Mentoring

Writing a book can be lonely work. Clearing the time and the headspace is not easy, especially if you are juggling other commitments. Sometimes you need a sounding board. Professional advice is invaluable.

What they say

Author pic Janet ColsonWorking with Linda as my mentor has helped me develop a fulfilling relationship with writing. Linda is an expert reader, with a honed narrative sense. Her wise and practical feedback always empowers, making the process of creating a second novel both possible and intensely enjoyable. – Janet Colson, author of The Shark Party

 

Author pic Jenny Robin JonesI responded immediately to Linda’s warm personality and penetrating intelligence. Before each mentoring session I would send her new material to read. I was often embarrassed by its roughness, but it was extremely helpful to have her input. I always came away feeling joyful and motivated. Having a colleague is such a luxury for a solitary writer! Slowly my self-confidence began to grow and that led to my imagination and dedication to the task expanding exponentially. It was immensely helpful that Linda was also a publisher of many years’ experience. I took her questions seriously when she urged me to consider the likely readership and the genre in which I was writing. She also helped me develop clarity about why I write and what publication outcome I would be happy with. I am confident and full of optimism for my writing future. Suddenly I have many ideas for future books and feel I have found a key to expressing my own voice.– Jenny Robin Jones, author of Love America: On the Trail of Writers and Artists in New Mexico

Working with Linda has been a most joyful and fruitful partnership. She guided me through a process of enhancing the quality of my writing in a strong, collaborative way. It has been an incredibly empowering experience – both challenging and encouraging – and I now have a much deeper understanding of effective writing. Linda is incredibly talented at what she does, and what I have gained from her mentoring is beyond all my expectations.

– Mark Stevenson, author of Jessie and the Monster

I can help if . . .

  • you are feeling stuck with your current writing project
  • you have ideas and material, but can’t decide how to organise everything into a seamless structure
  • you would welcome some professional feedback on what you’ve written so far
  • you would benefit from regular mentoring sessions to keep the momentum going.

As an experienced editor and publisher, I work across all genres – fiction, non-fiction, children’s, but not YA or poetry.

Advice early on from an experienced publishing professional may prevent you from making costly mistakes.

Why work with a mentor?

Sometimes you just need a safe sounding board. But mentoring is much more than that.

Working with a mentor will give you clarity about the next stages of your project.

Our regular calls will help keep your momentum going.

Your ideas will develop and grow as you discuss them, so you can move forward with greater confidence.

The feedback you receive will keep you engaged with your project and inspire you to finish it to a high standard.

How it works

I offer a one-to-one mentoring package, valid for 8 months.

You commit to 6 sessions of mentoring, to be used over an 8-month period or less. You set the pace, and I work collaboratively with you.

You submit your material for discussion 3–4 working days before your mentoring session. I read and comment on what you’ve submitted ahead of our session.

Mentoring sessions are for 1 hour, typically every 4–6 weeks. There will be some emails in between, because not everything can be achieved in the session.

You send an email every Friday to report on progress and set your intentions for the coming week. We stay engaged for the duration of the mentorship.

$1999 inc. GST.