Show Notes Writer
We’re looking for exceptional writers who obsess over the details.
We are a very detail-oriented, process-driven company, and this role requires a high level of attention to detail.
If you're an exceptional writer who loves what you do and cares about producing great work, then read on!
What is Podcast Royale?
Podcast Royale is a podcast production and marketing company. We produce and market podcasts for clients in a variety of industries. Experience or interest in any of the following industries would be very helpful:
- Financial planning
- Wed design and development
We offer steady work in a process-driven environment.
- This is not a one-off or short-term project. We are interested in long-term relationships that grow over time.
- We are 100% remote, but some overlap with the EST time zone is preferred.
What is the Show Notes Writer role?
As a show notes writer, you will take 45- to 60-minute podcast episodes and turn them into articles and "clippable moments" (more on that below).
A great show notes article is more than a summary of the podcast episode — it's a companion article that draws out the most interesting aspects of the episode, highlights the key takeaways, identifies the best quotes and time stamps, and delivers that to the reader in the most engaging and effective way possible.
You will be given systems and templates for each show. Click here for an example show notes article.
What are clippable moments?
The ability to identify and highlight the best moments from the show that can be "clipped" and shared on social media is arguably the most important skill for a show notes writer.
You will need to be able to identify the best 30- to 120-second clips from an episode and write an enticing title to go with it.
You must be an experienced writer and be able to show examples of your work.
Beyond being an excellent writer, you need to be curious and never satisfied with “good enough”. You must know how to ask questions and solve problems without being micromanaged.
You must be an excellent communicator, and know how to uncover and express the big ideas behind an audio conversation and turn them into a compelling article and clippable moments.
You must have excellent communication skills and be able to quickly spot and correct errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
The ideal candidate
We value attention to detail, commitment, and a positive "can-do" attitude. You will be a great fit for our team if:
- You are reliable. Our business is deadline-driven. You will have weekly deadlines that you must be able to meet without exception.
- You are a great communicator. Our team is entirely remote, and the ability to communicate in a clear and timely manner is essential.
- You are an outstanding writer. You know how to uncover and communicate the big ideas behind an audio conversation and turn them into a compelling article.
- You obsess over the details.
- You do your best work, every time - checking your own quality before passing your work to others.
- You enjoy your work.
- You are proficient with platforms and tools such as:
- G Suite
- You are able to work within established systems and processes, and eager to grow and improve your craft.
How to apply
We know this application can feel intense. This is intentional because it weeds out all of the applicants who do not pay attention to the details and just want to blast resumes to us.
Note 1: While this application will take you time (it should take approx 30-45 minutes), if you follow the instructions, your application will be strongly considered. So far, we have ended up hiring everyone who has completed this application without error.
Note 2: Less than five percent of applicants actually pay attention to the details in this application, and complete it correctly. But if you're in that five percent, you are the ones we are excited to work with. You know who you are.
- Create a Google Doc for your application. Keep it well organized and easy to digest.
- Include the following:
- URL of your website, portfolio, or favorite social profile
- Write a cover letter that sells us on why we should hire you for this position over anyone else.
- Record a video or audio message (video is preferred).
- Use your webcam or cell phone to record a video or audio message.
- This video or audio message should be at maximum 60 seconds long (not a second longer).
- As the first word of your video or audio message say “Hello”, and as the last word of your message say “Goodbye”.
- In the content of the video or audio, tell us something interesting about yourself. No pressure — we just want to get to know you.
- Upload your video or audio to Dropbox. If you do not have an account, create a free one and upload the file there. Add the dropbox link as the very final item of your Google Doc.
- Complete a short test project and put the answers in your Google Doc.
- Read this article: https://convertkit.com/bypassing-the-youtube-algorithm.
- Write three social media posts that could be used to promote this article on Twitter or LinkedIn.
- The objective of the 3 social media posts is to drive someone to take the action of clicking on the article and reading it.
- Please provide examples of your work.
- Please share at least three to five links to past articles, podcast show notes, or any other writing samples you can share (podcast show notes are preferred if possible). These links should represent the kind of work you're most proud of and that you can produce on a regular basis.
- How many hours per week are you available? What would be your ideal?
- We are interested in long-term relationships. We don't have a minimum requirement, but we are more interested in people who want to grow with us over time.
- When are you available to start?
- What are your hobbies? And what do you love about them?
- We want to get to know a little bit about you and how you enjoy spending your time.
- Which blogs, podcasts, books, or people do you follow (and why)?
- Feel free to provide as much detail as you like. We want to know what you enjoy and what inspires you.
- What's your favorite movie of all time?
- If you're not a movie fan, list your favorite book, or TV show, or album.
- Send an email to email@example.com
- The subject line should read “PR Show Notes Writer: YOUR NAME”.
- The body of the email should include a link to the Google Doc and nothing else.