“It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
– Ernest Hemingway, from With Hemingway by Arnold Samuelson
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.
Since January of 2018, 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.
Engage in a series of conversations about your writing practice and your work in progress. Weekly or twice-weekly check-ins will help you stay on track to meet your goals.