Seeking a Bajan Sensitivity Reader for a Short Story
I’m in need of a Bajan sensitivity reader for a short story with a main character who is a mixed race Irish/Igbo slave in 1790 Barbados. This is a spinoff from my fantasy series, The Fury Triad, and she is also a character in The Dead Shall Live [pre-order coming soon].
A sensitivity reader isn’t an editor and doesn’t have to flag writing issues. Instead, a sensitivity reader reads to warn an author of instances of bias and negatively charged language and the like.
In my situation, I am writing of a period where bias, racism and evil were the basis of the culture. I particularly want to be sure my representation of my character and her beliefs and thoughts aren’t an offensive representation to today’s Bajan people.
I’ve done a lot of reading, research, and internet searches but they will only take me so far.
It’s a quick read, and I do love this character. She’s fierce and amazing, and in this story, has a touch of magic. If you are willing to help me out, please leave a comment. They are private.
And thank you!
UPDATED 48 hours later: I am still needing a reader or readers. I realize it’s my job to get it right and nobody with this background or skill set has an obligation help me out. That’s why I would be so exceedingly grateful to anyone who steps forward. Right now my only ‘authoritative’ feedback has been from another white chick who happens to have lived in Barbados for 13 years. And I greatly appreciate her feedback! But I’m hoping for someone who is closer to my character’s background.
UPDATED 03-05-2018: I did finally find a wonderful Bajan reader who gave me great feedback and suggestions. While at this point I feel pretty good about it, I would be delighted to find another Bajan reader. Thanks.