Wanted: Story Editor and/or Line Editor

We are looking to expand our team of Story Editors and Line Editors. Our current pay rate is royalties of  5-10% of all revenue for that project (story).

Story Stories & Novellas: For shorter works, we assign one editor who does both the Story Editor and the Line Editor job, usually at the rate of 10%.

Novels: Novels require two editors. First, a story editor who focuses on the large issues such as story structure, character development, and world building. Then a Line Editor takes over looking in more depth including paragraph/sentence structure, word choice, continuity, and grammar. In the case of novels, the royalty is split 5% each for the Story and Line Editors. This usually works since novels have a greater sales rate.

If you would like to apply to work with FFP, read the following:

Thank you for your interest in working with ForbiddenFiction.com. Please take some time to read through material posted on the site so far.

This will give you some ideas of what we are looking for in volunteers:

Before applying, you should know that we have some important requirements. If you fit the following requirements and want to work with us, fill out the application below and send it back to us.

  1. You must be at least age 18 or over. For legal reasons, this is not negotiable. All the stories in question contain explicit sexual situations. It is potentially illegal for us to send them to you if you are not of age.
  2. Given the focus of our site, you must be willing to handle explicit sexual material and a variety of kinks. It will be best if you let us know your limits – particularly which type of material you would rather not read.
  3. You must understand and be able to communicate the needs of story structure, plot arcs, character development, etc. You will need to be able to see the changes needed in a story and communicate those effectively to the author.
  4. You must be able to be online regularly and communicate well about the progress of the story. It is incredibly frustrating to have the editor just disappear in the middle of a project.
  5. You must have solid knowledge of appropriate grammar, spelling and punctuation, especially as it applies to fiction.
  6. You will need to be willing to sign a non-disclosure contract agreeing that you will not copy, share or divulge in part or in full the stories you copy read ahead of time.
  7. You will need to have Microsoft Word and be willing and able to use the Track Changes feature when editing and commenting on documents.
  8. You will need to agree to our Terms of Service.
  9. You will need to read and use our FFP Manuscript Style Guide.
  10. You will need to read and agree with our Mission Statement and Values.
  11. You will need to create and maintain a profile on our sites.
  12. Be willing to train with a supervisor to learn FFP’s methods of editing.

To understand how we work, read: Understanding the Publishing Process – An FFP Guide for Authors.

If this works for you, please fill out the following application and send it via email, along with a relevant resume to editorial@forbidden-fiction.com. We look forward to working with you.

D.M. Atkins, Publisher

Copy and include in your email:


In applying for this position I confirm that I have read the Mission Statement and the Writer’s FAQ published on ForbiddenFiction.com and agree to work within the publishing model presented. I am at least age 18 or older, and am both willing and able to sign a contract for said work under my legal name. I agree that communication between ForbiddenFiction.com and myself is confidential and not to be shared with others without consent of both parties.

Your Legal Name:

Your Pen Name (name you will want to be credited in publications):

If you know us from somewhere else, such as online fandom or real life, please let us know what name we would recognize (multiples are okay, if you want to mention more than one):

Your Email:

Your mailing address:

Do you have Google or another chat program where we can discuss the project? If so, please provide information.

Are you primarily a Line Editor (wording, sentence structure) and/or a Story Editor (story structure, character development)?

Which length stories are you willing to work on? Which are you better at? (Short Stories, Novellas, Novels)

Have you done editing or proofreading (Beta, in fan parlance) before? What have you worked on?

What areas are your strengths?

What areas are you weakest?

How many chapters/words do you realistically think you could work a week?

Can you complete an entire novel (70,000 to 150,000 words) per project? How long would that take?

Are there certain types of content you will not work on? (Including things like content, warnings, gender pairings.)

Which types of stories are you most interested in working on?

Please provide examples.

Which publishers and/or independent authors have you worked with? Do you currently work with them?

What drew you to applying to ForbiddenFiction.com?

[This post last revised 8/30/2016.]