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 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 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, and my perspective is colored with a brush that is more economically privileged than many members of my community.

Gay – This comes with commentary on stereotypical portrayals, harmful tropes, realities of sex, LGBTQ+ culture and slang.

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.

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, Venmo, CashApp, or direct deposit. If interested in a query critique or sensitivity read, contact me at ryandouglassw@gmail.com.