Pay It Forward: Mentors

Hello, everyone! In case you missed it yesterday, we have a slightly different week for you–a week of paying forward all the many blessings we here at Pub(lishing) Crawl have had. A week of talking about who and what we’re grateful for–and a week of giving back.

PoisonThe idea came about after we heard about a book called Poison by Bridget Zinn. We we so, so, so inspired and moved by her story–and by what her husband is doing for her–that we just had to participate.

For those of you who haven’t heard about Bridget or her book, she was a librarian and writer who finally reached her dream of publication. But she passed away last year without getting to see her book release. Her final, beautiful tweet to the world was, “Sunshine and a brand new book. Perfect.”

Many of us here at Pub(lishing) Crawl cried and cried after reading Bridget’s story–and we all realized how very, very blessed we are. We thought the best way to count our blessings would be to give some back. So today, JJ has a VERY generous critique giveaway to go along with her post thanking role models and mentors.

But first, a bit about Bridget’s book Poison:

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart…misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

If you want to help spread the word, please head here fore more information or simply tweet/Facebook/whatever about it. It releases TODAY! So in addition to JJ’s fabulous giveaway, we’re also giving away a copy of POISON. Be sure to enter the giveaways below and help spread a little bit of sunshine in the world while you’re at it! ♥

JJWhen we think about “inspiration”, we often thing of things: books, places, objects–items of such magnetic power and attraction that they draw us out of our normal sphere and into the world of imagination and possibility. But sometimes we forget that “inspiration” can also be people, from role models to mentors.

Role models can be a huge help in one’s life path, but for me, no one is more inspiring than a mentor. A mentor will take an active, personal stake in your career, and knowing that someone is invested in your success can often take you to greater heights.

Writing can be a solitary pursuit, and often we are left to our own devices. With no mirror, no echo chamber, no way to compare, contrast, and grow, your career can lie stagnant and never fully develop and fulfill its potential. This is where a mentor can be useful–more than useful, enlightening.

Unlike critique partners or beta readers, who are often your peers or colleagues, a mentor by nature is in a position of “authority”. Generally someone who has more years of experience, someone who can “pass down” hard-earned knowledge that will broaden and deepen your understanding of just what you’re getting into. And unlike a teacher or boss, the flow of support and information flows both ways, from mentor to mentee and also from mentee to mentor. Teachers can be mentors, of course, but the mentor-mentee relationship goes beyond that of the classroom, and is perhaps slightly more akin to that of a coach. Someone who knows your flaws and pushes you to be better. Someone who will go to bat for you when an unforeseen misfortune strikes. And someone for whom you would do the same.

In my own life, I have been blessed with a multitude of various mentors, from my skydiving coaches to editors who have decided to take me under their respective wings. As an editor, two mentors in particular come to mind: my friend and former roommate, Kelly Riley, and Al Zuckerman, agent and Chairman of Writers House.

I first met Kelly when I was still working in corporate America. We had a few mutual friends who wrote, and we decided to form a writing group. At that time, Kelly was working at Writers House, and of all of us in this particular writing group, she was the best editor. She had a degree in Writing from Ithaca College and while we all had some college workshopping experience, Kelly brought a broader view to our writing. She taught us to look at writing from the outside in and to see the bigger picture. So often, when we edit or revise, we’re focused on the small things: the sentence flow, the tiny character quirks, etc. We sometimes fail to see how these things fit into the larger scheme of things, not just within the context of a short story or a novel, but within society and the world at large.

Kelly was instrumental in getting me into publishing. She had often asked if I considered working in publishing, and while reading, writing, and editing thrilled me, I was hesitant to leave my cushy finance job. When my job security went the way of the economy in 2008, her connections and her championing of me and my skills got me my internship at Writers House, which is where I met Al.

Al is a wonderful, old school sort of agent, one who is hands-on with his clients. He was a playwright before he became an agent, and understood both as a writer and an agent how a book works as a whole. I had the privilege of being his intern, and moreover, I had the privilege to actually sit down and edit. I didn’t do much photocopying or coffee-fetching as his intern; instead, I read his manuscripts and wrote him reader’s reports and editorial letters. We talked about the projects I had read for him, and he challenged and helped me see things in a different way. Soon, he felt comfortable enough to have me send his clients edit notes myself, and frequently took me out to lunch to mentor me in a different way: about my career path. We talked about my options, my career strategy, etc. I had a wonderful relationship with Al, it was through Al that I managed to find a position as an editor at St. Martin’s Press.

