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NameInterested in (Ex: YA, SFF, erotica, etc.)Qualifications (any qualifications you may have)Contact information (email address)Pricing Plan for Sensitivity ReadsReferences Available?Area of Expertise 1Area of Expertise 2Area of Expertise 3Area of Expertise 4Area of Expertise 5Please Discuss in Depth Your Areas of Expertise Here
A'ishah Amatullahromance, YA, SFF, women's fiction, literary fiction, Anal FistingI have experience as a disability justice and anti-trafficking activist, and as an editor. I have done sensitivity reads for Harlequin in the past.amatullah.aishah@gmail.comNoDisabilityMental HealthClassrelijunLGBTQIAP+I'm a queer disabled Muslim woman and have experience working in diverse communities around gender, sexuality, class, disability, and faith.
AC AdamsFantasy and sub-genres (especially magic realism, dark fantasy, military fantasy, and secondary world fantasy), soft sci fi, historical fiction, LGBTQ, some literary fiction, genre mashups. MG/YA/NA/A are all fine. Also, love unreliable narrators, non-romantic/non-sexual relationships, and intricately clever worldbuilding and characterisation that turn tropes upside-down.Life experience; 10+ years of novel writing; numerous projects with, for, and by people belonging to marginalised groups; years of$200 for works up to 100k words in length; $250 for works over 100k words; +$100 for editorial comments (details to be agreed upon on case-to-case basis); +$50 for query and/or pitch critique (up to three passes)NoLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthOtherrelijunLGBTQ+ — especially non-binary genders, grey-/demi-/pan-/asexuality and grey-/demi-/pan-/aromanticism.
Mental Health — personality disorders (especially, but not limited to, cluster B); being a queer person with a diagnosis; depression; self harm; anxiety (including panic attacks); suicidal thoughts; dissociation and depersonalisation; living on mood stabilisers.
Other — unhealthy and abusive relationships (esp. non-romantic/non-sexual ones), with focus on either the abused or the abused; disordered eating (without an ED diagnosis); womb twin survivor (being an only child; knowing/feeling a twin should've existed); migraines, sunlight sensitivity, insomnia; polyamory; working in the Arts as a queer person with a MH diagnosis; other correlations of the aforementioned things.
Adam B.Young Adult, Fantasy, Superheroes, Science Fiction, Mythology, Erotica, Horror, Thriller, Ghost Stories, Mystery, Whodunnits, Drama, Angst, Fluff, MG, Graphic Novels, Children's books, LGBT/queer fiction anything related to comics and manga, etc.BA in English, written for publications like PopWrapped, self-published, self-taught artist, podcaster, life experiences, copious research,$350 starting point, negotiable depending on length of project.YesRaceLGBTQIAP+DisabilityClassRace: Black (Somali-Canadian, second generation + child of Somali immigrants)/African-Canadian, but grew up in the southern States). Has experience with immigration and the struggles of trying to adjust to a new world, as well as the struggles of being a Person of Colour, especially a black person, in a world where Blackness is regarded as an ugly and vile thing at the very bottom of the racial hierarchy where "white is right" and black is the last thing anyone wants to be. Lots of experience with micro and macro aggressions, from white people and non-black People of Colour.

LGBTQ+: Gay (closeted due to home environment) and fear of changes with family and relationships with friends and others. Lots of self-loathing and nightmares about coming out or wishing I wasn't gay but straight instead, and learning to accept who I am as a person even if other people aren't ready to handle my truth.

Disability: ADHD, executive dysfunction, a severe inability to focus or stay on task and the lowered quality of life because of that and the stress it produces.

Mental health: long-lasting depression (for years and to this day), severe anxiety (and constantly overthinking and getting myself into trouble or putting myself in a bad mood even if I was in a good mood moments before).

Class: Grew up lower-middle class, moved around a lot because of it, and am still in poverty, surviving with my family through welfare checks. At the time of this writing, I am employed but the bills still stack up and stress over that and school and keeping a roof over our heads is still very much an issue.

Religion: Muslim (Sunni), and having to deal with Islamophobia, and the antiblackness within the Muslim community is a mind-boggling trip. Whether it's because I'm Muslim and gay, or Somali and Canadian, having to balance the duality of seemingly-irreconcilable and mutually-exclusive identities, having to balance the culture of my ethnicity with the culture of my nationality, these are my reality and thus I am experts on them.

I also have experience with being a beta reader; I've been commissioned several times as a Sensitivity Reader through this very reference form (Thanks Justine!), and am a freelance, self-taught artist, who is also learning to do podcasts and expand my artistic horizons to include graphic design and photography. Any creative need, I am the one to call!
Al RosenbergYA, SFF, erotica, historical fiction, literatureDirector of communications, degree in philosophy, years of experience as a sensitivity editorRosenberg.alexandra.c@gmail.comFor first novels I charge $300 per topic, up to 100,000 words with a 30 day turnaround. If it is not a first novel, please add $100. Each additional topic, or additional 25,000 words adds $50. If you need a faster return, each week faster adds $75.YesLGBTQIAP+DisabilityReligionOtherLGBTQIA+: I am a queer woman very involved in organizing queer community. I sensitivity edit about queer, bi, and lesbian characters.

Disability & Illness (other): I have intimate knowledge of progressive physical disability and chronic illness, and have also served as a primary caretaker for others in those communities. (I do not sensitivity edit about mental disabilities or cancer.)

Religion: Judaism. I was raised a Conservadox Jew and now practice Conservative/Reform Judaism. I keep kosher and work for a Jewish nonprofit organization.
Alaina EvansYA, SFF, Romance, Literary Fiction, NAB.S. in Art & Design with Honors. Masters coursework in Film Studies. Life experience with anxiety and depression including counseling and$.004 per wordNoMental HealthClassReligionLGBTQIAP+OtherI am a white, heteroromantic asexual woman. I'm lower middle class and 25 years old. I was born, raised, and currently live in a rural city in South Carolina. I have been diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder and Depression for which I take medication for. I can read for atheist, mental health, southern, asexual, young adult, and fat representations.
Alejandra OlivaYA, adult (esp. literary), MGI have about a year of sensitivity reading for major houses, as well as spending several years within the publishing industry itself. I'm a graduate student in religion, and have spent a great deal of time facilitating workshops about identity, power & privilege, so I'm able to pick up on a lot of things, and communicate about them clearly and$250 for standard read, 1 month turnaround.YesRaceLGBTQIAP+ReligionMental HealthOtherI am a Latinx, bi, cis woman who is a daughter of immigrants, but I feel like I read particularly well not only for characters who share my identities, but also for ensemble casts with characters that hold different identities, particularly along the lines of race, and queerness. I also know a great deal about immigration from Central and Latin America, including DACA and the asylum process.
Alexandra SebőkYA, MG, SFF, fantasyEnglish BA degree, LGBTQAI+ volunteernellielavellan@gmail.comNoLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthOtherI am biromantic asexual. I also struggle with depression and anxiety. Moreover, I can help with writing Hungarian characters, including names or translation.
Alison EvansYA, SFF, general queer fictionI am an award-winning YA novelist. I studied a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a focus on queer YA.alisonevanssmith@gmail.comMinimum $350, price to be discussed for each projectYesLGBTQIAP+I am a bisexual non-binary person. I have written numerous characters with a variety of queer identities, including bisexual characters, genderqueer characters, trans men, trans women, asexual characters, aromantic characters.
Alyssa Keiko (AK)SFF, Contemporary, Romance (Adult/YA)Straight Up Legit Crazyalyssakeiko@gmail.comYesRaceLGBTQIAP+DisabilityMental HealthI'm biracial Japanese/white in the US, AFAB genderqueer/nonbinary bisexual/gay with ADHD, depression/anxiety.
Amber BrownYA and MG (any genre); adult sci-fi/fantasy/dystopia/magical realism (no horror)MA in Publishing & Editing with a kidlit concentration; 2 yrs' experience developmental and copyediting; articles and reviews regarding various literary topics; bookseller for the past 6 years so bonus handselling$200 for up to 70k words; can discuss for longer works; $35-75 for short stories, essays, articles, picture book copy depending on length (negotiable, additional services offered)Not yetLGBTQIA (I am a bisexual cis woman with a trans-nonbinary partner)mental health (mainly anxiety, depression, ADD, abuse)Rural and/or Southern settings
Amelia CoombsYA in the contemporary realm is my bread and butter, but also mystery, thriller, humor, and SFF. Also willing to look at women's fiction and middle grade.BA in English, MFA in Creative writing, freelance editor, plus life experience in my areas of expertise.ameliaeditsYA@gmail.comGeneral pricing plan is .008/word, but negotiable, so please contact to discuss your work and the most appropriate rate for what you're looking for.NoMental HealthDisabilityOtherMental Health: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, particularly Purely Obsessional. Major Depressive Disorder, social anxiety, suicide, suicidal ideation, siblings with mental illness, alcoholism, drug addiction, different therapies (i.e. talk therapy, CBT, ERP) and the many medicinal therapies available for such disorders. Disability: ADD, dysgraphia, auditory processing disorder, chronic illnesses. Other: Emotionally abusive and manipulative relationships (romantically) and toxic/dysfunctional family dynamics.
Amelia Menzelliterary fiction, short fiction, creative non-fiction, longform non-fiction, YA, SFF, technical writingB.A. in Philosophy, 4.5 years experience as a freelance copywriter and 3 years experience as a copy editoramelia.j.menzel@gmail.comflat rate of $75.00 for works less than 10,000 words in length, additional $0.005 per word over 10,000YesLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthReligionOtherOtherI'm a Jewish lesbian trans woman of intersex experience, I have personal experience with and can assist you in addressing the following: gay and lesbian issues, transgender/transsexual/transfeminine issues, intersex issues, Jewish issues and Judaism, minority experiences in academia, discrimination in healthcare, and mental health concerns including PTSD and ADD/ADHD
Anah TillarLiterary, Fantasy (urban, contemporary, high, light), Mythology, Science-fiction (particularly space operas/adventures), Horror, Short Stories, Superhero, Magical Realism, Mystery/Thriller, Heists, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, AdultI am a black bisexual woman with a BA in English and a Minor in Writing from the University of Northern Colorado. I am the former Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Crucible literary magazine and the Co-founder of Paperweight Editorial. Past sensitivity reads for publishers like HarperCollins and Macmillan. For more details see: paperweighteditorials@gmail.comFlat fee of $250 for manuscripts 20k-50k and $300 for manuscripts 60k-100k. 30-day turnaround. $25/week for a faster turnaround. Please email for word counts higher or lower than the range listed. Discount available for undergraduate and graduate students. NoRaceLGBTQIAP+I specialize in the following:
• Race: Black female experience. Specifically, that of a dark-skinned black American woman. I am adept at evaluating blackness regarding hair care, higher education, geekery/fandom, sexuality, makeup, and microaggressions. I also have experience growing up as the only black person and POC in overwhelmingly white spaces (often referred to as an “oreo” and “one of the good ones.”) I can also provide expertise on black characters immersed in marching band, orchestra, and choir.

