Becky Wilson was a mentee on WriteMentor's 2020 summer mentoring programme, where she received writing and editorial support on her Picture Book from author Jon Cox.
Becky shares her experience of the programme, what she learned along the way, and it how it encouraged her to get her work out there - resulting in her signing with a literary agent.
What made you apply for the WriteMentor programme?
I'm forever re-writing picture book stories from different angles to find the best version. This means I dither around without really getting my work out there. My confidence has waned over the years and the mentoring programme seemed like an amazing opportunity to help me move forward with my writing. So, I hastily re-wrote a picture book story from yet another angle and whizzed it off.
What was your experience like?
Jon was unbelievably kind and encouraging all the way through the process. His super-speedy feedback helped me shape three picture book stories in all (he has since helped with more!). Plus, he was on hand throughout the exciting process of submitting to agents. He was the best mentor I could have hoped for!
Tell us about your writing journey from start until now.
I started writing, aged eight, after penning a (terrible) pop song in the playground. After that, I scribbled (terrible) stories about ghosts and guinea pigs, before moving into (really terrible) poetry.
While studying to be a primary school teacher, I fell in love with picture books. I hastily wrote and illustrated* my first ever PB and sent it off to a publisher. *By 'illustrated', I mean drew horrendously!
It was rejected (obviously) but I liked the idea of working with words and pictures. So, I changed universities, completed an MA in Publishing and spent many wonderful years editing children's books and licensed magazines, in London and Bath.
After my children started school, I freelanced as a children's writer and editor. I tried to write picture books again but soon found myself in the slush pile. So, I dived into lots of writing courses and workshops...and here we are!
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