How to find a mentor? If you’ve been as fortunate as me, they sometimes just fall in your lap. But more often than not, finding a mentor takes a little work. Join writing groups, message boards, writing classes, go to author events, go to any event at all–these are all hidden, untapped resources where you can find a mentor. And to find a mentee.

In honor of this week’s theme, I am giving away a partial critique of the first 50 pages of a manuscript. But in addition to the critique, I will providing an editorial letter that details just how to approach revision and editing, rather than giving just specific notes.

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PoisonBridget Zinn’s first YA novel, POISON, releases this week from Hyperion! Bridget died from cancer in May 2011 at the age of 33, but now–nearly four years to the day from her diagnosis–her novel is at last reaching readers. On her behalf, her friends and family (and now us! Total strangers!) want to celebrate her accomplishment and help get her book into the hands of readers. Please help us spread the word about POISON and give thanks for all our many blessings.


72 Responses to Pay It Forward: Mentors

  1. Lindsay Mar 12 2013 at 7:07 am #

    I feel like I’m constantly learning! My editor at Roaring Brook, Kate Jacobs, has been a phenomenal mentor to me thus far, helping me see things in my writing that I can’t. When she used Jean Grey, Wolverine, and Cyclops as reference points in an edit letter, I know it was love!

    It’s so strange to imagine being a position to mentor others, because once we learn something it seems self-evident, but I love nothing more than critiquing other writers’ works, even on straightforward issues, and seeing that lightbulb going off for them. I always, always love to see whatever they produce after that and how much it’s grown–gives me such a thrill.

  2. Brooke Mar 12 2013 at 7:09 am #

    I read this recently.
    Awesome post! So much learning to do. Having a mentor and being a mentor is great.
    There is a chat tonight to honor Bridget. I am going to try my hardest to participate.

  3. Natalie Aguirre Mar 12 2013 at 7:11 am #

    Awesome giveaways. I just had gotten done posting about Bridget’s book on Facebook before I stopped here. I don’t have a mentor, but I’d love one. I do have a great CP.

  4. Lisa Adee Dess Mar 12 2013 at 7:37 am #

    I do not have a mentor at all but I would love one. I really enjoyed reading this post and will be purchasing this book in memory of Bridget.

  5. Lisa Wilton Mar 12 2013 at 8:26 am #

    So far I haven’t got a mentor but I did meet a really cool beta reader who swaps work with me. Maybe a mentor will turn up a little further along the path?

  6. ellie M Mar 12 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Great post!
    I don’t have a mentor right now, but I’d really like one. Maybe I can be a creep and latch onto someone when I go to a conference 😛

  7. Maddy McBride Mar 12 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Mentors: super-hard to find, but invaluable. There’s a sort of magic to finding one, in my experience – it can’t be forced!

  8. Jessica Knauss Mar 12 2013 at 10:02 am #

    What a generous giveaway! Your giving back is inspiring me, too!

  9. Alexa Y. Mar 12 2013 at 10:06 am #

    I think this is a really awesome story! Having a mentor is definitely a step that I’d like to take when it comes to writing & publishing. I truly believe that it will fall into place, so long as I keep pursuing what I want!

  10. Patricia Moussatche Mar 12 2013 at 10:13 am #

    I had great mentors in college and graduate school. They kept me focused and going forward. The talent they shared was invaluable. I wouldn’t be who I am without them.

  11. @Amy_LovesYA Mar 12 2013 at 10:19 am #

    I don’t have a mentor yet, but I have the best critique partner and some wonderful beta readers. Great post, and so wonderful to see all the support for Poison.

  12. Christa Mar 12 2013 at 10:22 am #

    I`m not sure I`ve ever really had a mentor. I had a few teachers in high school that were supportive of me writing but not many. And I have a really great beta reader/writing partner who keeps me focus and helps we work through things.

