What is a Sensitivity Reader?
When your story includes characters of a different identity than yours, it helps to have someone with personal knowledge and experience of that identity read your work and help you avoid any missteps. The concept of sensitivity readers stems, as many great initiatives do, from Black people who offered their services to white people attempting to include Black characters in their stories. Sensitivity readers now exist for Black, Latinx, Asian, Muslim, and LGBTQIA+ identities, among others.
My personal knowledge and experience gives me the skill to be a sensitivity reader for stories which include:
- Orthodox characters
- Orthodox settings like Boro Park, Williamsburg, or Lakewood
- ex-Orthodox characters
- organizations for ex-Orthodox people like Footsteps
- bisexual, asexual, demisexual, or panromantic characters
- nonbindary, genderfluid, or agender characters
(a novel of average length will average $500)