Critiques and Mentoring

Mentoring Sessions

Nine 1-hour spaces will be available for individuals to receive one-on-one mentoring from Award Winning Authors, Yvonne Lehman, Vonda Skelton, Edie Melson, and Linda Gilden.

Cost:  $45

For Yvonne LehmanADVANCED WRITERS ONLY.  Yvonne will work with FICTION. She will read your work, give you very detailed suggestions and guidance on plotting, character development, and prose. Conferees should have a manuscript completed but not less than 1/2 completed.

Guidelines: Full Proposal, Synopsis, First Three Chapters

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For Vonda SkeltonAdvanced Writers and those with Speaker goals. FULL: NO MORE APPOINTMENTS OPEN. Vonda will work with advanced writers on non-fiction manuscripts. Or she will work with those who have definite goals for becoming a speaker. Conferees who wish Vonda to mentor their non-fiction work should have a completed but no less than 1/2 completed manuscript.

Guidelines: Full Proposal, Synopsis, First Three Chapters

For Vonda to mentor you with speaking, conferees should have a solid platform and be prepared with an outline for a speaking presentation.

Guidelines:  Participants should have a written presentation or at least an outline for Vonda to help you refine.

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For Edie Melson

Conferees will send blog address and social media addresses so Edie can evaluate and dig into both the blog and the most effective social media for them.

For Linda Gilden

Linda will work with advanced writers on non-fiction manuscripts for books or articles. Or she will work with those who have definite goals for becoming a speaker. Conferees who wish Linda to mentor their non-fiction work should have a completed but no less than 1/2 completed manuscript.

Guidelines: Full Proposal, Synopsis, First Three Chapters

For Linda to mentor you with speaking, conferees should have a solid platform and be prepared with an outline for a speaking presentation.

Guidelines:  Participants should have a written presentation or at least an outline for Linda to help you refine.

For Linda to mentor you with marketing, conferees should have an outline describing their current marketing plan. Also, include marketing goals for the future. (Further directions will be outlined for you after signing up for a mentoring appointment with Linda.)

  • Writing mentoring is for ADVANCED writers
  • Must have a manuscript in process
  • Apply to bootcampcritiques@gmail.com

Critique Service

Recruits, are you ready to shave off unnecessary words? Are your ready for your manuscript to get a bit of a buzz cut?

A critique service is available for Writers Advance! Boot Camp participants. When you register, you may pay for a critique in the following categories:

CATEGORIES

  1. Articles
  2. Blog Post
  3. Blog Critique
  4. Children’s: Chapter Book
  5. Children’s Books: Picture Book, Easy Reader, Board Book
  6. Devotions
  7. Editing: Basic line-by-line editing services available
  8. General: First Fifteen Pages of Your Manuscript
  9. Fiction: Romance, General Fiction, Women’s, Contemporary, Suspense
  10. Non-fiction books: True Life, Inspirational, Motivational, Encouragement
  11. Plays/Skits
  12. Proposals
  13. Screenplays: Any genre
  14. Bible lesson plans/Bible Studies

Critique Submission Guidelines:

1. Manuscript: Times News Roman, Double-spaced, One-Inch Margins, WORD DOCUMENT. Be sure you combine all requirements into a SINGLE document.

2. Email Submissions as an attachment to the faculty member of your choice or to Terri Kelly, bootcampcritiques @ gmail (dot) com. Subject Line: ACWC CRITIQUE. In the body of the email, please list the genre.

Faculty Emails and Deadline Date for Submissions

Linda Gilden: Linda @ lindagilden (dot) com DEADLINE: Feb. 16, 2017

Lin Johnson: lin @ writetopublish (dot) com DEADLINE: Feb. 9, 2017

Andrea Merrell: andreamerrell7 @ gmail (dot) com DEADLINE: Feb. 13, 2017

Larry Leech: lleech @ cfl (dot) rr (dot) com DEADLINE: Feb. 13, 2017

Diana Flegal: diana @ hartlineliterary (dot) com DEADLINE: Feb. 2, 2017

Denise Loock: denise @ lightningeditingservices (dot) com DEADLINE: Feb. 10, 2017

