Here for some hand holding?
Publishing isn't for the faint of heart and we can all use a friendly hand from those who've blazed a trail before us. This program is designed to pair debut authors with prevously-published authors... ones who are volunteering our time to pay forward some of what was offered to us when we were in your position. We want to give you a safe space to ask your most clueless questions (bring 'em!), to provide the long-term perspective, and to help you access the resources and support of a welcoming and inclusive writing community.
If you are a debut author, please read the guidelines and fill out the form just below. Published authors interested in mentoring a debut, please scroll to bottom of page to sign up!
Bright, Shiny Debuts
Publishing your first book can provide as many baffling questions as it does magical moments. Your fellow debut authors can be a vital source of support and cheerleading, but sometimes it can be a bit of "the blind leading the blind" when it comes to figuring out all the nuances of how things can--or should--roll along that path toward publication day. Been there, get that... and here to help!
If you are interested in being partnered with a previously-published author who can act as a mentor to you, please fill out the form to your right. The more information you can offer, the better I can match you with a suitable mentor. If you already subscribe to fifty publishing blogs and have a host of author friends to bug with questions, but might need an occasional "ace in your back pocket," let me know! If you're brand new to the writing community and don't even know what you don't know, that's fine too-just mention that you'd like someone with a little extra time to offer.
This program is inclusive to all authors and is open to those publishing with houses of any size and writing in any category and genre (all efforts will be made to match you with a published author occupying the same shelf space).
Once a match is located for you, I will e-introduce you to your mentor and provide a set of guidelines for a successful experience on both of your parts. The specifics of how your mentorship will progress will be for you and your mentor to determine.
Here to volunteer as a mentor? You're aces!!!
A million thanks for offering your time to help ensure our writing community is the positive, friendly, and supportive space we would all like to be part of!
Please take a moment to fill out the form to your right. You and your mentor will decide on the details of how your particular mentorship will proceed; however, the more details you can offer here, the more I can thoughtfully pair you with a debut author who will be a good fit.
Once paired, I will make e-introductions and offer some general guidelines for making this a positive experience for both of you.
This program is in its experimental stages and growing pains are expected--I welcome any and all comments or suggestions for future improvements. Please use the contact form linked here to do so.