Are you driven by the joy of connecting with others?
Do you love working with brilliant people to move big projects to completion?
Have you always wanted to work with authors and books?
If this sounds like you, we’ve got your perfect career.
We call this role “Author Success Manager,” but the best way to think about this role is a mash-up of “Experience Extraordinaire” and “Coach.”
You’re an Experience Extraordinaire in the sense that you’re responsible for guiding an author through a book creation and publishing process. You’ll work with a Book Team to keep track of a complicated project with lots of moving parts. You’ll ensure that every author you work with has a flawless experience with Scribe Media and always knows what’s coming next.
You’re a Coach in the sense that you will be working with authors who are usually very successful, demanding, and have lots of requests for their time. You’ll have to use all different types of psychology to understand them, manage your relationship with them, and help them to do things that may be hard, difficult, and that they are slightly resistant to—but must be done, and are best for them and the book.
Ultimately, your job is to manage all of the author-facing communication for our projects and to curate an impeccable experience for our authors.
Here’s how it works:
The moment an author signs with us, you take over all communication with them. You’re their main point of contact and their leader through their book journey. Then you’ll assemble their publishing team and coordinate the entire process. You own the relationship with the author, all the way to the final result—which is ensuring we produce a book the author is proud of.
These are some examples of tasks you’ll be doing every day:
Communicate the right expectations to your authors so they always know what to expect and what’s needed from them.
Review all project details to decide how to best communicate with an author: maybe it’s Zoom, a call, a text or email.
Work with the Book Team to ensure all work on the book (writing, design, etc) reflects the author’s voice and intent. (You will not be writing or editing the manuscript yourself.)
Help authors solve any problems that come up on a day-to-day basis—questions about audiobooks, marketing, issues with cover design, print run delays, and any other problems that come up.
Ensure your author’s book is always moving forward on schedule.
Sometimes you will even have to help authors address fears or anxieties that may arise. Publishing a book is a big deal for people, and sometimes that requires some emotional help, as well as publishing help.
You’re the communication boss of the book process. You do everything necessary to communicate with the author to ensure they’re proud of their book and that it’s completed on time and on budget.
And it’s important to note: you’ll be doing this with dozens of authors at once (who are at all different stages of the process).
If you can nail the above, you’re probably pretty awesome—which brings us to an important question:
Who are we and what do we do?
We’re Scribe Media, and our mission is to help everyone on earth write, publish and market their book.
The problem is that writing and publishing books are, for most people, a painful and difficult process, loaded with uncertainty and aggravation. Our goal is to make it as simple as possible, so that as many people as possible can do it.
We have multiple ways we help people do this. We can edit and publish an already written manuscript (Scribe Publishing), or we can help people write their book using a structured process with our guidance (Scribe Guided Author), or we can do a structured interview process that gets the book out of them in their words and their voice (Scribe Professional).
And if you can’t afford our services, that’s fine. We give away all of our information for free. Seriously, it’s called Scribe Book School, and it’s better than any paid course on the internet.
Our company was started because a frustrated entrepreneur wanted to put all of her incredible knowledge and ideas into a book, but didn’t have the time to write it or the patience to deal with the frustrating publishing process. So we solved her problem. The origin story is here.
Her book became an amazing success, and we realized the world was full of these people–smart people who should write a book, but don’t, because the process is so painful.
These people want to write books, but don’t have the time or desire to do it the old way, and that’s why Scribe exists: we help people turn their ideas into books that both cement their legacy and impact the world.
Our process has worked for over 2,000 authors in seven years, and we’re growing fast. Our ultimate goal is to help everyone on earth write and publish a book.
If we do that, we’ll help create many thousands of books that would never have otherwise existed, changing the lives of millions of people. That’s really exciting to us.
Here is the list of skills we believe are necessary for this career. Most importantly, we are hiring based on careful balance of relevant experience, cultural fit, and motivation:
Strategic and Critical Thinking: Ability to thrive in fast-paced environments, embrace the unknown, and adapt to a quickly changing environment without losing the thread on project goals. You set clear expectations for yourself and others for successful outcomes and you can easily assess and pivot to meet those expectations.
Exceptional Social Intelligence: This position will require you to work with a lot of different types of personalities, clearly set expectations with them, and get them to do the work they have to do—even if they are resistant, or want to do it a different way. You’ll need to have exceptional social intelligence. Sometimes you will need to have hard conversations with them, and even set limits with people who are not used to hearing ‘no’—but do it in a way that doesn’t upset them or derail the project. It takes real social intelligence to navigate these situations.
