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mentoring opportunities – published writers

***WANTED: PUBLISHED, UNAGENTED AUTHORS***

It’s been wonderful working with my four mentees so far this year. Their dedication, enthusiasm and talent has made being a mentor a wonderful experience. I will be looking to work with TWO PUBLISHED writers in 2021 in a 6-month long mentoring scheme, one in January 2021 and one in July 2021. I will be looking for:

ONE published picture book writer

ONE published chapter books / middle grade writer

WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA?

I’m looking to work with published but unagented writers who have had ONE book published or under contract with a traditional publisher of any size. When you have had a book published but do not yet (or do not wish to have) an agent, it can be a little bit daunting. Where do you go next?

Criteria may vary with different intakes. This intake, I’m looking for: writers who can fulfil the following criteria :

  • Writers from ANY BACKGROUND and have been writing for any length of time
  • Writers who have had ONE BOOK ONLY published or under contract and are at the start of their writing career
  • Writers who DO NOT currently have an agent – you can be actively submitting to agencies

WHAT WILL WE DO?

People’s needs will vary, so there is no set agenda. Possibilities include:

  • Reading and advising on works in progress.
  • Providing guidance about how to proceed with career development and approaching agents
  • Listening to pitches for ideas and advising on marketability and suitability
  • Being a source of positivity and encouragement on a tough road

WHEN CAN I APPLY?

Applications will be open from SUNDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2020 until 23:59 GMT on SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2020.

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION BEFORE THIS TIME AS IT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Unfortunately, applications cannot be accepted after this date. Applications will be valid for both 6-month mentoring periods.

HOW DO I APPLY?

If you meet the criteria, please contact me via Contact Form on this website with a cover letter. Please state PUBLISHED WRITERS MENTORING SCHEME at the top of the letter and please include::

  • How you meet the criteria
  • Why you would like the mentoring
  • The age range you write for and the genre/ type of stories you write or would like to write
  • Details of your published book, including title, date, publishing house
  • A 300-word extract from one of your stories to showcase your writing (can be from any part of the published book or a new story you are woking on)
  • Brief pitches for any other works in progress
  • Your hopes and plans for your writing career

The selection process will involve checking criteria, and connecting with the work and the writer. You may be contacted for more information or a longer extract of your writing.

Please be aware that I run these services in addition to work, deadlines and home life responsibilities. I do what I can, but please bear with me!

Thank you for your interest and good luck!