Showing posts with label sensitivity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sensitivity. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Need A Sensitivity Reader or Some Editing? | Blog News

As you may or may not know, I do editing on the side. Until now, it's been more of a word of mouth kind of thing, I've never really publicly opened to editing before.

Maybe you've also seen the shiny new tab on my blog. 
Let me introduce you to all the things I'm offering.

Note that I have about 4 years of publishing experience, among them more than two years of literary agency experience writing reader reports and improving manuscripts, and am currently with a major indie publisher in the editing department.

If you'd like some more info on my credentials, feel free to email me and ask.

SENSITIVITY READING


So, if you're not familiar with the concept, a sensitivity reader is a marginalized person that checks for problematic content in terms of representation in your manuscript.

Note that every sensitivity read is different, should you need me to check for all my areas of expertise, this will also affect the price. To determine how much you can expect exactly, I made a tentative list of prices.

Areas of expertise: 

  • bisexual/biromantic
  • biracial
  • black
  • disability+chronic illness
  • bi/multilingual
  • ace-spectrum
  • immigrants/immigration.
I'm also a native German speaker and live here, if you need someone to fact check your German characters, I'm your gal.
  • REGULAR (starting at $0.004 per word)
A regular sensitivity read includes a 1-3 page editorial letter detailing my general impression, suggestions, problem areas I'd advise you to edit, and possible revision ideas.
Turnaround time: 1 week for 50k, after booking date.

  • LINE EDIT (starting at $0.0075 per word)
A line edit includes the regular sensitivity read package with a 3-6 page editorial letter detailing my general impression, suggestions, problem areas, and possible revision ideas, plus me commenting through word track changes while I read so you know exactly what aspects I had issues with.
Turnaround time: 10 days for 50k, after booking date.


EDITING SERVICES

Note that this does not include any sensitivity reading. I will not comment on your maybe/maybe not problematic rep and strictly stick to commenting on craft issues. My editing style focuses a lot on big picture issues. However, I like to give a comprehensive evaluation of your manuscript mentioning any and all changes that I think would improve the quality of your work.

Areas of expertise: Only YA.

  • REGULAR (starting at $0.004 per word)
A regular edit includes a 1-3 page editorial letter detailing my general impression, suggestions and possible revision ideas. I will also comment on grammar, plot, and characters.
Turnaround time: 1 week for 50k, after booking date.

  • LINE EDIT (starting at $0.007 per word)
A line edit includes the regular sensitivity read package with a 3-6 page editorial letter detailing my general impression, suggestions, and possible revision ideas, and comments on writing, plot, and characters. I will also be commenting through word track changes while I read so you know exactly what aspects I had issues with and will be able to revise more easily.
Turnaround time: 10 days for 50k, after booking date.

COMBOS

SENSITIVITY REGULAR+EDITING REGULAR: (starting $0.006 per word)
You're saving $100 on a 50k manuscript compared to booking separately. This includes the REGULAR sensitivity reading and editing packages combined.
Turnaround time: 10 days for 50k, after booking date.

SENSITIVITY LINE EDIT+EDITING LINE EDIT: (starting $0.01 per word)
You're saving $225 on a 50k manuscript compared to booking separately. This includes the LINE EDIT sensitivity reading and editing packages combined.
Turnaround time: 14 days for 50k, after booking date.

+ SPEED BONUS (+20% of the package you book)
This can be booked with every package and will guarantee you a speed turnaround time. Your manuscript will be prioritized effect immediately and I'll drop everything else to get going.
Turnaround time: Full speed is around 50 pages/day for just a sensitivity read, maybe 40/day for a line edit.

CONTACT

Send all inquiries to actualbookavid(at)gmail(dot)com

Be sure to include all details about your project, possible deadlines, budget, and naming the package you'd like to book.


IMPORTANT:

  • If you're marginalized or a student and very badly need a sensitivity reader or an editor, we can work something out. I'd be open to lowering the price a bit. Teens get extra special discounts, but I'll need proof.
  • Also? Patreon supporters (for 2+ months, to avoid people abusing this) get up to 35% off my editing services. So that's nice. 

Spread the word. Looking to book folks in right now, I've got space. :)

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

[Review] Holding Up the Universe - Jennifer Niven: Obesity and Prosopagnosia




In HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE, the world's fattest teen Libby, and Jack, who lives with prosopagnosia are sent to group counselling and community service.

What intrigued me: I was curious about Niven's books. The premise didn't necessarily pique my interest, I would've picked anything she'd release next.


Extraordinary writing and voice

HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE certainly does bring a breath of fresh air into the genre with it's incredibly unique characters. From page 1 Niven is absolutely able to suck you into the story, to make you hear the characters' voices. 

She has an extraordinary feel for making characters speak aloud inside your head and make you forget that you are reading a fictional story, which undoubtedly shows that Niven is an insanely talented writer. However, it's the topic of choice that absolutely negates all of that for me and makes me disregard it almost completely when reviewing this.

Sensitivity is a necessity when you tell the stories of marginalized people.

When writing about marginalized identities, you have to be extra careful. There's just something about the tone of Niven's voice that irks me and makes me feel uncomfortable. HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE is told from the dual perspective of two teens who are obese and suffering from prosopagnosia (an illness that makes you unable to recognize faces) respectively. 

And both teens express extreme hatred towards themselves and their lives. Especially when you're including multiple teens who derive from "the norm", you shouldn't make them all hate themselves. This isn't how positivity works, this isn't the representation marginalized people are asking for. This story wasn't written for people who are obese or have prosopagnosia. 

All HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE is teaching readers and teens who might live with the same illness that they should hate themselves. That they can only be loved by someone who is ill, too, if at all. I'm sure this isn't the intention, certainly not what Niven's trying to say, but this is exactly why it's so important to be nuanced and incredibly careful when tackling very real topics that affect real lives. 

In fact, I do think that to some extent this story (of course) is told for the shock value. It's oozing from the language Niven chooses to let their characters describe themselves. But I think we need to move past that. Stop telling the stories of marginalized people because it's shocking or seeminlgy "innovative". Start telling the stories of people who happen to be marginalized instead. HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE certainly does not belong to the latter.

Rating:

☆☆

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE simply makes me uncomfortable. I couldn't enjoy the story, despite very skillfull writing and strong character voices, which I usually applaud authors for. If the topic was approached with more sensitivity, this could have the potential to become a fantastic masterpiece, but for me it absolutely falls flat the way it is and disappoints.



Additional Info

Published: October 4th 2016
Pages: 400
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN:  9780385755924

Synopsis:
"Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.  

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. 
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours."(Source: Goodreads)

How do you feel about fat/mentally-ill characters for shock value?

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