Publishing Gigs now available for the Ten Piscataqua Writers project
We have immediate openings for several positions needed to help edit, market and crowdfund the Ten Piscataqua Writers 2022. These gigs are not paid hourly or by salary, but instead earn a share of the book’s net profit (profit after expenses).
Profitshares are paid on an annual basis starting one year from our publication date. While we’re confident we will reach our crowdfunding target for Ten Piscataqua Writers, it’s only upon passing that breakeven point, that collaborator’s shares begin to earn any money. It’s impossible to know beforehand how successful we’ll be. We may only do a little better than our target and wind up sharing next to nothing, or the stars could align and we produce a local bestseller, which is what we’re aiming for, but have no guarantees. Meanwhile we are all sharing the risks and rewards.
How successful we are depends very much on how well the community supports our idea of discovering and celebrating outstanding writers of the Piscataqua watershed.
To be considered for any of the gig descriptions at right, address your email to email@example.com. Put the gig you’re interested in the subject line of the email and simply make your best pitch by describing your skills and experience along with what you can bring to the gig and the project, attach resume if you have. We look for good communication skills, attention to detail, and an ability to work both unsupervised and as part of a team.
The “cast” of ten writers selected from the community will divvy a full third of the book’s net profit after expenses. We also recruit a “crew” of creative professionals and freelancers from the community to do the behind-the-curtains stuff—the editorial, design, production, and marketing gigs you see listed in the next column. The crew divvies the second third of any net profit. These are the gigs we’re currently looking to fill. The final third of any net profit goes to Ten Piscataqua which is the project’s traffic cop and showrunner, providing continuity, office, and storage space.
Finally we reach out to the community to support the project with advance orders and other donations on our crowdfunding page when the book is close to being finished and getting ready for the printer. We set a minimum target to cover expenses for a small print run. Once we reach that goal, real money starts accumulating to be divvied among all the stakeholders who have risked their time and talent investing in the project.
All that said, nobody should be expecting to get rich. We can’t even guarantee you’ll get minimum wage for the hours you invest. Aside from earned shares, everyone participating receives a signed first edition of the book, gets to add a plum project to their CV or resume, and build on the hands-on experience and connections made working with a team of creative professionals on a community project. Not to mention having your name and contribution recognized in the book’s credits for all time.
Book Designer: Starts immediately. Design of both cover and interior in two editions—electronic and 6×9 trade paperback. Interior will be text heavy employing many paragraph styles. Cover consists largely of text elements—title and subtitle, names of the 4 editors, and the names of the ten writers. Book and or graphic design experience preferred. Starts immediately with 1) front cover sketches, then 2) paging and composition from December 2021 to February 2022, and 3) final cover (inc spine and back cover) due in March 2022.
Publishing Intern: Help with research, copy writing, proofing, content creation, assist as needed with all aspects of publishing an annual paperback. Starts immediately, part time and intermittent through April 2022.
Content Creators: Preparation of social media posts from provided materials, including still images, excerpts, quotes, and video to promote the ten writers during our crowdfunding campaign. Starts mid-November and intermittent through Jan/Feb 2022.