Sensitivity Reading and Editing Services

STATUS: Currently open to requests for all project types.

Get in touch to discuss your needs via the contact form here.


Sensitivity Reading

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, with quotes and page numbers, and one round of follow-up questions. I also provide in-line comments, research on specific topics and references for further sources 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, histories, and social issues

  • East and Southeast Asian histories and geographies - 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, Cantonese, and basic Japanese

  • 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)

  • Anti-imperialism and decolonisation

  • 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 story 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.

Sensitivity Consultation

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 based on a summary of your story and characters, and provide suggestions and resources 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.

Short Editorial Critique

You will receive:

  • A 1-3 page editorial letter on large-scale issues - plot, world building, character arcs, pacing and emotional resonance.

  • Up to 1 hour phone/video call on the feedback received (optional).


In-line comments and scene breakdowns are not included in this package. ​

Genres: Fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, horror. 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. 


I also provide critique and proofreading services for query letters, nonfiction and academic writing in the humanities (including university applications). Rates differ for academia and projects with urgent deadlines, please contact me to discuss.

Full Developmental Edit

I see this as a collaborative process, where I find the heart of the story you want to tell and help you make it as powerful as it can be.


You will receive:

  • A detailed editorial letter on the overall plot, character arcs, structure, and emotional beats.

  • Chapter/scene breakdowns with in-line comments.

  • Up to 3 hours of email/phone/video discussion to support you in integrating changes.

  • 1 read-through with a 1-page feedback piece after you have made revisions. ​


Genres: Fantasy, science fiction, romance. Adult and YA only. 

I require a minimum two (2) weeks for a MS under 60,000 words, and up to four (4) weeks for a MS over that. ​

I also offer custom packages to meet your needs exactly (example: a short editorial critique + proofreading + sensitivity read).

For first-time clients, I am happy to provide a sample edit (max 1 page of feedback) of a 500 word excerpt for free.

Terms and Conditions

  • A written email or formal contract with a deadline and all relevant details will be agreed to prior to the start of the working period. 

  • Line editing, copy editing, and proofreading are not included unless otherwise specified in the contract.

  • Prices follow USD but I also accept GBP, SGD or MYR currencies. Please specify if you would like to pay in any of the above currencies.

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!

 

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