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 already-acquired manuscripts 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'll slice ruthlessly at flab, point your sniper rifle at repetitious concepts, and demonstrate how to transform excess navel gazing into dialog and action. You will shepherd a project from start to finish, and 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 obviously the latter rounds of line edits move very quickly.) We do not generally acquire mss that need serious large-scale developmental work, so the bulk of your edits are likely be small-scale developmental work and meticulous line editing. 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. Awareness of common genre tropes, approaches, and expectations. Solid researching and fact-checking skills. Familiarity with LGBTQ content is a bonus, but not necessary; you can learn on the job.
Required Experience: A minimum of two years of full-time fiction editing experience at a publishing house, literary agency, or magazine at the Associate Editor level or higher. Experience editing romance, erotica, or LGBTQ fiction is a plus.
Salary: Salary: $1 to $2 per 100 words, experience and skill depending, plus sales-based bonus payments of up to $600 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).
Notes: Please do not apply if you cannot commit to a minimum of six manuscripts per year. Highly qualified candidates who excel at their freelance work may be offered a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits.
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). Qualified applicants will be asked to take a short test.
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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.