Novel Mentoring

You want to write a book, but you don’t know where to start. Or maybe you’ve already started, but are feeling bogged down and unsure of where to go next.

I can help; I’ve done this gig lots.

In this six-month mentorship, you’ll work one-on-one with me as I guide you through your first draft. I’ll hold you steady and run along behind the bike, keeping you moving with tips on plotting, characterization and that all-important secret weapon known as kick-ass dialogue.

Monthly submission deadlines keep you on track and producing at a rate of 5,000 words a month. No writer’s block here.

At the end of your six months, you’ll have yourself a nice little novella—or half a book. Sign up for a second mentorship and get the whole thing done!

How it works

Each month, you send me a portion of your novel manuscript up to 5,000 words, for a total of 30,000 words over the course of the six-month mentorship. I will read your submission and mark it up with suggestions and tips to improve your story, and I’ll turn that feedback around to you within five days. Then we’ll pick a day to connect via phone or email so we can go over the feedback before you get rolling on your next section. At the end of six months, you’ll have half a book! Weeoo!

Pro tips & guidance

I’ll teach you how to:

  • deepen your characters by clarifying their motivations;
  • write realistic dialogue that snaps and crackles (and definitely pops);
  • craft sentences and phrasings with more punch;
  • weave in backstory without weighing the story down; and
  • use the three-act structure to strengthen your plot.
How Much does it Cost?

Six-month mentorship: $2520 plus GST.

Extension mentorship: $2000 plus GST.