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As a disabled author, I welcome other authors who want to write authentic disabled characters. I'm available for sensitivity reading and consulting in the following areas:
Spinal muscular atrophy/muscular dystrophy
Power wheelchair and wheelchair use
With a sensitivity read, I will go through your manuscript and give feedback on the sensitivity area I'm reading for. I'll provide in-text comments and suggestions as well as an edit letter. This service also includes a second review should you wish to implement any edits I suggested.
For a slightly higher fee I will look for plot holes, pacing issues, and minor grammatical errors in the entire manuscript. This is not an in-depth copy edit, but I will point out any issues I see. A second review is not included, but can be added for an additional fee.
Sensitivity Read $25 per 10,000 words
Sensitivity Read + Manuscript Edit $30 per 10,000 words
I'm also available for sensitivity consults if you just have some general questions or need help brainstorming a concept. Please contact me for pricing.
A few important notes...
Though I have been an advocate for disability rights nearly my entire life and have knowledge in general disability and accessibility issues beyond my own, experiences differ for everyone and I can only speak for my own personal experiences.
I prefer working on romcoms, contemporary romance, women's fiction, and contemporary YA, but I'm open to working on any genre with the exception of horror. I won't work on any stories that include sexual assault or violence, animal abuse, and anything gory beyond the horror genre.
Turnaround time is based on my availability and the length of your project, but averages about 2 weeks for a sensitivity read without an edit. If you're on a tight deadline, please contact me as soon as possible so we can try to work something out.
Payments can be made via Paypal or Venmo.
For any questions or to schedule your service, please send me a message by clicking here or via "Contact" in the menu above and put Sensitivity Read or Sensitivity Consult in the subject.
Despina's sensitivity read gave my novel the grounded realization that it needed. Her words were fair, accurate and asked all the right questions needed. I wouldn't hesitate to use her again.
-Joy L. Smith, author of Turning
Despina was communicative, worked quickly, and gave me incredibly helpful feedback.
-USA Today Bestselling author Suzanne Baltsar
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