Proofreaders Wanted

Are you the kind of person who, no matter how good the story is, always find the errors and wish you could fix them? Do typos, misspellings, bad punctuation, grammar errors jump out at you? Do you have the patience to re-read a story until you’ve hunted down all the mistakes?

If this is you and you like erotic fiction, then we would love to have you as a proofreader for ForbiddenFiction!

If you would like to volunteer as a Proofreader, read the following:

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to work with 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:

What we can offer volunteers is threefold:

  • We credit the work of everyone in the book and on the site. We are the only publisher we know of who lists everyone who worked on the project.
  • Proofreaders receive credit toward purchases on our site for each work they successfully proofread. This means you get to download copies of the final versions or use the credit to purchase other stories.
  • Proofreaders get to read and help polish fantastic fiction, in advance of other readers.
  • And then there’s the chance to help support an innovative style of publishing. We will be asking feedback on the site from all those involved and can’t wait to hear ideas. Our proofreaders have access to areas of the site that basic members do not.

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. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. You must have the time and interest in reading and rereading the chapters. We are really looking for people who can edit short stories in less than a week and novels within a month. A once-through isn’t enough. You would be reading carefully and then rechecking for mistakes. (You would get to choose when  to work and from a list of stories to work on.)
  3. You must be able to be online regularly and communicate well about the progress of the story. It is incredibly frustrating to have the proofreader just disappear in the middle of a project.
  4. You must have solid knowledge of appropriate grammar, spelling and punctuation, especially as it applies to fiction. You would be responsible for making sure that the stories we go to publish have no grammatical mistakes, typos or misspellings.
  5. 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.
  6. You will need to have Microsoft Word and be willing and able to use the Track Changes feature when editing and commenting on documents.
  7. You will need to agree to the Terms of Service for FFP.
  8. You will need to read and use our FFP Manuscript Style Guide.
  9. You will need to create and maintain a profile on our site to have access to the listings of works to be proofed, etc.

If this works for you, please fill out the following application and send it via email to We look forward to working with you.

D.M. Atkins, Publisher

Copy and include in your email:


Your Legal Name:

Your account name on

(Keep in mind we credit using account names, so use the name you want credited. You must have the account set up before applying for the volunteer position.)

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 Age:

Your Email:

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

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?

Are you primarily a Proofreader (grammar, spelling, typos), or are you also a Line Editor (wording, sentence structure) and/or a Story Editor (story structure, character development)?

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?

Tell us any three errors currently in our site content (written by staff and/or authors) and get bonus points.

[This post last revised 8/12/2016.]