MENTORING for WRITERS
(including time management)
If you are a WRITER who needs help with a specific project, Barbara Florio Graham can provide tips about how to organize your material, how to break through "writer's block," and point you to resources for research, editing, and marketing. Her expertise can save you time and speed up the process.
Mentoring does NOT include editing, review of more than 1000 words per week, or specific markets.
I'm often hired by an author who isn't sure how to publish a book. I can advise him or her if the book should go to an agent (and point out how to do that), help write a book proposal, or whether this book is suitable for a small publisher, one of the few reputable print-on-demand firms, or self-publishing.
Do see Mentoring for Self-Publishers as well.
Among the 45 writers I have mentored since 1995, one wanted to make the transition from writing articles to writing books, one needed to know if her poetry was ready for publication, one was trying to organize many years of research in preparation for writing a biography, several others had many ideas for articles but wanted advice on how to focus on one subject at a time and slant their work for specific markets.
Several have come to me at the beginning of the process of writing a book, and I've helped one set up a website and then go on to write and publish her first book. Another has used my help to direct the research and writing of her book, and another author was looking for help selecting a cover, preparing a back cover and "front matter," and then promoting the book.
This is a short-term commitment to help you get something specific off the ground, whether you're a beginner just starting out or an experienced freelancer who wants to move in a different direction.
The cost is $75 per hour, payable in advance. There is an initial $200 set-up fee, which allows me to familarize myself with your work, open a file and set aside time for you. I log each hour you use (based on the time it takes me to read and respond to your e-mail and any attachments you send), and I am very flexible about spreading mentoring over more than a month, if you start to act on my suggestions and need a few weeks to implement these before you return to me with further questions or direction.
Two of my colleagues in the U.S. charge far more for this type of mentoring. Peter Bowerman's fee is $125 an hour, while John Kremer charges $3000 a month for access to his expertise via phone and e-mail.
To check availability, CONTACT BOBBI
TESTIMONIALS FROM SOME OF MY MENTORING CLIENTS
Barbara Florio Graham played
a key role in helping me get established an an author ten years and
29 books ago. And she went from being a mentor to a friend a long
Ann Douglas, parenting expert and creator of The Mother of All Books series.
Barbara Graham has been working with me for almost a year. I chose Barbara because of her expertise. She taught me many valuable tools and helped me to create my own website www.wandapthompson.com. Barbara has worked with me in all aspects of writing, publishing and promoting my books and website. These tools I continue to use. Barbara has helped me polish Brian: A New Beginning. I am working on 1924 Wembley Rodeo. Barbara has been an invaluable help and resource. Her knowledge and expertise in all the areas of writing, producing and marketing are tremendous. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants help in any area of their writing. Thank you Barbara. (Wanda Thompson, Lethbridge, Alberta
While I continue to research
and write my book, it is a comfort to know that Bobbi Graham is
available for professional consultation. She is a fount of publishing
knowledge, and she is always at the ready whenever questions arise.
As I make my way through this fast-changing and often confusing
industry, I am pleased that I have the support and experience of
Bobbi Graham on my side.
(Victoria Ridley, author of Turning Keys: The Doors 1965-1971, to be published in 2012)
Thank you again for a great
and extremely informative three weeks. I couldn't have asked for a
better mentor. (Brenda
Hubbard, August, 2005)
I selected Barbara
Graham to edit and organize my manuscript, and it was one of the best
ever made. She provided me with written feedback and suggestions, including advice on how to improve
my visual images by using better or different word selections. She also helped me write a very professional synopsis, pitch, and a treatment along with a book proposal. It was something I could not have put together without her assistance. Barbara's consulting and writing expertise and professional feedback has given
me knowledge that will assist me in any future projects. I would encourage anyone who needs literary advice to seek the professional help of Barbara Graham.
( Bill Webb, author of Where Cold Winds Blow and Rita & Raymond's Arctic Adventure)
As a direct result of
taking the Time Management Course I now use my limited time more effectively
in all aspects of my life. (Hope Spencer, Comox, B.C.)
Barbara runs a fine
writing workshop that helped me become more creative when I write.
"Five Fast Steps to Better Writing" sits close at hand whenever I need a refresher.
(Luigi Benetton, computer coach and corporate freelancer)
IF YOU'VE WRITTEN A BOOK YOU WANT TO PUBLISH, CLICK HERE
IF YOU'RE STARTING A WRITING BUSINESS, CLICK HERE
SEE BOBBI'S: PUBLISHING CREDITS