Writing can be a very lonely business with long hours staring at a blank page wondering where to go next and if the fruits of your labour so far are any good.
Now you can develop your writing skills with the help and support of a published writer with years of experience to pass on. Our mentoring scheme is the perfect answer to the loneliness of the long-distance writer. You will have your very own mentor to help you to achieve your writing goals.
We will assign one of our authors who will work with you for as long as you feel the need and provide one-to-one guidance and support, giving feedback on your work and editing as you go. There are no hard and fast rules, your mentor is there to help you get the best out of your writing. You would be working with a professional writer and tutor who will understand what you need as they have been in your shoes. If you are a beginner, they will help you acquire the skills you need and if you are a seasoned writer they will provide a critical and constructive second pair of eyes.
It’s up to you and your mentor to decide how closely you want to work together, but The Oxford Editors will always be on hand to make sure that you’re getting exactly what you want from the relationship.
Mentoring sessions can be arranged in person, or via telephone, and/or Skype. You can work at your own pace and book sessions around your current commitments. Your mentor will provide email and telephone support as well as face-to-face sessions where possible.
This is a very personal relationship and costs depend on your project, but you can expect to pay between £65 and £150 per hour.
You can also take out a six-month mentoring arrangement for £2,500, or a one-year mentoring arrangement for £3,720. This will involve regular meetings and assessment of work as it is produced.
You can expect at least eight hours per month of feedback, editing and coaching – in the early days it will be much more, and the initial session itself should be 60 minutes.
Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
The publishing world is ever more competitive and you don’t want to waste your time making small mistakes that will reduce your chances of getting your work accepted. Your mentor will be there to pick up on anything as it happens and give you a better chance of producing a professional piece first time.
In today’s competitive publishing climate writers need expert help. This used to come from agents and publishers who had the time to iron out problems and to encourage you to make improvements. Due to the way the industry works today, they can no longer afford this luxury, so it’s more important than ever to have someone who is a professional writer guiding you from the start.
If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.
It couldn’t be easier to get started, just contact us for a chat about your needs and we will pair you up with the most suitable mentor.
Please note our new telephone number: 01865 238066.
Joining the team:
Have started, or want to start, writing a novel or memoir? Are you trying to finish a piece of fiction that is defeating you? Writing at book length is a daunting prospect – both in terms of the skills required and the commitment necessary to keep going through tricky patches and ‘writer’s block’.
Now you can get individual, bespoke help with your work from award winning novelist and writing teacher Tim Lott.
Tim has successfully taught and mentored dozens of authors, including Ben McPherson whose novel, A Line of Blood, was published to acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2015, and Rebecca Thornton, whose The Exclusives was published in 2016.
McPherson commented “I started out very cynical about the idea of mentoring (but) my novel is a much stronger novel for Tim’s involvement. I’m extremely grateful to him, and would recommend the experience highly. “
Thornton writes. “Without Tim’s words, I can safely say I would still be flailing around in piles of rejection slips. If you are looking for a mentor that will get you out of that, you must call him. But be prepared. He will challenge you.”