I am available for consulting and presentation work in person or via phone/internet. I have expertise and extensive experience in multicultural and diverse (in the more expanded definition, including gender, class, sexuality, disability, and more) literature for children and young adults, including identification, analysis, selection, and use in schools and libraries. I have presented papers, made speeches, and done workshops in the areas of privilege and diversity with educators and librarians.
I also provide manuscript review and editing services. My qualifications can be seen in my CV and include a combination of critical theory education, service on literary award committees, work as a paid book critic, and experience as a librarian, which comes with knowledge about market trends and youth culture. I review children’s, young adult, and new adult manuscripts (no picturebooks). A full service manuscript review includes line edits, editorial comments, and assessments and recommendations on any problematic issues relating to diversity and social justice. I also provide line edits only if you prefer. Rates vary based on manuscript length, genre, and the timeline in which you need your manuscript back, as well as the type of review you are asking for (sensitivity read, line-edit, full service). I work on a 1-month turnaround, unless we arrange something different, and then rates would change based on that.
I am available to do half-hour Skype consults on concepts or manuscripts to help guide you if you are approaching writing a character outside of your own identity (essentially a sensitivity read without actually reading the manuscript). Please inquire about rates.
A selection of past experience presenting, judging, and leading:
>In June 2015, I sat on a panel discussing the problems surrounding the gendering of books in publishing and libraries at the American Library Association Annual Conference; I also did a presentation on using student assistants in school libraries and another presentation on peer mentorship and professional networking.
>I’m on the YALSA Awards Nominating Committee, identifying strong candidates to run for positions on prestigious literary award committees.
>I was invited to do a workshop and presentation on diversity and privilege issues in books and library selection processes for Bay Area Independent School Librarians (BAISL) in spring of 2015.
>I was a member of the 2014 William C. Morris Award Committee, which named Stephanie Kuehn’s Charm & Strange as the best debut YA book of 2013.
>I was asked to make a presentation on behalf of the Center on Media and Child Health on the subject of media use (and overuse) and children at the Long Island Library Association conference in May 2013.
>I presented a paper on biracial identity in YA realistic fiction at the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) YA Literature Symposium in November 2012. That paper was published in The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults and later won YALSA’s Writing Award for best peer-reviewed paper.
Hannah is an excellent editor. She answered all my questions about my work in progress and added insight of her own, giving me feedback on issues I didn’t even think needed to be addressed. My book will be infinitely better because of her input. I am very grateful to her. Highly recommend.
Hannah copy edited our young adult book as well as gave us overall notes on what would and wouldn’t work within the publishing world. She even gave us homework and a book list to read! She’s meticulous and will catch things you never thought about with a solution in mind.
—The Wing Girls
Hannah was a fantastic help with my books. She was easy to approach on sometimes sensitive issues but always willing to honestly point out anything that troubled her. She was available to discuss my books several times during my editing process as well as beta read them when they were approaching final draft. Hannah is very knowledgeable about cultural issues but also about YA literature in general which is a huge help too. I highly recommend her as a consultant, editor or beta reader.