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.