  13. Steph Mar 12 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Love your story. I don’t have a mentor yet…but I am DEFINITELY grateful to be an aspiring published author now rather than 30 years ago. Yay internets and awesome blogs (like this one…)! 🙂

  14. Joni Mar 12 2013 at 10:56 am #

    Who are my mentors…? Well, I don’t really have one… but YOU (bloggers, authors, aspiring writers, artists and dreamers) are all sort of mentors to me. You’ve no idea how grateful I am for the advice, encouragement, honesty and experiences you share through the internet. So thank you. ^.^

  15. Melody Mar 12 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Thank you for sharing Bridget Zinn’s story.

    As far as who and what we’re grateful for, I automatically think of three teachers (two of them English teachers) from high school that I still keep in touch with today. If not for these individuals and their classes and words outside of the classroom, I don’t know what kind of writer and what kind of person I’d be today.

  16. Hong Mar 12 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway of critiquing the first 50 pages!

    Since the beginning of my writing journey, I’m fortunate to have a friend/mentor who has been helping me every step of my journey and still is there for support.

  17. stephanie garber Mar 12 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Great post! And thanks for the awesome giveaway! I’m a big fan of mentors, but until recently I didn’t have one for writing, not until I entered Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars. I met my amazing mentor through that contest, not only has she helped me improve my writing, but she has been the hugest encouragement to me. I really hope that some day I’m able to pay her back by helping others the way she’s helped me.

  18. Elise Mar 12 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. There are many mentors in my life that each help me in new and different ways. You can never have enough mentors because who knows what they each can show you and help you grow.

  19. Katelyn Larson Mar 12 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    I can’t say I’ve ever had a mentor in the truest sense, but Sooz and Sarah here at PubCrawl held a summer workshop a few summers ago, and it was huge influence in me truly devoting myself to writing, as was Sarah’s interest in my MS. Hopefully I’ll find myself a mentor in the near future. 🙂

  20. Nora Mar 12 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    I had a few professors who were true mentors–encouraging me to pursue writing and constantly advising me on how I could improve.

  21. Lauren@THCW Mar 12 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    I love this post. I’m actually reading POISON right now and participating in the blog tour next week. It’s inspiring how the writing community is banding together in Bridget’s absence.

    I don’t have a true mentor – yet – but I’ve met and talked extensively with so many writers who live near me. They’ve been amazingly helpful and supportive, as well as generous with their time and expertise. I hope someday I’m in a position to do that for someone else, because I appreciate it more than I can express.

  22. Kaye Mar 12 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    I haven’t completely found a mentor for myself yet within the publishing world. There are plenty of authors that I admire/take inspiration from afar, though. And, in terms of my writing in general, I’d have to say that I’ve had a lot of good teachers who constantly gave me support, and an awesome YA librarian who insists on being my beta reader when this draft is finished. 🙂

  23. Ellie Mar 12 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    I’ve been really lucky in my library internships and I’ve viewed all of my supervisors as mentors. They (and librarians in general) give such great advice to people just starting out in the field.

  24. Aneeqah Mar 12 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Thank you so much for this giveaway, and it really is amazing to see just how blessed we truly are.

    As for mentor/mentees, I don’t think I’ve quite found one yet. I’ve been joining more writing websites and talking to more experienced people on there. I’m also looking to perhaps create a writing group in my area, but that’s still quite early in the works. But I’m crossing my fingers and hoping to find somebody eventually!

  25. Connie B. Dowell Mar 12 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    What a great opportunity. I don’t have a mentor either, but I’ve been fortunate to find some good critique partners lately. It took a while for me to find some and I certainly am grateful! Critique partners are more than worth the effort.

    I’m super excited for Poison, not just because of the moving story of its publication, but because I’m hooked on the premise!

  26. Teresa Salvatore Mar 12 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    As I’ve never really had a professional mentor, I’d have to say that on a personal note that my Mom was the best mentor I could have ever asked for. She taught me to persevere and to go and get what I want. She survived WWII and the many horrors that war creates and still had the most positive and loving attitude. If I turn out half as wonderful as she was, I’ll be way ahead of the curve.

