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Associate Editor Job Description

Dark Owl Publishing is looking for editors!


We are a growing, woman-owned company, and we want to hire editors for a flat fee to produce anthologies in both paperback and ebook forms. Editing an anthology can be an exciting and rewarding experience, and we want to fill the Dark Owl roster with high-caliber books that appeal to large audiences and promote passions for reading.



Job Requirements:


A passion for quality storytelling and producing top-notch anthologies.


English as a first language, or an extremely strong grasp of the English language.


Previous experience with anthology work, such as producing anthologies, slush reading and/or copy editing.


Copy editing skills - ABSOLUTELY MUST know correct English grammar, syntax, and the like.


Self-starter who is good at organization and communicating with others via email and is willing to spend a lot of time on the computer reading stories and sending acceptance and rejection emails. 


Ability to meet rigid, established deadlines with no exceptions.


Work with the Lead Editor of the company on the call requirements, requirements for acceptance and rejection emails, and final decisions for stories, TOC order and cover.


Market the book online on social media and send ARC copies out for reviews to established and professional reviewers.


No need to know how to format manuscripts or ebook files: we take care of all of that!


An understanding that payment is a flat fee based on experience and not on hours worked. You may work more or less hours than the flat fee incorporates.



Anthology Requirements:


Genre fiction in the realms of fantasy, horror/thriller, mystery/crime, and science fiction is our main focus, but we are fine with literary fiction anthologies, too. We do not publish extreme horror, overtly sexual content, erotica, romance, fan fiction, manga-type stories, standard romance, religious fiction, overtly political pieces, political satire, or stories with morals that are degrading to any person or persons of any type. Subgenres are accepted, such as steampunk, dark fantasy, psychological horror, historical fiction, alternative history, cyberpunk, westerns, and pulp fiction. These are just examples and are not exhaustive of what we'll publish. While we mostly publish adult fiction, YA and middle-grade fiction will be considered.


Our company focuses on entertainment and escape rather than social and political issues. We will not produce anthologies or  books that are overtly political. While some politics tend to show up in all types of literature, and we are fine with that, we do not take sides in the political arena. We accept you for who you are, not what political/social side you stand on.


Diversity anthologies are welcome! Our goal is to make sure the content is something anyone will want to pick up and read. We aren't looking for specific diversity themes. We want to showcase authors who are truly excellent storytellers who create characters and situations that feel natural and grounded. Non-traditional characters and situations are welcome, but they must be authentic to the story and entertaining for anyone of any background to read.


We are looking for adult authors only at this time.



Think your idea meets the above qualifications?


Then fill out the following form to submit your idea and your experience in anthology work. We may ask for references, so please have some prepared. And thank you for your interest!

Thank you for contacting us. It could take up to two weeks for a response, so we ask for your patience. Thank you for your interest!
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