Scribe (Ghostwriter)

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Scribe (Ghostwriter)

A freelancer
Ongoing project

Skills and experience needed

1+ year of experience
Writing skills
Editing
Effective communication

Organization(s) name(s)

Location

Time zone

Monetary compensation

USD$60 /hour

Monetary compensation

USD$60 /hour

Why this opportunity exists

• Do you love writing and editing nonfiction books? • Do you really enjoy helping awesome people create their books? • Are you tired of the normal freelancer bullshit, and want something more? • If this sounds like you, we've got your perfect role. • We call this role “Scribe,” but you could compare it to a "ghostwriter" or possibly even "co-writer."

Responsibilities

• 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.

Additional requirements (other than skills)

• High-level book experience: In order to be considered for this role, you'll need to have at least a decade of high-level writing and editing experience, especially experience positioning and structuring nonfiction books. At a minimum this means you've worked on a lot of good and successful books. Credentials are not required but always helpful in your application. For example, experience as a full-time editor at a publishing house, book agent, experience writing your own books, experience working on best-selling books, etc, is great to have. • Excellent writing and editing skills: This should be obvious and a given, but we'll say it: you must be a very good writer and editor. • Good people/interviewing skills: This is the big differentiator between who does and does not succeed with us: the good writers who are also really good with people tend to do well with us. • You’ll be on the phone with authors a lot, so comfort with people and talking on phones is a necessity. • What’s really important here, though, is good interviewing skills. You must be able to listen closely, understand what the author is saying, and then ask the pertinent questions that ensure he or she fully explained his or her point, and extract every piece of relevant knowledge. • Furthermore, you must be able to help the author fully unlock and explore their idea. Though you're not a ghostwriter and the ideas in their book are theirs only, you still need to be good at helping people flesh out and explain their ideas. • There are many, many excellent writers and editors who do not succeed in our process because they have poor people skills. • Organized and detail oriented: This is another obvious one, and if you've been successfully freelancing for awhile, then this should be easy: you need to be organized and detail oriented. In addition to writing, you'll be asked to work within our project management system, which is simple to learn, but does require you to keep up to date. This is not a "free for all" writing system.

Language(s) required

English - fully-fluent

About the organization(s)

• 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. 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.

Additional details

• Remote, you can work from anywhere. • Freelance (with possible option to move to full time) • Competitive Pay: $60 an hour • Yes, we know what you're thinking—if you are a successful freelance writer, 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.

Additional benefits

• 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.

Posted: January 25, 2021 04:26 AM

Manuela Vargas Jaramillo
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