Sensitivity Reading


I offer sensitivity reading for MG, YA, and adult fiction. I’ve read for a variety of authors, including New York Times bestsellers, major award winners, indie-published authors, and debuts, and I’m happy to work directly with a writer or with their agent or editor.

Here’s a list of areas on which I can provide sensitivity reading feedback:

  • Queerness (white gay cisgender man)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • ADHD

Due to time constraints, I require a minimum of thirty days to complete a sensitivity read. This thirty-day window begins upon my receiving a manuscript. I have implemented this policy as of fall 2022 in direct response to publishing houses requesting I read and provide notes on manuscripts in diminishing timeframes, often less than one week. Please note that my freelance work, both as an editor and as a sensitivity reader, is in addition to my work as a full-time sales assistant in book publishing; my own writing, art, and creative efforts; and a life outside of books. Thank you for your understanding.

My pricing and contact form are below. Please do get in touch with me at hello AT markobrienedits DOT com if you have any questions. I can’t wait to work with you!

Full manuscript (60,000 to 100,000 words) sensitivity read: $250

For manuscripts below 60,000 or above 100,000 words, contact me through the form below, or at hello AT markobrienedits DOT com, to negotiate rates.

In the comment field of the form—or in the body of your email—please indicate your manuscript’s word count and the area(s) on which you’d like to receive feedback. Thanks so much for thinking of me!

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