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Bespoke Mentoring

Have your own expert mentor for three, six or twelve months to help guide you through the writing process. This is a completely bespoke service for writers at different stages in their writing journey.

Overview

Whatever stage you are at as a writer – whether you are beginning to develop a book idea or have been re-working a manuscript over many months or years; whether you have hit a metaphorical literary brick wall and need support on how to unlock your creative flow once again; if you need advice on the structure of your book, the dialogue in your novel or you are finding it impossible to get your opening chapters right; in fact whatever your specific writing needs – then bespoke mentoring could be what you are looking for.

You will be paired with a suitable Mentor - a personal writing coach – who will provide you with one-to-one guidance, tailored to your specific writing needs. This advice will uniquely be provided through face-to-face meetings, phone conversations and regular online communication across a sustained period (up to 3, 6 or 12 months).

During the mentoring process, you will be able to upload several tranches of your work and as well as on-going feedback from your Mentor, you will receive a full written report at each stage, with a concluding report at the end of the complete mentoring period, which will assess the stage you and your writing have reached, what areas need to be developed further and advice on where to go next with your script.

Why 3, 6 or 12 months?

Please note: while we find the 2/3 tranche system works for most authors who have come to Writers & Artists for mentoring services, we are, of course, open to suggested adaptations in order to meet your writing needs. 

Two alternative bespoke mentoring paths devised to meet the specific needs of the writer are displayed in the workflow diagrams below.  Please email writersandartists@bloomsbury.com if you would like to follow a schedule of a similar nature and we will advise our editors accordingly.

Standard mentoring options:

-          Mentoring across 3 months (90 days)

-          Mentoring across 6 months (180 days)

-          Mentoring across 12 months

Writers can choose to upload for each of the 3,6 or 12-month options, across the mentoring period, either:

-         a total of 30,000 words, 3 tranches of 10,000 words each

-         a total of 60,000 words, 3 tranches of 20,000 words each

The 3-month and 6-month options provide the same level of support and communication, delivered across different time periods:

·         Initial consultation: a one-to-one 1-hour meeting (at Bloomsbury Publishers) or a 1-hour phone conversation to discuss your needs, availability and expectations from this Service. This includes agreeing a schedule and process with your Mentor, based on some sample workflows.

Subsequent regular communication (spread across either 3 or 6 months) includes:

·        2 phone calls of 1 hour each or 2 face-to-face meetings of 1 hour each or a combination of these

·        On-going email communication and feedback

·        Written Reports reviewing each of the 3 content tranches you upload for on-going assessment.

The 12-month option provides additional contact and more written feedback:

·       Initial consultation: a one-to-one 1-hour meeting (at Bloomsbury Publishers) or a 1-hour phone conversation to discuss your needs, availability and expectations from this Service. This includes agreeing a schedule and process with your Mentor, based on some sample workflows.

Subsequent regular communication includes:

-          4 phone calls of 1 hour each or 4 face-to-face meetings of 1 hour each or a combination of these

-          On-going email communication and feedback

-          Review of up to a maximum of 60,000 words. Up to 6 Tranches of up to 10,000 each can be delivered for assessment.

-          The Writer’s Pack: a series of advice sheets specific to your genre, market and needs, from the expert Editors at Writers & Artists

-          A copy of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook or Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook (latest editions)

Which option might be best for me?

The 3-month option will particularly suit:

-          Writers who have an idea they wish to develop in detail.

-          Writers who have an early draft they need help in restructuring or need some detailed expert input early on.

The 6-month option will particularly suit:

-          Writers who have other commitments which do not permit a faster mentoring scheme.

-          Writers who already have text that they want hands-on help on refining and reworking but require several weeks in which do this each time they receive their Mentor’s feedback on the previous tranche.

The 12-month option will suit writers who require more sustained one-to-one guidance on their work. This option provides more face-to-face contact and regular communication with your Mentor.

