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: Checking pre- and post-production manuscripts for grammar, spelling, and layout errors.
Required Skills: Intimate knowledge of CMS and Merriam-Webster. Intimate knowledge of MS Word and the track changes function. Strong knowledge of US versus UK English conventions. Strong researching and fact-checking skills. Ability to learn and help to maintain house style guides and develop style sheets for individual manuscripts with uncommon usages. Strong time management skills; this is a deadline-driven job. Since it is also a detail-driven job, we expect each proofer to do two passes on a manuscript, at least one of which is performed on a paper print-out (with notes then transferred into MS Word with changes tracked), before turning it in.
Required Experience: At least one year of full-time (or freelance equivalent) proofreading for a publishing house, magazine, newspaper, or professional website. Internships may be counted in this time.
Salary: $1 to $2 per thousand words, skill and experience depending.
Notes: All applicants will be asked to take a test. DO NOT over-edit. You are not dev editing or line editing; you are proofreading. We cannot stress this strongly enough. While quick turnarounds on jobs are not required, please be sure to mention if you're able to perform rush (24- or 48-hour) jobs. All approved applicants will be given the option to take on work on a per-project basis, and can accept or refuse work at any time, though we ask you commit to a minimum of six manuscripts per year.
How to Apply: Send cover letter, CV, salary requirements (within range posted above), and available hours to our Production Manager, Alex Whitehall. Qualified applicants will receive a proofing test.
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Primary Duties: Love reading Riptide books? Have a keen eye? Want the chance to read them for FREE before the release date? Riptide is looking for advance readers to pick up where our paid proofers leave off. Even the best professional proofers will leave behind two or three mistakes. Help us catch them before the book is public.
Required Skills: A sharp eye for catching typos and a passion for LGBTQ fiction.
Required Experience: No professional experience is necessary.
Salary: This is a volunteer position.
Notes: We're seeking eight to ten readers to add to our advance reader program. Each reader will be offered multiple titles to review each month, and will be expected to select at least one title per month to remain active in the program. For more information or to request a test, please contact production manager Alex Whitehall (see below).
How to Apply: Please email a cover letter with any relevant personal or professional experience to Alex Whitehall. All applicants will be asked to take a test and review and agree to program terms before participating.
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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 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. 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, though if you have a professional design, photography, or fine art background, please be sure to mention it.
Salary: $75 per cover. 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 may lead to promotion and significant fee increase.
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.