If you are a writer already you probably do not need a mentor for your writing, but you definitely need one for the business side of writing. Finally, there is someone (Yolander Prinzel) mentoring me, to guide the business side of my freelance writing business. There are many writing courses and many gurus, but how do you choose the right one for you?
Choosing a Mentor
This is harder than you may think. Finding the right mentor for you depends on the ability of the mentor to get the points across to you and your willingness to do what they say. There has to be communication between you and your mentor. This may take some trial and error on your part to find the right one for you. If the two of you do not fit, nothing is going to happen. Yolander has taken up the mantel of mentor for this freelance writer and editor; she has helped to shape a new comfort zone. We work well together.
Are You Ready to Leave Your Comfort Zone?
If your mentor is worth their salt, they will push you out of your comfort zone. You must determine if you are willing to do what you need to learn the business side of writing. There are no courses in the business side of writing. The best way to learn is from someone that has done it. Find a mentor that has done what you want to and be open and willing to step out of your comfort zone. It is necessary if you want to make it in the writing business.
You may have noticed in this post, that the term writing and business are close friends. You might ask the question, “Is writing a business?” Unless you write strictly for yourself, yes, writing is a business. If you plan to sell your writing, you need to realize that you are an entrepreneur, and you need to think like one.
Yolander has helped with information about my resume, website, and even offers links to jobs she feels fit me. She explains what I need to do, and then it is up to me to implement her suggestions. My business is still a project in the works, but I feel it is getting better with her help.