Location: Anywhere/Virtual

Posted: October 18, 2020

Closes: October 23, 2020

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Amid rapid growth in queries and in newly-announced projects, Big Small Town Books is looking to add several copyeditors to its publishing team.


Copyeditors ensure that proper, industry-standard style is adhered to throughout a manuscript, and that elements maintain consistency in style and prose throughout that manuscript. Those copyeditors may also serve as proofreaders, who take a final look at a manuscript after it has been converted to book layout and ensure there are no remaining errors in spelling, grammar, and style.

Job Requirements

  • A working desktop or laptop computer with internet access

  • A basic, working knowledge of Google Drive

  • Expert command of the English language—especially sentence and paragraph structure, grammar and spelling

  • Strong editing skills

  • Strong, self-starting work ethic, with ability to read a particular manuscript multiple times, quickly and efficiently while making edits

  • Attention to detail

  • Knowledge of Chicago Style rules is helpful but not required, however candidates should possess the handbook or have it bookmarked online for reference

  • Some formal/college training in English is helpful, but not required

Candidate Qualities

The best candidates are:

  • People with an excellent sense of language and mechanics, with eye for detail

  • Excellent, patient communicators and “people people,” who can work easily with and among many personality types

  • Great multitaskers and schedulers, with the ability to work on multiple projects at once, and meet deadlines set by team leads

  • Great at online etiquette, for team communication using our private Discord server


We offer a flat, up-front rate of $2.75 per 1,000 words, payable upon project completion, plus a five percent (5%) royalty on all sales of the project until payout on that project reaches ten times (10x) the initial flat rate paid. Royalty payments are made quarterly in March, June, September, and December, and cover the previous quarter.

For example, if your client’s book is 82,345 words and earns $4 per copy sold, and the book sells 250 copies ($1,000) in the first quarter, you would earn $226.45 up-front, and $100 for that book in that quarter, which would be paid to you in June (end of the second quarter). You would continue to earn a 5% royalty on that book's sales until your payout maxes out at $2,264.50 (ten times your initial flat rate). This roughly equals the average rate of $0.03 per word for copyeditors/proofreaders.

Other Information

Copyeditors work from home and set their own schedules, depending on how many projects they’re tackling simultaneously, and depending on deadlines.

Editorial interns may be expected to attend occasional team meetings with their team leads and fellow team members for project updates, changes to deadlines, etc.

The copyeditor position is perfect for college English majors or candidates looking for editorial experience with a fun, growing company that seeks to put the next crop of great books in the hands of our readers.

How to Apply

You can access the application form here. We will ask you to provide some information about yourself as well as your skills and qualities.

Please be prepared to provide the following materials on the form:

  • A few words telling us about yourself, and explaining why you’d be the best candidate for this position

  • Previous or relevant experience you have with editing, including copyediting or proofreading

  • Any other pertinent or relevant information you’d like to provide

  • A recent headshot or snapshot

There will also be an upload tool where you can provide a resume if you like, but we do not require this.

Thank you for your interest in this position, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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