Sensitivity Reading and Editing Services
STATUS: Available from September 1st, 2021 to work on all project types. Feel free to reach out in advance to discuss!
Get in touch via the contact form here.
I read for all genres and age ranges, checking for depictions of marginalised identities. My standard package includes a detailed report outlining big picture issues and actionable feedback, in-line comments in the manuscript, and one round of follow-up questions. I also provide research on specific topics, references for further sources, and customized consultant work on request.
I require a minimum of one (1) week for sensitivity reads, but am open to negotiate deadlines based on traffic.
Areas of expertise:
Overseas Chinese diaspora cultures and social issues
East and Southeast Asian histories and cultures - particularly China, Malaysia and Singapore
Queer representation - asexual, demisexual, bisexual experience, polyamorous relationships, and as a queer woman of colour
General Buddhist and Taoist beliefs and practices
Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay, Hokkien, and Cantonese
Multilingualism and code-switching, including use of Manglish/Singlish
Living in a SEA Islamic country
Living as an ethnic minority and migrant in the UK
Immigrant and expatriate experience within Asia and to the UK (any generation)
Decolonisation and power dynamics between the Global North and Global South
Working in theatre and film
Sensitivity reading is meant to help mitigate harm to marginalised peoples. My service does not automatically entail an endorsement of the manuscript, a defense against criticism from other parties, or a guarantee that the work is free of any and all problematic content. My name may not be misused in such context.
Due to the emotional labour of sensitivity reading, all reads are charged a minimum of USD $50 regardless of length. Besides full manuscripts, I also accept partial reads (if the section can be evaluated without context of the full manuscript) and other mediums like novellas, short stories, nonfiction, plays, screenplays, comic books and TTRPG. Discounts are available for writers from underrepresented backgrounds.
Please include the identities you want me to read for when you get in touch.
I offer email/phone/video consults on concepts, outlines, early drafts and guidance on further research if you are approaching writing a character or social context outside your own lived experience.
This service is most useful for writers at an early stage of the narrative, as it prevents stories from being built on problematic foundations. I will provide a detailed analysis, suggestions and resources based on a summary of your story and characters, and work with you on how to avoid pitfalls.
I require a minimum of one (1) week for a sensitivity consultation.
Please use the contact form to inquire about next steps and rates.
You will receive:
A short editorial letter on overarching structural issues - plot, world building, character arcs, pacing and emotional resonance.
Up to 30 minutes phone/video call on the feedback received (optional).
In-line comments and scene breakdowns are not included in this package.
Genres: Fantasy, science fiction, slipstream, romance, historical fiction. All age ranges.
I require a minimum of one (1) week for a MS under 60,000 words, and up to three (3) weeks for a MS over that.
Substantive / Developmental Edit
I see this as a collaborative process, where we work together to find the heart of your story and make it as powerful as it can be.
You will receive:
Two rounds of editing
First round: a detailed editorial letter on the overall plot, character arcs, structure, and emotional beats.
Second round: manuscript assessment based on author revisions.
Line/style edits may be discussed after I have reviewed the sample pages.
Up to 2 hours of email/phone/video discussion to support you in integrating changes.
Genres: Fantasy, science fiction, romance. Adult and YA only.
I also offer custom packages to meet your needs exactly (example: manuscript assessment + proofreading + sensitivity read).
For first-time clients, I offer a free sample edit (max 1 page of feedback) of the first chapter / first 10 pages.
Other Types of Editing - Agent Submission / Academic Editing / Proofreading
I provide critique and proofreading services for query letters, nonfiction, and academic writing in the humanities and social sciences (including UK UCAS university applications).
Rates differ for nonfiction and academia, please contact me to discuss.
Terms and Conditions
A written email or formal contract with all relevant details will be agreed to prior to the start of the working period.
Payment is accepted in USD or GBP.
Copyediting and proofreading are not included unless otherwise specified in the contract.
If you are a student or writer from an underrepresented background and unable to afford full rates, we can work out discounts or payment plans.
You can make inquiries and request a quote via the contact form here.
I look forward to working with you!