I am now offering two different packages of editing services for writers: beta reading and sensitivity reading. I have a passion for helping authors improve their manuscripts, and that’s exactly why I created these services. Please continue reading if you feel either of these are what you’re looking for! If you would like to see what others have to say about my services, testimonials are located at the bottom of the page.
BETA READING PACKAGE
What is beta reading?
Beta reading is when a person reads a writer’s unpublished but finished manuscript and critiques it. Beta readers are for you if you’ve already been through several rounds of edits and need critique from a reader’s standpoint.
Why should you hire me as a beta reader?
I am someone who’s been reading and reviewing Young Adult books for the past 4+ years. I read hundreds of YA books every year, and have much experience in reading, reviewing, and writing this genre. I know what is liked in YA, and what to avoid. I have been beta reading manuscripts for years, initially just for friends and critique partners, and later for writers across the world with these services. I can help you get your manuscript in perfect shape for whatever your next step may be, whether that is querying, self-publication, sharing with friends and family, or whatever it may be.
What is included in this beta reading package:
I will read your book and look at the big picture details. After a full read-through of your manuscript, you will receive a one to three page edit letter focusing on things that may include plot, pacing, character development, worldbuilding, writing, and more. I will be also be looking for your characterization of teenagers: whether it feels authentic, the use of technology, the credibility of dialogue, etc. The edit letter is focused on my thoughts on the book as a reader, and especially as a teenager, for whom YA is marketed.
What books do I accept for beta reading?
I only offer my services for all genres of Young Adult fiction, because I have the most experience in this category. If you have a Middle Grade or Adult novel, you should find someone better suited for helping you improve your manuscript.
I charge 100 dollars for books between 60,000 and 100,000 words. If your novel is not between 60,000 and 100,000 words, the price will differ, so be sure to mention this in your email. I require this payment through PayPal, paid before I begin reading your manuscript.
SENSITIVITY READING PACKAGE
What is 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.’
Why should you hire me as a sensitivity reader?
I have done countless sensitivity reads for both published and unpublished authors. I have the life experiences of a queer person, having dealt with many of the various events that come with it: questioning, coming out, being in relationships, dealing with homophobia, etc. I can help you see problematic things you may easily overlook, and to the best of my ability offer suggestions to keep your book from harming others. If you include a marginalized character in your story – even if you are of that identity yourself – there may be problems or internalized biases, and I can help point them out and help you create a plan to fix them.
What identities do I sensitivity read for?
•aromantic spectrum representation
•bisexual, biromantic, pansexual, panromantic, queer, and/or wlw representation
For the above marginalized identities, I can sensitivity read for any character in the novel where there is a possibility that readers could be hurt by the representation, which is not necessarily the main character.
What is included in this sensitivity reading package:
I will read your book and look at your portrayal of these identities. You will receive a one to three page edit letter focusing on things that may include problematic foundations, harmful stereotypes, specific problematic lines within the text, and more. I will answer any specific questions you have regarding things I mention in my edit letter and/or things that I do not mention. I am also open to continuing to discuss through email a plan to fix the problematic aspects of the story.
What books do I accept for sensitivity reading?
I offer my services for all genres of both Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction.
For manuscripts between 60,000 and 100,000 words, I charge 200$. I require this payment through PayPal, paid before I begin reading your manuscript. For specific scenes where a sensitivity read is needed under 10,000 words, I charge 25$. I also require this payment through PayPal, paid before I begin reading your manuscript. If your novel does not fit these options, the price will differ, so be sure to mention this in your email.
FOR BOTH PACKAGES:
I do not read Adult fiction, religious/spiritual books, or poetry work.
Your manuscript needs to be finished and have gone through several drafts.
You must understand that I cannot accept every manuscript: If I feel like we aren’t suited for each other or the timing is not right for me, I will let you know.
The turnaround time will vary based on the length of project as well as my schedule, so I will be sure to discuss that with you before committing to anything. However, rarely does the turnaround time exceed three weeks. If there is a specific date you need the edit letter by, please let me know before we begin working together, and we can discuss if it will be possible.
I will only be accepting the money through PayPal. There are no refunds for any project, because you are paying for my time reading the manuscript.
You can email me at Bookishnessandtea@gmail.com if you’re interested in either of my services. Put in the subject line of the email “Beta Reading Services” or “Sensitivity Reading Services”, depending on what you’re looking for. Please give a synopsis/summary of the book, the word count, genre, links to your profiles on social media, and the specific marginalization(s) of your characters if you are interested in a sensitivity read. I look forward to hearing from you!
“I’m so thrilled I had the chance to hire Ava as a sensitivity reader for my 2018 HarperCollins book. Ava read quickly, and provided rich, detailed feedback about broad dynamics in the book, as well as pinpointing smaller, more specific microaggressions. She clearly understood my characters and my story, and her feedback reflected that. I feel lucky I got to collaborate with her on this book, and I recommend her as a sensitivity reader without reservation.”
-Becky Albertalli, author of SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED, and LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT
“Not only were Ava’s initial sensitivity notes both encouraging and in-depth, she was also very quick to answer questions I had and even assisted me in coming up with solutions to the problems she discovered in the manuscript. Highly recommend her sensitivity AND beta services, and can’t wait to hire her again!”
-Nic Stone, author of DEAR MARTIN
“I’m so glad I hired Ava as a sensitivity reader during the early stages of drafting my manuscript because she offered detailed feedback on the characters and story. She also talked me through the nuanced issues at play, making sure I didn’t introduce or repeat issues while editing. I can’t wait to work with her again.”
-Linsey Miller, author of MASK OF SHADOWS
“When I started a new project, I knew I would need sensitivity readers for character representation. I selected Ava as one of my readers and was very impressed by her detailed notes, her suggestions and her timeliness. I would trust her with any manuscript going forward, and think highly of her and her talents.”
-Carrie Ann DiRisio, author of BROODING YA HERO: BECOMING A MAIN CHARACTER (ALMOST) AS AWESOME AS ME
“I am so glad I hired Ava as a sensitivity reader for my aromantic genderfluid Sleeping Beauty story! Ava’s notes were wonderfully enthusiastic and exceedingly helpful, pointing out which parts she liked and worked for her (which is so massively helpful to me as an author) and making suggestions around the rough parts which needed changing or polishing up. She worked quickly and thoroughly, and was available for quick follow-up questions as needed. She’s one of the best sensitivity readers I’ve worked with and I will definitely hire her again.”
– Ana Mardoll, author of NO MAN OF WOMAN BORN
“Ava is probably the best beta reader I could’ve asked for. Not only did she finish her reading and edits faster that I ever expected; but her notes and suggestions and changes made my story all the better for her hard work. With her eye for grammar, and details big and small, Ava’s work was crucial in my editing and I can’t recommend her enough!”
-Mason Deaver, author of I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST, BEN DE BACKER