Cultural Accuracy Reading
Ensure your manuscript isn’t offensive, inaccurate, or perpetuating harmful stereotypes
Cultural Accuracy Reading (also known as Sensitivity, Authenticity, Diversity, or Targeted Expert Reading) involves vetting a manuscript for issues of (mis)representation, biases, stereotypes, and a range of other factors that may be deemed harmful or antagonistic to a person or population group.
Many publishers now seek these critical analyses for manuscripts in an effort to release books that are culturally accurate. This field of work arose in response to events and grassroots movements like #WeNeedDiverseBooks, #MeToo, and #BlackLivesMatter as the public demands fair and accurate representation, justice, and equity for readers from diverse backgrounds and better ethics in the publishing industry. In the past decade, a number of titles have been retracted, condemned, or even canceled entirely due to insensitive or harmful content.
Our Cultural Accuracy Reading service allows your manuscript to be reviewed and vetted by a professional editor who specializes in recognizing potential cultural accuracy issues.
The feedback you will receive is not to censor or condemn your book, but to empower you to make the best decisions in the service of your readers.
Disclaimer: While our cultural accuracy readers are well trained and highly qualified, and utilizing our service gives authors confidence and comfort in knowing they made every possible effort to ensure their manuscript is not insensitive, there is no way to safeguard against all potential cultural accuracy issues, and we cannot make any guarantees or warranties herein.
Interested in working with us as a Cultural Accuracy Reader?
Please send a detailed cover letter and bio to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Cultural Accuracy Reader.”