Authenticity readers

What are authenticity readers?

Authenticity readers, also called diversity readers or sensitivity readers, are professional readers who help authors identify unconscious bias in their work. They are people whose lived experience informs their perspective as they scout out microaggressions against marginalized and underrepresented people.

Would your manuscript benefit from authenticity readers?

If you’re unsure about how privilege and power dynamics are handled in your manuscript and you’d like honest, considerate feedback on how to revise toward more diversity and inclusivity, working with authenticity readers is a great idea.

We think that if you’re writing the other and are wondering how your work is coming across, 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, headed by Consulting Editor Sun Cooper, 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. Contact Meghan for more information.


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