If you’re concerned with issues of cultural representation and taking the steps to make sure you’re getting representation right, the services of a sensitivity reader may be for you.

What does a sensitivity reader do, exactly?

A sensitivity reader will carefully look through your work for issues of bias, stereotypes, and/or negatively charged language. This reading helps to verify that your work portrays various identities with accuracy and respect.

For more information on sensitivity reading and to see a database of sensitivity readers, please check out the Writing In the Margins website.

My qualifications:

My horror writing, creative nonfiction, and poetry have been published in anthologies, magazines, and online. I have experience in copy editing, acquisitions, beta reading, proofreading and book reviewing, in addition to reading for a juried writing competition.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English in 2013. My focus during this degree was primarily on postcolonial literary theory, Two-Spirit identity/Queer indigenous theory, and Canadian literature.

Areas of specialization:

As a writer, editor, and a mixed-race (Mi’kmaq) woman of color, I’m happy to offer my services as a sensitivity reader in the following areas:

– Mi’kmaq culture
– First Nations/Canadian Native cultures
– Mixed-race identity
– Native American cultures
– Queer Native identity

I can also offer generalized feedback on issues surrounding Two-Spirit identity and postcolonialism in the Americas.

Genres and focus:

While my main areas of focus are YA literature, horror fiction, experimental/bizarro, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, I’m happy to consider other genres and types of work. If you work outside of these areas, please let me know! I read voraciously and love finding new genres to love.

How much does it cost?

As per the Writing In the Margins recommended guidelines, a full manuscript of 60,000 – 100,000 words will cost $250 CAD. If your work is shorter, please feel free to get in touch.

Please note that effective January 15, 2018, my initial consultation fee is $25.00 CAD for short stories, poetry, proposals, et al. up to eight pages, with the remaining pages provided at $2.50 CAD per page.

For full manuscript evaluations shorter than 60,000 words, please contact me for a custom rate.

If you are a student or low-income writer, please feel free to contact me and we’ll work out a payment scale.

Please note that I am also willing to provide editorial feedback and proofreading at an additional rate.

Sound good? Please get in touch via the contact form below.