Mentorship & developmental editing

Our mentorship & developmental editing program developed out of the realization that some of our clients got stuck after bringing their novels to us for critique. This was something we’d wanted to do for years: How to not just tell writers what they need to do, but to also teach them how to do it.

In January of 2018, with the help of a brilliant book called Deep Work by Cal Newport, we figured it out.

We’ve been working with a select few clients to help them bring their books further up the road to publication. Some are outlining and writing first drafts, some are deep in revisions, some are preparing to submit or self-publish. Each mentorship is a unique collaboration that begins with a mini critique or a comprehensive manuscript critique.

Components of a mentorship with My Two Cents Editing

Identify a few wildly ambitious goals.

For example, “Finish a first draft by X date,” “Tighten the story arc,” “Create compelling character arcs,” or “Submit to 25 agents this month.”

Research market and craft.

Reading homework? Libraries and bookstores? Huzzah!

Produce work that will lead to a stronger manuscript.

This is measured in terms of outlines, scenes, drafts, pages, etc.

Set a cadence of accountability.*

Weekly or twice-weekly check-ins will help you stay on track to meet your goals.

Interested in our mentorship program? Drop us a line using the form below and ask to see our Mentor Notes.

*Language borrowed from Cal Newport’s book Deep Work.


Our favorite genres

Meghan Pinson: Literary fiction, historical fiction, suspense, adventure, middle grade, ghost stories, select nonfiction. No vampires.

Sun Cooper: Women authors, travel, memoir, literary fiction, upmarket fiction, children’s fiction, poetry. Stories that have a strong sense of place, history, and holism.

Matthew Arkin: Mystery, suspense, thriller, crime, police procedural, political intrigue, middle grade and young adult fantasy, historical fiction, literary fiction, nonfiction, self-help, screenplays & scripts.

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