Editorial and Sensitivity Read Services

I am back to what I do the best: work with stories! I was 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.

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

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

Copy Editing and Proofreading

For novel- and novella-length works in any kind of fiction, though I specialize in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult and Horror. I work with both publishers and independent authors. I charge by per 1000 words of your original manuscript rather than hourly or by the page. Please contact me at child.without.god@gmail.com with your project.

Editorial Assessment and/or Structural Editing

Currently I am only doing this for short fiction, and only if it’s Science Fiction or Fantasy. Flat rate of US$50 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.

Sensitivity and/or Authenticity Reads

I do sensitivity reads both for caste/Dalit subjects and Indian/Bengali/South Asian 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 Bengali 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.

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