What does a sensitivity reader do?
As a sensitivity reader, I read your manuscript specifically concentrating on the representation of marginalised characters. My goal is to help you avoid offensive or prejudiced content that may hurt marginalised readers if they come across your book. Please remember that marginalised people are not a hivemind, and no sensitivity reader can catch every hurtful thing – while I do my best to help you, I cannot make your book perfect, and using a sensitivity reader is not a “get out of jail free” card for writing offensive content.
(For more information, visit Writing in the Margins.)
Areas of expertise:
- Hungarian (includes translation/language help)
- Bilingual / English as a second language
(Note: While I identify as nonbinary, I am still figuring things out when it comes to this part of myself. I will not be taking requests to read specifically for nonbinary representation, but I might comment if I’m reading your book for another aspect and it has nonbinary characters.)
If you hire me, I will read your work and write you a 1-3 page letter commenting on the treatment of the above marginalised characters, including both positive and negative observations. I will also answer your questions, offer possible solutions, and depending on the length I will read your edited/improved scenes at no additional cost.
The prices for sensitivity reading depend on how many of the above aspects you need me to check. I am also willing to negotiate discounts in specific cases, e.g. if you’re self-published, a marginalised writer, a teen, and possible other cases – feel free to e-mail me and ask, and I’ll see what I can do. Thus, the prices below are only estimates.
- Anything over 60k words: $200-300
- Between 30k and 60k: $150-200
- Under 30k: $50-100
- Individual scenes: case-by-case, depends on length
Similarly to my review policy, I prefer reading Young Adult and New Adult books, but I might accept Middle Grade books as well. I accept any genre except erotica and horror, but my favourites are sci-fi and fantasy.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the above services. Please include details about your work such as word count, genre, a synopsis, and what character(s)/aspect(s) I would need to concentrate on. I will e-mail you back within 1-3 days.