Having worked in an industry where mentorship was valued, I was surprised by the lack of support and mentorship for new writers who need it the most. The writing industry need not be the Wild West. Stories are a renewable resource, and readers buy more than one book, and enjoy reading more than one author, so why not help fellow writers who are starting off?
For many years, my motto as a writer was “Don’t get mad; get better.” But getting better means relying on fellow writers and readers. I want to bring more empathy and humanity to this field, and so am offering free weekly Q&A sessions to unpublished authors. Readers are welcome to join in too. I will be checking this section every Friday morning, and I’ll do my best to answer your questions about storytelling, writing, editing, and the industry. I’m sorry that I won’t be able to read or edit writing samples, but we can certainly discuss editing.
If you are an agent, consider requiring your author clients to mentor a promising unpublished author for every book deal you broker. Not only will writers become a happier bunch, they will also return the favor, and readers will ultimately have stronger stories to read.