Services

I’ve decided to start a couple of services for authors: sensitivity reading and beta reading.

Beta Reading

As a beta reader, I will read through your manuscript focusing on character, plot, worldbuilding, pacing and writing style.

I will write out a 1 – 2 page critique letter covering issues I’ve found within the manuscript and some suggestions on how to fix these. I will keep a chapter by chapter sheet of notes/thoughts as I’m reading it, which you may request a copy of if you wish (for no additional charge).

Prices:

I will charge $50 USD for a manuscript between 50-100,000 words.

I accept payment through PayPal, paid in full before I start beta reading. I don’t do refunds.


Sensitivity Reading

“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

As a sensitivity reader, I will read through your manuscript and locate anything harmful towards marginalised groups. Of course, I don’t speak for all groups and I can’t guarantee to point out everything.

I will write out a 1 – 2 page critique letter covering things such as harmful stereotypes and language. I will also provide some suggestions for you to fix these errors (if you wish to).

I offer my services for these areas:

  • Asexual
  • Aromantic
  • Pan Aesthetic
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorder
  • Psychotic Episode (In the process of being diagnosed, still currently having minor symptoms). My episode was primarily in delusions of persecution, visual and tactile hallucinations.

I will try my hardest to catch as many errors as I can, but as minority groups aren’t monolith, I may not catch everything. I will certainly try my best.

Prices:

I will charge $70 USD for a manuscript between 50-100,000 words.

I accept payment through PayPal, paid in full before I start the reading. I don’t do refunds.

Reading Preferences

I will read only Young Adult books (with some exception for New Adult, Adult and Middle Grade, please email me as I might be interested).

  • Science Fiction
  • High Fantasy, Urban Fantasy and Historical Fantasy
  • Historical Fiction
  • Contemporary (contemporary fantasy is preferred)

will not be reading any erotica. I also don’t particularly like romance to be the main theme of the book.

To Submit

Send me an email to chelsea@anybody.co.nz or through my contact page. Please use the subject line to say with reading you would like. In the message, please include the title, genre, word count and your name. Please include a brief summary of your manuscript and which sensitivities you want me to particularly look out for. (ie, anxiety, aromantic rep, etc).

** Prices are in US Dollar.

Testimonials

I asked Chelsea to read over my manuscript as a beta reader and am so thankful I did. Her response was quick, her comments short and to the point. She was also open to letting me talk about her comments to try and find a way to work it out. She also pointed out things that could have been problematic and offensive that I hadn’t noticed. I totally would recommend her as a beta reader.” – Charlotte A. Hamilton. twitter, blog.