Services

Thank you for considering my services! I offer sensitivity reading and editing services to writers who seek assistance with their manuscripts. Please read through the below information to see what I have to offer, and if you have any questions then please contact me.

I offer the following services, which are described further down on this page:

  • Sensitivity Reading
  • Beta Reading
  • Line-By-Line Editing
  • Proofreading

Categories and Genres I Read

I will read Middle Grade, Young Adult, and New Adult manuscripts of all genres, and I will read Adult manuscripts in the horror/thriller/contemporary genres. I have a preference for contemporary and horror manuscripts, though I am happy to read other genres as well.

Manuscript Formatting

Please ensure that your manuscript is complete and has gone through several drafts before employing my services. It will be a better use of my time and your money if you wait to hire me after you have edited your manuscript.

I prefer documents in .doc or .docx format; please note that unless we make other arrangements I will be using Microsoft Word’s track changes feature, and I will need your document to be compatible with Word. Please double-space your pages and use a 12-point font. I prefer Garamond over other fonts.

Time Frame

I can typically finish looking over a project in two weeks or less, however the actual time frame will depend on my schedule and the size of your manuscript. We will discuss deadlines before I begin working with your project.

Payment

I accept payment through PayPal. I require 50% of the agreed-upon fees upon hiring and the remaining 50% upon completion. Prices are determined based on the performed service and the number of words in your manuscript. Because you are paying for my time, there are no refunds.

Discounts for Diverse Books, Diverse Writers, and Students!

I really want to see more diverse books in the world, so I offer a 10% discount to marginalized writers and to writers whose projects involve diverse characters. (I am using the definition of “diverse” found in the We Need Diverse Books Mission Statement.) If you qualify for this discount, please make a note of this upon making a booking request.

I also offer discounts for students because I believe that these services are important and should be accessible and affordable. If you are a student who would like to hire me but cannot afford my regular prices, please send me a message and I would be happy to discuss alternative rates with you.

Booking Services

To request my services, please use the form found on the bottom of this page. Please tell me the category and genre of your project, your project’s word count, a short description of your project, what type of services you are looking for, and any other information you think will be helpful. Please note that filling out the form is only the first step in booking my services, and it does not bind me to your project.

Services Offered

Sensitivity Reading

What this is:

Sensitivity reading is reading a manuscript and paying attention to marginalized characters to ensure the representation is as accurate as possible and not offensive. This is especially useful for writers who do not possess the same marginalized identities as a character and needs the perspective of someone who does possess that marginalized identity, and it can also be useful for writers who do possess that marginalized identity and want another set of eyes. By hiring me as a sensitivity reader, you will receive help catching and fixing any potential problems regarding these marginalized identities in your manuscript. Please note in the comments section of the contact form what specific identities you have represented in your manuscript.

What I can read for:

  • Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Predominantly Inattentive-type (ADHD-PI)
  • Emotional Abuse in Friendships
  • Dermatillomania/Excoriation (Compulsive Skin-Picking)
  • Touch-Aversion
  • Misophonia
  • Insomnia
  • Syncope/Pre-Syncope (Fainting/Near-Fainting)
  • Non-binary/trans
  • Demi/gray-asexual/ace-spec
  • Demi/gray-aromantic/aro-spec
  • Bisexual/Biromantic/Gay
  • Questioning Sexuality or Gender

What you will receive:

I will read your manuscript, paying attention to your portrayal of the identities listed above, and I will leave comments in your manuscript (using Microsoft Word’s track changes feature) about specific problems I see in the text. I will also write you a critique of at least one page regarding general thoughts about how well the representation was handled. The amount of comments you receive will depend on the number of issues I find in the text.

Pricing: $0.004 per word.

 

Beta Reading

What this is:

Beta reading is reading a manuscript and critiquing for content on a general scale. This is useful for writers who want a second set of eyes to look at consistency, character development, story structure, and continuity. By hiring me as a beta reader, you will receive help catching any issues regarding these qualities in order to help you create a better manuscript.

What you will receive:

I will read your manuscript, paying attention to consistency, character development, story structure, continuity, and other qualities that you request, and write you a critique of at least two pages regarding strengths and weaknesses in these areas. I will also refer to specific examples in the text (using Microsoft Word’s track changes feature) in order to help you identify how to best address these issues. The amount of comments you receive will depend on the number of issues I find in the text.

Pricing: $0.003 per word.

 

Line-By-Line Editing

What this is:

Line-by-line editing is reading a manuscript and critiquing for content throughout the manuscript. This is much like a beta read in terms of what is looked at, but instead of receiving more general comments regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript as a whole, you will receive specific comments throughout the manuscript about what is and isn’t working.

What you will receive:

I will read your manuscript, paying attention to consistency, character development, story structure, continuity, and other qualities that you request, and leave comments in the text (using Microsoft Word’s track changes feature) about specific strengths and weaknesses in the manuscript. I will also write you a critique of at least two pages regarding strengths and weaknesses in these areas. A line-by-line edit will include significantly more specific comments in the text than a beta read.

Pricing: $0.005 per word.

 

Proofreading

What this is:

Proofreading is reading a manuscript and correcting grammatical and formatting errors. This is especially useful for writers who plan on self-publishing and want someone else to look over their manuscript before they publish their work. By hiring me to proofread your manuscript, you will receive help ensuring that your manuscript contains as few grammatical and formatting errors as possible.

What you will receive:

I will read your manuscript and correct any issues involving grammar and formatting I find. I will go over your manuscript three times total to ensure that I catch as many errors as I can. All corrections will be made using Microsoft Word’s track changes feature to ensure that you know what all has been changed. Please note that proofreading does not include any comments regarding the content of the story.

Pricing: $0.004 per word.