Relationship Building: You have experience engaging with outside vendors, contractors, part-timers, or freelancers. You are confident and able to engage and guide them in a professional manner.
Excellent Communicator: You should be comfortable and experienced with speaking on the phone with people, as some of that will be required for this role. You must be able to listen closely, understand what they are saying.
You Are Self-Motivated and Get Shit Done // High Agency and Self-Management Skills: This is an absolute must. You must be the definition of a doer and very self-motivated. You cannot hide in this role, you cannot do things half-assed, and you won’t have people picking up your slack. We don’t want people who have to be constantly managed. We all work very hard every day, because we care about our mission, and what we do matters to us and other people. NOTE: Hard work does not mean endless hours. It only means accountability. There is no coasting and no hiding here. If the idea of being held accountable to achieve real results excites you, this is the right tribe for you!
Salary & Benefits
Competitive Pay: $65,000.
Full Benefits Package: We don’t spend our money on ping pong tables and beanbag chairs. We spend our money on things that matter to our tribe–like a full slate of benefits that would rival any Fortune 50 company.
We fully cover your medical, dental, and vision insurance—starting on day 1.
We offer up to $1,500 in educational assistance to continue your learning.
We have six weeks of paid time off, including holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year’s.
If anything awful were to happen to you, we provide life insurance and short- and long-term disability.
401k match to support you in planning for your future.
Free Book Benefit: Take part in Scribe’s Guided Author from Day-1. Scribe’s Free Book Benefit can be used once every 18 months for Scribe Publishing or Guided Author, and every 36 months for Scribe Editing. You’ll also have free access to the entire Scribe library.
Each Tribe member gets four fully paid community service days per year. These days can be used to volunteer alongside Tribe members at coordinated community events or to individually support causes you care about in your local community.
We believe that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has no finish line. We hold optional discussions throughout the month led by volunteer Tribe members with the goal to provide a safe space for asking questions, openly sharing, and encouraging learning.
Any Tribe member who gives birth receives 12 weeks of fully paid time off. Partners of birthing parents, or those involved in adoptions, foster placements, or birth through a surrogate, receive 4 weeks of paid leave.
Up to 10 days of fully-paid, no questions asked Bereavement leave. You define what ‘loved one’ means to you: be it a parent, a cousin, a best friend, or even a beloved pet.
MacBooks are provided to all full time Tribe members for Scribe work and personal use.
We’re supportive of Tribe members working to create the lives they imagine! Freedom to do other work on the side is encouraged, as long as the work doesn’t compete with or negatively impact Scribe’s business.
As a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) host, we partner with an organization that supports refugee families through a community garden here in Austin. You can sign up with us to get local, in-season produce delivered weekly straight to the office!
We have Work with Your Dog Wednesdays! AKA: Woofdays!
Be Part Of A Tribe: You (should) have seen the videos above. We also have a pretty cool set of principles that we live by as a tribe, you should check it out, because this is the operating system for our tribe, and everyone in our company lives the values and principles outlined in this doc.
Freedom & Flex Work: You can work from your home anywhere in the US, work while you travel, work in our office, make your own hours–we don’t care. You can wear a three piece suit (like our CEO), gym clothes, or anything else–we don’t care. We only care that you drive results, uphold our values, and perform in your role with reliable phone and internet connections. And we have lots of paid time off each year, because we believe that rest and recovery are just as important as work.
Make A Real Impact: We’re a small tribe (just about 100 full time) and you will be a major part of our team. Not only that, you won’t just impact the company, you’ll impact the world. Books are one of the very best ways to influence other people and change the way they think–and you’ll be helping to make them a reality.
Work With Interesting People: You’re not just working on any books. Past authors include major company CEOs, famous entrepreneurs, professional athletes, and people with amazing personal stories. These are books that change lives.
At Scribe, we don’t just accept differences — we support them, celebrate them, and as a company, we thrive on them. Scribe is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and we actively look for and hire people who bring new perspectives and experiences to our tribe.
Complete the application by clicking on the ‘Apply To Position’ button. Applications will remain open until we find the perfect person for this role.
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Please, no phone calls. Due to the number of applicants we typically receive for our career openings, we are not able to do phone interviews until later stages of the hiring process. All applicants must submit an application through our portal.
Note: If you’re on an external job site, we encourage you to apply directly from our career portal at https://scribe.breezy.hr/
We’re only considering candidates located in the United States, and that are authorized to work in the United States. We will not sponsor applicants for work visas.