📚 Write Summaries of Non-Fiction Books and Articles (Part-Time/Full-Time, Remote) 📖

Shortform, Remote, Work from Anywhere, Work from Home

The World's Best Summaries of Books, Articles, and Everything

Salary: Paid hourly, from $15-25 per hour depending on skills and experience. Part-time (25 hours per week minimum) to full-time (40 hours+) roles available.

Level: experienced

Duration: part_time

Do you enjoy reading non-fiction books like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People or Thinking, Fast and Slow? Do you consider yourself an effective educator, able to distill complex information into its core essentials? Do you want to help thousands of readers improve their lives and apply what they learn?

We want to hear from you. Shortform ( is a product featuring summaries of the best non-fiction books and articles. Shortform improves on existing products by focusing on actionables, creating more in-depth summaries, and building a community helping each other learn.

We’re looking for writers who will write extremely high-quality book summaries, article summaries, and educational materials.

As part of Shortform, you’ll use your passion for reading and teaching to educate learners on a national scale. You’ll join an exciting startup with a mission to make sense of the world’s information.

What Our Customers Say:

+ "Your product's most valuable benefits to me are the peace of mind that I'm not missing out on any key ideas, the satisfaction of being able to grasp a high-quality book with such speed and ease, and thereby gaining understanding of subjects that interest me, and have educated things to talk about and build on."

+ "You guys really hit it out of the park again with the “48 Laws” summary! I’ve never seen such a complete yet concise summary of this book. The exercises are perfect – not overwhelming or meager, but just right. Thanks for making me smarter every day…"

What Our Writers Say:

+ "It’s really gratifying to produce a piece and have it published in the same week, and know that we’re helping our customers learn. I’ve had writing roles in the past that take forever to publish and you never know if anyone reads it."

+ "Writing summaries for Shortform has made me a clearer and more organized thinker, which has spilled over into the rest of my writing and really my personal life."

+ "Shortform is a joy to work for. I like having consistent, interesting Shortform work to do daily, instead of constantly hunting for new freelance projects and having unpredictable contracts. I’ve never had an issue with getting paid with Shortform; unfortunately, payment issues are common in the freelance writing world."

Your Responsibilities:
+ Write high-quality summaries of non-fiction books. Distill a complex work into its core essentials, at different levels of detail (2 paragraphs, 5 pages, and full chapter-by-chapter summary). Extract the key arguments and supporting evidence, while discarding fluff.

+ Create interactive exercises to help readers apply lessons from books, including quizzes to test comprehension and open-ended questions to help the reader reflect.

+ Write high-quality summaries of articles from publications like the New Yorker or the Wall Street Journal. You can convey the key information that readers who are short on time should know.

+ Contribute ideas for product features that Shortform users would love.

+ (Optional) Participate in projects to help the company grow, such as marketing and community outreach.

+ Ability to distill information into its core concepts, then synthesize a new understanding that may be even more effective than the original source.

+ Ability to read and write efficiently. We don’t apply onerous time pressure, but we do want you to understand the tradeoff between speed and quality, and avoid costly perfectionism.

+ Clear, engaging writing style with a natural voice. You can tell the difference between good, tight writing and sloppy/rigid writing.

+ Serious commitment and work drive. You always pull through and deliver and take pride in your own work. Previous experience working as a remote contractor preferred.

+ Work experience preferred: 1+ years of experience writing for an online publication and working with an editor to hone ideas. Demonstrated interest in education and track record of effectively sharing knowledge with others.

+ Available to work at least 25 hours per week on average, and preferably 30+.

About Us:
+ We’re passionate about helping people get the best ideas and use them to improve their lives. We cover the best books and content in personal growth, business, psychology, relationships, and more.

+ We care about impact at scale - we want to grow to support millions of daily readers.

+ Our founding team has previously built profitable and enduring companies in education and technology.

+ Check us out here and read about our principles here:

About the Position:
+ The position is part-time or full-time, depending on your availability and the quality of your work.

+ The position is remote and flexible. You’re free to work whereever and whenever you want.

+ Compensation is paid hourly, with expected rates from $15 to $25, depending on prior experience and quality of work.

How to Apply:
Please apply through Mediabistro with your resume, cover letter, and link to 2-3 published clips (if available).

In your cover letter, please describe your prior professional writing experience (if any), your favorite non-fiction book, and your reading habits (books or otherwise).

The next stage in the interview process will include a miniproject writing sample summaries of online articles, followed by a short final-round call.

Application is on a rolling basis for limited positions, so please apply as soon as you can.

About Shortform

The mission of Shortform is to make sense of the world’s information.

In the past 20 years there’s been an exponential 100x rise in high-quality content - articles, podcasts, videos, analysis. But your free time has stayed completely the same.

If you’re like me, the amount of stuff to learn can feel overwhelming at times. You may also find it frustrating to wade through all the fluff to extract the key points. (Recipe blogs talking about how this potato stew evokes childhood reveries from rural Kentucky are the worst offender. 2-hour long podcasts aren’t much better.)

The first goal of Shortform is to summarize the best content. We want to show people what’s critical to understand about a book or a long-form article. By condensing information into their key takeaways, we expose people to more great ideas.

The second goal of Shortform is to make the best ideas actionable. “If knowledge were all it took, we’d all be rich and have a six pack.” The goal of learning things is to apply them to improve your life. It’s much more meaningful to apply the lessons of the top 50 books than to glance superficially at the top 5,000.

The long-term vision of Shortform is to publish high-quality summaries of every piece of content that has ideas worth knowing.

As a writer, you will directly contribute to this mission. You’ll digest high-quality content to extract the key points, synthesize a better understanding of the work, and focus on making the content actionable. Your work will empower thousands of customers to improve their lives.


Want to learn more about Shortform? Visit Shortform's website.