Sensitivity readers educate writers about how their work may reinforce stereotypical or unrealistic ideas of marginalized groups in society.
Good sensitivity readers understand the ways representation in media acts as an extension of racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, and/or ableist power structures.
I am not here to tell you what to write; only to educate you on if your work may offend people of the marginalized groups of which I am a part, and to bring awareness to harmful tropes that negatively exacerbate implicit biases toward my communities.
I offer a one-page letter of general reactions to the representation and, if necessary, in-depth explanation of the ways in which any material in the text may re-enforce harmful stigma. I will also note the positives in the representation.
I offer sensitivity reads in the following areas of representation, and can look at all of these areas in a single read:
Black American – Typically this comes with commentary on character description, stereotypical character portrayals, harmful tropes, dialect critique (African-American Vernacular English and slang in Black culture). Note: I grew up middle class in a suburb outside the city of Atlanta, so my perspective is colored with that brush.
Gay – This comes with commentary on stereotypical portrayals, harmful tropes, realities of sex, LGBTQ+ culture and slang.
Mental Health (ADHD, depression, and social anxiety) – This commentary is based on my singular experience dealing with these mental illnesses. Commentary includes thought processes and the ways these illnesses impede typical brain function, social interaction, and daily life. I have experience with the following medications: Lexapro, Paxil, Klonopin, and Wellbutrin.
Again, I am only one person with one experience and a limited understanding of what it means to live with all of the above. I’d encourage you to hire multiple sensitivity readers to achieve complete authenticity.
$200 for manuscripts of 1k-30k words.
$250 for manuscripts of 30k-60k words.
$300 for manuscripts of 60k-90k words.
$350 for manuscripts of 90k-120k words.
If your book straddles one of these ranges, it’s the lower price. I accept payment through PayPal, Venmo, CashApp, or direct deposit. If interested in a query critique or sensitivity read, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.