• LGBTQIAP+: I identify as bisexual (previously pansexual) and I have a lot experience with sexual fluidity and slowly coming to understand my orientation.
Andrew PattersonYA, SFF, Rom, Erotica, ContempLife experiencesapatterson@dyadicechoes.comFull: $200. Partials: NegotiableNoMental HealthClassDisabilityReligionOtherLearning Disability (Dysnomia). Anxiety. Depression. Poverty. Abuse Survivor. Suicide. Self-Harm. Substance abuse (Parental). Catholicism/Episcopalian.
Ashley MitchellYA, SFF, Romance, Literary Fiction, EroticaI have a bachelors degree in psychology with a double minor in English and African American Studies. I have worked in publishing for 3years and have been a sensitivity reader for half a dozen novels (mostly SFF, YA, and Literary). I am currently an occasional reviewer of title submissions for Book of the Month, where I also work as a marketing manager. Previously, I was a Beta reader for the YA series "The Legacy" by Necole Ryse, and interned for 6 months with Literary Agent Linda Langton, where I read submissions for review and possible representation by Linda.ashleyrymitchell@gmail.comStandard manuscript and turnaround time of one month -$275 . For all others, available upon request.YesRaceClassMental HealthReligionOtherI am am a black American woman, but also identify as afro Latina (my mother is a first generation Puerto-Rican American). I am comfortable reading and editing topics surround racism, black female experience, afro Latina experiences, and colorism. I am also comfortable with stories that tackle interracial relationships (romantic, friendship and familial) and speak to dismantling racism, white privilege + white supremacy. I am comfortable critiquing stories that deal with feminism, mental illness ( my family has a history of depression and bipolar disorder, and I have depression and GAD), abuse (I am a physical, emotional and sexual abuse survivor), poverty (I grew up impoverished), and stories about first generation college students (first in my family to go, first to graduate). Though not my area of expertise, I have edited stories featuring LGBTQIA+ characters, and am happy to assist with that as well, especially Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and sexually fluid characters.
Ava MortierYA, MGExperience in offering paid beta and sensitivity reads. Life experiences related to being a queer woman. Experience in blogging and reviewing for 4+ years.Bookishnessandtea@gmail.com200$ for manuscripts under 100k words, 250$ for manuscripts over 100k words.YesLGBTQIAP+I sensitivity read for bisexual, biromantic, pansexual, panromantic, wlw, and aromantic spectrum representation. This comes from years of being a queer woman who has identified with all of the above labels. Testimonials and more information are available on my site:
BA FabianAll, though specialize in children's books through YA, and adult mystery, romance, and literary fictionBA in English (Children's Literature) & Anthropology (Native American studies), MFA in Writing Literature for Children, 10+ years in the book industry, and am currently a writer$250 for basic read-through up to 100k words; $300 for 100k+ words; fees for structural editing/copy editing can be discussed.YesLGBTQIAP+RaceClassReligionOtherAs I mentioned under qualifications, I have a BA in English (Children's Literature) & Anthropology (Native American studies), an MFA in Writing Literature for Children, 10+ years in the book industry, and am currently a writer myself. I am also a bookseller, have worked in a children's literature library, have 3.5 years experience in publishing (editing, sales, marketing), am a former English Lit/Creative Writing instructor, and am a former ESL student AND as an adult an ESL tutor. In terms of personal life experience: I'm an out member of the LGBTQ+ community (bisexual woman married to another woman), was raised in a Jewish-Catholic-Shinto household in Japan, Brazil, and the United States, I'm an immigrant both to (from Japan) and from the United States (to New Zealand), grew up economically disadvantaged until my teens, come from a mixed-race, mixed-ethnicity family (Native, Caucasian, Brazilian), and continue to study culture/ethnicity identity formation academically. I also am a member of a book industry diversity task force.
Barbara JC MuschAllProfessional artist, with personal experience with bipolar disorder (including disability job discrimination in a corporate studio), stigma and medication. Experience with my spouse's chronic illness -- diabetes, kidney transplant, strokes and minor brain surgery. Also, my sister's congestive heart failure and later transplant, and further life experience with depression (as teen and adult) and with< 10k words = $5 per page; 10k to 30k words = $175; 30k to 60k words = $200; 60k to 100k words = $250NoDisabilityMental HealthOtherOtherOtherCHRONIC ILLNESS, both patient and caregiver experiences; living with invisible illness (mental illness, diabetes, immunosuppression, mild stroke, severe heart disease in young mother). Hospital stays, emergency room visits for chronic illness. Biases and molding a life around chronic and invisible illness.

ORGAN TRANSPLANT (my spouse's live-donor kidney, my sister's wait-list heart); the diagnosis, the wait, the procedure, the aftermath, dealing with immunosuppression, side-effects, recovery expectations, money, travel concerns, and life-changes. Living dependant on medication.

MENTAL ILLNESS: DEPRESSION (as teen and adult), suicide ideation (pre-teen [age 10], teen, adult), BIPOLAR DISORDER (primarily as adult), therapy experiences, medication and side-effects, stigma, living dependent on medication. Also JOB: the prevalence and affect of mental illness in creative fields, creative professionals, working with neurotypical and non-neurotypical peers, and disability job discrimination related to mental illness.

CREATIVE JOB FIELDS: corporate design studio, freelance design, traditional fine art, atelier study, portrait painting. Dynamics in creative professional groups, and between creatives and corporate. Also high prevalence of depression/mental illness in creative professional groups. Art supplies, processes, techniques.

INFERTILITY, the “treatment-roller-coaster”, artificial insemination, egg and sperm donation, infertility grief, stigma, emotional recovery. Child-free couples; suburban married life; owning pets.
Bella GarrettAny GenreI read and write as a hobby, and am learning Russian and
$85 for 15k - 45k. $175 for 45k - 100k + $25 for every additonal 15,000 words. Pieces shorter than 15k are negotiable.
NoLGBTQIAP+Race Mental HealthI am a Russian-American, bisexual demisexual teenager. I am in highschool, and therefore I understand very well anything that would happen within that setting. I and many people I know have struggled with different aspects of mental health
Bethany C. MorrowYA, SF, Magical Realism, Literary, Romance, ThrillerAuthor; Editorial intern with a publisher; Honors English sub; BA Sociology, graduate coursework in Clinical$300 base rateYesRaceOtherOtherReligionDisabilityBlack Female experience (incl. motherhood, higher education, international travel, sisterhood/sibling dynamics, etc); BWWM Interracial relationship; International Baccalaureate high school experience (other accelerated education programs); Black perspective on Christianity; Invisible disability (specifically Sickle Trait Disorder); Performance culture (Marching Band, Drill Team, Clarinet Ensemble, Dance, etc);
Beto O'ByrneDramatic Scripts (plays, teleplays, screenplays); fantasy and science fiction (novels and short stories); Young Adult; open to many forms.Anti-racism training with the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion training with ArtEquity; Extended research and training with collaborations with organizations promoting people of color and their artforms, such as the Latinx Theatre Commons, La Cooperativa of Latinx Theatre Artists of NYC, The Movement Theatre Company, Radical Evolution Performance Collective (focused on mixed-race stories and representations), and more.betoobyrne@gmail.comnegotiable and on a sliding scaled depending on the project and the time commitment.NoRaceClassReligionLGBTQIAP+I will be most useful to you in identifying areas of bias in your writing (we all have them!) in when comes to representations of race, ethnicity; gender, and class issues, as well as the other traditional area of social location - Nationhood and Citizenship Status; Religion; Sexuality; and Ability (physical and mental). I co-founded a company that focuses stories about the representations of Mixed-Race, bicultural people, and the multicultural experience, and can work with you to explore those nuances as well, all from from a professional standpoint and my own lived experience.
Blake FlournoyYA, MG, SFF, Romance, Erotica, ContemporaryBA in Psychology (Narrative & Relational Psych focus), Four years editorial experience (short stories, novels, news articles, quarterly magazines), past book reviewer/columnist for major metropolitan paper, three years experience as a sex educator/activist for victims of sexual assault and abuse, published author (short stories), past radio/podcast$250 average (novel-length), payment plans/budget compromises available.YesRaceMental HealthLGBTQIAP+ClassOtherBlack (African-American), nonbinary (genderfluid) and queer (bisexual/pansexual): familiar with southern US culture (Georgia native), experience with depression, anxiety, and family/parent alcoholism. Past experience as a reporter, lower-income student in a high-income high school/college, and aide/contact to victims of abuse and sexual assault/rape.
Briar GAnything that isn't erotica or dystopia. I'm particularly interested in sci-fi, horror and fantasyOn my last year of a psychology undergrad, with a minor in devs (which I used to specialize in gender and global capitalism) I've done a lot of unpaid editing, and a lot of my own writing, although I haven't published anything beyond poetrylmbarby@hotmail.com250$ for 60,000-100,000 words 25$ for each additional 10, 000 Gives you a page of sensitivity feedbackNoLGBTQIAP+DisabilityClassMental HealthPoor, white, mentally ill queer person
Grew up somewhere between middle and working class, currently exist in Canada's lowest tax bracket.

