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 juried writing competitions.

I also have a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English. 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 general feedback on issues surrounding Two-Spirit identity and postcolonialism in the Americas.

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Main genres and focus:

  • YA literature, any genre
  • Horror fiction
  • Speculative or SFF – sci-fi, fantasy, and everything in-between!
  • Literary fiction
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Poetry

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 to 100,000 words will cost $250 CAD.

If your work is shorter, please feel free to get in touch!

Consultation for short stories, poetry, proposals, outlines and concept pitches are $25.00 CAD for up to eight pages, with the remaining pages provided at $2.50 CAD per page.

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

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

 

 






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