If you feel that you want to work with me during the ongoing process of writing your draft, I would be happy to work with you as your mentor.
I love the close relationship of mentoring an author and it is a motivating and helpful process for you.
It will give us as much time as we need to discuss plot, structure, characterisation and any other issues that you might feel are holding you back, ultimately saving you a lot of time and, hopefully, stress.
Working this way means that you will be freed of the loneliness of struggling with writing your manuscript on your own – you will always know that a meeting with me is coming up. You’ll have a structure to work within and some deadlines to work towards which are things that so many authors find incredibly helpful.
Don’t worry though! I never want to create pressure for you, only to help you achieve your goals. I am always flexible and willing to discuss the best way for this to work for you.
This is the usual structure:
- Over 12 months we will have eight hour-long meetings.
- Before each meeting, you will send me roughly 10,000 words from your MS. It will be whatever you want to focus on with the next session. As well as reading these sections, I will make detailed notes and send them to you after each meeting.
Of course I won’t cut you off in the middle of a sentence when the hour is up. There will always be leeway.
The most important thing is that it works for you, so we can make it as bespoke as you like.
If you feel that our work isn’t finished after the first year, we will decide together where we go next.