  27. Alexa Mar 12 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    I feel like the Internet and amazing blogs like this one are my mentor. I love how agents, editors, authors, etc. have a real web presence, and they give generously of their time and advice. I’ve learned invaluable things about the writing process, the business, queries, etc.

  28. Sondra Johnson Mar 12 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Having a mentor in any part of life would be a rare gift. My husband has been a great supporter and mentor in our nearly 37 years of marriage.

    I wish for a mentor in my writing. I’ve not had luck in this category, and working in isolation is… isolating. Working solely in my head does not give me an opportunity to bounce ideas off of someone, or ask for advice when I get stuck. I feel the seed is there, but I’m not able to give enough nourishment alone for growth.

    Thank you for sharing your story…

  29. Kara Mar 12 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    I have some great supporters but no mentor. I am excited about this opportunity.

  30. Julia Byers Mar 12 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    Bridget’s story is so bittersweet–I’m definitely going to have to go out and get her book now. I don’t have a mentor, but lately I’ve especially been really wanting for one; it would be nice to be able to just sit down and discuss things with someone who knows what they’re doing. I guess it’s time to go out and actively start looking for one, huh?

  31. Kendra Mar 12 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I’ll second others in saying the Internet has been my biggest mentor. There’s so much fabulous content out there. I’ve also been helped tons by online critique groups and websites like YouWriteOn.

    Friends and family members have also been great—they may not know much about the writing craft, but they’ve been great motivators!

  32. Alexa O Mar 12 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    I’m always on the lookout for mentors and anyone who can teach me how to better hone my craft. But I think the person with the biggest influence on my writing was my high school poetry club’s advisor. She took it upon herself to emphasize performance as a big part of our writing, and not only did it effect the way I and many other members conducted ourselves (kids who first walked in and read their poetry with their noses buried in a sheet of paper would later be doing performance art pieces in front of the whole school), but it had a huge effect on my writing. Now I always think about how my writing will sound and the rhythm it has. I don’t think I’ll be able to thank her enough for that.

  33. Annie Mar 12 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Mentors are awesome. I think it’d be great to see us move to a more mentor/apprenticeship in our corporate structure. There are so many valuable things for people to learn if they can expand and diversify their education in a focused way like that.

  34. Lauren M. Barrett Mar 12 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    When I think of a writing mentor, the first name that pops into my head is Elaine Dimopoulos. She teaches writing and writing for children and teens at Simmons College (my alma mater), Boston University, and Grub Street. She’s also one of the Boston Public Library’s former Writer-in-Residence.

    I met Elaine when I took her YA writing class at Grub Street in Boston MA. It was a desperate time in my life where I felt I was getting nowhere in my career and my writing. Her class was encouraging and informative and I took two more long courses with her over the next year. I joined SCBWI on her recommendation and I hooked up with my lovely critique group from there. She opened the gates to this community for me and I’ll always be grateful for that.

  35. Fabienne Mar 12 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    This is a great opportunity. And a great giveaway. 🙂

  36. Fabienne Mar 12 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    I don’t have a mentor at the moment – but I guess my tutors at Uni could be called something similiar. They are not the best people to have as mentors, tbh, so they might give me more the chance to see what a mentor should be not like when (someday) I finally reached the House of Writers.
    I think it’s hard to trust people when you’re a writer, because what you like and is dear to you of your work, can be easily destroyed by an outsider who might not even have the slightest idea how to write. So yes, I guess it is difficult to find one, one you can trust at its best, but I don’t give up.
    Writing is the only thing I ever really wanted to finish. And I will. Even if it takes me more than half of my lifetime.

  37. Shannon Mar 12 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    I would love to find a good mentor. Right now my only help comes from people I have a long standing relationship with… which always makes me doubt their ability to be critical. Love the post, thanks for the ideas!

  38. Kirsty Mar 12 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Such an inspiring post. The story of Bridget Zinn made me cry. She sounds like an amazing person and I loved reading her blog and seeing how she came up with the idea for her book in a dream. When I first began writing the Fellowship of Australian Writers (particularly a now deceased writer called Michael Dugan) were incredibly supportive. Now, I enjoy the community of the online writers group, Scribophile, but my husband is my first reader. A fantastic giveaway.

