Looking for a DVPit Mentee

[1/31/2018 Final update: Thank you so much to everyone who applied. There were so many amazing concepts and samples that I was able to select material based on whim- which happened to be lighter, funnier manuscripts for the most part. If I did not request pages it’s no reflection on you, just personal choice at the time. Thank you for making this choice so very difficult and I wish you all the best going forward. You did an amazing thing- you wrote a book!]

As we wrap up 2017, I’m looking ahead to 2018–specifically, the next DVPit. I’d like to mentor someone again. If you’re interested, I hope you’ll read below and fill out the form at the bottom!

A little about me: I signed with Lauren Abramo of DG&B through the first DVPit, so this event has a special place in my heart. I was a Pitch Wars mentor and read for a DVPit participant. All three super-talented ladies are now agented. One has a three-book deal.

What I can offer: I’m volunteering to do an edit letter, line-edits, then a last polishing round (if there’s time) for the right manuscript leading into April 2018’s DVPit. I’ll also work with you on your Twitter pitches and boost you.

Here’s what I’m looking for: 

  • Someone who is a marginalized person (as defined by #DVPit). Preference goes to a POC and/or someone writing #ownvoices
  • Someone willing to do the work from late January-early April. I’ve guided my mentees through major overhauls, shifts/eliminations of POV, total changes in story-line, and smaller, finessing points of character arcs and plot points. I want someone who’s wants to grow as a writer, and can meet deadlines
  • Someone who has a young adult or adult manuscript and at least one critique partner. I’m not much use for middle grade.

Areas of interest: I’m best with contemporary, although light fantasy or very light sci-fi is fine. I like and write domestic suspense and romance. But I’m pretty open so long as it’s mostly contemp–surprise me!

I’m not your person for anything set in space, horror, or spy thrillers. I just don’t read enough in those categories to be of service. Same is also true for vampires, robots, flowery literary fiction, and pirates.

So that’s it. I’ll leave this open through January 1, 2018. If I’m interested in seeing more I’ll email you for a partial or full sometime between Jan 1 and Jan 15. Let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

[Update 1/3/18: well, I’m floored by the response. I’ll start wading through as soon as I can but there were close to 40 applications]

[Update 1/25/18: due to vacation and lovely oral surgery I’m slightly behind schedule with reading/requesting]


4 thoughts on “Looking for a DVPit Mentee”

  1. Hello,
    I would love to avail this wonderful opportunity, and I believe I do fit the prerequisite criteria.

    I can be reached @lawatibooks – Twitter.

    Ali Lawati


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