Terri Kelly: bootcampcritiques @ gmail (dot) com DEADLINE: Feb. 13, 2017

Cindy Sproles: Cindyksproles  @ gmail (dot) com DEADLINE: Feb. 8, 2017

Vonda Skelton: bootcampcritiques @ gmail (dot) com DEADLINE: Feb. 8, 2017 CLOSED

Michelle Medlock Adams: bootcampcritiques @ gmail (dot) com DEADLINE: Feb. 8, 2017

3. Title Page: Include a title page with your submission: title, genre, page numbers, word count, audience, and your name/email and other contact information on the title page within your document. A confirmation will be sent to you within 24 hrs. (Resend if you do you receive a confirmation.) SUBMISSIONS WITHOUT THESE DETAILS WILL NOT BE CRITIQUED.

4. Fee: see critique menu below.  You may directly email faculty members your manuscripts. Please send a check made out to the faculty member’s name. Ask for the mailing address when you send your critique or email Terri (bootcampcritiques@gmail.com)for a mailing address.  Critiques will be completed upon receipt of payment. (The fee applies for each submission.)

5. Deadline: See individual faculty members for their deadlines. You may begin sending critiques January 1, 2017.

6. Completed critiques will be returned to you at the Writers Advance! Conference. You will automatically be given an appointment with the faculty member who critiqued your writing. Our faculty will not give you a buzz cut. We’ll approach each manuscript with more love than a drill sergeant so you may ADVANCE!

Buzz Cuts (Manuscript Critiques) – Faculty can change

Articles: Newspaper or magazine     $25

250 -1500 words (Anything over 1500 words will be discarded.)

Blog Post  $15

250 -1500 words (Anything over 1500 words will be discarded.) A full assessment of your blog post, including a written list of suggestions and things you’re doing well.

Blog Critique   $25

A full assessment of your blog, including a written list of suggestions and things you’re doing well.

Children’s Chapter Book  $25

One Chapter or 10 pages (Not to exceed 10 pages.)

Children’s Books (Picture Book, Easy Reader, Board Book)  $20 each

Send complete manuscript

Devotions (Devotions for print or web/blog, Limit of 3)  $20 each

Editing: Basic line-by-line editing services available   $20 per 5 pages

General: First Fifteen Pages of Your Manuscript includes a breakdown of overall writing, marketability, hook, tension, and POV.   $35

Fiction: 10 pages + 2-page synopsis. MUST have 2-page synopsis for romance, general fiction, suspense, Women’s Fiction.) $25

Non-fiction books: 10 pages + 2-page synopsis. MUST have 2-page synopsis for True Life, Inspirational, Motivational, Encouragement  $25

Skits/One-Acts:  Two-line synopsis: including theme/focus. No more than 7 pages for skit or 8 pages for one-act.  $20

Proposals:  Fiction or non-fiction proposals. Send the first 25 pages or 1 chapter and a 1-2 page synopsis. (No more than 25 total pages.)  $25 

Screenplays: Any genre: Send first 15 pages only and 1 page synopsis $35

Bible Studies/Bible Lesson Plans: No more than 15 pages $35

 Faculty

**Please note faculty participation could change

Articles

Cindy Sproles, Vonda Skelton, Linda Gilden, Lin Johnson

Blog Post

Edie Melson

Blog Critique

Edie Melson

Children’s: Chapter Book

Terri Kelly, Michelle Adams, and Vonda Skelton

Children’s Books: Picture Book, Easy Reader, Board Book 

Terri Kelly, Michelle Adams

Devotions

Cindy Sproles, Andrea Merrell,  Denise Loock, Linda Gilden,

Editing: Basic line-by-line editing services available

Andrea Merrell, Denise Loock, and Larry Leech

General: First Fifteen Pages of Your Manuscript

Larry Leech, Linda Gilden, Cindy Sproles, Diana Flegal

Fiction: Romance, General Fiction, Women’s, Contemporary, Suspense

Cindy Sproles,  Andrea Merrell, Larry Leech, Diana Flegal

Non-fiction books: True Life, Inspirational, Motivational, Encouragement

Edie Melson,  Andrea Merrell, Diana Flegal, Lin Johnson

Proposals

Larry Leech, Lin Johnson

Bible Lesson Plans/ Bible Study Guides

Lin Johnson

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