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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com regarding this as well.
I look forward to receiving your stories! Let’s work together to make better, more fun stories for everyone.