We’re Hiring a Managing Editor. Want to Apply?

We’re Hiring a Managing Editor. Want to Apply?

If you’re reading this after September 1, 2016, we’ve selected a new managing editor. Thanks for your interest! We hope you’ll consider pitching a guest post soon.

We’re hiring! If you love writing, have experience working as an editor, and want a part-time, remote position that works with your schedule, we want to hear from YOU.

We’re looking for a Managing Editor to help us continue to deliver high-quality and valuable information to the 300,000+ readers who visit our site each month.

The Write Life is a fast-growing website that offers practical advice to writers, with a focus on freelancing and making a living as a writer. Our goal is to be the number-one, go-to resource for writers.

As Managing Editor, you’ll oversee content strategy, work with freelance writers and copy-edit all submissions before they run on the site. While your main job will be editing, you’ll also be responsible for a variety of day-to-day tasks that keep the website running smoothly, so you’ll learn heaps about how to grow an online community and monetize a website.

Our ideal candidate has 3-5 years editorial experience, including editing blog posts and is comfortable with a conversational, bloggy voice.

We’re keen to find a self-starter who will take ownership of the site and bring enthusiasm and fresh ideas to this role.

More on what we’re looking for:

  • Copy-editing skills: Have experience polishing copy and in-depth knowledge of AP style
  • Developmental editing experience: Be comfortable with a fun and informal style, as well as non-traditional story leads that pull in the reader
  • People skills: Ability to work gracefully (via email) with a variety of contributors and partners
  • Business mindset: In addition to upholding our editorial standards, you’ll be on the front lines of revenue generation
  • Ability to work independently and self-motivate: Because we’re a small, remote team
  • Eager to pitch in wherever needed: We all wear a lot of hats and do whatever it takes to keep the site running and growing
  • Experience writing headlines: We consider headlines even more important than content. Without a good headline, no one will read our posts! Our headline style is more bloggy than traditional news and often includes a curiosity gap
  • Basic understanding of SEO: We optimize all posts with target keywords so readers can find our content in search engines
  • Knowledge of best practices for blogging: Creating a user-friendly experience for our readers encourages them to come back. You know what’s kosher and what’s not in the blogging world
  • Comfortable with digital tools: Experience with Google Docs and WordPress required; experience with Mailchimp is a bonus
  • Reliable: We don’t nag or chase our team members, so we expect you to do what you say you’ll do, by the deadline you promise
  • A love of writing and a deep appreciation for writers of all varieties.

What you’ll do:

  • Edit about 20 blog posts each month for style, clarity and grammar, including communication with writers to bring posts up to our standards for publishing
  • Write super-clickable headlines that our readers can’t help but share with their friends
  • Optimize our posts for SEO (we can teach you the basics if necessary)
  • Evaluate story ideas and pitches from freelancers
  • Recruit new freelancers to write for us
  • Write weekly email blasts to our 30,000+ subscribers
  • Respond to readers who email us with questions and feedback
  • Compile monthly metrics from Google Analytics and use those stats to make decisions about what’s most effective for content strategy and promotion
  • Coordinate with our social media editor to optimize content for sharing on social channels
  • Work on special projects, including ebook launches, our annual The 100 Best Websites for Writers, and our sometimes-annual three-day flash sale,
  • Offer feedback and help coordinate our upcoming site redesign
  • Evaluate advertising and partnership inquiries
  • Look for community growth and revenue opportunities we haven’t yet identified
  • Pitch in wherever needed to keep the site running smoothly

We expect these tasks to take about 20 hours/week. This is a part-time independent contractor position that does not include benefits, and you can work from anywhere, on any schedule, so long as you deliver. We’re open to compensating with an hourly rate or monthly retainer.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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15 comments

  • How much does this pay? It looks wonderful, but I don’t want to take time to craft a response unless it’s worthwhile financially.

  • The posts says you are looking for the candidate to “Recruit new freelancers to write for us.” Can you please share information on where to send pitches, any guidelines and pay for posts? Thank you.

  • Lauren Tharp says:

    I applied. 🙂

    I started my freelance writing career as a teenager (over 15 years ago) and never stopped. In 2010, I opened up LittleZotz Writing and I made freelance writing + editing my sole source of income.

    Through LittleZotz Writing I’ve worked in the writing and marketing departments of a television mini-series, an online radio station, a designer headphone company, and countless small businesses around the world.

    My blog for writers has won multiple awards and was named one of the best in the business by The Write Life (you guys!), Positive Writer, and others.

    I’m also the Associate Editor for Be A Freelance Blogger and the Editorial Assistant for Copyblogger — two of the largest blogs for content creators in the world!

    I would LOVE to be the Managing Editor of The Write Life. I’ve written several articles for you guys in the past and I “get” your style (and your audience) and think I would be a great asset to the team.

    • Lauren Tharp says:

      Just so you know, I’m still REALLY interested in this job! Since I applied, I’ve been made the Managing Editor of Be a Freelance Blogger, but I’ll still ABSOLUTELY have time to work for The Write Life and do an excellent job. 🙂

  • Megan Seitz says:

    Hello there!

    I have applied for the position and was wondering when was the expected closing date for the position?

    Thank you!

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