sensitivity reading & editing

Here you can find more about the freelance services I offer. I have worked with clients within the publishing industry and mobile gaming. 

sensitivity reading

Are you looking for a conscientious, hands-on sensitivity reader? I might be what you’re looking for.

I can provide sensitivity reads on the following topics:

  • Autism (Asperger’s syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorder etc)
  • Seizure disorders (e.g. non epileptic attack disorder, vasovagal syncope)
  • Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobile Type/ Type 3/Joint Hypermobility Syndrome)
  • Endometriosis
  • Non-binary gender identity and avoiding cisnormative language in your work

Please note: sensitivity reading incurs a higher fee than standard day rates for editorial or proof reading. This is to account for the emotional labour that is part of sensitivity reading as well as the potential impact of reading things that are triggering.

As standard, I provide the following to all clients who submit completed work:

  1. Written report about the manuscript with a focus on the sensitivity read, including suggestions of what to include or develop
  2. Annotated word document to highlight areas mentioned in report
  3. Skype calls to discuss the work
  4. Contract with NDA as required

The work that we did following Lizzie’s thoughtful, kind and clear read helped us to create the best possible story that we could tell. Readers of all ages, both autistic and neuro-typical, have contacted us to say how much they recognise themselves in Tally, our main character, and how important it has been for them to read a book that helps, not hurts.

Rebecca Westcott

I can also work with authors closely to develop their characters or ideas further. If you have a character brewing and want to make sure you don’t fall into any traps, I can advise you around tropes, reading material and help you understand all your character’s facets.

I can also help with any writing around zoology, marine biology, fishing, charity communications, bookselling and the publishing industry.

I am also happy to provide wider manuscript suggestions on request, though broader editorial assistance will likely require a higher fee.

I’m happy to work on all areas of fiction, including YA and children’s fiction, and also memoir/non-fiction.

Lizzie Huxley-Jones provided a sensitivity read for presentation of gender and nonbinary representation in my novel, THE TWO LIVES OF LOUIS & LOUISE. Lizzie’s report was thoughtful, perceptive, and backed up with research and evidence. She commented both on specific incidences of gendered language, and on the effect of presentation of gender in the novel as a whole, and was available for follow-up questions. Lizzie’s report made me think more deeply about my novel but also about this issue in the wider world. It was a rewarding experience for me and an important step in the research for this book. I’d recommend her to anyone.

Julie Cohen, author

editorial

Need someone to read over your work and spot what’s not quite working? I’m a competent and involved editor who will give both constructive criticism and positivity. I want to help you create a piece of work you are proud of, and steer you towards thoughtful, crafted prose and in-depth characterisation.

I have experience working on essays, short fiction, creative non-fiction, full length fiction, and narrative mobile games.

get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more, please drop me an email at lizzie.stim@gmail.com with some information about yourself, your project and your turnaround time.

Costing will be determined on a per project basis, depending on length, deadline and editorial requirements.