I am currently CLOSED to all service requests.
Just recently I have decided to start providing beta and sensitivity reading services! Below you will find details for what I am offering. Below you will find what I provide and prices.
Please note that I have the right to accept or decline proposals with or without explanation, even if you follow my instructions to the dot. Please check the red text above to find out if I am currently accepting manuscripts.
What is a Beta Reader?
Beta Reading is when a reader goes through your finished, edited, but unpublished, manuscript and critiques it based off of a reader’s viewpoint rather than a writer’s.
I have read a multitude of books that have glaring issues that could have been easily fixed from another person’s POV. When adult authors attempt to write teen characters, it can sometimes turn out disastrously. I also have a somewhat wide contact with other readers, and understand what people look for in certain genres.
I also have taken multiple English high school and college classes, and have corrected college entrance essays and assignments for acquaintances and family. I am a Publishing major, and am familiar with the inner workings of literature.
What You’ll Get:
After a read through, you will get a 1 to 3 page document detailing what I thought of the plot, characters (as well as their development), setting (and world building), pacing, writing style and more. The document will have my general opinions as a reader and lover of books, as well as anything I might recommend being added or taken away.
I will also send along my notes that I took as I read, for a more thorough understanding of how/why I thought what I did.
What is 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.” – Writing in the Margins
Areas of Expertise:
- transgender/non-binary; [genderflux/fluid, agender, neutrois]
- aromantic/aro-spec; [autochorissexual AKA aegosexual]
- mental illness; specifically depression and anxiety
- biracial; white Latinx
- emotional abuse
- being a closeted teen in a conservative family/area
- sexual harassment/harassment at work
I have been reading a wide variety of novels for 5+ years, and have been reviewing them for over a year.
I have been out and proud as non-binary for about 3 years now. I have known I was ace-spec for about 4, and have known about my mental illnesses for 5 years. I have also read and reviewed multiple books that tackle these subjects, and often critique the representation due to inaccuracies or ignorance.
What You’ll Get:
After a read through, you will get a 1 to 4 page document detailing pros, cons, and anything else of note. I will point out page numbers/paragraphs/lines where problematic or stereotypical POVs come in, and my suggestions on what you could do to fix them.
As always, I will suggest getting more than one SR for a certain marginalization. Everyone has different experiences, therefore will have different opinions on representation.
For Both Beta & SRs:
Genres I Prefer Reading:
While I read a large variety of novels, my preferences change with my mood, and I’ll probably only accept a proposal if I am currently interested in reading something of that genre. Here’s a list of genres that I’m usually interested in reading:
- Fantasy (High/Low/Magical Realism/Paranormal/etc)
- Science Fiction (Space Opera/Dystopia/Futuristic/etc)
* – Depends on topic/plot.
Other Details to Consider/Include:
Your Email: Subject line should say: Sensitivity Read or Beta Read Inquiry, depending on which one you need. Please include genre, length (word count), and a short blurb. Obviously, if it’s a SR, mention what I’m SR-ing for. Specifically.
You must include content warnings, or I will not risk it. I personally need any emotional abuse, religious influences, mental illness, and suicide warnings. Asking for content warnings does not mean I won’t read your manuscript, it’s just to prepare myself for anything I might need to be wary of.
If there is any representation for marginalized people, please specify. If it’s a beta read, I might suggest SRs for certain subjects, and possibly recommend people to approach.
Formats I accept: I would prefer a .mobi or .pdf file, in order to transfer to my kindle for easier reading. I will accept Word or Google docs if either file type isn’t available. I will specify what email to send the .mobi file to after we are in agreement.
Lengths: I take both short stories and novels. For SRs, I can read just specific scenes, but that is a separate cost and will be discussed below. I will take anything from 1-100k, but please realize that an increase in length signifies an increase in the time it takes to read.
Time Restrictions: Keep in mind that I am a teen currently in school, and that I also have a job. Please specify if you have any time restrictions at all. Otherwise it could be anywhere from a week to a month (or more, depending on the time). If you are concerned/would like a time estimate, please inquire and I could supply one.
Since I am newer at this, my prices are less than what is recommended from the Writing in the Margins website. I have also based my prices on other Beta & Sensitivity Readers.
Novels [ 60k-100k ]:
Single Scenes [ less than 10k ]:
Other [ less than 60k, more than 100k ]:
Less than 60k:
More than 100k:**
** – These prices are tentative in the sense that it depends on how long the pieces actually are.
I will accept payment through Paypal (preferred) or Amazon gift card. If payment is difficult, I ask for half up front and half later, but otherwise must be paid up front. If payment is a problem, please still email me and we can work something else out.
– DISCLAIMER FOR SENSITIVITY READS: A marginalized person IS NOT a monolith! I highly suggest you employ MULTIPLE sensitivity readers for each minority in your manuscript. My experiences are valid, but do not define everyone’s experiences. My read-through does NOT guarantee your manuscript to be free of all problems. If we have a disagreement as such, I will direct you to this
If you are a teen writer or struggling with money, we can work prices out depending on what the projected price would be. I am also willing to accept other forms of payment, be it trades, or a form of delay pay (only if I know you/have worked with you before).
After you have read this page through COMPLETELY for the service you need, feel free to email me at email@example.com (And I will be able to tell if you read it or not. Don’t test me.)
“I commissioned Avery to give my latest novel-length manuscript a thorough trans/enby sensitivity read, and it was worth every penny. They caught things I’d missed and really helped improve it in a lot of ways. It’s a better story thanks to their help, and I’d absolutely recommend their services to anyone.”
– Dr. Richard Ford Burley, author of Mouse
“Avery brings necessary honesty to sensitivity reading. They read works carefully for material that may prove harmful or triggering. I hired Avery to review a story inspired by Batman and Miami during the 1980s. They did a thorough job examining the story and discussing appropriate and inappropriate terminology. If you want someone who will analyze a story, then you are in good hands.”
– Priya Sridhar, author of Neo-Mecha Mayhem & Carousel
this was updated as of: 08/02/18