Finding a mentor can almost feel as daunting as writing a book! Having someone to guide you, can mean the difference between success and failure, but it can also help boost your self esteem and give you more energy to try again, especially in a world where our work is sent out and can receive rejection after rejection before finding it’s rightful home.
I was very lucky to have a business mentor when I was a teenager and he guided me to success, but when I became an author, I had no idea of where to start. I stumbled upon an American book group and they had so many wonderful members who offered me advice, many of whom are still friends today. I much later discovered The Romantic Novelists’ Association and once again, found it full to the brim with supportive writers.
I now work as a business and writing mentor and run a book group with almost a thousand members. There are new writers there and also very experienced ones, as well as lots of voracious and helpful readers, who are always willing to share their ideas on how we can all support each other. The key to finding a mentor, in my opinion, is to join Facebook groups or writing organisations, take part and let people know you are there. Check out organisations in your genre, like The Crime Writers Association or the RNA, or look at membership of The Society of Authors, where they send out monthly newsletters pointing you at local writing groups to join and become part of. Good luck!
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