As the conversation around diversity grows more important, writers become more and more aware of the importance of accurate representation, especially when writing outside of their own identity, culture and religion whether it is for main or secondary characters. That’s where sensitivity readers come in, to help writers avoid offensive content in their writing.
Since I’ve been approached lately to read through some works for issues and biases that the authors can miss, I decided to add it as a permanent service on my blog. I’m offering two different ways: Sensitivity reading for the whole book and Consultations. To know more about one or two of them, read below and if you think any can work for you, feel free to contact me. Note that for both services , I can only accept finished manuscripts or ones in their final editing stages, as I do not offer editing services.
Note that the following will be from personal experience, and as every person experiences things differently and no minority is a monolith, my sensitivity read is in no way a foolproof guarantee, but I will do my best to spot problematic and hurtful content.
- Muslim representation.
- Moroccan people, culture, dialects, etc…
- Languages: Arabic, Amazighi (Soussi) and French.
- Sexual Assault (especially on kids).
In addition to that, I am a 3rd year medical student so I can help fact-check some medical content you may have in your manuscript. Know that I’m still at the start of my training, my knowledge is limited. For now, I can help with all the basic knowledge, physiology, anatomy, symptomatology, dermatology and radiology. As I progress, I’ll be updating this page with more areas I can proof-read for.
“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.” – Writing in the Margins
- For one or two of the areas stated above: 0.003$ per word.
- For more than two of the areas stated above: 0.004$ per word.
These prices include a full, careful read of your work after which you will get a 1 to 2 pages long editorial letter with my general thoughts, revision suggestions and eventual specific lines that can be offensive or cause harm.
These are much more targeted and specific and do not involve me reading the whole manuscript. Consultations are for when you have questions about any of the representations stated above that are involved in your work or if you need me to take a look at specific parts or paragraphs of your work.
The price for this specific offer is 50$ for as many emails as you need for your questions to be answered. Note that, when paragraphs of the books are involved, these prices may vary depending on how big the parts you need me to advise you on are.
My services extend to Middle-Grade, Young-Adult, New-Adult and Adult books of the following genres:
- Science – fiction
- Historical Fiction
Be sure to send all the details, general (a synopsis, the word count, genre…) and ones you feel can be useful to my sensitivity read. As well as possible deadlines I should take into considerations and links to your social media profile(s). We can discuss options and such before committing to anything, especially the turnaround time as that will be influenced by my schedule and the length of your manuscript. You should know that December-January as well as April-May are my busiest months so my responses during those may take a bit longer.
If you are a student (high-school, college or otherwise) -with proof- you get 25% off of my services. And if you cannot afford full prices, email me anyway, I am very understanding and I’m sure we can work something out to suit the both of us.
Due to location, I can only accept Paypal payments of which I will ask half in advance and the other half once my work with you is done. Refunds will not be possible once my work starts because sensitivity reading takes a lot of time and energy and I cannot get those back.
If you feel like any of my services can work for you email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This being said, I cannot accept all manuscripts mainly due to timing issues -I am a full time student and have other responsibilities, but it can also be due to compatibility. In any case you will get an email reply in 2-3 working days.