Sensitivity Reading

EDITING SERVICES
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WHAT IS A SENSITIVITY READER?

A sensitivity reader is a reader who analyses your manuscript to ensure accurate representation of a certain marginalized group to which the author does not belong. This includes searching for stereotypes, insensitive language, cultural inaccuracies, and areas in need of more research or development. They then provide options to remedy these areas and help your book become more accurate and inclusive, thus making it appeal to a larger audience.

WHAT CREDENTIALS DOES THE FEEDBACK HAVE?

Readers are generally drawing from their own life experiences or those of family or friends to provide this feedback.  While sensitivity readers can help you avoid mistakes in representation, every reader has had different experiences, so none of us are a 100% guarantee that your book will please everyone. 

That said, I will work my hardest to ensure your work is free of any glaring controversy or insensitivity. 

WHAT CAN YOU HELP ME WITH?

I can offer a variety of perspectives on portrayals of various disabilities including:

  • Cerebral Palsy 

  • Down Syndrome 

  • Autism

  • Epilepsy 

  • Speech Impediments

  • The functionality of a person in both a manual and power wheelchair.

  • The discrimination those with disabilities face when getting jobs, going to school, raising families, dating etc.

Abuse:

  • I read for emotional abuse only 

Sexuality:

  • I mostly read for the accuracy of same-sex relationships as well as lesbian, bisexual, demisexual, and pan representation

  • Discovering your identity 

Extra-Curricular​:

  • I am a big musical theatre nerd, having done theatre actively from age 10 until I was a sophomore in high school, so I am very familiar with that subculture.

  • I also wrote fanfiction and did fan art for four years in several fandoms while in college, so I can speak to the realism of fandom interaction and trends as well.