I have agoraphobia, GAD, panic disorder, a few specific phobias, depression, borderline personality disorder, (informally diagnosed) C-PTSD, (undiagnosed) unspecified eating disorder, experience with alcoholism (both myself and in others), I have lots of undiagnosed sleep and fatigue issues. I'm disabled due to mental health problems, and also have experience with medication stigma, in addition to stigma from the actual illness. I also have experience with various kinds of abuse, and growing up that is the cult of the Christian church.

I am transmasculine, non-binary. (Gray)panromantic gray asexual. (they/them pronouns)
Bridgette JohnsonYA & MG (all genres, but I have a soft spot for fantasy, magical realism, and historical fantasy)Bachelor's in English and a Master's of Library and Information Sciences (so basically I read a lot). I minored in History and Women's$200 (up to $55k words) $225 (55k-75k words) $250 (76k words and above). Unless you exlicity say you don't want it, I'll leave notes in reagrds to grammar/punctuation/syntax, plot holes, character development, etc. Or other things you may want a second opinion on.YesMental HealthLGBTQIAP+ClassOtherI identify as a demiromantic asexual (potentially demisexual, but that's a term I'm not totally comfortable applying to myself).

I have depression and anxiety and most likely bipolar II disorder (I don't have insurance, so the bipolar II isn't diagnosed, but bipolar does run in my family). I've had panic attacks off and on for most of my life (though I didn't know the name for them until college since they were different than the panic attacks I saw my cousin have). The depression ranges from moderate to severe, and I often have suicidal ideation.

I grew up just above or below the poverty line, depending on how much my mom made in a year; I'm still currently just above or below the poverty line with my own income and in our family, we had the most money growing up. Like many people, I have family members who are currently addicted to drugs, along with those in recovery, so if you've got a character dealing with a family member being a drug addict, I can definitely provide insight into the struggles of dealing with that. I know the effects of poverty from both personal experience and from my own academic studies of it.

I'm a feminist, and that tends to carry over into everything, but if you need your story read with an eye to its feminism or lack thereof, I can provide that too. I may likely end up pointing it out anyway.

Any questions/concerns you have about anything I have here, feel free to ask and we can discuss everything before we agree to payment and partnership for a sensitivity read.
Brittany YostScience Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Upmarket FictionI have a BA in English Literature and Communication Studies with an emphasis in Intercultural Communication. I was just accepted into the 2017-2018 University College London Masters in Publishing Program. I served as a book reviewer for SIGNAL YA Journal. I was a member of the SPU School of Education Diversity Committee and led diversity seminars addressing minority experiences and white privilege. Also, as an undergraduate, I served at Klipsun Magazine as their copy editor for 6 months. I draw on my lived experience as an African American female.$250 for a full in depth read as suggested by the Writing in the Margins group. Prices for limited services are negotiable.NoRaceClassMental HealthOtherOtherIn more detail my areas of expertise are as follows: Intercultural Communication, inter-sectional identities, feminism/gender equality, multiracial identities, African-American culture, domestic violence, gun violence/school based attacks, workplace discrimination, content editing, and copy editing.
BrynnaAny and all fiction YA, erotica, general - I do most all of it.Undergraduate degree in English/psychology/arts, graduate degree in library science.cinemaholic.darling@gmail.comNoLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthDisabilityOtherOtherI personally am a bisexual cis woman with depression, anxiety, autism, and OCD. I am considered overweight, have experience being wheelchair-bound, and have been mentally/psychologically abused by people close to me, including my father. I am married to a woman who is a mixed-race demisexual lesbian with anxiety and autism who comes from a conservative Christian background. I have studied other mental health conditions and particularly LGBTQIAP+ experiences throughout my education.
C.L. McCollumSFF, all subgenres, for YA and AdultDual BA in English & Psych; have worked as a proofreader for a print factory & copyeditor for scientific journal articles/professional papers at my current day job; also freelance edit; and have been an editor for a series of self pubbed charity$.002 per word ($100 for 50k)NoLGBTQIAP+I am a 30+ bisexual who has been out for roughly 20 years and has dealt with a variety of issues from family disbelieving bisexuals "exist" to bierasure in the queer community to partner abuse centered around the "bisexuals always cheat" stigma. I am also recently realizing I am a demi girl and can sensitivity read for that as well even tho it isn't advertised on my website.
Carrow NarbyFiction (shortform and longform)Disability policy researcher, academic background in cultural studies and media analysis, autism$100 (US) flat fee for all manuscripts 10 pages or shorter; plus $5 (US) per each additional pageNoDisabilityI am focused solely and specifically on the portrayal of autism; please see for more details
Cathy Ashley
Ideally it would be dystopian or contemporary fiction, but happy to consider any genre.
I have just completed my MA in Professional Writing, and I also have a Law degree and a 'post-compulsory' teaching qualification. I am writing a novel. My areas of sub-cultural/marginalised experience are (in Britain) being a benefits claimant, caring for someone with dementia, being a biker, being a New Age Traveller, working at festivals (including Glastonbury Festival), being a single parent, and I have ADHD. I have never done sensitivity reading before, so the price for my first is low. One of my fellow students described me as 'Queen of Feedback", and I can guarantee I'll be honest, thorough and incisive.£100 for my first sensitivity read of a whole novel, and £250 thereafter. Negotiable for an isolated chapter etc.YesSub-cultureTravellersOther
Celia LaskeyLiterary fiction (short stories and novels), general fictionMy own novel is forthcoming from Riverhead, an imprint of Penguin, and I have an MFA in Fiction. I've taught creative writing and composition classes, with a focus on privilege and oppression within writing. I also have professional experience as a copyeditor and$350 base price for novels up to 90k words. Feedback is a 2-page editorial letter and comments within the manuscript. 2-3 week turnaround. I also offer editing services; please contact me to discuss rates.YesLGBTQIAP+Rape/sexual assaultI'm a white, cis, able-bodied lesbian but am well-versed in issues affecting the entire queer community. I'm in my 30s now, but came out in my mid-20s due to growing up in a small town in Maine without any exposure to queer culture. I have also been raped (I don't prefer the term "rape survivor") and can speak to the psychology surrounding that—I find it's something many writers get wrong if they haven't experienced it. Lastly, I have an academic background in creative writing, intersectional feminism, and gender studies, and I have a professional background as a copywriter and copyeditor at ad agencies.
Charlotte DavisYA, MGMFA in Writing for Children, three years' experience in publishingcharlottenicoledavis@gmail.comNoRaceLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthRace: Black/African-American; Gender: Nonbinary woman; Sexuality: Bisexual/Queer; Mental Illness: OCD
Chava PinchuckChildren's, YA, Holocaust literatureAvid reader; Librarian for over 20$250 for straight read and comment; fee scale for research and suggestionsYesReligionMental HealthRaceClassOtherI have extensive experience with books about religions, particularly Judaism. I also have an interest in mental health and have read and edited on the subject. I've taken the SLJ course on Diversity, and I've taken other seminars to identify issues with race and class.
Chelsea BeamYA, SFF, Contemp, Romance, LGBTQIAP+, MG, some literary fiction, and genre mashups. Some of my favorite tropes include: friends-to-lovers, superheroes, anything inspired by comics/manga/anime/video games, slow burn, disguises, boarding schools, awkward protagonists, unreliable narrators, epic twists, non-romantic and/or sexual relationships, quirky and unique world-building, character-driven stories... I like a lot of things and am always open to more things than are on this list, too! :DBA in English from Stanford University, MFA in Creative Writing from Kingston University. I'm currently a freelance Editor for all genres/types of writing! Also, I'm listing life experience as a qualification, too!$250 for manuscripts up to 100k - if yours is longer, contact me and we'll talk! Fee adjusts for turnaround time/rushing/etc and/or any other specific things you want notes on (outside of the norm). This price nets you a high level overall read, any noted in-text issues, and a summary of thoughts. Turnaround can take between 2-4 weeks depending.YesRaceI'm a black (African American), liberal, low-income female who grew up in a predominately conservative, high-income, Caucasian city. I also have experience living as a VERY VISIBLE foreigner in England and Japan and all the stigma/stereotypes that come with being an "outsider."

Familiarity with alcoholism, LGBTQIAP+, and mental health (depression) in family members (so if you need that particular lived-adjacent experience, I'm your girl)!

(Also, kind of unrelated but I'm super great with geek/nerd culture and how to handle that without being insulting/offensive/stereotypical to individuals who identity strongly within there.)

