About Me


 Hi, I’m Idris. I’m a writer of multiple genres, with an emphasis on diverse literature. As someone from a marginalized background, it’s important to me that my writing reflect my world. Consequently, I’ve also taken on the role of sensitivity reader. (For more information about the origin of sensitivity readers, please visit Writers in the Margins.)

In short, sensitivity readers are a kind of beta reader whose purpose is to read work prior to publication and advise its author as to whether it contains potentially harmful representation of marginalized persons or communities. This advice is meant to assist the author in creating more realistic, less harmful, less antagonistic representation of real people. This advice is not binding. This advice is not censorship. It’s advice and it’s a service I offer on the following subjects of my experience:

  • Race (from a black perspective)
  • Gender (from a black woman’s perspective)
  • Queerness (from a bi aro black woman’s perspective)
  • Mental Health (from the perspective of one with anxiety and depression)

The areas of literature I prefer to work in:

  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult
  • New Adult (sans erotica)
  • LGBTQIA+ Fiction
  • Urban Fiction
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Historical Fiction
  • Crime/Mystery/Thriller

These are my rates (for a typical 30-day turnaround):

  • < 10,000 words – $75
  • 10,000-15,000 words – $100
  • 15,001-30,000 words – $150
  • 30,001-60,000 words – $200
  • 60,001-100,000 words – $275 to $350
  • > 100,000 words – contact for quote
  • Rush Fee – 29 to 15 days – +25% of quoted price
  • Rush Fee – under two (2) weeks – +50% of quoted price

If you’re interested in hiring me as a sensitivity reader or you have questions, you’re welcome to send inquiries here or email me at greyidris[at]gmail[dot]com.


In addition to being a sensitivity reader and writer, I also work as a freelance editor. I’ve worked in academia, administering writing assessments and reviewing academic and scientific work as a TA. I’ve edited academic presentations, project proposals, doctoral dissertations, and journal publications. I have likewise proofread, edited, and critiqued fictional works the past decade. I offer the following services:

  • Basic proofreading
  • Line Editing
  • Copy Editing
  • Overall manuscript critique (without proofing or editing)

These are my rates:

  • $25 per hour of work for basic proofreading
  • $35 per hour for line editing
  • $40 per hour of work for copyediting
  • Manuscript critique fee depends on length of project
  • Rush Fee – under 30 days – +25% of quoted price
  • An additional fee of $75 for any project exceeding 25 pages

If you’re interested in hiring me as a freelance editor or you have questions, you’re welcome to send inquiries here or email me at greyidris[at]gmail[dot]com

If you’d like to get to know me a bit better, here are some places you can keep up with me.





Profile picture and banner were created using the fantastic website, WeaveSilk NeonFlames.


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