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Our sensitivity readers   meticulously   review your manuscript, ensuring cultural accuracy and authentic representation. Trust us to provide respectful, inclusive, and informed content that truly resonates.

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“...publishing has a diversity problem: the industry itself is overwhelmingly white, and most of the books being published are the products of white authors or feature primarily white characters. Though increasing, the numbers are still cause for alarm: 31 percent of children's books published in 2017 were about non-white characters, but only 7 percent of the children's books published in 2017 were written by Black, Latinx, or Native American authors.”

Madison Schultz, Ooligan Press

Embracing Our Commitment

Unleashing the Power of Sensitivity Reading

The essence of representation is undeniable. In an evolving world that seeks true diversity, authors have an unprecedented opportunity to steer this transformation. Authentic representation in literature plays a vital role, painting a broader spectrum of shared human experience. See #representationmatters on Twitter, Geena Davis's groundbreaking studies on gender in media, and USC's eye-opening report on Hollywood's diversity shortfall for a glimpse into the pressing need for change.

Ready to make a difference? Excellent! That's where sensitivity readers step in. These insightful professionals are transforming the author's toolbox, providing nuanced critiques to enrich your writing and promote true representation, rather than reinforcing harmful stereotypes. They scrutinize your work for microaggressions, word choice accuracy, and outdated tropes.

At Salt & Sage Books, we celebrate authors passionate about inclusivity. To empower your journey, we offer a roster of trusted readers, each bringing their unique experiences to the table. Browse through their profiles on our Sensitivity & Expert Reader page.

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Diving Deeper into Expertise

Known as "targeted beta readers," expert readers possess real-life experiences or in-depth knowledge aligned with your narrative's core elements. For example, if your protagonist is a horse enthusiast, and equine understanding isn't your forte, our expert reader with horse expertise steps in. They spot intricate details to infuse your writing with an added layer of authenticity and depth.

Our team of expert readers boasts a diverse array of talents, experiences, and skills.

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Pricing

Tailored Pricing for Your Story

We provide two essential services: Sensitivity & Expert Reading and Editorial Sensitivity Read. Our pricing structure includes a base rate for projects up to 10,000 words, with additional costs per word for longer projects.

Cultural Consultation

$240 Flat

    • 1
      Email Consultation
    • 1
      Video Consultation
    • 2
      Quick Queries on Lived Experiences

Sensitivity & Expert Reading

$240

Plus $0.024 for each word over 10,000 words
    • Manuscript Review
    • Standard Salt & Sage Editors Letter
    • Inline Comments
    • 3
      Character Development
    • Wide range of use cases such as: Outlines, Story Ideas, Blurbs, TTRPG, Finished Manuscripts, Pitches and more.
    • 5
      Illustrations, Sketches
    • 6
      Video Games

Editorial Sensitivity Read

$490

Plus $0.049 for each word over 10,000 words
    • Manuscript Review
    • Enhanced Salt & Sage Editors Letter
    • Inline Comments
    • 4
      Character Development
    • Character Arcs, World Building, Pacing, Plot Development, Emotional Resonance, Editorial Feedback
    • Wide range of use cases such as: Outlines, Story Ideas, Blurbs, TTRPG, Finished Manuscripts, Pitches and more.
    • Marketing material, Academic writing

Project Pricing Examples

For a better understanding of potential costs. Real project examples give you an insight into anticipated fees. Each example is shown without any fees and applicable taxes.

The piece is below our base threshold of 10,000 so the total price will be equal to our base price of $240 USD.

This piece will be billed at Base + 43,000 words (10,000 words are included in the Base) at $0.024/word:
[$240 (Base)] + [43,000 (words) x $0.024] = $1,272 USD.

This qualifies for our flat rate of $240 USD for either a one-hour video discussion or asking three rounds of questions via email.

This qualifies for our flat rate of $240 USD for either a one-hour video discussion or asking three rounds of questions via email.

This piece will be billed at Base + 14,000 words (10,000 words are included in the Base) at $0.049/word:
[$490 (Base)] + [14,000 (words) x $0.049] = $1,176 USD.

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Behind the Scenes

Our Sensitivity and Expert Readers: Your Creative Partners

With diverse backgrounds and profound literary understanding, our Sensitivity and Expert Readers are committed to helping you create impactful narratives. Each editor brings unique insight and expertise to your project, ensuring a personalized and collaborative experience. Together, we'll explore uncharted territory in your story, unlocking the hidden potential that waits within.

Set the Stage for Authenticity

Tap into the wealth of our expert readers' experience. Begin your consultation today for an enhanced, genuine narrative.