I’ve been working with children’s author and publishing professional Lisa Bullard for months to start our new service, Mentors for Rent. We are so excited to finally be launching!
Mentors for Rent is basically an hourly service where you chat via Skype or conference phone call with both Lisa and me. We answer your questions about the craft and the business of writing for kids and young adults or we’ll critique your manuscript on the spot. We’ll do all of this in an immediate, personal way–as if you ran into us at a writers’ conference and we all stepped into a coffee shop to chat for a while (although there are also options that involve advance reading and research by us).
Both Lisa and I have found in our many classes and workshops and conferences that what most people really want is the chance to get personal answers/advice and/or manuscript feedback. I have answered tons of emails from people over the years–people I’ve met and complete strangers. I’ve realized that perhaps the most efficient and most useful service I can offer is one that simply gives writers access to the advice of two people who make their living mostly through writing for kids. So that’s what Lisa and I are doing!
You can learn all about Mentors for Rent (the tech stuff, the cost, our bios, your options, references, etc.) at www.MentorsForRent.com. And if you would like to try this out to see whether it’s a good match for you, we are having an Open House the afternoon of March 26. We will be scheduling half-hour sessions for 3 individuals at a time (plus Lisa and me) for only $10 per person. During these sessions, you will have the chance to ask us some of your questions about submitting your manuscript, new marketplace trends, how to get “unstuck” from writer’s block, etc. And, you’ll probably learn unexpected info, too, because you’ll get to hear our answers to the other participants in your session too!
If you are interested in the Open House, just email MentorsForRent@hotmail.com to let us know, and we’ll work out a timeslot for you. Please pass this along to anyone you think might be interested.
Thanks, and we look forward to talking with you!