Publishers split on value of sensitivity readers following Boyne criticism

Publishers split on value of sensitivity readers following Boyne criticism

Many publishing insiders have praised the use of "sensitivity readers" in children’s and YA books, however two authors who used them or similar services in recent months were still criticised for transphobia and cultural appropriation.

Sensitivity reading can be defined as readers from specific backgrounds, or those with particular life experiences reading manuscripts to help eliminate problematic and harmful representations. Their use originated in the US but they are increasingly popular in the UK, and several authors and editors told The Bookseller that they have used them or are using ...

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