Now hiring: Freelance Developmental/Content Editors

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Yes, it’s that time again, my favorite time of year when we go looking for some fresh victims talented team members in the form of freelance developmental editors.

Now, before you get all excited and shoot off an email, please read what we’re looking for carefully. Respondents who don’t meet the requirements or who don’t include the requested material will not receive a reply.


* One year paid experience editing fiction. In lieu of paid experience, I will accept editorial and agent internships in which the applicant worked with fiction and provided editorial feedback.

* Understanding of the difference between editing and polishing a book/offering insight into editorial issues and rewriting or interfering with an author’s voice.

* Ability to communicate editorial revisions to an author in a professional manner.

* Genuine love of editing, reading and the craft of writing.

* Ability to self-motivate, stay on task and meet deadlines consistently.

* Ability to take direction and feedback, while also offering critique.

* Interest in working in a freelance environment with a team feel.

* Desire and ability to help an author build her career.

* Interest in working in the digital industry, being part of a growing business, and being a leader in the digital industry.

* Willingness to engage in other activities, both paid and unpaid, such as contest judging, offering critiques, guest blogging and interacting with editorial and author peers in an online environment.

* Willingness to attend virtual editorial team meetings.

* Desire to learn about digital book marketing, as well as other aspects of digital publishing.

* Thorough understanding of and insight into the genres you choose to edit.

If you meet these qualification requirements, are willing to work in a freelance capacity for a flat, per-project/per-assignment fee, and would like to learn more about the freelance editorial position, please send your CV and a letter of interest, detailing your qualifications and stating why you are interested in working for Carina Press in particular, as well as what genres you feel you’d be qualified to edit, to my attention at generalinquiries AT I will respond with some further information about the position. From there, we ask all applicants to who move forward with the process to perform an editorial evaluation on a manuscript, so please be prepared to go through this process if you apply.

Please note that reply may be sporadic, as I will be traveling quite a bit in the month of June, and will not always be able to reply promptly to letters of interest.

10 thoughts on “Now hiring: Freelance Developmental/Content Editors”

  1. Hi, Angela. I meet your requirements and will be sending you an email.


  2. Theresa says:

    Hi Angela. I’m wondering if Carina Press offers internships. I currently don’t have enough experience to meet your requirements, but would love to learn. Thank you.

  3. Angela James says:

    Hi Theresa,

    Unfortunately we don’t have the time and resources right now, to offer an internship. Maybe at some point in the future!


  4. Kathryn says:

    Hi Angela,

    What format would you like the Letter of Interest and the Curriculum Vitae?

    .doc or




  5. Angela James says:

    Either of those formats is fine, thanks!

  6. Bonnie Lanthripe says:

    My background fits the criteria you require for free-lance editing.
    I have done copy editing as well as developmental, content editing for writers who have recently been published. Working with new writers has become a keen interest for me.
    I have a master’s degree in writing, have completed stage plays, short stories, devotionals and am presently working on a historic romance. I have also edited in these capacities.
    My website is not active at this time.
    You may contact me at the above e-mail address.
    Thank you for your interest.

  7. P.N. Elrod says:

    Sent an email and my CV as a .doc in a few days ago. Sure hope I got the email address pasted in right.

    I’d love to work for Carina Press! :D

  8. Alisha S. says:

    Ah, but it is my dream to be able to work for Carina Press (whose books I glom anyway ^_^). I’ve got paid exp. only with nonfiction editing, but I’ll be sure to apply once I do meet the requirements!

  9. Kathryn says:

    I would love a tryout!!

  10. Vivian Gundaker says:

    I’ve had the great fortune and privilege of helping others tell their stories for 24 years working as a producer in daytime drama for television. Now I’m looking to use all the skills I’ve learned and direct them toward my other love…books.
    Although I have not had any previous experience in publishing, I believe that what I have accomplished over my career does translate. I’ve read enormous numbers of scripts and story documents over the years, noting and editing them. Working with writers was a daily task. I understand how they work and how they think. Making their words come to life was my purpose.
    I am eager to make my cv available to you. It would be an honor to work for Carina Press. Thank you for your time.

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