Position Vacant: Beta Reader (Voluntary)


Love reading? Can you offer constructive support? Would you like the opportunity to support many amazing authors?

If you answer yes to the above questions, we'd love to hear from you. 


  • Offer constructive feedback to the author prior to publication.

  • Identify errors or issues where possible.

  • Provide a running commentary regarding character interaction or plot evolvement. 

Applicants must:

  • Meet deadlines (usual turnaround is 7 days for a full-length novel)

  • Agree to our nondisclosure agreement

  • Have a keen interest in romance and other fiction genres


All interested applicants, please email Donna with the subject: Beta Reader Position at betas@hottreepublishing.com . Include the following with your application:


  • Details of beta experience (though experience is not essential).

  • A brief overview of why you would welcome the opportunity to take on this role and join the Hot Tree team.


Position CLOSED: Final-Eyes Reader (Paid)


At Hot Tree Editing, we use the term final-eyes reader to describe an individual who is competent and well versed in the English language and all that entails. It is a position for individuals to practice and perfect their editing skills, with the aim of gaining experience to potentially one day become an editor.

Final-eyes readers are assigned a Hot Tree Editing mentor (an experienced senior editor), who will support and guide them.

A final-eyes reader will in many ways carry out the same tasks as a proofreader. It is essential, however, that they call upon the skills and knowledge of their mentor as often as necessary. We need final-eyes readers to be proactive researchers in order to develop their own knowledge base and to clarify rules of the English language and editing.


Applicants must:

  • Be familiar with US, AU, CA, and UK English spellings.

  • Be familiar with The Chicago Manual of Style or willing to access and familiarize themselves.

  • Have a minimum of beta reading experience.

  • Have an excellent understanding of English grammar rules.

  • Have a keen eye for detail.

  • Love reading.

  • Have a genuine willingness to learn and develop existing skills.

  • Meet deadlines.

  • Be willing to complete a final-eyes sample.


All interested applicants, please email Becky with the subject: Final-Eyes Reader Position at edit@hottreepublishing.com. Include the following with your application:

  • Details of beta, proofing, editing experience.

  • An outline of courses and education.

  • A brief overview of why you would welcome the opportunity to take on this role and join the Hot Tree Editing team.

  • The contact details of a minimum of three authors who we are to contact for references.


Please feel free to include any other relevant details.


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