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. He originally received an MFA in Creative Writing at Arizona State University in 2005, and he occasionally teaches creative writing in the classroom there. Currently, Bill offers private mentorships, working one-on-one 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. For this reason, those writing science fiction and fantasy are discouraged from applying. His goal is to help writers improve their craft and hopefully get published in a highly competitive marketplace.
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 charged by the hour. Based on the project, a plan of action is agreed upon. Those needing a quick polish on a second draft might only need 10 to 20 hours; someone new to novel writing who has just finished a first draft will often need many more hours to be ready to query agents. In a free initial consultation (for those accepted into mentorship), we can discuss what is needed and what the cost will be.
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 as well as meetings via Zoom or Google Hangout.
COST: Bill charges on a sliding scale. Based on your ability to pay, the cost for mentorship runs between $120-$200/hour. The $200 figure is in line with what other publishing professionals charge for similar services. The sliding scale exists for writers of extraordinary talent who don’t have the means to pay full rate.
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.