Our ideal candidate will work within the Relay Publishing outline template to write the character set-up and plot for the book. The end result is detailed character sheets outlining goals, motivations, and internal conflicts for each of the main characters, as well as a full chapter-by-chapter for the book. This process requires extensive back and forth communication between the outline writer and their editor as well as input from our concept creator. To paraphrase Stephen King’s writing methodology “Try to put interesting people in difficult situations and then write to find out what happens”. You will be the creator of the interesting characters and their difficult situations, leading your manuscript writer to flesh out the story that you map out.
A deep knowledge of the sub-genre is required—viable candidates should already have written, edited or read widely in the Legal Thriller genre, and already have a specialist level of knowledge of criminal law. This could be a current writer of legal thrillers that has too many ideas and is looking for an outlet. Or an editor with developmental editing experience looking to use knowledge to create. Regardless, you need to have high familiarity with the sub-genre, know how to plot and structure a story, and have a good mind for what readers in this genre want.
You will enjoy a challenge and using your problem-solving skills to define what is next in the story. You are a person who enjoys the brainstorming process and high level collaborative creation.
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