Editorial and Sensitivity Read Services

I am back to what I do the best: work with stories! I have some relevant experience with this work, having been an editor at Penguin Random House India between 2012 and 2013, and an editor at Uncanny Magazine between 2017 and 2018. I also received an MLitt in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling, Scotland. I was the first Hugo Award finalist and Locus Award recipient from India in 2018, both for my co-edited anthology Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler.

If you would like to work with me, here are the things I can help you with:

Structural and developmental editing

For Science Fiction and Fantasy only (both Adult and Young Adult), and some magic realism and horror. I am not the best expert for realism fiction; nor for genre-specific mystery, historical or romance, although I enjoy all those elements in my science fiction and fantasy. I work with both novels and short fiction.

For short fiction, my pay rates are US$50 for a story up to 5,000 words and US$100 for a story up to 10,000 words. Any story longer than that is possibly beyond the realm of “short” fiction.

For novels and novellas, feel free get in touch with a description of your project at child.without.god@gmail.com.

Sensitivity reading

I do sensitivity reads both for caste/Dalit subjects and India/South Asia in general. I also do sensitivity reads for LGBTQ+ and mental health subjects, but only on the South Asian vertical. (To understand what a sensitivity read is, this is a really good article.) For sensitivity reads, I would work with both science fiction/fantasy and realism, Adult and YA stories.

I am a Dalit woman who grew up, studied and worked in India till the age of 25, and has lived in the UK and the US since then. I have three masters’ degrees (English from India; Publishing Studies from the UK and Creative Writing: Fiction from the US), and have written and published for years on South Asia-related subjects, both in India and elsewhere. I bring all this experience of my culture to a sensitivity read project.

My sensitivity reading rates are US$400 for a work up to 80,000 words, and negotiable for works longer that. Please get in touch at child.without.god@gmail.com regarding this as well.

Here are some nice things people have said about working with me (AKA Testimonials).

I look forward to receiving your stories! Let’s work together to make better, more fun stories for everyone.