  39. Lucy D. Briand Mar 12 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    I wouldn’t call her a mentor per say but an author friend I made. She helps me when I’m stuck and encourages me to keep at it.

  40. Kim Mar 12 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    I’m really fortunate. I’m a member of a couple critique groups and I intern for the wonderful Gennifer Albin (I completely lucked into that job). In my critique group there are a couple of wonderful members who are better at critique than me, and two with publishing history. I’m very fortunate that they are willing to read my manuscript and give me feedback. I know I’m a better writer because of than. And Genn’s been really great about teaching me about the post-pub career of an author.

    It’s so nice that you’re all doing a week long tribute to Bridget and her book. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Poison became a best seller? I would just love that.

  41. Cathy Mar 12 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    A mentor is so important. I am ready to be “mented”. Thanks for awesome give-away.

  42. Jon Goldhirsch Mar 12 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    I’m still haven’t found the perfect mentor but I’m still looking 🙂

  43. Tamara Mar 12 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    I haven’t had a mentor yet, but I have had a lot of people encourage and support me in the things I choose to do.

  44. Meredith Mar 12 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    I don’t have a mentor as of yet. But I am amazed at how supportive the writing community is! There are so many authors out there that give advice and offer workshops on their blogs etc. It’s great for a newbie like myself 🙂

  45. Kate Mar 12 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    I have a few mentors right now. Each one teaches me more about who I want to be in the workforce, how to say no when I should, how to stick to what I believe is right and fair. One of the greatest gifts in my life has been all those who have mentored me from my mom, to my 6th grade teacher, to my old bosses, to my new bosses. Learning from others has made me better and will always make me better. 🙂


  46. Vivien Mar 12 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    No mentors at this time but they have been helpful in the past. I definitely encourage everyone to have one or at least a group of supporters. You always need those!

  47. Claudia McCarron Mar 12 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    Looks like an interesting book– and what a wonderful story!
    I agree whole heartedly that mentors are one of the biggest gifts a writer can have. I have recieved so much support and help from friends who I’ve brainstormed and shared stories with, I have no idea where I would be without them…but I definetly wouldn’t be the same writer! I hope, in turn, that I’m able to give a little of that back.

  48. cait Mar 12 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    When I started off writing, I paid for a course and had a mentor critique my work. But after the course ended (pretty expensive for me, as a school kid too), I was on my own. It’s a bit of a scary place to be sometimes! I have a cool writing group, but I’d love to have a mentor one day.

  49. joan Mar 12 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    thanks for bridget’s inspiring story!
    i haven’t got a mentor but i have a great crew of writer friends who inspire and help me along. i think i also find great inspiration by rereading books by my favorite authors.

  50. Caitlin Mar 13 2013 at 12:11 am #

    I’m currently a senior writing major at Ithaca College – we have a really wonderful department! I’ve been really lucky to have a few professors take me under their wing, Eleanor Henderson (author of Ten Thousand Saints and generally wonderful human being) especially. 🙂

  51. Tess Mar 13 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Bridget’s story touched my heart! I myself am still in the process of getting my foot in the door and cultivating mentors in the field of publishing, but it’s deeply heartening to see so many great mentorship stories on here!

  52. Tracey Neithercott Mar 13 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    When I was in college, one of my professors was a writer I respect. His belief in my writing gave me the confidence I need to really pursue my dreams. Instead of following the semester’s syllabus, he had me working on an independent project, and I remember thinking that if he believed I was worth that, that maybe I wouldn’t be a failure after all.

    Thanks for spreading Bridget’s incredibly touching story.

  53. Jamie.M Mar 13 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    No mentors that I can remember sorry.

  54. Leigh Smith Mar 13 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    I can’t say as though I’ve really had a mentor. But, I did just join an writing group and I amazed at how much support they’ve offered. Also, how rewarding it is to feel as though I’m helping them achieve their goals. We are all genuinely excited about one another’s work.

  55. Karen Costs Mar 13 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    My former colleague and friend, creative writing professor and writing genius Michelle Valois has been a huge inspiration to me. Google her latest in the Mass Review to get your mind blown.

