Services

QUERY CRITIQUES

I offer query critiques for $25 (this includes review of 1 revision after the initial critique).

If you’re looking for a place to workshop your query, I’d recommend agentqueryconnect.com, which is free.

I offer free query critiques around the time of #DVPit for marginalized writers only.

 

SENSITIVITY READING

Sensitivity readers educate writers about how their work may reinforce stereotypical or unrealistic ideas of marginalized groups in society. Good sensitivity readers have an understanding of the way representation in media acts as an extension of racist, sexist, homophobic, 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.

I offer sensitivity reads in the following areas of representation:

 

Black American – This includes commentary on character description, stereotypical character qualities, harmful tropes, accurate representation of African-American Vernacular English and Black culture (especially Southern Black culture).

Gay – With special attention to stereotypical character qualities, harmful tropes, realities of sex, LGBTQ+ culture and slang.

ADHD, depression, and social anxiety – With special attention to thought processes and the ways these illnesses impede typical brain function and daily life. I have experience with the following medications: Lexapro, Paxil, Klonopin, and Wellbutrin.

Please note that 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.

PRICING

$100 for manuscripts of 1,000-15,000 words.

$150 for manuscripts of 15,000-30,000 words.

$200 for manuscripts of 30,000-50,000 words.

$250 for manuscripts of 50,000-80,000 words.

$300 for manuscripts of 80,000-100,000 words.

If your book straddles one of these ranges, it’s the lower price. I accept payment through PayPal and Venmo. If interested in a query critique or sensitivity read, contact me at ryandouglassw@gmail.com.