I offer sensitivity beta reads to authors interested in receiving an honest critique on the representation of their characters who belong to a minority group identifying as Latinx, South American, Puerto Rican, immigrant, third-culture children (growing up in the US of parents from another country). My rates start at $350 for a work of about 75K words (consult if in doubt). I write middle grade and young adult contemporary and magical realism. I hold a MFA degree from the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adult program. My middle grade ON THESE MAGIC SHORES received Lee and Low’s New Voices Award Honor in 2015, and I’m also the recipient of the 2015 Walter Dean Myers Inaugural Grant.
My critique will focus on character development and authenticity of characters and situations that have to do with less represented groups. If you don’t think you’re ready for a manuscript critique, but have questions about culture/language/appropriateness of subject matter, I can answer your questions for a consulting fee of $50/hour. Due to my limited time (own projects, MFA, motherhood), I can’t answer every email I get asking about cultural representation, but I’ll be happy to be a consultant. If interested, visit the CONTACT page.