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I have a mentor!

What does that mean? Technically nothing, emotionally everything, and practically, somewhere in between. 

What do you mean, a mentor?

There are many writing contests run online, usually publicized through Twitter, where writers can win mentorship and/or editing from another author, an editors, or an industry pro. Mentors publicize what they’re interested in reading, what their editing style is, and what they look for in a mentee. Writers submit a query, first pages, sometimes a synopsis, and sometimes answers to questions about themselves/their book, choosing two to four mentors to read their entry. The process is very similar to querying agents, by design! Then each mentor picks one (or sometimes two) authors to help with polishing up their work to a diamond shine.

I saw some mentors that seemed perfect for my second novel, code-named Ballroom, so I entered. I got a request within four hours of submitting—which, to be honest, has a lot to do with luck of who’s reading submissions. Like agents, mentors are searching for a love connection with a story, and in these contests, additionally for a book they have ideas to improve.

Reader, I made a love connection.

Technically nothing

I mean, as far as career progress that the IRS would consider taxable, a mentor doesn’t count. Getting one means having another critique partner, a cheerleader, a guide, one who’s walked the path you hope to be on, but that’s it.

Emotionally everything

But “that’s it”? Oh, no, dear reader! Having someone who’s never met me and doesn’t know me pick my story out of their submissions and want to read more is the most validating experience an author can have. And then to have that mentor be so, so excited about so many of the things you love about your own story, well… that’s everything!

Practically, somewhere in between

I feel so loved and supported and uplifted. Sure, winning a contest doesn’t guarantee an agent or a book deal, but it guarantees having one more friend in my corner to encourage me, challenge me, and support my question. Cat, I can’t wait!!

Anna from Frozen being super excited
Me all day today

Fun Facts About Abigail

(You can find my official bio at About Me.)

I’m so extroverted it’s painful, according to my introverted husband.

I can’t remember when I didn’t want to be an author. I wrote my first story in Kindergarten, and I still have it (thanks, Mom!). It was about a princess, a dragon, and a knight, so… not much has changed.

Me dressed up for Halloween as Wonder Woman in the blue ballgown with the sword down the back of it.
#WWGotYourBack

Costumes I’ve worn in public: Jem, She-Ra, Wonder Woman (before everyone knew how cool she was), Princess Peach, Princess Buttercup, Agent Lucy Wilde (my son really wanted to be a Minion), Galadriel.

My writing ritual requires tea and I drink unhealthy quantities of it.

In fact, I carry teabags in my purse because you never know when you might be stuck without and need good tea.

My favorite Doctor is Ten (but Nine was my first, and you never forget your first).

Chocolate is life and you can’t persuade me otherwise. I’ve now trained myself to like dark chocolate, and the best chocolate bar I’ve ever tasted is Divine Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle. If you bribe me with that I will do almost anything for you.

My pinned Tweet has lots more fun facts about me from #PWPoePrompts. (For the usual facts, you can also check out my professional bio.)

My Manuscript

Here’s the song that inspired the work I submitted…

…and here’s an aesthetic for the two main characters, Robbie and Lara.

square two dancers
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