A sensitivity read-through, with diversity insight, of works up to 60,000 words.
What is a Sensitivity Reader?
A sensitivity reader reads through a manuscript for issues of representation and for instances of bias on the page. The goal of a sensitivity reader isn’t to edit a manuscript clarity and logic, although that may be an additional service offered. A sensitivity reader reviews a manuscript for internalized bias and negatively charged language. A sensitivity reader is there to help make sure you do not make a mistake, but they are also NOT a guarantee against making a mistake…
Sensitivity readers can help you identify problematic language and internalized bias on the page when writing outside of your experiences. This is not a guarantee that others will not have issues with your work. But it is a way to attempt to catch and correct high level issues prior to submission or publication. – From Write in the Margins
What I offer:
As a minority of marginalized minorities, tap into my unique insight and education for your novels, scripts, or even your nonfiction!
I’ll conduct a sensitivity reading on your work, paying special attention to diversity, dynamic characters, trauma-informed approach, accuracy in detail (such as in sex or biology), stereotypes/tropes, and more.
Topics I’m partial to:
- queerness (in any sense of the word but especially bisexuality, genderqueerness, asexual and aromantic folks!)
- intersex/sexual variation
- people of color/Black people
- erotica/arotica (as in aromantic or asexual)
- disability (especially chronic pain)/mental illness/neurodivergence
- trauma or metanoia
Even if you don’t see your topic listed, rest assured my interests are legion. If you have any questions about whether or not I’ll be interested in doing a sensitivity reading for your work, please contact me here.
Why I set this price:
I am fairly rare and one hell of a bird. As such, my time and labor are in high demand. I can give input on an extremely wide variety of topics, identities, and experiences that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere in one reader!
If you are a person of some relative privilege, please check out our Pay it Forward pricing; you can help a marginalized author receive my services!
In the event that you are a multiply-marginalized person, fret not! Contact me with your circumstances and I can offer you an individualized plan.
*Note: This rate applies for works starting at 25,000 and up to 60,000 words. Services such as proofreading, formatting, editing, internal logic, consideration for longer works, etc are available as extras. Please allow up to 30 days for turnaround. I expect to receive the completed work within 3 days of accepting payment. The 30 days for turnaround begins from the date I receive the project, and may be adjusted by agreement in the event of extenuating circumstances.