Need help with your novel? Bill enjoys working one-on-one with select writers!
From 2013 to 2017, Bill worked as the director of the Your Novel Year program at Arizona State University, an online certificate program for those wishing to write young adult novels. He co-founded the program, created the curriculum, and taught many of the classes. Since then, he has accepted one-on-one mentorships with writers seeking publication.
Bill loves to teach and has great passion for helping writers find their voice as they work through a manuscript.
HOW IT WORKS
Writers interested in a one-on-one mentorship are encouraged to apply (process explained below). There is no application fee at this time. The mentorship selection process is competitive; Bill caps the number of mentees he works with at any one time at three so that mentees get his full attention.
Bill only mentors those he feel he can truly help. If for whatever reason (writing style, subject matter, genre) he doesn’t feel confident that a mentorship will help you, he will politely decline. His goal is to help writers improve their craft and hopefully get published in a highly competitive marketplace. For this reason, those writing science fiction and fantasy are discouraged from applying.
Bill is especially interested in those writing realistic contemporary young adult fiction, especially those with strong voices. He is also interested in LGBTQ fiction, both young adult and not, and he mentors select adult fiction writers and those writing literary fiction.
The mentorships are month-to-month. Based on the project, a plan of action is agreed upon. Those needing a quick polish on a second draft might only need a month; someone new to novel writing who has just finished a first draft will often need at least six months to be ready to query agents; and someone who has promise but has not studied fiction writing before could well choose to work with Bill for more than a year. The average length of mentorship is about six months. That’s enough time to read and comment on what is already written, work on a plan for revision, and read new pages.
Since it is month-to-month, the proposed plan of action is just that: a proposal. Writers may opt out after any month, for any reason. Similarly, Bill may choose to end a mentorship if he feels like he is not sufficiently helping the student in meeting their goals.
Writers apply by sending in up to 10 pages of prose, preferably the first 10 pages of a novel-in-progress, as well as a one-page cover letter explaining the project, giving some background, and describing the writer’s goals.
Bill responds to applications on a rolling basis, within three weeks, often sooner. If he is booked, he may accept an application but propose starting at a future date.
The mentorship includes overarching (pertaining to plot, character, prose) and in-line (line edits) comments, and up to two phone or Google Hangout calls per month (20 minutes each).
It is expected that you will revise your work during the process, and Bill will read revised pages as they are ready. It is not reasonable to expect Bill to do more than read an entire novel in a month. A second month at the very least is necessary to read and respond to revised pages.
COST: $1,000 per month, payable by PayPal or check before the start of services for that month.
TO APPLY: Submit application as a docx or pdf. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line MENTOR APPLICATION. You will receive confirmation of receipt of the application within 24 hours, and he will respond within three weeks.
As stated earlier, please understand that this is a competitive process. A rejection is rarely personal; it is usually based on availability and connection to the material. In some cases, Bill may suggest an alternate mentorship opportunity.