Lee Valentine is a co-host on the popular genre fiction podcast - Crime Time, a social worker, and a mental health researcher in the digital mental health field.
With over 100,000 listens worldwide, Crime Time Podcast receives hundreds of books annually for review from publishing houses globally. Lee is charged with the incredible task of sorting the good from the great and knows what it takes to catch the favourable eye of the reviewer. Narrative development, dynamic characterization, clear expression, and pacing are Lee's forte. Lee is a connoisseur of psychological thriller, horror, mystery, and crime fiction.
As a mental health researcher, Lee is passionate about the depiction of mental illness in literature. Arguably, the complexity which accompanies a realistic depiction of mental ill-health lends itself to a more complex and engaging experience for the reader when compared to the stereotypical portrayal. Lee will work tirelessly to achieve a fleshed out and dynamic manuscript.
Lee’s sensitivity reading specialties include:
Themes relating to youth and adult mental health including schizophrenia and other psychotic spectrum disorders, depression, anxiety, OCD, personality traits and disorders, self-harm, suicidality, hospitalization, addictive behaviours, and drug & alcohol use. Other sensitivity topics include LGBTQ themes and queerness and trans &/or non-binary characterization.
A few of Lee's favourite reads include:
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
Severance by Ling Ma
The Only Story by Julian Barnes
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Sam Wren Quan Sing
Sam Wren Quan Sing is a queer, non-binary, mixed-race scholar and editor. Originally trained as a Sign Language (Auslan) interpreter, they later studied English and History at La Trobe University, and are currently a Ph.D. candidate researching literature(s) of Chinese Diasporic authors. Sam Wren specializes in manuscript reviews that focus on structure, expression, characterization, theme, voice, and reader-response. With a particular interest in editing, Sam Wren’s manuscript reviews aim to elevate work to the best it can be.
As a scholar of literature, Sam Wren is passionate about bringing quality work to the next level. With a particular interest in language expression, Sam Wren’s readings are detailed and often provide advice gained from their studies in creative writing, as well as editorial experience.
Sam Wren’s sensitivity and realism reading specialties include:
Mixed race identities (especially Chinese or East Asian), Queer characters, Trans or non-binary characters, some depictions of D/deaf characters, passing, diaspora, characters who use sign language, chronic illness, chronic pain, women, class, poverty, rural Australia, realism of child characters (especially age-appropriate language use), homeschooling, welfare, some depictions of mental health issues, some Chinese cultural themes, Australian language.
If you have a specific issue or field that is not listed here, please check our other readers, or send us an email to inquire, and we will let you know if we have a suitable reader for your work.
Some of Sam Wren’s favourite reads include:
Look Who’s Morphing by Tom Cho
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Misery by Stephen King
Billy Sing by Ouyang Yu
Your Manuscript by You!
Emu Lewis is an Indigenous activist, poet, writer, tutor, and linguist based in Melbourne. Emu graduated from Latrobe University with first-class honors in English in 2018 and since gone on to guest lecture at Latrobe University.
As a linguist, Emu believes in the aesthetics of language and its use. They are interested in world-building and fantasy languages. Emu works specifically to create immersive language experiences that transform the narrative encounter.
Their experience in academia is working with post-colonial theories to deconstruct and reconsider the literary canons of the world.
Emu’s sensitivity reading includes Indigeneity and issues pertaining to first-nations peoples. Emu also covers dual or mixed-race identities, as well as domestic violence and mental health more broadly. Other sensitivity readings cover racism, low income, public housing facilities, the public health framework, and more.
Emu is open to discussions with Frank & Co. collaborators (you) to create honesty and authenticity within your next publication.
Their top reads currently are:
Blueback by Tim Winton
Blakwork by Alison Whittaker
On Quiet Nights by Till Lindemann (translated by Ehren Fordyce)
Wilderness by Jim Morrison
Black Coffee Blues by Henry Rollins