Sensitivity/Beta Reads

What’s a Sensitivity Reader? 

A sensitivity reader reads through a manuscript for issues of representation and for instances of bias on the page.  The goal of a sensitivity reader isn’t to edit a manuscript clarity and logic, although that may be an additional service offered. A sensitivity reader reviews a manuscript for internalized bias and negatively charged language.  A sensitivity reader is there to help make sure you do not make a mistake, but they are also NOT a guarantee against making a mistake.

Write in the Margins

My Expertise:

Education:

I am currently in my last year of studies as a Sociology major with minors in Criminal Justice and Gender/Queer Studies. (University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus)

Relevant Coursework:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
  • Sociology and Religion
  • Introduction to Antropology
  • Criminology
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Sociology of Violence and Aggression
  • Social Problems and the Puerto Rican Society
  • Social Problems and the Latin American Society
  • Principles of Political Science
  • Gender and Visual Arts
  • Queer Sexualities
  • General Psychology
  • Latin American Literature
  • Religious Literature
  • English Literature: Mystery/Detective Fiction
  • French I y II and Intermediate French

Was also part of different clubs such as:

  • The English Club
  • Pre-Law Society
  • The Literature Club
  • Honor Society
Other than education experience, I also have extensive informal experience, such as:
  • New-York-born Puerto Rican. Lived my early years in the Bronx.
  • 17+ years living in Puerto Rico, surrounded by different latinx cultural influences.
  • 17+ years living under colonialism.
  • Large extended family of puerto ricans and dominicans.
  • Fluent in both Spanish and English.
  • Knowledgeable in French.

Direct experiences with:

  • Being part of the LGBTQIA+ community (specifically with bi/pansexuality and aromantic spectrum)
  • Mental Illness (specifically depression/anxiety)
  • Growing up in an Immigrant household
  • Growing up in a Latinx household
  • Being Latinx
  • Being Biracial
  • Puerto Rican/Latinx diaspora
  • Poverty
  • Living with grandparents/Caring for sick grandparents
  • Caring for grandparents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Dealing with abusive parents
  • Growing up with strict familial expectations

What I can sensitivity read for:

– Puerto Rican/Latinx characters
– Puerto Rican/ Latinx (inspired) settings
– Puerto Rican/ Latinx issues
– Latinx immigrant situations
– Use of Spanish words/phrases (in terms of context, linguistics, etc)
– bisexual/biromantic/pansexual/panromantic characters
– aromantic spectrum characters
– characters with mental illness (will point out ableism, if any)
– Poverty situations
– Different sociological issues

Prices*:

  • 30,000 words and under: $25
  • 30,001 – 60,000 words = $25 + (#of words) (0.0005 per word) 
  • 60,001 to 100,000 =  $55 + (# of words) (.0006 per word)
  • Over 100,000 words = We will negotiate
* I am willing to negotiate prices if you are self-published or a teen author.
*I can also negotiate based on your budget.
* Prices will vary depending on what topics you’d like me to sensitivity read for, as well as how fast you would need me to read your manuscript.
  • I accept the following forms of payment

– Amazon Gift Cards (for amounts of $50 or lower)
– Paypal

What’s included:

After reading I will include comments on the manuscript as well as a 1-to-3 page document detailing aspects such as my general impression, harmful stereotypes to avoid (if relevant), problematic content (with quotes or passages pointed out), suggestions, and whether or not you’ll need sensitivity readers in other areas.

A sensitivity read can take from 4 to 6 weeks, but if you need it sooner we can also discuss dates.

Disclaimers:

  • If for any reason I cannot complete the Sensitivity Read, I will refund depending on how far I’ve gotten through the manuscript.
  • I expect payment upfront, but I can also devise payment plans in which I will only read depending on the monetary amount I have received.
  • I am NOT a guarantee that your work will be free of all problematic content. I do not speak for all.
  • I am willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement after discussing it with my lawyer first.

Reading Preferences

  • Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance, SFF, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Historical Fiction,
  • Middle Grade – Any
  • New Adult – Romance, Science Fiction
  • Adult – Romance (I will be picky for this genre)

To request a SR:

Contact Me at: marianneereads (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject line: Sensitivity Read Services, and please include the following:

  • Synopsis or summary of book
  • Word Count
  • Genre
  • You social media links (Twitter, Goodreads, etc)
  • What you want me to sensitivity read for
  • Target Audience
* Your manuscript must be finished and have gone through the drafting process.
* I reserve the right to not accept every request.

Beta Reads

As a beta reader, I will read your novel before publication, and criticize it from a professional point of view. I’ll point of different flaws that may exist in world-building, dialogue, narrative, etc, and give you suggestions on how they can be better. I am NOT an editor, but I could also help with that for an extra price.

A beta read can take from 4 to 6 weeks, but if you need it sooner we can also discuss dates.

What I will point out in your Beta Read:

  • Plot
  • Characters/Character Voice(s)
  • Setting
  • Pacing
  • Dialogue/Use of slang/Authenticity
  • My Overall Thoughts

Prices*:

  • 30,000 and under (60 pages or less) = $25
  • 30,001 – 60,000 = $75
  • 60,001 to 100,000 =  $150
  • Over 100,000 words = We will negotiate
* I am willing to negotiate prices if you are self-published or a teen author.
*I can also negotiate based on your budget.

Disclaimers:

See Above in “Sensitivity Reads”

Reading Preferences:

See Above in “Sensitivity Reads”

To request a BR:

Contact Me at: marianneereads (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject line: Beta Read Services, and please include the following:

  • Synopsis or summary of book
  • Word Count
  • Genre
    You social media links (Twitter, Goodreads, etc)
  • Target Audience

If you have any other questions or concerns you can also email me at marianneereads (at) gmail (dot) com. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. 

Testimonials:

“My coauthor, Avon Gale, and I hired Marianne as a sensitivity reader for our our novel, OFF THE ICE, which includes a Latinx character. She delivered her notes before the promise date, and her insightful feedback went above and beyond simply reading for cultural representation to address other potential areas we might wish to revisit, which we appreciated. I would highly recommend Marianne’s services, and would definitely hire her again in the future.”

–Piper Vaughn, author

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