Why Mentors Are Important by Nicole Weaver
Aside from getting a book contract, having mentors who are willing to help and support you is the second most important thing a new author must have. After my first book came out I did a search for people willing to do reviews. I came across an individual who reviewed my book and through her I learned about my current publisher.
My second trilingual children’s book is being published by this traditional publisher. Soon after I signed the contract my publisher made it available for me to join her yahoo group. I met many wonderful author friends through the group. In more ways than one these authors have become my mentors. I never knew how important mentors were until I joined the group.
I knew very little about the business of promoting a book. Along the way the friends I have made taught me a lot of pertinent information. I learned how to create a blog, how to write a media release, and more importantly, how to write a decent book review.
I also learned that one should not wait until your book is published to start promoting it. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by so many authors who have experienced great success. These authors are the most unselfish group of people I know. They are never too busy to answer questions and help with pressing needs.
I have found a second group of great mentors through an online critique group. As a new author I need a lot of mentoring. I get the chance to submit my manuscript for critique. I have learned so much from the members of the group. The person who started the group is an award-winning author who knows her craft very well. I am very happy she afforded me the opportunity to be part of the group.
If you are a new author, I highly recommend you take the time to locate other authors who are willing to mentor you. I believe that most authors are kind and giving individuals. Do a Google search. It is never too late to start.
Nicole Weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish. She is the author of a children's trilingual picture book titled Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle.
The story is about a Haitian little girl who resided by the beach in Haiti. Her second trilingual children's picture book will be published by Guardian Angel Publishing. The book titled, My Sister is my Best Friend, will be published fall 2011.
You can visit Nicole Weaver’s website at http://www.melangeofcultures.wordpress.com and her book’s blog at http://marieandherfriendtheseaturtle.blogspot.com/