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.
History Studio’s experts offer invaluable assistance to editors and authors alike by being an additional and informed set of eyes on manuscripts in process, under consideration, or on their way to press. We offer close reads of manuscripts and, on every page, we consider the myriad elements that impact how well a book is received by reviewers and readers that too often are overlooked. As you know so well, books are at their richest when they move or inform readers in ways they have never imagined—when a book takes them to places they have never been, introduces them to people they would otherwise never know, and when it allows them to empathize with groups whom they might otherwise never have offered consideration. By working closely with your authors History Studio ensures that the magic that happens when they put pen to page will also be informed and feel culturally authentic.
Bringing History Studio on board means having someone on your editorial team trained to ask vital questions such as:
- Might the author’s descriptions of a character or figure, or the dialogue he or she gives them, unwittingly strike readers as in any way stereotypical, insensitive, or simply uninformed?
- When seeking to develop characters or figures that herald from communities other than her or his own, has an author sufficiently immersed herself in the writings and scholarly works of those same communities to ensure that their 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?
But History Studio’s help doesn’t stop there...
Beyond offering close and careful manuscript reads for cultural sensitivity, authenticity, and accuracy we also offers the tools that authors actually need if they wish to rewrite a certain paragraph or reconsider a certain premise or storyline. Our experts can give them, for example, the needed historical context of the story they wish to tell, or offer them essential cultural, political, or linguistic, background on the dialects they seek to reproduce, or point them to the cultural iconography they need to be aware of, or alert them to any key books or articles on the subject they wish to capture in their manuscript that they should know about.
We also work closely with marketing teams to make sure that the materials they use not only captures what an author’s book is about, but does so in way that, again, is careful not to inadvertently alienate some potential book buyers or miss the mark with potential reviewers.
And, finally, we also assist editors and authors when they begin thinking about the possibility of a book also becoming a film or a television series.
Our goal in doing all of this? To assist the authors you have signed to write the most gripping and powerful books they can, to make sure that their books are marketed to the widest readership and most diverse group of reviewers possible, and finally to work directly with any author interested in having their work rendered on film or in a television series. Our team has extensive experience working with entertainment agents, as well as working directly with studios and networks on projects currently in development or production. We are here for you.