Popular bespoke work schedules:

Option 1: Thematic
AuthorMeetingEditor
Step 1Author submits full manuscript
Step 2Editor reads full manuscript
Step 3Bespoke Writers' Pack produced by Editor. Author can choose whether this is sent out to them (along with a copy of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook or the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook) or given to them at their first meeting
Step 4Meeting 1: Work schedule agreed

Face-to-face at Bloomsbury Publishing, London, or via Skype.

Duration: 1 hour
Step 5Author reviews Writers' Pack and works through exercises, looks at manuscript and has the opportunity to begin suggested further reading.
Step 6Editor produces report on Plot and Structure, then prepares for Meeting 2 on plot and structure.
Step 7Meeting 2:
Plot and Structure


Face-to-face at Bloomsbury Publishing, London, or via Skype.

Duration: 1 hour
Step 8Author has opportunity to rework a section of up to 5,000 words based on Plot and Structure. A detailed report will not be provided by the Editor, but the work will be assessed to ensure the writer is progressing.
Step 9Editor reviews revised section of manuscript and prepares for Meeting 3: Focusing on Character.
Step 10 Meeting 3:
Focusing on character


Contact by email or Skype only
Step 11Author has opportunity to rework a section of up to 5,000 words and submit to the Editor before Meeting 4. A detailed report will not be provided by the Editor, but the work will be assessed to ensure the writer is progressing.
Step 12Editor reviews revised section of manuscript and prepares for Meeting 4 on style.
Step 13Meeting 4:
Style


Face-to-face at Bloomsbury Publishing, London, or via Skype.

Duration: 1 hour
Step 14Summary sent over by Editor. This also includes points for the author to consider during the development their manuscript further.



Option 2 - Tranche by Tranche
AuthorMeetingEditor
Step 1Tranche 1 (20,000 word limit) and synopsis submitted
Step 2Bespoke Writers' Pack produced by Editor. Author can choose whether this is sent out to them (along with a copy of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook or the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook) or given to them at their first meeting
Step 3Meeting 1: Discussion on Tranche 1 and work schedule

Face-to-face at Bloomsbury Publishing, London, or via Skype.

Duration: 1 hour
Step 4Report on Tranche 1 provided by Editor
Step 5Author reviews Writers' Pack and works through exercises, looks at manuscript and has the opportunity to begin suggested further reading.

Before Meeting 2, a reworked section of up to 5,000 words from Tranche 1 may be submitted to the Editor by the Author. A detailed report will not be provided by the Editor, but it will be assessed to ensure the writer is progressing."
Step 6Tranche 2 (20,000 word limit) and synopsis submitted
Step 7 Meeting 2: Discussion on Tranche 2

Face-to-face at Bloomsbury Publishing, London, or over Skype

Duration: 1 hour
Step 8Report on Tranche 2 provided by Editor
Step 9Before Meeting 3, a reworked section of up to 5,000 words from Tranche 2 may be submitted to the Editor by the Author. A detailed report will not be provided by the Editor, but it will be assessed to ensure the writer is progressing

Tranche 3 (20,000 word limit) and synopsis submitted
Step 10Meeting 3: Discussion on Tranche 3
Contact by email or Skype only

Duration: 1 hour
Step 11Report on Tranche 3 provided by Editor
Step 12Before Meeting 4, a reworked section of up to 5,000 words from Tranche 3 may be submitted to the Editor by the Author. A detailed report will not be provided by the Editor, but it will be assessed to ensure the writer is progressing
Step 13Meeting 4: Discussion on reworked manuscript and action points to take forward

Face-to-face at Bloomsbury Publishing, London, or over Skype

Duration: 1 hour
Step 14Summary sent over by Editor. This also includes points for the author to consider when developing their manuscript in the future.

Features & Benefits

This Service is adapted to suit your specific requirements. It is flexible because we know that each writer’s needs and circumstances are different.

