Publishing Professionals: Robert Kingett, Audio Description Writing Services, Accessibility and Usability Consulting, Sensitivity Editing for Blind and Visually Impaired Characters
Publishing Professionals

Publishing Professionals: Robert Kingett, Audio Description Writing Services, Accessibility and Usability Consulting, Sensitivity Editing for Blind and Visually Impaired Characters

Editor’s note: We thought it would be useful to feature publishing professionals who manage spoons! You can also check out our Writing Resources menu for more tips and consultants! This week, Robert Kingett answers some of our questions about user accessibility and representation of Blind characters in fiction! SpAN Editor: Can you describe the services … Continue reading

SpAN Contributors Nominated for Prix Aurora Awards!
Featured Author / Writing journey

SpAN Contributors Nominated for Prix Aurora Awards!

Welcome! It’s your friendly neighbourhood editor-in-spoons posting this week. Today I wanted to give a shout-out to the Spoonie Authors Network contributors who are on the ballot for the Prix Aurora Awards. This is a prestigious award for Canadian speculative fiction writing. How exciting is this? Hint: super exciting. So, let’s begin! Best Young Adult … Continue reading

Becoming a Sensitivity Editor of Indigenous Content
Crafting characters / editing / Represention

Becoming a Sensitivity Editor of Indigenous Content

The thing about sensitivity editing, and looking for content that might be inaccurate or offensive, is that no particular group is a monolith. This is the thought that entered my head when I was asked to be a sensitivity editor for any Indigenous content that appeared in the forthcoming anthology, Nothing Without Us. There are … Continue reading

How do you make *this* sexy? Why representation in fiction matters.
Body positivity / Cerebral Palsy / chronic pain / Represention / sex / Sexah / Why Representation Matters

How do you make *this* sexy? Why representation in fiction matters.

“How do you make this sexy?” a reader asked me, gesturing to her wheelchair in the middle of one of my sex education Q&A sessions. The question stumped me because the answer isn’t an easy one. The short version is: You don’t. There isn’t anything inherently sexy about using a wheelchair or a walker, or having … Continue reading