Internationally Bestselling Author of Fantasy Books for Teens and Adults


Author Mentor Match


Mentorship is one of the best ways (if not the best way) to learn a craft or trade. I have been mentored not just in my writing career, but in two careers before it: artisanal baking and ceramics. Needless to say, I’m a big fan. Especially for those who don’t flourish in academic or classroom settings (*raises hand*) mentorship offers something traditional learning does not. It’s intensive, personal, one-on-one, and most importantly, catered directly to the mentee and their strengths, weaknesses, goals, interests, etc.

Why am I telling you this? Because if you’re an unpublished/unagented writer looking to hone your skills and improve your current manuscript, you can apply to be mentored by me in the upcoming Author Mentor Match.

What is Author Mentor Match?

“Author Mentor Match pairs unagented, aspiring YA and MG writers with mentors to help them with their manuscripts and guide them through the publishing process. AMM focuses on building lasting relationships. Mentors will help writers revise their manuscript before querying, give advice and tips on agents, and support through the process.”

How it works:

“Mentees can apply to up to four possible mentors, submitting general information about themselves and their book via a submission form, then emailing their query, 1-2 page synopsis, and first three chapters or first 50 pages (whichever is longer) to us. The mentors will consider all mentee submissions carefully, potentially asking for more pages, before selecting someone to work with.”

Submissions are open March 1-5, 2019. If you’re interested, you can find the full details here.

Kristen Ciccarelli