What does it involve?
This is a unique opportunity to benefit from in-depth feedback, support and guidance from highly experienced editors who’ve mentored many authors on their journey to publication.
You do not need to have completed a full manuscript to apply (unless you’re a picture book writer), but you must be able to fully commit to developing your work.
The chosen mentees will receive:
- Six months of one-to-one mentoring from a freelance editor with many years of industry experience
- Group webinars given by editors from a range of major and independent publishers about the children’s book industry and the craft of writing
- An invitation to the exclusive online All Stories community where the mentees can discuss their work, raise questions, support each other and share experiences
- A year’s membership to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
- Introductions to agents at the end of the mentorship if they feel ready to submit
The chosen mentees commit to:
- Attending monthly video/phone sessions with their mentor
- Attending all the group webinars
- Working on their manuscript during the mentorship period
- Delivering new/revised work to their mentor as agreed in their sessions
- Completing a bi-monthly progress and satisfaction questionnaire
- Providing a Q&A interview or article for SCBWI’s e-newsletter
- Evaluating the mentorship with their mentor at the end of the mentorship period
The mentors commit to:
- Giving in-depth feedback to their mentee to help develop their manuscript and their craft
- Giving impartial advice about the children’s book market and publishing industry (if desired)
- Spending two to six hours per month on the mentorship (this includes distant hours such as reading manuscripts and face-to-face hours such as meeting time with their mentee)