Any questions you might have and/or any clarification you might want, please let me know! :)
Chelsea LoganYAI am a writer and professional editor with six years of copyediting and developmental editing experience on educational and professional materials. I have a BA in English with an emphasis in creative$250 base price with one month turnaround. I also offer editing services; please contact me to discuss rates.NoLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthI am a cisgender lesbian who can read for lesbian representation. I have a sibling who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder at various points from from teenage years through adulthood. I can do a read for any of these, as well as psychosis, involuntarily hospitalization, and the jail/prison system as it relates to mental health. While I can't give insight into what these experiences are like firsthand, I can do a read for representation from a family/sibling perspective.
Christina FlorizaAll genreschristinafloriza@protonmail.comNoRaceMental HealthClassReligionDisabilityMaster's in Philosophy with concentrations in critical race theory and feminist theory; individual undergoing treatment for mental health issues; raised Catholic; living with an invisible disability, a rare neurological condition called pseudotumor cerebri/intracranial hypertension
Cindy Schwarzand I'm currently working on my BA in$275 up to 100,000 words; other projects negotiablemental illness, travel (46 states' knowledge have lived in 10 states--not KS, NE, HI, SD) single parent, trucking business, restaurant industry, farming certain crops, cooking, sewing, handwork (cross-stitch, crewel, crochet, smocking) Hand-tubs, house remodeling,
Claudia MartinezYA, MG, PB, BilingualMasters in English. Writer of PB, MG, YA. My books include The Smell of Old Lady Perfume (Cinco Puntos , 2008), Pig Park (Cinco Puntos, 2014), and Not a Bean (Charlesbridge, 2018), as well as several work for hire books for educational publishers. I have won several awards including Americas Award Commendation and Texas Institute of Letters. Past sensitivity reads for publishers like Harper Collins, Sourcebooks, and Little Brown. In addition to being a writer, I'm a mom. I grew up in Texas and currently live in Chicago. I have also lived in California and MA.cmartinez50@hotmail.com300 average fee includes margin notes and editorial type letterYesRaceClassOtherOtherI specialize in Latino identity, Mexican identity, Chicano/a identity. I am bilingual and can read for Spanish accuracy. I also read for death/illness, border issues, immigration issues, social justice, racism and classism.
Claudia Sehlanything & everythingI'm completing my BA in psychology, majoring in philosophy. I am the cheif editor of our undergraduate journal. I have taught english and writing to exchange students. I have attended many culture-awareness workshops and multicultural events.$250 for novels, $100 for shorter worksyeswomens issuesmental health
Constance Mbassi MangaYA, Literary fiction, Romance, Religious non-fiction, Religious fiction, SFF and Fantasy but not too dark, Superhero literature, Magic realism, Historical fiction, Political fiction, Period literature, Children’s fiction ... all except Erotica, Horror and Esoteric (dark) literatureMasters in Language, Discourse and Communication; A level literature, Degree in Translation; 30 years’ experience as a translator and 7 as a$300 up to 100K words for one area of sensitivity only; each additional 25K charged $50. More than one area of sensitivity reading negotiable on a case by case basis. Over 100K please contact me for a quote.YesRaceReligionClassOtherMental HealthI am a Black Christian woman of Cameroonian origin born in France. I am a French citizen. I now live in London. Living in contexts where institutional, overt and subtle racism were rife when I was a teen and still are, I have been highly sensitised to inappropriate references to African cultures and to phenotypical features more frequently seen in Black people and other minorities (including Chinese, South-East Asian, Southern European, Eastern European, Latam, North African, Indian and Pakistani etc.). I am also highly aware of mysoginistic and sexist attitudes (even those that maybe disguised as chivalry), ageism (as a middle-aged woman who has experienced this many times), and discriminatory assumptions about females’ and minorities’ cognitive and professional abilities as well their integrity and honesty. I have seen, read and heard it all... and the same applies to religious beliefs not only of Christians or Muslims but also of other religious groups. Having worked with disabled groups in the arts, I am also aware of stigma against people suffering from mental health issues including and not limited to depression or more severe conditions.

I have been writing since I was a child, from poetry to short stories, flash fiction and novels. I have written a picture book for kids. I also recently started writing for TV and musicals.
Cornelia PriorAll genres except erotica or fantasy. Especially interested in creative non-fiction, nature writing, biography, Non-fiction editor for 3 of Cups Press. BA in Critical Theory, MA in Critical and Cultural Studies, 7+ years as freelance copyeditor, in house communications specialist and web editor.$50 for shorter pieces up to 2,000 words; $250 for up to 60,000YesLGBTQIA (emphasis on T and Q)AutismMental HealthIPVI am willing to talk about this privately, not on a public site. Contact me.
Cynthia RobersonAll genresI have a BA in English with a minor in Communications and an MA in Literature. I am a writer, voracious reader and writing teacher with extensive experience with copyediting and analyzing literature from a multi-cultural$250 up to 100K words; each additional 25K charged $50. Over 100K please contact me for a quote.YesRaceClassReligionMental Health
Danielle SeyboldYA, middle grade, fiction, historical fiction, literary fictionI have a BA in English and history, and I earned my certificate in copyediting through UC Berkeley extension. I'm an editor and a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. Any story that features a character with a disability automatically goes on my to-read list, so I'm familiar with how people with disabilities have been traditionally portrayed and how that differs, or not, from my own experience.danielle@putafinishonit.comYesDisabilityI was born with cerebral palsy (mild spastic diplegia, meaning balance and control of legs are affected).
Deanna SchwartzYAdeannaschwartz12@gmail.comBuy me a bookNoReligionMental HealthClassI am Jewish, have had many mental disorders, and can accurate represent the upper middle class
Deeba ZargarpurYA MG all categoriesBS in Psychology from Drexel University; research assistant in multiple labs involving disordered eating, anxiety, depression; former literary assistant for multiple agencies screening submissions for sensitivy and commerical potential; former editoral assistant at Disney-Hyperion/Freeform/RRP; associate editor at new YA anthology magazine; freelance sensitivity reading done for multiple large publishing houses; writer of YA fiction; intense Islamic studies; multilingual (English, Farsi, Russian, Arabic)$250 base but varies with higher word counts and timelineYesReligionMental HealthClassRaceDisabilityI sensitivity read for the following topics: Middle Eastern/Persian/Afghan/Uzbek culture/religion/language (Arabic and Farsi), anything Islamic based, jinn, mental health (across many topics included but not limited to eating disorders, OCD, bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, autism, etc), class differences, racial/minority issues, family dynamics (like divorce, split home, death of parent, large families), immigrant/refugee topics.
Dharma KelleherMost fiction except erotica.Traditionally published author, former freelance editor and$250 for full-length novel (80 - 100K words)NoLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthTransgender, Lesbian, Gay
Dhonielle ClaytonPB, MG, YA, SFF, Historical, ContemporaryBA in English from Wake Forest University, MA in Children's Literature from Hollins University, MFA in Writing for Children from The New School, COO of We Need Diverse Books, co-founder and CEO of CAKE Literary, 6 years as secondary teacher and 6 years as an elementary and middle school$250-$1000 depending on length and genreYesRaceDisabilityLGBTQIAP+Black American cis-gendered woman, descendant of American chattel slavery, southern United States (MS, AL, LA, NC), bisexual, suffers from IBS-D, immunodeficiency, anxiety, chronic pain.
DMG ByrnesAdult, YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, queer/LGBT fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Paranormal, Mystery, Literary, and select Horror.Life experiences; BS in Psychology with minor in English; former Victim Advocate at GSAC-CAC (Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center); former Intern/Assistant to an LPC (licensed counselor); Volunteer Active Listener on 7cups of tea (free service where people can login and find support or therapy; extremely diverse in the people looking for help and types of issued dealt with)dmgbyrnes@gmail.comPricing available by page or hour. Impending or hard deadlines that require a faster turnaround are automatically billed by hour; coupons/discounts available.YesDisabilityMental HealthLGBTQIAP+ReligionOtherQueer/LGBT- Pansexual, Asexual/Demisexual, Aromantic, Sapiosexual, partially closeted (haven't discussed it with most of my family, though they are aware I advocate strongly and passionately for equal rights and representation);
Physical Illness/Disability- chronic illness, invisible illness, chronic pain, spoonie, migraines, fibromyalgia, intermittent cane/wheelchair/apparatus use, Lupus, light sensitivity & sun allergy, APS (blood disorder), SVT/heart palpitations, herniated discs L4-L5, L5-S1) , degenerative disc disease;
Mental Illness/Health- depression, anxiety, panic and anxiety attacks, severe social anxiety, PTSD/C-PTSD, suicide/suicide ideation, self- harm, OCD;
Trauma- physical, emotional, verbal & sexual abuse; CSA (child sexual abuse); domestic violence;
Neurodivergent(ND)- PTSD/C-PTSD, unofficial ASD/asperger’s diagnosis (i.e. psychologist/counselor not specialized in autism believed it likely & suggested referral to specialist & further testing; unofficial mainly due to financial reasons);
Polyamory & dealing with prejudices associated with it (previously practiced and advocate for its practice between consenting adults);
Religion- former Pagan, former Wiccan, Omnist, experiences with religious intolerance to “Non-Christians” in the South (mainly when previously Pagan/Wiccan);
Ableism & internalized ableism;
Ageism- looking young when dealing with life events, social interactions, health problems, and disability, has its own difficulties (ex. people seem to often assume that to be young and disabled means you somehow cannot possibly really have a disability, or that you are likely to grow out of it; doctor's don't always take me seriously, etc.)
Dominique LNon-Fiction, Literary Fiction, YAAbout a year of editorial experience in non-fiction book publishing and international human rights work, BA in World Literature and History, and I have lived in and among international communities for the last 15$250 for a basic read (up to 80k words); +$50 for detailed supplementary reading suggestionsYesRaceClassReligionBorn and raised in Mexico and having lived in the Middle East, Europe, and the US, I am a young professional with ample academic and personal experience on the following topics:

Culture Sensitivity: I can read for stereotypes of different nationalities, particularly for Latin American and Middle Eastern cultures (religion, customs, beliefs, family structures, language). I am sensitive to the impact of (extreme) political climates on the individual, and the experience of immigration and dislocation. I can help add nuance to stories of border crossing, violence (drug crime, violent extremism, etc), and first or second generation immigration to Europe or to the U.S. I also like to keep an eye out for U.S-centrism, blatant orientalism and for colonialist tropes in all contexts.

