Over more than a decade of writing, I have received the support of hundreds of publishing professionals. Writing coaches, authors, editors, agents, you name it. Having no formal training in writing fiction, my fledgling career is entirely the result of kindnesses from the publishing industry, and my author friends and mentors.
While listing out the super-long list of credits for the acknowledgments page for my debut novel, You Beneath Your Skin, I took stock of just how many people had helped me to various extents on my journey, directly or indirectly, and I realised I wasn’t paying it forward enough. Not enough.
I’d seen the Pitch Wars ‘call to mentors’ post that week, so I looked up the application, filled it, and shot it off.
For those who don’t know what Pitch Wars is all about, it is a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine for an agent showcase. The mentor also helps edit their mentee’s pitch for the contest and their query letter for submitting to agents.)
I was accepted, and landed this amazing opportunity to help someone the way I would have loved to be helped. This is my profile on Pitch Wars.
Next week, on the 27th August, I’ll be critiquing a query letter and a first page during Mentor Query or First Page Critique Workshop, and on the 11th of September, I’ll have my manuscript wish-list up.
I’m not allowed to disclose the genre of stories I’m looking for until then, but I will be reading in the Adult category, and if you know my writing, you will already have a feel for the stories I’d like. I’m hoping to find a manuscript that I would swoon over story-wise, and one I’m confident I would be able to help with the most.
I’ll answer questions about my wishlist on the post on September 11th, but today, I’d love to ask a few questions.
Ever taken part in Pitch Wars? Have you undergone a writing mentorship? Mentored anyone? What was the experience like? If you were applying to be a mentee, what would you want from your mentor?
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