Sensitivity Reading

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 with direct expertise:

  • Mexican American rep
  • First generation immigrant experience
  • Growing up Catholic
  • Growing up low-income
  • Living in the Latinx diaspora
  • Border-towns ( California/Mexico)
  • Chronic pain ( TMJ)
  • Anxiety
  • Parasomnia

Note: Experience creates perspective, so I cannot speak for everyone’s experience but mine. I will do my best to point out potentially harmful or problematic content.

What makes me the right fit?

Hi, I’m Andrea! I am the daughter of Mexican immigrants and was born and raised in Southern California.I grew up in a low income household under the hot desert sun in a predominantly Mexican neighborhood. I am a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with B.A.’s in Literary Journalism and Film and Media Studies. I’m well versed in film, television, and literary analysis. I am also a freelance writer, editor, and content creator. I have bylines in Tor.com, TheYoungFolks.com, Locale Mag, GPSCVB, and Society19.

Online, I am a Latina book reviewer and focus most of my reading on Latinx literature. I am the co-creator of Latinx-a-thon, an online reading challenge that is dedicated to reading Latinx authored literature. Check out our Oprah Mag feature, here!

What Categories do I Read?

I read most categories, just include the genre and details in the body of your email.

You Will Receive:

  • A detailed suggestion letter with comprehensive notes.
  • Recommendations in relation to any Spanish/ Spanish slang. ( more specifically Mexican/ Mexican American Spanish )
  • I will answer any specific questions/follow up regarding information within letter if need be.

I will try to respond to your initial inquiry within 24 hours. Turn around for my services is 1-2 weeks, but always on time. If you have a requested turn around time that falls outside of this time frame, please let me know.

Pricing:

My rate is 0.006/ per word for manuscripts over 10,000 words. Prices may vary depending on manuscript length and turn around time.

I accept payments via Paypal, Venmo, and other electronic methods. If there is a different way you would like to pay, please let me know.

Discounts and payment plans are available for POC writers and students. Please let me know in the body of the text.

Past Clients Include: Macmillan, Penguin Random House and more.

Testimonials:

I hired Andrea as a sensitivity reader for THE DEAD AND THE DARK and I couldn’t be happier. Andrea was timely, professional, and incredibly thorough. She went above and beyond and covered aspects of the book I hadn’t even thought to ask about. I can’t recommend her enough!

Courtney Gould, author of The Dead and The Dark

Contact:

Fill out the form below or email me at: bookramble@gmail.com with the subject line “Sensitivity Reader Inquiry”. In your message, please include: Manuscript Name/Genre, Word Count, and areas you would like me to read for.

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