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Editor – Literature Study Guides

Freelance Editor (Remote): Literature Study Guides

  • Remote job

Job description

Are you an experienced editor with a love of literature and the desire to work from home? We are looking for skilled, passionate editors to contribute to our literature study guide company and our mission to help learners of all ages get more out of the books they read! Our freelance editors help develop and polish study guides across literary genres and are part of a like-minded content team that is passionate about literature and education.

Whether you’re a teacher or post-grad student looking for a steady stream of income or an experienced freelance editor ready for reliable and enjoyable assignments, editing literature study guides with SuperSummary could be your dream job.

What we provide for you:

  • $22+ per hour – with prompt weekly payments
  • A fully remote and flexible work schedule – as a freelancer, you work the hours you want from anywhere on the globe
  • Consistent and reliable work on the subject matter you love – gain exposure to a huge variety of texts, from popular fiction to niche nonfiction and poetry to plays
  • The ability to select all of your assignments – choose the texts you want to edit from our extensive queue
  • A dedicated editorial team that offers training, support, and consistent feedback to help you grow as an editor
  • Opportunities to get involved – editors are invited to coach writers and contribute to our larger strategy and mission
  • A platform to share your feedback – enact change on a project- or company-wide level
  • Opportunities for growth – we provide a transparent advancement path for editors who want to grow with the company
  • The chance to contribute to special projects on our content team – build new skills or flex your existing ones through creative initiatives

What you provide for us:

  • A commitment of 20 hours per week, enough time to edit 4+ guides
  • A commitment to a paid trial assignment during the interview process

About us:

SuperSummary is a fast-growing literature study guide company that helps students, teachers, and everyday readers understand a variety of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry texts. Our study guides are authoritative and comprehensive, written by seasoned teachers, professors, and advanced-degree holders with years of experience in their fieldsincluding the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. As a fully remote team, we’re able to harness creative talent from across the world in order to create study guides that exceed readers’ expectations.

About you:

We’re looking for editors who will be responsible for ensuring the quality of each study guide before it is made available to our customers. Our editors serve primarily as developmental editors, bolstering the summaries and literary analysis set forth by our writers, but all editors should also be skilled in copyediting. We expect our editors to evaluate the quality of the ideas presented by our writers, rewrite where necessary to improve the clarity and pace, and demonstrate strong attention to detail. We are keenly interested in developing steady, long-term relationships with editors who want to contribute to our growing team while maintaining a flexible schedule.

About the study guides:

Our study guides have a length of 5,00025,000 words, depending on the length and complexity of the text at hand

Guides include a balanced combination of summary and analysis, including chapter summaries and analyses, themes, symbols, and more

Fiction book titles we’ve covered include Exhalation (Ted Chiang), Deacon King Kong (James McBride), and Beloved (Toni Morrison)

Nonfiction book titles we’ve covered include The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (Dan Egan), The Ballot or the Bullet (Malcolm X), and Helter Skelter (Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry)

Middle grade/YA book titles we’ve covered include The Inquisitor’s Tale (Adam Gidwitz), Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson), and Front Desk (Kelly Lang)

Poetry titles we’ve covered include “Ozymandias” (Percy Bysshe Shelley), “We Real Cool” (Gwendolyn Brooks), and “An American Sunrise” (Joy Harjo)

Theater titles we’ve covered include Antigone (Sophocles), A Raisin in the Sun (Lorraine Hansberry), and Amadeus (Peter Shaffer)


We want to hear from you if you have:

  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Extensive editing experience, especially in academic writing
  • Experience with comprehensive editing of long-form content
  • A passion for literature and the ability to analyze a variety of texts
  • The availability to complete multiple editing assignments per week
  • The ability to prioritize your editing strategy for efficiency and effectiveness
  • A background in literature, literary analysis, and/or teaching is a plus
  • Interest in participating in other content team projects, such as writer training and market research, is also a plus

SuperSummary supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or any other protected class.