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 lived 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.
- Queer Muslim representation.
- Moroccan, Arab, Amazighi representation.
- Moroccan culture, history, politics, social issues.
- Languages: Arabic, Amazighi (Soussi) and French.
- Anxiety, PTSD.
- Chronic Pain.
In addition to that, I am a medical student so I can help fact-check any medical content you may have in your manuscript.
“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 area stated above: 0.007$ per word.
- For two areas the stated above: 0.008$ per word. (Queer Muslim included here).
- For three or more of the areas stated above: 0.009$ per word.
- Anything less than 10000 words goes for the fixed fee of 10000 words (70, 80 or 90$)
These prices include a full, careful read of your work after which you will get a 1 to 2 pages long editorial letter with my general thoughts, revision suggestions and eventual specific lines that can be offensive or cause harm. I will also answer any questions you have after reading through my letter. Note that my sensitivity read is in no way an endorsement of your work. Once we’re done, I might ask you for a testimonial (a few words or sentences) to add to this page.
These are much more targeted and specific and do not involve me reading the whole manuscript. Consultations are for when you have questions about any of the representations stated above that are involved in your work or if you need me to take a look at specific parts or paragraphs of your work.
The price for this specific offer is 50$ for 3 questions to be answered in as many emails as you need, then 10$ a question above that. 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 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 20% 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 on your manuscript is done. Refunds will not be possible once my work starts.
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.
“I hired Fadwa as a sensitivity reader for a contemporary YA novel and I can’t recommend her more highly. Her notes were immensely helpful and thoughtful, directing me toward scenes and sentences that needed tightening and more careful review. Despite previously working with several sensitivity readers, Fadwa honed in on minute details and nuanced phrasing that others had missed, helping me avoid inadvertently harmful rep. She also provided a careful reading of the rest of the manuscript, picking up a few errors outside her purview. She was a delight to work with and is worth every penny!” — Nadine Jolie Courtney, author of All-American Muslim Girl.
“Fadwa consulted on my book Wild Beauty, and her comments, insights, and recommendations helped me refine how a main character and his family came across on the page. Her feedback was specific and thorough, and she was wonderful to work with. I’m so grateful for her help with Wild Beauty!” —Anna-Marie McLemore, author of When the Moon Was Ours & Blanca y Roja.
“I worked with Fadwa on my debut novel, Running with Lions. She was very professional as well as insightful and kind about the book. Her turnaround was extremely fast as was her response to any follow-up questions. The feedback she provided was immensely helpful, enabling me to fully develop an important character’s background and his storyline. Working with her was a writer’s dream. I will definitely recommend her in the future!” — Julian Winters, author of Running with Lions.
“I am so grateful to Fadwa for her feedback on an early draft of This Time Will Be Different. She gently corrected some misconceptions I had written into the manuscript, and her thoughtful, thorough commentary not only helped me to create a more accurate, fully realized character on the page, but opened up to up plot possibilities that made the novel much stronger. I highly recommend Fadwa and her work to anyone who needs a sensitivity reader!” — Misa Sugiura, author of It’s Not like it’s a Secret & This time will be different.
“Fadwa was a joy to work with; she responded quickly to all my emails and had a very quick turnaround on the manuscript. She also had very helpful and insightful notes, along with great suggestions on things to work on and other books to read that might help. I highly recommend working with her!” — Alexandra Overy, author.
“I hired Fadwa to do a sensitivity read on a middle-grade, highly illustrated biography of Malala that I was editing. I cannot recommend her highly enough! She was very thorough in her review and offered great suggestions to sentences and phrases that needed to be clarified or refined. The write-up that she sent was so helpful, and the book ended up stronger because of her insights. Additionally, she was able to work with my schedule and get me feedback quickly, which was much appreciated because we were working on quite a tight deadline. I would definitely recommend her for sensitivity reads. She’s so lovely to work with and does a great job!” — Emily Daluga, Assistant Editor at Abrams Books for Young Readers
“I worked with Fadwa on my debut middle-grade novel, The Unexpected Tale of Bastien Bonlivre, and it was a delight from start to finish. She read the complete manuscript and offered me brilliant insights, which were essential in giving my character, Sami, a much more distinct, authentic voice. Fadwa was extremely quick in her turnaround time and responses, especially during such an unstable, uncertain period! She was professional and friendly and an absolute pleasure to work with. She also went above and beyond, helping me with the finer details of character and place…and as a result, I’ve been spending lockdown time attempting warqa pastry to make almond Briouates! I would absolutely recommend Fadwa to any writer.”— Clare Povey, author of The Unexpected Tale of Bastien Bonlivre
“For a manuscript that is #ownvoices by conventional standards, Fadwa offered outstanding notes on its cross-cultural issues. She saw things I didn’t, and communicated them with clarity and positivity. I’m thrilled with the changes she helped to bring about.” — Jeff Gottesfeld, author of The Tree in the Courtyard & No Steps Behind