio is good, we're willing to give you a try, regardless of experience or credentials.
  • You Are Organized & Task-Oriented: This role is not for someone who is sloppy with details. You will be juggling multiple design projects at once, communicating with our Authors and our Tribe members, and preparing final covers based on a variety of technical parameters. You must hold yourself to high standards, be able to stay organized and keep details straight, or it messes with the rest of the design team and the company.
  • Excellent Communication Skills: You should be comfortable and experienced with speaking on the phone with people, as some of that will be required for this role. Our Authors rely on the expert guidance of our team, and cover design is a key area where trust is built from that guidance. You must be able to listen closely, understand what an Author is saying, and translate their ideas into distinct visual concepts.
  • You Are Adaptable, Self-Motivated, and Very Good at Getting Things Done: Ability to thrive in fast-paced environments, embrace the unknown, and adapt to a quickly changing environment without losing the thread on design goals are absolute musts. You set clear expectations for yourself for successful outcomes and you can easily assess and pivot to meet those expectations.

Pay & Perks

  • Competitive Pay: $2,200 per project, with additional payments depending on the author's publishing choices (e.g., paperback, hardcover, audiobook).
    Yes, I know what you're thinking—if you are a successful freelancer, this is probably less than your normal rate. But, remember that the reason you have to charge more 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 project rate may be 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’re a Freelancer! You can work from anywhere in the US—we don't care. We only care that you have reliable phone and internet connections and that you complete your projects 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.

You can expect to hear back from us either way within 15 business days. Be sure to keep an eye on your spam and promotions boxes in case our emails end up there! To make sure we're able to give your application the careful attention and time it deserves, please do not follow up with us unless you don't hear back from us by then.

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

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