Genesis of Legend Publishing is a small, independent roleplaying game publisher, which means that we occasionally need professional freelancers to contribute to our products. Here’s what you need to know.

General Information

We have limited opportunities, but are interested in working with new creatives on our projects. If you are interested in getting added to our list of potential freelancers for consideration, please fill in this handy google form.

We are looking for underrepresented voices, including indigenous creatives, creators of colour, women, non-binary individuals, the LGBTQ community, and individuals with disabilities. Our products can only represent the diversity of the gaming community by supporting them.

We respect your ideas, and do our best to leave our contributors with the most intellectual property rights possible. We typically only purchase licenses for creative works so that our writers and designers can build on their own ideas for their futures.

We work with contracts, offering greater clarity in terms of the work required and the obligations on both parties. For large pieces of work, we may establish overarching supply arrangement contracts. There are two situations where work will be commissioned without a formal contract.

  • When this is a purchase of existing art assets, and the artist does not require a formal contract.
  • When we waive the requirement for a contract by paying 100% of the contract value in advance, assuming any risk associated with the decision.

Our pay rates are public.  Our business is small and our means are limited, but we are doing our best to pay we can.

Baseline Rates of Pay

We are open to negotiating rates of pay with our freelancers, but we wanted to give a baseline of what our initial budgets account for. We are doing our best to raise the rates we can offer as our business grows. All of these budget values are in American dollars.

Writers and Designers: Our minimum rates of pay is currently set at 6 cents per word. As of September 1st 2019, this rate will increase to 10 cents per word. Alternatively, we are open to discussions of royalty models.

Editors: Our minimum rates of pay is currently set at 3 cents per word for full developmental editing. As of September 1st 2019, this rate will increase to 5 cents per word. Alternatively, we are open to discussions of royalty models.

Layout and Graphic Design: We do most of this work in-house, but our default rates are $2/page + $1/page for each year of experience that the layout professional has. A professional who has been doing layout for three years would be paid at $5 USD / page for instance.

Cover Illustration: An illustration for the front cover (only) of a digest-sized book is typically $200-$400, whereas a full cover wrap of a 8.5”x11” would normally be in the $600-$1,000 range.

Interior Illustration: Our interior illustration rates represent a range of pricing based on the level of colour, detail, and complexity of the piece, as well as the size of the piece. Here are our ranges.

  • 5”x11”: $200-400
  • 6”x9”: $125-$250
  • 6” X 4.5”: $75-$150
  • 3”x3”: $25-$50
  • Simple Sketches: $15-$30

Cultural Consulting and Research: Paid depending on the complexity and extent of the work. Typically this includes a smaller flat fee up front plus a percentage of any subsequent kickstarter campaign associated with the product.

Freelance  Application Form

Resources & References

1) Artist Guidelines: Guidance and advice on what we would like from our artists.

2) Genesis of Legend Style Guide: Guidance, rules, and tools for our editors and our writers.

We are proud to have worked with some of the best creatives in the industry. Please feel free to contact any of these fine folks if you would like to know more about how we operate.