Gender: I can read for nuance in gender representations, focusing on harmful stereotypes of binary constructions of gender (male/female). I like to focus on building complex characters, regardless of their background.
Dr. Alison BeckerAcademia, Children, Women in Law, Women in Military, Pediatric Cancer, Fiction and Non-fiction, ChildrensEducation doctorate in e-learning (Ed.D.), law degree (J.D.), decades of experience in legal writing, practice and teaching, retired Army (experience in both active duty and reserves), parent of child with cancerbeckeralison5@gmail.comThe pricing plan varies (generally between $250 - $1,000 for up to 60,000 words; longer manuscripts accepted) by manuscript length and author's review speed requirements.YesClassDisabilityOtherOtherI have decades of experience as a woman working in the law, legal education and training, as well as the military. I also have six years of personal experience as a parent helping a child with cancer, and the related spiritual and administrative support needed for the cancer fight and the grief stages after the fight ends.
Dr. Bettye J. MillerAcademia, Fiction, Non-fiction,HistoricalTeacher/Professor Public School Teacher/ University Professor-Reading & Language development, Degrees: Masters degree in Reading , Masters degree in Elementary Ed., Ed.D degree in Reading and Linguistics. (Retired)drglovermiller@aol.comYesRaceOtherRace: African American experiences, study, Lectures on Unconscious Bias and
Sensitivity. Around-the-World Travel Scholar to Study Educational
Systems of Asia (Japan, S. Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong,
and India.
Academia: Teacher/Lecturer of Reading and Language development from
Kindergarten - Graduate school. ( Adjunct Professor of Reading, State
University of New York, Old Westbury, NY, Hofstra University. Hempstead,
NY, and Nassau Communyty College, Garden City, NY.
Dr. Ebony WilkinsYA, MG, PB,PhD Literacy, Language, and Culture; MFA Creative Writing; Published Author; English$250-$300YesRaceReligionClassOtherOtherPhD Literacy, Language, and Culture; MFA Creative Writing; Published Author; English Professor
E.N. BourlandYA, new adult, realistic fiction, science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy-English, B.A.
-English, M.A. (in progress)
-Training in composition pedagogy, including individualized writing tutoring
-3 years tutoring experience in the writing center
-Avid reader with knowledge of publishing trends, especially in YA and LGBT/Que$250 for 100k words, $250 flat rate + $50 per additional 50k words, $50 for shorts stories and individual scenes, $50 for character consultation. Discounts available for students and low-income writers. (I know the struggle.) Payment up front, unless payment plan is worked out.YesLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthDisabilityReligionClassMy main passion is for LGBT+ and queer representation. I am bi-/pansexual and nonbinary. I can read for bi women and nonbinary folks, as well as nonbinary folks of any sexuality. I am also a queer Christian, with experience in evangelical and southern baptist circles. I have had rheumatoid arthritis for my entire life, so I can read for characters with chronic pain and invisible disabilities. I have also had depression twice in my life, and I have an anxiety disorder that affects me every day. Add all that to my working class background, and I am a person of many intersections who would love to help you write an authentic story that honors your characters and the readers who will relate to them.
ElinorAny except erotica, horror and poetry. (Mild horror/ghost stories/supernatural ok).Life experience: disabled since birth with diastrophic dysplasia (a type of dwarfism--I'm 3' 3" tall); powered wheelchair user since childhood (1980s); paraplegia, and spinal surgery to correct it; severe arthritis; attended special schools in Britain throughout the 1970s/80s including a residential boarding school from the age of nine; extensive childhood orthopaedic surgery; some physical/emotional abuse & neglect at school/hospital; phobia related to childhood trauma; mild PTSD (betrayal trauma).

Professional qualifications: Professionally published science fiction writer; former full-time non-fiction editor/copy editor (commercial popular astronomy and politics); experienced beta reader; published fiction includes a story in the Ditmar award-winning Defying Doomsday anthology of apocalypse fiction featuring disabled characters (Twelfth Planet Press); have been associate member of SFWA; member of the Codex writers group; worked in disability politics in Britain in the 1990s as elected disability representative; I ran some awareness events/wrote campaign publications at that time; continued interest and knowledge of disability issues and controversies. Currently part of a University of California, Irvine/University of Oregon National Science Foundation funded study into Virtual Worlds, Disability and the Embodied Self. First class honours degree in history and politics from Nottingham University (in Britain--yes I'm British).
disabilityreader@gmail.comPlease email or see my website: HealthDisability in general, but particularly physical and congenital. Powered wheelchair use. Dwarfism. Paraplegia. Arthritis. Residential special school.
I spent my entire youth surrounded by children/young people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy; spina bifida; haemophilia and other blood disorders; epilepsy; muscular dystrophy; cystic fibrosis; juvenile arthritis; other types of dwarfism including brittle bones (osteogenesis imperfecta); sensory impairments; learning disabilities.

Although my primary area of expertise is physical disability, I also have some experience with various mental health issues, particularly phobia and betrayal trauma. For the latter, an article I wrote was at one time included on a University of Oregon psychology reading list. Betrayal trauma (a type of PTSD) is particularly relevant for characters who may have experienced predominantly non-violent trauma, where the principal characteristic involves an extreme power imbalance and betrayal of trust. For example wrongful arrest/conviction, child abuse, cult membership and domestic abuse.

I'm British (English). Originally from London.
Elizabeth RileyYA, Children’s Lit, romance, drama, Middle Grades,Currently in undergraduate program for child development and training for birth-kindergarten teacher licensure.katigardner@gmail.comYesMental HealthOtherOtherI have major depressive disorder and panic disorder. Also experienced PTSD. Could give insight into experiences of teenagers/young adults/college students living with mental illness and trauma-related circumstances. Could provide guidance for therapy, medication, emotional support animals, etc. I am also a third year in my undergrad program studying child development with a focus on ages 0-5. Lots of experience with children of all ages, and some with disabilities.
Elizabeth RoderickYA, Adult, SFF, Mystery, Suspense, Romance, Thriller, Chick Lit, Literary etc. Basically all genres.Published author, freelance editor, experienced professional sensitivity$250 per manuscript under 100k words; $50 per each 25k words above 100kYesMental HealthDisabilityClassLGBTQIAP+OtherI'm bipolar, autistic, and have PTSD. I have episodes of psychosis. I have experienced times of intense addiction and alcoholism for self-medication purposes, and have been homeless. I have been in prison because of my neurodiversity, and have suffered significant harassment from police, family members, and others because of my neurodiversity.

I do not have schizophrenia, but my partner is schizophrenic and I have been mistaken for schizophrenic at times. I feel qualified to read for any type of psychotic character, since diagnoses are labels put on us by abled people; they overlap and are very misunderstood. I can provide some understanding, though of course never perfect understanding, because such does not exist.

I am a survivor of severe physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. I have been raped. I am a domestic violence and abuse survivor.

I am bisexual or perhaps pansexual.
Ellen RozekYA contemporary, fantasy/sci-fi, mystery/thriller, NA romanceI've provided professional sensitivity reads for several soon-to-be published authors. I've also written reviews for the Disability in KidLit blog, analyzing the quality of Tourette's Syndrome representation in a couple different YA$250 as a flat editorial rate for manuscripts under 100k words. $300 for manuscripts between 100k and 150k words.NoMental HealthMental HealthI have generalized anxiety disorder and Tourette's Syndrome.
Elliott DeLineYA, erotica, adult realistic fictionI am a published author of 4 books on transmasculine experiences. I have a BA in English and a Minor in Gender Studies.elliottdeline@gmail.comLet's discuss.YesLGBTQIAP+DisabilityDisabilityClassOtherGreetings! I am a white, gay, nonbinary/transmasculine author (FTM) and reader on the autism spectrum. I have various mental health diagnosis's (bipolar, PTSD, depression with psychotic features, OCD, ADD). I have been a sex worker and am a survivor of various forms of abuse and trauma. I am very interested in class, and consider myself to be of a middle-to-upper workingclass background, growing up in the Rust Belt USA. My father was a well enough paid, but disabled paraprofessional, my mother was a social worker, and both parents came from workingclass Irish American families that faced poverty and homelessness. My extended family, babysitters, neighbors and peers all struggled and thrived with what many would classify as workingclass American life. As an adult, I have mostly lived in poverty, with much help from the kindness of strangers and loved ones. I would love to help with your book however I can. Hit me up to discuss prices.
Em BrewingtonAll (with a passion for YA, fantasy, sci-fi, queer fiction, children's books, and graphic novels)BA in Comparative Literature and French, minor in Gender Studies, as well as research in gender & sex studies. I have copious writing and editing experience, as well as workshop and writing experience with poetry and short fiction. Working on adding licensure to teach English and French, with a focus on incorporating diverse YA literature into classroom structures.emdibrew@gmail.comFlexible and negotiable. Base is $100 for novels (under 100k--ask for over 100k), $50 for children's books and short stories (up to 10k), $25 for under 10k.YesLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthOtherI am a genderqueer individual, and I identify as pansexual and demisexual. I have also used the terms neutrois and agender to identify my gender. I am out to my friends and community, but coming out with my family didn't go well, so I would consider myself half-closeted (if such a thing exists) with my immediate family. In the future I hope to teach inclusive, queer sex education in grade schools and have experience teaching concepts of gender, sexuality, and identity to first-year college students. I am also in a relationship with a trans man, and have been since before his transition, and can sensitivity read for this outside-in perspective (but not for transgender characters/in place of a trans sensitivity reader).

I have depression and anxiety, and have experienced suicidal ideation, and am willing to sensitivity read for these as well. I can also sensitivity read for emotional abuse and manipulation in relationships (but not physical abuse).

From the Midwest/Indiana, graduating from college in May, went to a residential "gifted" high school, oldest of four children--can speak to these experiences and more. If you have questions about other qualifications/areas of expertise, please feel free to send me an email!
Erika TYA, MG, SFF, ContemporaryCurrently work in children's publishing. Previously interned at NYC literary agency, with a professional nonprofit background in social justice.erika@magicmultiverses.comStarting cost of $250, which includes one page of feedback and an optional 30-minute follow-up discussion.YesLGBTQIAP+RaceClassMental HealthReligionI identify as queer and black American, and grew up with a low-income background. I have many years of experience in community organizing and activism regarding race, sexuality, and their intersections, for which I have been nationally recognized. Professionally, I have worked on broad issues of social justice, from mental health advocacy to criminal justice reform. In addition, my academic background is in East Asian studies (focused on Japanese culture) and religious studies (focused primarily on Abrahamic religions - Judaism, Islam, and Christianity - but with some study of Buddhism and Shintoism.)
Erin Rossonanything but eroticaLiterary Intern. Author published with PRH.authorelatimer@gmail.comFlat fee of 250 for 60k or below. Price TBD for additional word count.YesLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthReligionOtherOtherDiagnosed General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Sensorimotor fixation. Panic attacks. Hypochondria. Bisexual. Closeted in conservative christian home. Verbally/emotionally abusive parent. Depressed parent.
Erin ServaisYA, romance, mystery, thriller, memoir, science fiction, literary fiction, nonfictionten years of experience as a professional book editor; prior experience as a sensitivity reader; published writer; novelisterin@dotanddashllc.comPricing begins at $350 for 60,000 to 90,000 words. This includes comments through track changes and at least one page of feedback and advice. (SR could be incorporated into my rate for a book edit, if you want that service.)YesDisabilityMental HealthLGBTQIAP+ClassOtherDisability: I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder. This causes mobility problems. This also causes chronic pain. I could identify whether your disabled characters could actually do the actions you have them do and help you ensure they feel like fully realized characters and not gimmicks.