  56. Cara Mar 13 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    I don’t think I’ve ever been a mentor. And I haven’t gotten much mentoring, either, apart from creative writing professors.

  57. Lincoln Mar 13 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    I’ve mostly been a mentee to creative writing teachers and English teachers in high school and university. But recently I’ve had a friend begin writing her first novel and she’s started turning to me for advice. It’s weird suddenly becoming a mentor but its also an awesome feeling to know someone looks up to me like that.

  58. Adriana Mar 14 2013 at 1:39 am #

    This sounds so interesting! I’ll definitely be checking it out :3

    Oh gosh, so many people. I didn’t get encouraged to write since college, really, so before then I just kind of swam along… but I took this one Fiction Writing class in college and my professor, Dr. Ulmer, was fantastic. He loved me (he just hid it really well behind restraining orders). Also, I don’t know if this counts, but: SOOZ IS SUCH AN INSPIRATION. I don’t know if she counts as a mentor with this all being one-sided, but she does. She totally does 😉

  59. OliveWildly Mar 14 2013 at 3:09 am #

    What timing! I recently began seeking out mentors, and it’s a tough process. I belong to a writers group, am active in many online writing resources, and regularly attend conferences. For me, just the idea of asking someone to be a mentor seems intimidating. It really takes time to build up that initial contact before asking someone to mentor you. I know it must be worth it in the end, but I can’t help feeling like such a bother. :/

  60. Shannelle Mar 14 2013 at 3:31 am #

    Such amazing prices up for grabs! 🙂

  61. Shannelle Mar 14 2013 at 3:32 am #

    Oh, and I don’t have a mentor or anyone I mentor at all, but it would be nice to have one. That is, if I get around to writing.

  62. Jasmine Stairs Mar 14 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    I don’t think I’ve ever really been mentored, in my writing life. I’ve had writing buddies who I egg on and who egg me on, and I’ve had teachers, but I’ve never really caught someone’s eye that they’d want to mentor me? Because of this question, I realize I’m perhaps too prickly, and I turn down offers that could have perhaps turned into a mentorship, because I don’t believe that people are sincere in wanting to spend time with me, and I value my alone time too much.

    Okay, this post was perhaps TOO honest. Sorry.

  63. Kira Mar 14 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    That would be pretty amazing! Actually that would be spectacular!!!!!!!!!

  64. Oh! Paper Pages Mar 15 2013 at 4:05 am #

    I haven’t been mentored with writing, and I feel that I find inspiration and wisdom in the words of others. I often read interviews, quotes, and insightful comments from writers, which makes me feel connected to their work and journeys.

  65. Gwen Cole Mar 15 2013 at 9:26 am #

    I don’t have a mentor yet, but I can’t wait for the day when I have one 🙂 And thank you so, so much for doing these giveaways!!

  66. Kathryn Jankowski Mar 15 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    No mentors yet, but lots of support and encouragement at O.W.W. (an online group for science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers).

  67. Alwyn Mar 16 2013 at 3:12 am #

    I have a great mentor in my IRL job who has helped me grab some great opportunities and move forwards expanding beyond my role and grow in my career. But in writing I kind of just look up to other writers whose work I love.

  68. Erica Mar 17 2013 at 2:29 am #

    Thank you for sharing your story with us 🙂

    I have had several mentors over the years and I am just so blessed and grateful for them.

  69. sarah Mar 17 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Such a great post. I’ve never had a mentor but through the blogs and websites of authors I feel like I still have someone to support and encourage my own writing 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  70. J. C.Gregorio Mar 18 2013 at 11:39 am #

    This is such a wonderful thing you all are doing. I notice that a lot of people are saying they aren’t mentors, or have never had formal mentors, but I disagree. Everyone you interact with is a mentor of some sort. You learn from others kindness and look to certain people for guidance from the time you’re a child. I love this post and hope the book becomes a best-seller!

  71. Lea Mar 18 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    One of my high school teachers is a kind of mentor for me. We meet on a regular basis and she gives me a lot of advice how to turn my dream (going to library school) into reality, and even if we “just talk” about something else, she always helps me just by being there and believing in me.
    And I hope to become an (“official”) mentor, too – I’ve applied for the mentor program for disadvantaged kids.

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