What are sensitivity readers?
Sensitivity readers are professional readers who scout out microaggressions and straight-up aggressions against marginalized and underrepresented people in unpublished manuscripts. They are people whose lived experience informs their perspectives and targeted critique.
Would your manuscript benefit from a sensitivity read?
Basically, if you’re writing the other and are wondering how your work is coming across, we think you might as well ask someone who knows.
Getting a sensitivity read does not by any means guarantee that your book won’t offend or irritate anyone — no one can speak for an entire group, regardless of their experience or identity. As with any story critique from an experienced editor, you’ll get one person’s informed opinions.
Our sensitivity reader program was inspired in 2018 by a client who wanted specific feedback on her treatment of POC and LGBTQ characters in a historical novel. This new service is a natural evolution of our beta reader program, and we’re honored to offer it to authors who are passionate about representation, diversity, and inclusion in storytelling.
Rates start at $250 and include a full critical read and brief written notes by a professional reader in our network.
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From other pros:
Anna Hecker, Writer’s Digest: The Problem with Sensitivity Readers Isn’t What You Think It Is
Antoinette Scully, Black & Bookish: What Is a Sensitivity Reader?
Reedsy Blog: What Are Beta Readers and Sensitivity Readers?