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.

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My Expertise:

Education:

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with minors in Criminal Justice and Gender/Queer Studies from the 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 Puerto Rican Society
  • Social Problems and Latin American Society
  • Principles of Political Science
  • Gender and Visual Arts
  • Queer Sexualities
  • General Psychology
  • Latin American Literature
  • Feminist Theories & Methodologies
  • Gender & Sexuality Writing
  • English Literature: Mystery/Detective Fiction
  • Theories of Justice
  • Theories of Law
  • Modern Imperialism: Cause and Effects in Latin American Society
  • French I y II and Intermediate French
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 asexual/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
– asexual/aromantic spectrum characters
– characters with mental illness (will point out ableism, if any)
– Poverty situations
– Different sociological issues

Prices*:

Prices will be discussed on a case to case basis, and depends on word count, time frame, themes, and genres.

* I am willing to negotiate prices if you are self-published or a teen author.
*I can also negotiate based on your budget.
  • 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*:

Prices will be discussed on a case to case basis.

* 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:

“Reading for Puerto Rican identity, Marianne provided valuable input that helped me strengthen my MG manuscript.  Her comments were direct and easy to understand and often supported with resources to help me revise effectively. It was a pleasure to work with someone so friendly and professional! Thank you, Marianne!”

-Kathi Morrison-Taylor, author

“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

“Marianne provided a sensitivity read on my manuscript, which features biracial and Puerto Rican characters. She offered specific aspects to consider improving, with links to outside sources for research purposes, and was both professional and helpful. I appreciate her insights and would recommend her services.”

Marlaina Cockcroft, children’s book writer and freelance editor