What does it involve?

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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:

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)