Cultural Accuracy Reading

Ensure your manuscript isn’t offensive, inaccurate, or perpetuating harmful stereotypes

 

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Manuscript Review


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 In the past decade,  a number of titles have been retracted, condemned, or even canceled entirely due to insensitive or harmful content.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.

It was an absolute pleasure getting to work with Kevin Anderson and his team. We reached out to them for an authenticity read and the reader we were paired with was thorough, highly attentive, and had an excellent grasp of the subject matter at hand. We’re extremely grateful to the KAA team for their professionalism and resourcefulness, and highly recommend their services.

Thea Diklich-Newell, Hachette Book Group

The Cultural Accuracy
Reading Process


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Choose Cultural Accuracy Categories

Identify specific categories of sensitivities (see list below) on which you would like to focus—or select “general cultural accuracy reading.” You may also choose whether to have a single reader or several review your manuscript. Each cultural accuracy reader will be an expert on reviewing for the specific topic and personally identify with the chosen category.

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Cultural Accuracy Review

The chosen reader(s) will review the entire manuscript and provide specific and general feedback on any potential issues, as well as provide editorial suggestions on how to amend the manuscript.

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Senior Editor Review

One of our Senior Editors will review the feedback from a publisher’s viewpoint and provide additional insight.

Customize Your Cultural Accuracy Reading for Any of the Following

Our process allows you to present specific questions or concerns for cultural accuracy readers to consider while reviewing your manuscript and to choose the exact type of reader you want based on (but not limited to) the criteria listed below:
  • Adoption/foster care
  • Ageism
  • Alcohol/substance abuse
  • Arab/Middle Eastern/North African Identity
  • Asian/Pacific/Desi identity
  • BDSM/kink/consensual fetishes
  • Black/African identity 
  • Chattel slavery
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Cognitive impairments and disabilities
  • Domestic violence
  • Fatphobia/body image/body acceptance
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, or other sexual orientations
  • Grief/trauma
  • Immigration
  • Incarceration/prison/criminal justice system
  • Latinx/Hispanic identity 
  • Mental illness
  • Military service/veterans
  • Mixed-race identity
  • Native/Indigenous/First Nations/Aboriginal identity
  • Neurodivergence/autism
  • Nonconsensual/taboo fetishes (e.g. pedophilia/grooming, necrophilia, incest)
  • Physical disabilities
  • Poverty/socioeconomic disadvantage
  • Refugees/asylum seekers
  • Religion/faith/spirituality/atheism
  • Self-harm/suicide
  • Sex work, professional
  • Sexual assault/abuse
  • Trafficking/contemporary slavery
  • Transgender or nonbinary gender/two-spirit identity 

Contact us for a quote today!

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.

Let’s Make a Better Book

Our experienced cultural accuracy readers will help you elevate your book and give you peace of mind that you’re not causing harm to your readers.

Join Our Team
and Make a Positive Change

Interested in working with us as a Cultural Accuracy Reader?
Please send a detailed cover letter and bio to careers@kawriting.com with the subject line “Cultural Accuracy Reader.”