If you read my blog, you know I care about books, and about diverse representation in those books. I also believe that writers can and will create characters outside their own experiences, not only for their own benefit but in service of a more realistic story that shows a variety of people with different backgrounds and identities, like people have in the real world. To that end, I’m offering my services as a sensitivity reader (and/or editor, if you so desire).
What’s a Sensitivity Reader?
A sensitivity reader is a person you hire to read your novel manuscript (or short story, article, screenplay, whatever) and give you feedback on representation issues, based on their perspective as a member of the community in question. This is generally applied to diversity issues (race, sexuality, etc.) but you might also ask someone to give feedback based on their experiences working in a given profession or living in a certain area.
Writing in the Margins explains the idea in more detail and maintains a list of readers, where I will soon be listed. It’s fine to contact me directly, you don’t have to go through them, but feel free to shop around for readers who suit your work. Lots of people want near-complete manuscripts, but I’m flexible on that and I’ve included super cheap options for answering questions or just reading individual scenes if you feel like you need a second opinion right away!
All of the above is the same intro you’ll find on my new page, also located under “About” in the menu, but go there for more details and pricing!