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Christine Sandquist is an NYC-based reviewer, sensitivity / developmental editor, and independent publicity assistant to writers such as Hugo Award Winner Mary Robinette Kowal, World Fantasy Award Winner Tobias S. Buckell, and SOVAS Award Finalist Cadwell Turnbull.

Services

Sensitivity Editing & Consulting

. . . careful, articulate, timely and beyond helpful. They will be my go-to resource from now on!

ā€” kc dyer, author of Finding Fraser

Authors often struggle to approach writing from viewpoints not their own. I specialize in analyzing and providing feedback on works that include diverse, queer casts, representations of sexual trauma, and broader gender-based violence. I will take a deep dive into language, character work, and plot in a hyper-focused editorial analysis of your manuscript.

Developmental Editing

They were able to dig into a wide range of narrative and character issues, focusing not just on the text but on the larger context of the story, and on what the book was ultimately trying to accomplish.

ā€” Scott Fitzgerald Gray, author of The Three Musketeers

An in-depth review of your full manuscript with a focus on plot, pacing, characterization, and style. I will help you bring out your authorial voice and refine your story through thoughtful review and examination. If your manuscript deals with themes of gender, queerness, gendered violence, or sexual violence, please also see my Sensitivity Editing options.

Author Assistance & Publicity

Dear God, you are good.

ā€” Mary Robinette Kowal, author of The Lady Astronaut novels

Do you struggle to get newsletters out on time? Have you been meaning to update your website for months now? Does promoting yourself on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok cause you anxiety? I can help.

Essays

Finding What Was Meaningful – a 2020 Retrospective

I started a “Best of 2020” list. Then, I started over. I scrapped it. Started again. I looked through my books, ran my fingers down their spines, and tried once more. I threw together a spreadsheet from Goodreads, sorted it by date, then by rating, then by author. Deleted it in frustration when the books didn’t feel the way I needed them to. I couldn’t do it.

Reviews

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After the Dragons by Cynthia Zhang

fter the Dragons is quiet, thoughtful, and, above all, kind. It’s not easy to do right by one another, especially when we’re put in hard places without clear answers. Death, and how we face it, matters.

A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman

Josh Malerman does an excellent job at developing creepy, uncanny atmospheres. The House at the Bottom of a Lake excels at just that. Although I found the characters a bit flat and difficult to become invested in, I was thoroughly drawn in by their exploration of the strange, underwater house they discover. Locked doors, strange noises, and clothes floating through the water where no current should be all come together to create a read that will keep you on edge.

Composite Creatures by Caroline Hardaker

Melancholy and compelling, Caroline Hardaker has captured the narrow wistfulness of self-inflicted isolation. As we draw ourselves away from the world, tuck ourselves into the warmth of our four encroaching walls, it becomes harder and harder to connect with anything and anyone that exists outside ourselves. We chain our doors, check the locks, and keep ourselves in as much as we keep others out. While this is not a book about pandemics, or plagues, or even about quarantines, it nevertheless manages to invoke a sense of catharsis in relation to current events.

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