CULTURAL SENSITIVITY AND AUTHENTICITY REVIEW
Your publishing house has just signed an exciting new manuscript and it promises to be a best-seller. Indeed, all hands will be on deck to help make it so. That book might be fiction or non-fiction, modern or historical, a thriller or work of science fiction, written for adults or young readers. It might be meant as social commentary, or intended purely to entertain. But if a book is to make its most powerful mark, it must always read as authentic. History Studio is here to make sure that all of the books your publishing house is considering, or has already signed, do just that.
Might the author’s descriptions of a character, or the dialogue he gives them, strike readers as in any way stereotypical, insensitive, or simply uninformed? When seeking to develop characters that herald from communities other than her own, has an author sufficiently immersed herself in the writings and scholarly works of those same communities to ensure that her manuscript will ring true with readers? Does an author know enough about the history of the period in order to render it most believably? Is the dialogue true to period, or does it seem anachronistic? Will the scenarios upon which an author’s main themes are premised feel possible to a reader scientifically or logical culturally?
History Studio’s diverse team of expert researchers and award-winning writers can offer invaluable assistance to authors and publishing houses alike by being an additional and informed set of eyes on manuscripts in process, under consideration, or on their way to press. Literature is at its richest when it moves readers in ways they have never imagined being moved—taken to places they have never been and introduced to people they would otherwise never know, and with whom they might otherwise never have empathized. The books they enjoy reading may be fictional, or may be based on events that really happened. But in either case, books must resonate with readers as informed and culturally authentic. By working closely with authors, History Studio ensures that the magic that happens when they put pen to page will be both.