WriteMentor Spark is a monthly, online one-to-one mentoring service. Working with a children’s author, writers receive ongoing developmental editing, writing advice, publishing insights, and direct feedback on their manuscript to help them elevate their writing craft to the next level.
Anushi Mehta took part in Spark and was mentored by A.J. Sass, author of Ana on the Edge. Anushi shares her experience of mentoring and how it helped show her that her stories are needed
What made you apply for the WriteMentor Spark programme?
I applied for the summer mentoring programme for my chapter book, but while I got some lovely, kind feedback I didn’t get in. Either way, I was subscribed to the weekly newsletter and ‘SparkMentor’ kept popping up. It seemed like an affordable option to have a professional pair of eyes on my chapter book before going into the querying trenches.
What was your experience like?
I was keen on working with Andrew Sass ever since the mentorship, but he wasn’t a mentor for Chapter Books, so I couldn’t apply to him. Spark gave me the chance to connect with him. The process was seamless. I told Stuart that I wanted to work with Andrew, sent in my draft and within days got my feedback.
I must say that I did not opt for the monthly plan. Initially, I sent Andrew the first half of my manuscript because I just wanted to make sure his feedback style worked. Andrew is prompt, detailed and really with his feedback (with lots of smileys.) He would give me a timeline for feedback and always stick to it ! I knew I wanted him to have a look through the entire manuscript to clarify and make suggestions with pacing, character arcs and overall plot. Of course, after he gave me the feedback for my manuscript, I couldn’t resist the temptation to send him my query letter and proposals for the following books.
Andrew is a friend and I still reach out to him if I have any doubts. I am sure I will be contacting him for more guidance as I delve deeper into this profession.
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