For my #WriteMentor Peeps!
Hey Guys! If you’re stopping by for more information on what I’m looking to mentor, here’s an idea of what I’m drawn to and what you can expect out of a mentorship with me! But before I get into that, first off, I’d like to say thank you for considering me as a mentor! Whoever ends up submitting their work to me, please know I appreciate you giving me the opportunity. Just last year I was in your exact position and was lucky enough to have been chosen. I’m truly humbled to be in a situation where I can now give back!
Here’s what I’m looking for:
All contemporary YA!
I have a soft spot for anything set in the early 2000’s, a funny and witty MC, sarcastic narrators, theater kids, romcoms, edgy and emotionally raw stories, snappy dialogue, stories set in New York City, anything reminiscent of Clueless, Mean Girls, Cruel Intentions, Never Been Kissed, Say Anything, and Pretty in Pink. I’ll basically love anything that feels real to me!
I’m not the best mentor for sci-fi, fantasy, or magical realism. I’d love to consider everybody, but I honestly don’t read enough in these categories to actually help someone better their stories.
If we end up working together, here’s what you can expect:
After I pick my mentee we’ll have a short phone conversation to congratulate, get pumped up, and discuss a timeline for revisions.
Then, I’ll likely email you some exercises/homework to get loosened up and get that creative flow going and get you thinking. Don’t worry, it won’t be anything too crazy, I promise!!
Then, I’ll give you an edit letter. In the letter, you’ll first find what I think is working and then I’ll discuss my ideas for what I don’t think is working yet and how to possibly solve these plot holes/problems. After you read through my ideas, I’ll have you take some time to think about my suggestions. When you’re ready, we’ll have another phone conversation to discuss your ideas and to make a plan of action before you actually start the re-write.
When you’re good to go and a plan we’re both confident with is in place, you’ll then get started on those revisions!! Along the way, though, if you get stuck, you can always email me or we can set up a time to talk and discuss anything plaguing you.
Probably sometime during the process of revisions, most likely at the halfway point, we’ll briefly reconvene and come up with a deadline to have your revisions done.
Once all revisions are complete by the set deadline, I’ll give it another read-through and depending on where I think the manuscript is at, we may do another round of edits before the agent showcase. It’ll really be dependent on the mentee.
Finally, prior to the agent showcase, we’ll work on polishing up that query as well as your synopsis so you’re in tip top shape!!
Here’s some other stuff I think you should know about me as a mentor:
I think my strengths are solving plot problems/holes. I’m good at deciphering what’s not working and why. Dialogue is my jam! If two characters sound like the same person, we’re going to get right to work on that.
My style as a mentor is that I’ll always be real with you but not mean. I owe you honesty, because I want you to succeed. I do you no favors if I spend all our time together stroking your ego and making you think it’s perfect as is. But I do promise to be here with plenty of compliments! If I choose your book, it’s because I truly love something about it!
If you have any specific questions I haven’t answered, please feel free to comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP!
I’m really looking forward to reading your submissions!!
Sarah Barkoff grew up in Detroit, Michigan, but spent most of her childhood traveling the United States as a child actress in various Broadway tours. A former New Yorker for nearly seventeen years, she earned her BFA in Creative Writing from the New School and studied musical theater at the American Musical Dramatic Academy, both in NYC. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids in their current home of Cleveland, Ohio.
Sarah’s debut, THE WANDERERS, is out Summer 2019 with Evernight Teen.