Mental Health: Though I have now recovered, during my life I have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, social anxiety, agoraphobia, specific phobias, EDNOS (eating disorder), and depression. I can help you explain symptoms accurately (not exaggeratedly) and ensure your characters are realistic and not stereotypes.

LGBTQIAP+: I identify as a bisexual woman. I can help you avoid stereotypes and offensive language and situations.

Class: I grew up on a farm in Appalachia. The area had a lot of poverty. I can help you write about poverty and the people in this region without being demeaning or inadvertently offensive.

Other (Substance Abuse): I grew up around substance abuse. I can help you write about characters with addictions accurately in a way that does not diminish their self-worth.
Erin WatleyAll typesEducation: PhD in Intercultural Communication. Work: Media analysis/critique (about cultural representations and identity), teach about cultural diversity issues. Personal Experience: Black American cis-gendered$250-300 for detailed commentary on a manuscriptYesRaceClassLGBTQIAP+ReligionI'm well versed in evaluating representations of racial identities in a US American context (Black, Asian, Latinx, Native etc.) although my strongest base is in the Black American experience. I am particularly adept at evaluating the ways that race intersects with other areas of cultural identity (socioeconomic class, gender, sexuality and religion). My readings are informed by both pop culture and academic foundations and will place any sensitivity concerns in a broader social context.
Erinn SalgeAll typesEducation: MLIS with focus on children and young adults, personal experience as bipolar person with seasonal affective and anxiety disorders, long time reviewer and writer for School Library Journal, intern with the Bent$200 for detailed commentaryNoMental illnessReligionInfertility
Eugene GrantAll typesEducation: BA International Relations (First Class Honours), MA Human Rights (Distinction), published in national UK media. Experience: I am a dwarf person / have dwarfism.eugenetgrant@gmail.comNegotiable on case by case basis.NoDwarfismExperience: I have over thirty years' experience of living in a dwarf body. I have written about dwarfism for major media outlets and also been interviewed about my experiences.
F. FurnoOpen to all genres. Highly interested in lesbian/queer, or related to Autistic Spectrum disorder, neurodiversity.I'm a queer Autistic adult (AFAB, autigender) who lives in Atlanta, GA. I have lived experience with homeschooling, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, eating disorders, LGBTQ issues, domestic violence, the Quiverfull movement, and religious trauma. Education & Work: Bachelor's in Business Management, and work in nonprofit fund administration and fund development. Experience in the arts, foster care, employment services, and people experiencing homelessness.ellefurno@aol.comPricing begins at $250 per manuscript.YesLGBTQIAP+DisabilityReligionHomeschoolingNeurodiversity I'm an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder, who uses American Sign Lanuage and captioning as communication accommodations. I'm part of the Autistic Self-Advocacy movement. I identify as autigender. I'm part of the queer community, and I identify as a lesbian. My partner is a genderqueer woman who is also Autistic and disabled.
FitriantiAnything EXCEPT Islamophobia, Science Fiction, BDSM, Erotica.I'm a Muslim who lives in$250 for overall reading (any further question please contact in e-mail)YesReligionRaceMental HealthDisabilityClassI'm your reader if you wanna know about Islam or South East Asia (especially Indonesia). Also about the mystical entity of Islamic lore and/or Asian mythology. About brown skin Asians and the limitation it entails to, Asperger life, HOH, Ostracism, Depression. I also have a bit of knowledge about Mine (esp. Nickel Mining), and working life in a hospital, or as a civil servant/public official
Fran LaniadoLiterary fiction, mysteries/thrillers, sci-fi/fantasy, magical realism, childrens, young adultI have a BA in Literautre and an MA in Curriculum and Teaching. I have written fiction and non fiction dealing with a variety of topics. I have also been an educator for six years, and have worked in curriculum developement.$.002 Per wordYesMental HealthDisabilityReligion
Frances DonnellyOpen to all genresCELTA, First Class Honours arts degree (BA)franceslauradonnelly@gmail.compricing starts at $250 for a sensitivity reading of a 60,000-word manuscript - editing servives also availableYesLGBTQIAP+DisabilityMental HealthOtherI am autistic, queer, gender queer and disabled. I am actively involved in self advocacy work for these communities. I have had my own work published in numerous places online and in print, and I work with a wide range of authors as an editor. I am a professional copywriter and editor with a background in language teaching, and I work in digital communications on a range of sensitive political issues. I am trained in multidisciplinary arts.
Francesca GrandilloYA SFF and contemporaryI'm an agented author and I've been writing YA fantasy and contemporary my whole$250 (for books between 60-100k). If above, please contact me to discussNoRaceLGBTQIAP+ClassOtherOtherRace - I'm mixed race white and Afro-Latina (Colombian) so I can read for Latinx/Colombian rep as well as biracial identity. I grew up in a black community and went to a nearly all white school on a scholarship, so I can also read for the representation of living in different spheres.
LGBTQIAP - I can read for questioning identity.
Class - I can read for poverty and homelessness representation (I've been homeless once as a child and once as an adult). I was also a scholarship kid.
Other - emotionally abusive relationships
Other - sexual abuse as a minor
Frankie BlausAll Genre'sProfessional Playwright and Poet, English Literature and Creative Writing (BA)£1 per 500 words readYesLGBTQIAP+ClassMental HealthDisabilityReligionI am a 23 year old TransQueer person that has been writing creatively and critically for four years. I regularly engage with topics such as class, gender, race, and mental/physical disability in my work. As such, I understand the difficulty of representing marginalized peoples and their communities using nothing but language.

LGBTQIAP: Queer theory is my chief strength and is my focus within my own academic and literary pursuits.

As an AMAB (assigned male at birth) Transgender person, I can break down the entire gendered experience. I transitioned two years ago. For me, this meant a name change, a drastic change in wardrobe and personal presentation/grooming. I do not take hormones but everyone in my wider social circle does. A persons transness is a very personal thing; no two trans people will have identical experiences, however there is a great deal of crossover. I am an active member of the trans community, regularly engaging with the national U.K charity "Action for Trans Health", an organization supported by Mykki Blanco (an iconic queer artist) that aims to provide access to trans specific healthcare that members of the community are often denied access to, such as gender reassignment, hormone replacement therapy and electrolysis. I have experienced familial estrangement, violence, loss of work/employment, and abuse from authority figures as a result of my transness.

Additionally, I am polyamorous. This means I am capable of experiencing romantic love for more than one person at any given time, and that I embrace that side of myself by engaging in ethical non-monogamy in both sexual and romantic practices. My approach to love and my subsequent experiences with love is a key element of my creative work. As someone that was socialized as male and previously identified as Homosexual, I believe I can offer a great deal to any portrayals of love, be they Queer or Straight.

Polyamory requires one to truly engage with all of their emotions in order to understand them better: chief of which is jealousy. This alongside my pride in my promiscuity gives me a deep and nuanced understanding of the whys and hows of societies engagements with sex. I have been engaged in long term relationships with multiple parties simultaneously and have cohabited with two men who were dating one another while I was dating the both of them.

I am an effervescent member of the community; some would say excessively so. The idea of 'respectability politics' is something that I am conscious of, and attempt to engage with as much as possible - the notion that Queers are only valid members of society when they conform to heteronormative standards of living. As a visibly trans and polyamorous person, I know what it is to defy these expectations and I know what experiences that can bring to a persons door - both positive and negative.

CLASS: I come from a working class background. Politically, I identify as a socialist. My critical work draws on Marxism and Anarchism quite heavily, and I am currently working on a project that examines the intersection between class mobility and Queerness. Specifically, Queers experience class mobility in a fashion that no other observable community can. Even the wealthiest of Queers can find themselves stripped of class and thrust into poverty and crime as a result of coming out and living as their authentic selves.

I have never been wealthy - though in coming out, I found myself in a lower position on the social ladder due to an inability to access the pool of wealth a family can offer. I claimed welfare from the government for over a year before returning to higher education, I have been unemployed for great deals of time, I have had to engage in criminal activity to sustain myself, I have developed substance abuse issues all as a result of my social class.

Additionally, I attended a high-school where I was regularly mocked and belittled for being both poor and queer. I socialized with middle and upper-middle class families and have witnessed the wealth divide with my own eyes.

In my time claiming welfare, I have been harassed over my employment status by the government and the general populace, I have had my money stopped or reduced without explanation, I have written numerous appeals, attended appeals and tribunals and assessments countless times and I have provided support for others within my community that struggle with the same problems in terms of unemployment and also disability benefits.

DISABILITY: 'Mental Health' comes under the banner of disability for me. I find the distinction between the two somewhat problematic, though I understand, from the point of view of a publisher filtering for certain areas of expertise, the necessity for this. That being said, I will cover my experience with these two areas in a single section.

I have a long term partner who suffers with early onset Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Schizo-Affective Disorder, Deafness, Aspergers Syndrome and Borderline Personality Disorder, alongside Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression. This can result in a variety of symptoms for my partner, including blackouts, memory loss, dissociation, violent tendencies, hallucination across all five senses, loss of the ability to hear or speak, inability to eat, inability to get out of bed or shower or generally maintain ones-self, paranoia, sensory over-stimulation, panic attacks, and emotional instability. I live with my partner so I know what it is to experience these things as a witness and offer support every day.

