I love working on stories with new or seasoned writers. Whether you are sorting out your plot, struggling with structure, or fighting an unwilling character, I would be happy to read and critique your work.
What do I do as a mentor?
You can expect a full editorial letter, comments and questions tracked in your manuscript, as well as tips on writing queries and querying agents(for when you are ready to take the plunge). I also am happy to arrange a phone call or skype session, free of charge, after you have received the editorial letter.
What is my mentoring style?
I love to cheer on other writers, but I also love to give honest and valuable insight, whenever possible adding suggestions or exercises to get you to the next step. I think affirming the great aspects of the manuscript is just as important as noting the things that are not working right, so that your motivation is UP when you are ready to dive back in.
What makes me qualified/interested in mentoring?
I have my MFA in writing from VCFA. For three years, I was co-founder of the Kinship Writers Association, where I helped arrange and moderate workshops in the Boston Area. I have also had the good fortune of having a wonderful critique group for several years, and I know the value of “fresh eyes” on a manuscript. I truly believe that the community of writers is a deeply kind and loving one; a community that celebrates your triumphs with you and grumbles about revision with you.
So, if you would like someone who is ready and willing to cheer, grumble and celebrate with you, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.