Finding a good host for your first reading isn’t as intimidating as it might sound. Libraries and book stores love hosting events that get people through their doors, so your challenge isn’t persuading them to host an event, just to host your event.
Let’s begin with a revelation. Or, I suppose, two revelations. The drag is that only one of them can surprise you. As mentioned, you may be the sort of person who already knows both, but if not, you’re in for a real shock. Ready?
A zine is a deliberately low-tech, low-cost publication that can be made by a single author without any particular expertise in printing, book binding, or professional-level editing. Zines are guerrilla publishing at its best – a way to get your work in print and in readers’ hands ASAP.
A sensitivity reader is someone who reads a manuscript with the express purpose of identifying and questioning plot elements, characters, language, and tropes that come across as inauthentic, lazy, stereotypical, or downright offensive.