Additionally I struggle with anxiety, manic depression (bipolar) and autism, which includes mood-swings, emotional instability, sensory over-stimulation, panic attacks, dissociation, social avoidance, anti-social behavior, loss of the ability to speak.

This has resulted in my being denied employment in the past, and my partner is medically incapable of working. Despite this, our governments welfare department demands that they try (and threatens them while doing so) which causes them great psychological and physiological harm.

RELIGION: My social circle consists of people from all walks of life: in terms of religion this includes Rastafarians, Pagans, Catholics, Jewish people and Muslims, to name a few. I was raised Christian. Church of England was my denomination. That part of my upbringing has influenced my own reading and writing quite heavily.

At present I identify as spiritual - I believe a connection to God is deeply personal and that no doctrine written by another individual could speak enough to all of my experiences to offer a God that makes sense to me. This, alongside my diverse social circle and deep interest in theological study means I can offer a great deal in terms of maintaining a sensitive approach to religious representation in literary work.
Gabby WhaleyYoung adult, adult, science fiction/fantasyBachelor's in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins Universitygjwhaley2@gmail.comYesRaceMental HealthClassReligionOtherScience fiction/fantasy, young adult, adult, novels, short fiction, non-fiction, prose
Gauri ManglikSouth Asian, Childrens booksFounder of KitaabWorld.comgmanglik@gmail.comBased on scope of projectYesRaceReligionClassOtherI am one of the founders of, a place for South Asian children's literature. I was born in India, grew up in New Delhi. I'm Hindu by birth. I actively read and review South Asian children's books.
GeorginaEverything.Attended Clarion West in 2012. Slush reader. Awards reader. Past sensitivity£260 for 80k approxYesRaceLGBTQIAP+ClassReligionOtherBritish Indian experience. Race relations in the UK, especially Indian/Desi diaspora. Immigrant culture. UK far-right anti-immigrant politics. (UKIP, BNP, Britain First). Biracial experience.
Ginelle WellsMy area of expertise is History, art, and art history specifically World War 1 and 2 as well as the ancient mediterranean. I also have an interests beyond those including world religions, women's rights, and anthropology to name a few.BA in Art History with a minor in History from the University of Cincinnati. I currently work for an online auction house predominantly in art. I have been trained My responsibilities include doing reviews of sales which involved reading descriptions of the works as well as writing artist's biographies. I have been given ample opportunity to be exposed to different cultures and material cultures. I also worked at a museum for a few years in which I help to draft labels and introductory text for the Antiquities section of the$5 per page for 10k words or under | $150(11K- 30k words) | $200 (39k-59k words)|$250 rate (60k to 100k)| Comments and Editing notes included in the fees (does not included grammar).YesReligionRaceOtherOtherOtherAside from areas mentioned previously I have focused in how women were represented in art and how that effected their everyday life in research papers. I'm also enjoy learning about new cultures and their mythology and lore. For more specifics please feel free to contact me.
GlaizaAll genres – especially fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, literary, contemporary and historical fiction. All audiences - Childrens, middle-grade, YA, crossover/new adult and adult fiction.I'm a Filipina-Australian with a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Writing (focused on literature and cultural studies). I have experience in giving workshop feedback as a university creative writing graduate and as a former volunteer submissions reader for Aurealis magazine + co-editor of Warhols Children magazine. For more details, see:
paperwanderer@gmail.comNegotiable on case by case. See website for details: Asian-Australian and PoC representation in general.
- Filipino representation, culture, family dynamics, religion (Christianity), language (Tagalog) and code-switching.
- Both second generation and immigrant experience. Any generation for family representation.
- Colorism and racism.
- Experience with the death of a parent during adolescence.
- Experiences as a PoC growing up in a diasporic context. E.g. Australia.
- Australian English in addition to experiences within the Australian (Catholic/Private) school system and Australian public universities as a student.
Grace LiYA, literary fiction, nonfictionAgented writer, former lit agent intern.gracedantingli@gmail.comYesRaceI'm a first-gen Chinese-American and the daughter of immigrants. My parents grew up in poverty in rural China, and came to the US for grad school, where they had me. I am conversationally fluent in Chinese, and read and write the language. I am a graduate of Duke University, where I studied biology and creative writing, and can speak to the experiences of being Asian-American, and Chinese-American, within higher education, everyday life, and especially in navigating two cultures.
Gwindalyn HarrisonYA, general fiction, poetry, queer litWorked as an intern for Calumet editions from January to May of 2017, reading and reviewing$250, plus an editional $50 if someone desires editing.YesLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthOtherI identify as both nonbinary and trans, I have several close friends to me who are trans and am dating a trans woman. I have diagnosed severe anxiety and clinical depression, as well as a past involving self harm. I am also plus sized and have been for the majority of my life. I also personally identify as a lesbian.
Hannah GivensSFF, comics, nonfiction, YA, childrens7 years of librarianship, MA in$125 for adult book, $75 for children's, $25 for article/chapterNoLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthReligionBisexuality/pansexuality and queerness
Asperger’s (mild, not diagnosed as a child)
Anxiety ranging from mild to severe
From the Deep South (Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi)
Agnostic/ex-Christian (and can speak to Deep South protestantism, religious homeschooling, etc.)
Heather SanfordYAAssociates Degree in Secondary Education; Bachelor's Degree in English & Communications (graduating April 2018)heather.l.little@wmich.eduNoMental HealthLGBTQIAP+ReligionClassMental Health- I have significant personal experience with depression and anxiety, and am a survivor of suicide.
LGBTQIAP+ - I am on the asexual and agender spectrums.
Religion- Paganism.
Class- Lived most of my life just above poverty level.
Helen KirkbyLiterary fiction, non-fiction, SFF, YA, romance, erotica, horror/thriller, mystery, short$15 flat rate for short stories (7500 words and under) and $0.02 per word for longer pieces.YesRaceLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthDisabilityClassI am a disabled Asian-American woman who is part of the LGBTQIAP+ community. My areas of expertise include Chinese, Taiwanese and Vietnamese culture.
Hope CookLiterary fiction, folklore, magic realism, SFF, YA, horror, speculativeMy debut novel is HOUSE OF ASH published by ABRAMS Fall 2017. NYT bestselling author Lisa Maxwell (THE LAST MAGICIAN) called it "a gorgeously written story of obsession and loss, loyalty and redemption." I have degrees in English and Art History, as well as six years of critique experience. I am a white cis queer woman with personal experience with religious trauma, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, anorexia, sensory disability, and severe chronic pain. I've critiqued for many published and soon to be published authors, including a sensitivity read for Maxwell's THE LAST MAGICIAN, and Emma Berquist's DEVIL'S UNTO DUST which just received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly.$250 flat rate for up to 80,000 words. Price adjustment for significantly longer or shorter word count. Yes. See my editing website
Horizon RoseSci-Fi/FantasyProfessional ghostwriter &$30 for 25k wordsNoLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthDisabilityRaceReligionLGBT: I'm a nonbinary femme lesbian married to a nonbinary butch lesbian; my wife uses he/hym pronouns and I use shie/hyr.

Mental Health: I have schizoaffective disorder, DDNOS-1, and borderline personality disorder, and am an abuse survivor (physical and mental). I've spent about six weeks overall in a hospital psychiatric ward (two separate stays) and have lived at both a 24-hour and 16-hour supervision apartment complex (basically they come around every hour and make sure you're still alive). I'm unable to work full-time jobs, especially normal 9-5 jobs, and am currently reliant on my mom for a significant portion of rent every month.

Disability: In addition to mental health, I have significant mobility impairments that tend to coincide with chronic pain. It's a highly variable day-to-day thing, and some days it's painful to get out of bed, while some days I can walk to the corner store without too much pain. My wife uses a cane for hys mobility issues.

Race: I'm mixed white/native/mexican (specifically i'm taos, hopi, and zuni; i'm only connected to taos & zuni by blood, but only connected to taos & hopi by culture bc my grandma was adopted), I tend to consider myself native first, chicana second, and mixed third. I live in the southwest (Arizona particularly) so there's a lot of white people profiting off taos stuff and it kills me every day.

Religion: I was raised general Christian, I have a lot of trauma associated with it and currently identify as agnostic theist, but I do love the bible when interpreted as mythology. I have a LOT of knowledge about the bible (including many misinterpretations) and about religious trauma.
Hridi D.YA, SFF, NApublished writerhridi_das@hotmail.comYesRaceMental HealthLGBTQIAP+DisabilityReligionSouth Asian (Bangladeshi), mental health (different anxiety disorders, depression, personality disorder), disability (scoliosis), asexual, religion- Hindu
Idris GreyMG, YA, NA, SFF, LGBTQ+ Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Suspense/ThrillerI'm a black queer (bi ace) woman living that black queer experience. I have degrees in Anthropology (B.S.) and Public Health (MPH). I'm also a freelance writer and copy editor/proofreader with experience in academia and< 10,000 words - $75 10,000-15,000 words - $100 15,001-30,000 words - $150 30,001-60,000 words - $200 60,001-100,000 words - $275 to $350 > 100,000 words - contact for quote Rush Fee - under 30 days - +25% of quoted priceYesRaceLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthClassOther
I am a politically-active black queer intersectional feminist living with mental health issues in America; being sensitive comes with the territory. I'm particularly sensitive to the unique intersectional struggles black women face within the Black community, the LGBTQIA+ community, mainstream feminism, academia, and greater American society.
Iori KusanoSFF, YA, NA, romance/erotica, crime fiction, litficMaster's and Bachelor's degrees in Japanese literature. Have sensitivity read for 5 manuscripts to date, two of which are now$300 for 50k-75k words, $350 for 75k-100k words. Lower or higher word counts can be negotiated on an individual basis; email for details.YesRaceMental HealthLGBTQIAP+ClassReligionIssues I am qualified by academic study and/or personal experience to read on include but are not limited to:

