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JBReed
02-25-2012, 06:50 AM
I am looking for a mentor. Someone to read the chapters I have written and point out mistakes I have made such as grammar, punctuation, plot idea, etc.

My first book was published by ......PA. I worked very hard on the book and it came out well, no thanks to PA. However, I think this book can be better. It is a sequel to the first book. If anyone is interested in helping me, please let me know. Also, I am not giving away this book to PA.

Thanks.

jbelcherreed@yahoo.com

JBReed
02-28-2012, 09:49 PM
Hello, I am still looking for a mentor in the crime/romance genre. I plan to self publish this book so if my mentor could help with that as well it would be great. I want to put out a better book this time and need advice from someone with more experience than I have. Thanks.

quicklime
02-28-2012, 10:57 PM
Hi JB,

Nobody replied...in three days. that's discouraging, I get that. But have you read the stickies here in the beta section? you have 13 posts and are an uncertain commodity, which reads "time sink" because we don't know anything about you.

Try to remember this is more a marathon than a sprint, and hang out in the various forums. You can learn a lot here even minus a beta, and when you've established some sort of presence, your odds of collecting a beta go up considerably--I don't know a thing about you, but most of the folks who show up looking for help with a dozen posts take the help and then split...that's why even the SYW sections here now have a 50-post requirement.

Look around, take the opportunity to learn. You'll get a beta much quicker that way, and learn along the way.

Quick

mirandashell
02-28-2012, 11:06 PM
Got to agree with Quicklime, I'm afraid. Beta reading takes a lot of time and effort. You wouldn't ask a total stranger in real life and this kind of works the same way.

Al Stevens
02-28-2012, 11:15 PM
I think it might be the genre, too. I didn't get any bites on my request for beta readers for my mystery novel, and I've been here a while.

Or else nobody likes me. :cry:

I did get a good reader who advertised for a trade. We are reading each other's books now. Two completely different genres.

blrude
02-29-2012, 03:23 AM
What QL and Miranda said. The other thing I'd like to point out is that many beta-readers are probably more timid to offer when the request is for a mentor instead of a beta.

A true mentoring relationship is not only a bigger time-sink than beta reading, it is also asking a stranger to take on a larger, formative role in your learning process. When someone asks for a mentor, they're asking for heavy advice and practical experience, to be guided through a process; they're asking to receive without having to give.

Specifically, you're also asking for someone to walk you through not just the writing, but the self-publishing process. There are so many places to get self-publishing information and walk-throughs without asking someone to recreate the wheel in an e-mail to you.

When someone asks for a beta, they're asking for reader experience and suggestions. And while not all betas swap (I'm sure many on this forum read more than they ask to be read), it's possible that betas don't want to walk into a situation where a mentor-student responsibility is expected of them. Personally, I wouldn't want anyone to take the comments I've made on their MSS as law. I'm one reader. This happens to be what I thought about this thing. That's all, I'm not right or wrong, and I wouldn't want to be pressured into providing advice knowing that the person taking it is adding weight to it, treating me as a teacher instead of a peer.

A critique partner or beta reader is a peer. Most writers here, I'm guessing, want peers.

That's my .02. I feel like we've seen an upsurge in mentor requests lately and they don't get quite the positive responses as requests for betas. I'm sorry this went a little long or hijacked your thread at all, JB, so let me give you a suggestion: look for betas not a mentor. And glance through the rest of the beta seeking threads and see what kinds of information they are giving to get volunteers. We need to know enough about the story to know if it sounds like our kind of thing.

JBReed
02-29-2012, 08:18 AM
Thank you all for you answers. I will visit some of the other forums and try to get to know the people here and let them get to know me. Thanks again, all of you had very good advice.

Maryn
02-29-2012, 06:34 PM
We look forward to getting to know you better.

Maryn, offering warm baked goods