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I’m a freelance writer, editor, sensitivity reader, and California native. In addition to my client work, I focus on mixed race identity, critical race theory, grief, and loss. I’m currently working on a memoir about taking care of my father at the end of life, titled, “Black Prince: A Father Daughter Story in Black and White.”

I’ve been published in such outlets as:

I also authored “Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide: Educators’ Guide.” (Out of print but available for download.)

Visit my portfolio page for a full list of works.

With a master’s degree in English literature and three years’ experience teaching the SAT, I provide individual and business clients impeccable editing services. Whether you’re writing a dissertation, an e-book, or non-profit report, I have the background and experience to polish your work.

I also provide sensitivity reading services and have worked with top publishing companies, as well as individuals.

The illustration above is courtesy of the talented Giselle Potter, who created the image for my New York Times piece about my grandmother.

Shannon Luders-Manuel has great instincts and editorial skill, and that’s something that can’t be taught.

Elisa Stanford – Edit Resource LLC

Shannon’s feedback as a sensitivity reader for my young adult novel SPLINTERS OF SCARLET was invaluable to me. I appreciated her insightful, thoughtful perspective, and I would definitely work with her again—and recommend her to other writers.

Emily Bain Murphy