Hit a block? Run out of steam? Lost confidence?
Mentoring gives you the space and support to take a step back, work out what’s holding you up, and experiment with some alternatives to give you a fresh perspective. It enables you to set new goals for your work in progress, and to set about achieving them with rejuvenated energy and purpose.
This is a completely flexible process, using an empathetic combination of mentoring, coaching and editorial techniques. If you’re uncertain about the way forward, I may well be able to help. And it will probably turn out to be fun!
How it works
The first stage is to get in touch. No need to provide masses of detail: we’ll schedule a time for an initial chat, and then you can send me some of your manuscript to read.
After that, if we both feel I can help, I’ll email you a letter of agreement. This will summarise the aims of the mentoring process for you, and set out the schedule we envisage. The agreement represents a commitment on both sides to the work ahead, but the process itself can be altered at any time if your needs or circumstances change.
Skype is best for mentoring — although if you happen to live anywhere near Edinburgh, I’ll be delighted to meet up in person.
In our final session I’ll give you some tools to help you plan your next steps. If you achieve your goal of a full-length draft, then I’ll be excited to see it! You’ll have the option to come back any time for a manuscript assessment at 30% discount, and to arrange further editorial input if you wish.
£175 in advance of each mentoring session, including preparation and follow-up notes. The initial consultation is free.