Japanese ethnicity issues, esp. in diaspora narratives
Chinese diaspora narratives, particularly in America, Singapore, and Malaysia. (Please note that I am not a suitable reader for mainlander or Taiwanese-centric material.)
Colorism in East and Southeast Asian culture
Economic prejudice in East Asian diaspora
Classical and medieval Japanese literature and folklore (700-1300CE specialty; don’t ask about anything that happened after 1636), including historical gender issues
Shinto-based mythology, yōkai
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Ja-Nae Eppsyoung professional, african american, albinism, eroticaafrican american with albinism, MA in Strategic$250 and upYesRaceDisabilityClassReligionOtheralbinism, african american, southern, religious, young professional, singles, single parent
Jacque Reineri/Claerie Kavanaugh (Pen name)YA, MG, NA, SF, fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, contemporary, romance, LBGTQA+, anything except erotica and horror. I LOVE retellings of any kind, but especially fairy tale retellings. I particularly enjoy when authors have morally grey characters and love well-developed, tragic backstories.I have a BA in Creative Writing. I have been a freelance editor since May 2017. I have interned with two small publishing presses, Owl Hollow Press and Pen Name Publishing. I am also a freelance editor for Flux Books. Here is the link to my portfolio.
I also have Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, a sister with Down Syndrome, and a cousin with Autism. so I think I could offer a unique service to those writing about characters with disabilities, among other things.$250 for a 300-page manuscript plus $50 for every addition 100 pagesYesDisabilityLGBTQIAP+ClassOtherOtherAs I said above, I have Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, a sister with Down Syndrome, and a cousin with Autism. so I think I could offer a unique service to those writing about characters with disabilities. I use a wheelchair to get around and can offer feedback in terms of how one functions in both a manual and power wheelchair. I cannot speak to class in the traditional sense, but I can speak to the discrimination those with disabilities face when getting jobs, going to school, raising families, dating etc.

I am a supporter of the LBGTQA+ community and still trying to define my own sexual orientation, so I can speak to the struggles of figuring out how you identify to yourself and the stigma's that can be put on oneself by society and others.

I am a big musical theatre nerd, having done theatre actively from age 10 until I was a sophomore in high school, so I am very familiar with that subculture. I also wrote fanfiction and did fanart for four years in several fandoms while in college, so I can speak to the realism of fandom interaction and trends as well.
JalynAnything, esp. YA and fantasy/science fiction3 years experience as an editor; Bachelor's degree in$0.004 per wordNoLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthReligionLGBTQIAP+: Asexuality, bisexuality, nonbinary genders (esp. agender and female-aligned nonbinary)
Mental Health: Depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, autism
Religion: Ex-Christian, atheism, agnosticism, witchcraft
JananiLiterary fiction, YA, erotica, romance, historical fiction, magical realism, urban fantasy, low fantasy, science fiction, general fiction, middle grade, general nonfiction, essays, memoirs, short stories, social justiceI am a fat Indian aromantic-asexual demigirl. I also am a former expatriate in the Middle East, and have lived in the US as an adult for a few years. I have been diagnosed with PCOS and sciatica (for which I have had two spine surgeries till date). I am a psychologist and have both depression and anxiety. My qualifications are my lived prices will be rounded to the nearest whole cent, in USD): 5000 words or less: $50 flat rate 5001 to 10,000: $50 +(# words) x ($0.005 per word) 10,001 to 50,000 words: $150+(# words) x ($0.002 per word) 50,0001 and over: $200 +(# words) x ($0.001 per word)NoRaceLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthReligionOtherSouth Asia, South Asian/diasporic characters, specifically India and Indian/diasporic characters.
Indian history, politics, culture, and social issues.
Hindu practices, traditions, festivals, mythology, etc. Generally Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and other religions as practiced in India.
Languages: Tamil (spoken and written), Hindi (spoken and written), Sanskrit (written). Including multilingualism and code-switching with English.
Immigrant and expatriate experiences (any generation).
Mental illness, specifically depression and anxiety, neurodiversity/disability from a caregiver/professional POV.
Chronic pain and chronic illness (specifically PCOS and sciatica).
Fat characters and fat positivity.
LGBTQIA+ representation, specifically gray/sapio/demi-ace, bi/pan/gray-aro, sexually fluid and genderfluid characters. Including characters that are still in the closet/not fully out/out to very specific audiences.
Characters with complex relationships with parents and siblings.
Graduate school experiences in the US as an International student.
In addition to these specific areas, I can do a general sensitivity reading for harmful content like ableism, classism, sexism, misogyny, colorism, Islamophobia, anti-blackness (specifically in the South Asian community), etc. However, these will be solely from my perspective and not necessarily always from first-hand experiences. After receiving your request, we can discuss what specific elements I am comfortable providing feedback on and those for which I would suggest another sensitivity reader.
Jay StephensScience Fiction, Hard SF, literary fiction, short stories, YA, any nonfiction, graphic novels, NO fantasy, NO satireScots Gaelic heritage (grandparents: McDonald of Clanranald, Campbell(!), McCutcheon)
Lived experience as a new age traveller (childhood in a hippie-truck till age 13, across 20+ countries) - oh boy do depictions of this lifestyle need SRs!
BA Modern European Languages (UCL London, UK)
MA Communications (Griffith, Brisbane, Australia)$50 to 5000 words, then $0.005 per word.
Or an agreed rate for feedback on a specific issue
traveller, new age travellerScottish / Scots Gaelic heritageClass relations in England and the UK
Jeanne Martinsonany fiction or non-fiction genres excluding poetryDiversity Strategist working in diversity issues in Canada and in Europe, MA in Leadership, author of ten books (including one in mystery fiction and six non-fiction in diversity areas including gender, race, generations, and immigration)
$300 for first 100,000 words with agreement of any words additional. Basic editing is available as well. Send first two chapters with info on full length. Will return one chapter with sensitivity read and basic edits completely at no charge.
free sample providedgender, sexism, internalized sexism, gender identity, sexual harassmentrace and immigrationI am Canadian and have lived in other countries and travelled extensively.
Jen (bookavid)Only YA.Biracial queer black genderfluid/nb. Editor & writer. B.A. in English. 4+ years publishing experience with trade publishers and literary agencies (more info on that in private). I'm an intersectional activist and former book blogger on social media under @bookavidsr.bookavid@gmail.comDepends on which issues you hire me for. Reads start at $0.005 per wordYesLGBTQIAP+DisabilityRaceMental HealthBiracial, black (African), trans/genderfluid/nb, bi/pansexual, ace-spectrum, invisibly disabled. My reads usually include comments on everything, regardless for which ID you hire me.
Jenae' SteeleYA, Satire, Romance, Fantasy, ActionStudent Diversity Leader on PWI (pre-dominately white institution) campus in Alabama for four years, freelance writer addressing social issuesjenae.e.steele@gmail.comMinimum of $250 for a manuscript near ready for publication.YesRaceOtherOtherI am a socially conscious black woman who is an ally of the LGBTQIAP+ community, but I will not say I am an expert in that area. I have a degree in psychology (and history); however, because I do not identify as living with mental health issues I do not list it as an expertise. I also minored in Latin American Studies. What I can offer is a well-rounded perspective from an empathetic, well-educated cis black woman.
Jenn BaileyYA, MG, PBMFA in Writing for Children and Young$50 for PB; $300 for novels up to 75k words; deliverable includes marked manuscript and comprehensive editorial letter regarding area of sensitivityYesDisabilityMental HealthOtherOtherIntimate knowledge of Autism, Aspergers, and anxiety/depression issues.
Jenn PolishYA, Fantasy, SFF, Middle Grade, Comics, most fiction featuring characters with mental dis/abilities and/or LGBTQ+ characters, especially trans/nb charactersI teach college writing and theatre, wrote my MA thesis on trauma and dis/ability in The Hunger Games, and I'm currently finishing my dissertation on mental health in college writing classrooms. My queer YA fantasy novel is set for release with NineStar Press in March 2018. All listed areas of expertise come from life experience.jpolish13@gmail.comYesLGBTQIAP+Mental HealthDisabilityI can specifically focus on characters who experience BPD, depression, anxiety; characters who are genderqueer or trans; characters who are trans-masculine; characters who are queer/lesbian/bisexual.
Jenna BeacomAny, but particular interest in YADeaf, master's degree in Deaf Education, fluent in$250YesNot HearingDisabilityDeafness (also hard of hearing, late-deafened) and American Sign Language (ASL)
Jennifer BakerAll genres (adult literature, children's literature, fiction & nonfiction)Publishing professional w/ 14 years experience, former WNDB member, social justice advocate, Minorities in Publishing podcast creator. Have done authenticity reads for over a year for various publishers &$250 (up to 60k words), Additional $50 for every 10k words after that. Negotiable for shorter works like picture books.YesRaceClassOtherAfrican American (Black) representation, Uses of AAVE, Low Socioeconomic Class, Representations of Privilege
Jeremy BlausteinHistory, Science fiction, martial arts, mythology, games, YA, erotica,I have lived in Japan for 15 years and been a J>E translator for 25.jblaustein@dragonbaby.jpCompletely negotiableYesRaceLGBTQIAP+ReligionClassOtherI prefer to discuss with interested people only and then I will be more than happy to answer any questions!
Jessica BaylissAny age group or genreI am a published author and have a PHD in Clinical Psychology. I'm a full-time, practicing$300 for a full MS readYesMental HealthOtherI have over 15 years experience in psychological diagnosis and psychotherapy. My psychotherapy orientation is Cognitive Behavioral. I teach this therapy and I'm also an expert in Motivational Interviewing. I am a teacher for psychology trainees, medical professionals, and med students/interns/residents. I've also taught university classes at the graduate and undergrad levels. In addition to expertise in terms of how to write about mental health diagnoses and how to write about psychotherapy, I have also specialized in Clinical Health Psychology. I routinely work with clients on improving health and health coping for problems like: chronic pain; insomnia; weight loss; coping with chronic, progressive, and terminal illness; coping with cancer; smoking cessation; diabetes management; coping and preparing for surgeries (e.g., organ transplant, bariatric surgery, stem cell transplant); eating disorders. My research and scholarly publications have largely been in the area of weight loss, obesity, and binge eating.
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