4 places to start looking for a beta reader online
If you’re one of those writers who loves the editing process, know this: I envy you with all my heart and soul. The more intricately I plot in advance, the less passionately I loathe this most essential part of the craft of writing, but I’m never going to actually enjoy it. I’ve been incredibly lucky, over my writing career, to work with some phenomenal editors, and that process started way back before I was ever published when some absolute heroes that I’m delighted to call my friends read and offered feedback on a clunky old MS I’d been footering about with for over a decade.
I made the changes they suggested and found a publisher for the draft that resulted. That was Edge of Heaven and it went on to be shortlisted for a major award. So… yeah. Critique partners are amazing.
How to find a writing mentor, what a writing mentor does, and alternatives to consider if a writing mentorship isn't right for you
Full disclosure: I am a writing mentor, and I love what I do.
With that said, I’m a terrible businesswoman because I typically spend the initial 15-minute discovery call with potential clients trying to determine if there’s an alternative (cheaper) option to working with me that would still give them the help that they’re looking for. There very often is, and unless you’re supported by some kind of grant or bursary, working with a mentor can get expensive.
There are also a whole host of advantages to writing mentorships, of course, not least being that you’ll have an experienced writer in your corner who’s almost certainly fought every one of your writing battles themselves, and who will passionately cheerlead your work like you can’t even imagine, because we get super invested in our clients’ success.
In this post, I’m going to suggest some questions to ask yourself before you start looking for a mentor, some places to find and connect with us, and some free or low-cost alternatives to embarking on a mentorship.
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