Welcome! Here you will find everything about my beta & sensitivity reading & translation services. Feel free to explore!

About

Hello! I’m Ren Oliveira, a Brazilian writer, reader and aspiring designer. I’ve been writing since I can remember. Creating stories is my passion, and so is helping others getting theirs into shape. I’ve spent years writing in English and Portuguese, studying the writing craft and reviewing books both in my English-written blog and in my Portuguese-written one. I’m especially good with structure, characters and building relationships.

I’m fluent in English & Portuguese. I’m also in the aromantic and asexual spectrums, in the multisexual spectrum and I’m an agender transmasculine person. Pronouns are either he/him or xie/xem/xir.

You can find me on Twitter, which is where I spend most of my off time.

sensitivity reading

A sensitivity reader is someone who can help you avoid offensive and harmful portrayal of marginalized communities. Our job is to read through your manuscript and offer our perspective in how you wrote a marginalized character/community. A sensitivity reader is not a beta reader or an editor and as one I won’t be critiquing your writing, structure, characters, plot, etc (unless, of course, you also hire me as a beta reader ^^).

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • I’m asexual (grayasexual, to be specific)
  • I’m aromantic (possibly demiromantic, though I’ve never felt romantic attraction)
  • I’m m-spec (when I do feel sexual attraction, the gender of the person doesn’t matter).
  • I’m a closeted agender transmasculine person.
  • I’m a white Brazilian who lives in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil).
  • I’m fluent in both Portuguese and English.

I’m extremely passionate about the representation of aro, ace, nonbinary and Brazilian characters in fiction. As an aroace enby Brazilian who grew up consuming american media and who never saw xirself in books, movies, etc, I’m committed to doing my best so others won’t go through the same. That includes writing my own aro/ace/Brazilian/enby characters, of course, but also helping others write theirs.

I’ve written about my experiences as an Brazilian aro/ace non-binary person. You can check them below:

GENERAL TERMS

My work as a sensitivity reader is not an endorsement. If I read your manuscript, I won’t share any information about it (be it about the story or my opinions on it) with anyone before the publication (I’m okay with signing a non-disclosure agreement as well). However, I’m a reader and a reviewer, and I might review your book after it has been released. If I do so, it’ll be based on the finished, published version, not the one you sent me.

I require at least a week to read all of your manuscript & to send you my report. If there are any delays, I’ll let you know through e-mail. Said report will be from one to three pages long, depending on what I have to say about your story/characters. Along with it I’ll send you a feedback form with the option of giving me a testimonial. You’re by no means obliged to answer it, though it would help me a lot.

GENRES

Only young adult and adult manuscripts. I accept fantasy, science fiction and romance (all sub genres). I don’t accept literary fiction or middle grade books.

PRICING & PAYMENT

  • $35 for short stories of 1.000-5.000 words.
  • $65 for short stories of 5.001-15.000 words.
  • $85 for novelettes of 15.001-30.000 words.
  • $125 for novellas of 30.001-50.000 words.
  • $235 for a manuscript read of 60.000-100.000 words.
  • $335 for a manuscript read of 100.001 words or more.

Payment is made only through Paypal. All services under $125 must be paid before I start working on your story. For services over $125, I’ll be accepting payment of 50% before I start and of the other 50% when I’m finished. I’ll send you the report when the second payment is done. Payment is nonrefundable.

Marginalized authors get 10% of discount on services above $85. You can use the contact form at the bottom of the page, the contact page or e-mail me at renoliveira96 at gmail dot com.

beta reading

I’ve been working as a freelance editor for almost two years now, but only in Portuguese/with Brazilian authors. My experience comes from reading hundreds of books and writing thousands of words of my own, plus years of studying about how writing and stories work. Since I’ve never worked in a publishing house & English isn’t my first language, I don’t feel comfortable offering my services as a freelance editor. Instead, I offer to beta read stories for a cheaper price or for a beta read of one of my projects (this is NOT available now).

GENERAL TERMS

I’ll read your manuscript paying attention to plot, characters, writing, structure and worldbuilding. That includes characters’ arcs & relationships, pacing, where your writing is strong or needs work, etc. If you need me to focus on a specific thing, that’s completely fine. Just let me know in advance.

You can choose between two beta reading options: the simple one, where I’ll send you an edit letter with my thoughts, or the complete one, where I’ll be leaving comments on the manuscript and sending you an edit letter.

I require at least two weeks to read all of your manuscript & to send you the edit letter and/or the commented manuscript. If there are any delays, I’ll let you know through e-mail. Said edit letter will be from one to three pages long, depending on what I have to say about your story. Along with it I’ll send you a feedback form with the option of giving me a testimonial. You’re by no means obliged to answer it, though it would help me a lot.

GENRES

Only young adult and adult manuscripts. I accept fantasy, science fiction and romance (all sub genres). I don’t accept literary fiction or middle grade books.

PRICING & PAYMENT

  • First chapter critique (up to 5k words) – $10 for the simple beta reading, $20 for the complete one.
  • Manuscript critique (up to 60k words) – $70 for the simple beta reading, $140 for the complete one.
  • Manuscript critique (up to 100k words) – $120 for the simple beta reading, $240 for the complete one.

Payment is made only through Paypal. All services under $100 must be paid before I start working on your story. For services over $100, I’ll be accepting payment of 50% before I start and of the other 50% when I’m finished. I’ll send you the edit letter/commented manuscript when the second payment is done. Payment is nonrefundable.

Marginalized authors get 10% of discount on services above $70. You can use the contact form at the bottom of the page, the contact page or e-mail me at renoliveira96 at gmail dot com.

translation services

I’m fluent in Portuguese (my mother tongue) and English, and I can translate works from English to Portuguese.

WHY HIRE ME?

I’ve always been an avid reader and I’ve always loved to write, so I know pretty well how Portuguese works. I blogged about writing in Portuguese for more than four years (here) and started to take writing seriously when I was fourteen. I’m twenty-one now & have written over 700k words of fiction and even more than that of reviews, writing tips & essays. Besides that, I’ve always been very good at both grammar & at writing essays back at school & I’ve been honing my skills since then.

I’ve been studying English since I was a child. I studied for two years at CCAA and for another two at Wizard, both Brazilian language schools, plus every year since I was seven at my regular school. I didn’t finish the Wizard course due to financial problems, but I taught myself what I still hadn’t learned by joining the English-speaking writing/blogging community back in 2012 & practicing/reading a lot. In 2015 I started writing in English and nowadays I have over 300k words of fiction in English, plus thousands more of non-fiction/reviews.

PRICING & PAYMENT

  • Non-fiction (up to 15k words) – $15 flat + 0.06 per word.
  • Fiction (up to 15k words) – $20 flat + 0.07 per word.

Works above 15k words will be accepted in a case by case basis. I’ll probably open for Portuguese to English translations in the future, but that isn’t available now.

Payment is made only through Paypal. All services under $200 must be paid before I start translating your work. For services over $200, I’ll be accepting payment of 50% before I start and of the other 50% when I’m finished. I’ll send you the translated file when the second payment is done. Payment is nonrefundable.

Marginalized authors get 10% of discount on services above $100. You can use the contact form at the bottom of the page, the contact page or e-mail me at renoliveira96 at gmail dot com.

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