Did your book pass the 'Sensitivity Reader' test?

Just when you thought things couldn't get more politically correct!

As a writer, when you write a book, you expect that an editor will read it for spelling and grammar mistakes and then eventually, a publisher will publish it.

Well, now some authors may be experiencing one more step, that of the 'sensitivity reader'.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a 'sensitivity reader' is: 

"...a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist or otherwise offensive content.  These readers give feedback on self-ascribed areas of expertise such as 'dealing with terminal illness,' 'racial dynamics in Muslim communities within families', or 'transgender issues.'"

So why is this happening?

The Chicago Tribune says:

"Sensitivity readers have emerged in a climate, fueled in part by social media, in which writers are under increased scrutiny for their portrayals of people from marginalized groups, especially when the author is not a part of that group." 

Just wait until you hear what Bill has to say about this.  

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