We call this role “Scribe,” but you could compare it to a "ghostwriter" or possibly even "co-writer."
We've developed an interview-based book writing process that's different than most book writing processes. (It's not ghostwriting. This gives a pretty good high-level explanation of our process.)
We think our process is pretty cool, our Authors like it a lot, and the Scribes who work with us do tend to write faster and better because of it.
But, let's be honest: our process is not why you want to work with us.
So why do you?
Because we're offering a better way for most freelance writers and editors to work. Think about how most freelancing goes:
You probably started freelance writing and editing because you enjoyed helping people turn their ideas into impactful words—but how much time do you spend doing that? Doesn't it seem like you hardly ever work with people you like on books that you're interested in, because you're busy with the crappy gigs that pay the bills?
What about the admin work? Does it seem like all your time is spent on the tedious "business" of freelancing instead of the writing and editing you enjoy?
And the inconsistency. It's a cycle of famine-feast-famine, right? When was the last time you had a consistent flow of work you could plan around?
None of this even mentions the treatment. Does it ever feel like people look at you as less than human, just because you're a freelancer? They make constant and often irrational demands that require you to give everything, and then treat you like you're disposable.
Well, what if you didn't have these problems?
What if you had an essentially unlimited number of really great authors and interesting books you could pick from, didn't have to worry about any of the "admin work," and could only focus on writing—and you got the support and resources of an entire company to help you create the best possible book?
And perhaps most important: what if you got that all while still making good money?
It might sound too good to be true, but it's not. This is what we try to create with the Scribe role.
It's a dream freelance gig for high-level and experienced editors and writers. You’ll work with and learn from world-class experts, build intimate relationships, and help them record their wisdom into important books that are incredibly valuable to other people.
The best part is that you only spend time on the things you like. You'll be interviewing, writing, and editing. You won't have to spend any time finding clients, negotiating your pay, arguing over scope of work, getting them to actually send the check, endless "one more change" revisions, etc—none of it.
Instead, we handle that. When you work with us, you see several book projects a week you can bid on, you only bid on the books you're interested in, and once you get a project, you have a huge amount of latitude to do the writing work (within the boundaries of our process), and you ONLY worry about writing and editing—nothing else.
You’ll spend a period of four months working on each book project. You’ll really get into the topic, become a mini-expert, and create a substantial book. You’ll get paid regularly throughout the project based on the hours you spend working. When you’re done, you move on to the next project, with your money in your account quickly, guaranteed.
Yes, this is not normal, but we do things differently on purpose. But don't take our word for it, see what our actual freelancers have to say about working with us.
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.
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 1200 authors in five 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.
But if you really want to see why we do this...just watch this video of an author we worked with, Philip McKernan.
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:
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.
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Necessary Skills & Qualifications
Here is the list of skills we believe are necessary for this career.
Salary & Benefits
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.
One last thing before you apply: this is a multi-step application process that is long and involved. Before you fret, know that we have many accomplished Scribes who have won Emmys and Pulitzers and other writing awards—and they all went through this application process.
We don't do this to annoy you, and this is not a wasted, bureaucratic effort—we do it because it's necessary. Like we said earlier, there are a lot of great writers who are not a good fit for our process, and much of what we test is not your actual writing ability, but more your people skills.
Please don't take any part of the application process as an insult or a comment on you or your writing. If this were just a normal ghostwriting gig, then none of this would be necessary, but it's not. After working with over 1,000 authors, we have a pretty solid idea of what it takes to do a good book in our process, but it takes us a few steps to really test for that.
Cool? Good, let's get started!
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 2 weeks. 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.
Note: If you're on an external job site, we encourage you to apply directly from our career portal at https://scribe.breezy.hr/
Bonus: If you aren't right for this career but you know the perfect person, send them this career description.
If we hire them, we'll give you a 2k bonus.
Totally serious—every person we hire, we ask them who referred them to us, and we pay the bonus to the referrer. That could be you if you share this career ad with a friend who's perfect for it.