Reader: Sam Wren Quan Sing
Sam Wren Quan Sing is a queer, non-binary, mixed-race academic. Trained initially as a Sign Language (Auslan) interpreter, they later studied English and History at La Trobe University and are currently a PhD 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 will ensure your manuscript is elevated to its fullest potential.
Sam Wren’s sensitivity reading specialties based on lived experience 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
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Reader: Lee Valentine
Lee Valentine is co-host of 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. Lee was 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 also passionate about depictions of mental ill health in literature. Arguably, the complexity which accompanies the realistic portrayal of mental ill health lends itself to a more authentic and engaging experience for the reader when compared to a stereotypical depiction. Lee will work with you to achieve a fleshed-out and dynamic manuscript.
Lee’s sensitivity reading specialties based on lived experience 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. As well as parenting and queer parenting.
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