Expert Critique Services

I am available to do evaluations and critique services for your articles, essays, poetry and manuscripts.

I look for any bias, problems in language, stereotypes and negatively charged language with special focus in my areas of expertise as detailed below. If there is a specific cultural identity that you’d like me to be aware of, I’ll make notes where appropriate or when I believe it might come across as insensitive or raise alarms.

More about sensitivity readers here can be found here at Writing In The Margins, where I am listed along with other sensitivity readers in a database.

 

Starting rates are $250 for manuscripts up to 75,000 words.
Thereafter it’s $5 per 1,000 words for manuscripts.
(300 words a page, double spaced, etc).

I can also be hired as a sensitivity reader for essays, articles, think pieces, columns before, during or after the editorial process. Rates start at $50 for 750 – 2000 word essays, articles, think pieces, columns, etc.
$50 per 1000 above this.
$500 per month retainer for 10 – 15 sensitivity reads for a single publication or writer.
Rush jobs have added fees.
These rates are negotiable.

In some cases, writers would like further research and analysis, for example, to correct heavy problematic language or internalized bias. This would fall under developmental research and editing and would require a new contract with an additional cost of editing.

 

Also available:
I’ve also done consultations on children’s books, YA lit, curriculums, worksheet booklets, newsletters and pamphlets for companies and non-profits.
While it seems my name has been going around in the YA lit crowd (which I love!), I also love and can do reads on scifi, poetry, creative nonfiction, pitches, college papers and promo material.

 

Can I do this? 

If you would like me to analyze your novel or manuscript idea or synopsis or provide feedback on a preliminary basis, my fees would fall under consultation fees. Please send me a note and provide details on your project and the stage of your project.

 

Qualifications

Lived experience, work experience and education.

Disability/ identity of cripness, queerness, single parenting, Queer issues, Latinx, latin@ issues and identity, Mexican, Mexican-American, Chican@, race/culture and stereotypes.  Bilingualism, For example, Spanish/English, specifically Mexican-American, Chican@-English and Tex-Mex authenticity.

Areas of expertise

Race/ethnicity, culture-the Chicana/Mexican-American Identity and culture, Indigenous people of Texas, New Mexico and border area; Texas/Mexico history prior to 1848 -present. The United States” borderlands and the “wild west” mythology that disappears people of color on the frontier; harmful representations of Mexican, Mexican-American and Indigenous people in historical writing. GloriaBorderlandstheory, zines, Mexican American history, Chican@/x history, “home”/identity of immigrants/migrants, 1st generation Mexican-Americans, society’s view on single mothers of color, working class topics, disability and people of color, disability and tech, accessibility, people of color in disability movements, people of color in publishing, Mexico 1820-1848, South Texas history, neurodiversity, queer people of color, WOC feminism, mujerista as a movement.  Alternative media, zines, history of alternative media for minorities, in Texas, for women in Texas; development of small press for underrepresented minorities in the 1800s.