Features

  • One-to-one expert editorial support and encouragement
  • Your needs assessed with your Mentor in face-to-face meetings at Bloomsbury’s London offices (or by Skype)
  • Offers face-to-face or phone contact to suit each writer’s circumstances
  • Regular communication provided on work-in-progress
  • Detailed 6-12 page initial report from your Mentor
  • Comprehensive follow-up on each tranche of manuscript delivered and a concluding report at the end of the mentoring period

Benefits

  • Flexible mentoring options allow you to work at your own pace
  • Totally bespoke options means that each Writer receives the help they really want
  • Guidance every step of the way along the Writer’s journey in the hands of a publishing professional

What you need to submit


All you need do is to follow the apply link, fill in the Writer’s Form application and upload the following files when asked:

  • A 2-page synopsis
  • A sample of your manuscript, 3 chapters or up to 10,000 words

Please make sure the pages are numbered (and named, where appropriate) and use a standard typeface such as Times New Roman in 12pt and double-spaced. The accepted file types are: .doc .docx .rtf .pdf

Who will review your work?

Writers' & Artists' has deep and broad knowledge of all aspects of publishing. Once you have provided us with key background information on your mentoring needs and the book you are writing, we will appoint an experienced editor as your Mentor. They will have in-depth experience of the market your book is targeting, and of writing and publishing more generally.

Your Mentor will understand the precise requirements for writing styles and structures in your chosen genre. They will have many years’ experience of supporting writers and helping them craft their work to make it the best it can possibly be. They are skilled motivators and coaches who will improve your writing and enable you to progress.

Your mentor will be:

-          An expert editor with at least 4-years’ experience

-          An editor with knowledge of the genre you are writing in

-          An editor who has edited or published for the audience you are writing for

The advice and Reports provided by your Mentor will provide:

  • Clear practical and constructive advice
  • Detailed and specific feedback on style, structure, tone, format
  • Where next? – defined goals on what to aim for with the next stage of the process.
  • Discussion with your mentor on what you have currently achieved and where more work is needed.
  • Helpful documents from Writers & Artists on style, layout and useful resources related to the genre and audience for whom you are writing.

How it works

After a successful application and payment, a confirmation email will be sent to your email address.

A Mentor will be assigned to you.

He/She will:

  • Contact you to arrange a phone call or one-to-one initial consultation.
  • Will agree a schedule of work with you and whether you would prefer telephone or face-to-face contact or a mix of both.
  • Upload a written Report in response to each tranche of content you supply at regular intervals throughout the mentoring period.
  • Upload a Concluding Report at the end of the Process.
  • Be in phone and email contact with you as outlined above under ‘Features & Benefits’.

The mentoring period will commence from the date your Mentor first contacts you. The author can choose to rework the same piece of text throughout the mentoring period or choose to have on-going support throughout their writing process.

Please note that all the information about the purchased service and it status will be in “My services” section in your dashboard which can be accessed after logging in.

Feedback

'I thought [Cressida’s] reports exemplary in their insight and helpfulness. I found the sharpness and constructiveness of her formal or aesthetic sense remarkable, and particularly helpful.' Matt Jordan

'Susan edited my manuscript precisely and with love. I fully trusted her with my characters and their story because I knew she cared about them just as much as I did. Thank you Susan for pulling my manuscript towards promise.' Helen Hudson

Booking & Payment

Prices for the mentoring options are:

3 months mentoring, up to 30,000 words total manuscript word count £1500*

3 months mentoring, up to 60,000 words total manuscript word count £1580*

6 months mentoring, up to 30,000 words total manuscript word count £1650*

6 months mentoring, up to 60,000 words total manuscript word count £2000*

12 months mentoring, up to 30,000 words total manuscript word count £2200*

12 months mentoring, up to 60,000 words total manuscript word count £2650*

If your manuscript is longer than 60,000 words you will be charged £17 for every extra 1,000 words*

*These prices are inclusive of VAT

Payment is in two stages. The initial payment of 50% of the total fee is made as part of this application, the second payment is made half-way through the mentoring period.

Please note that we cannot accept submissions which do not comply with our criteria. You must ensure that you have filled in the Writer’s Form, submitted a synopsis and up to 3 sample chapters or 10,000 words initially.

* These prices are inclusive of VAT