5 Ways to Know You’re Ready for a Writing Mentor

I’ve been having some lovely chats with authors over the past week. Authors who are looking to take the next step with their books and get one-on-one mentoring. Here are two things they have in common:

1. They are passionate about their message – and the world needs this message Right Now.
2. They need help, mentorship, guidance, and support to get to the next step in the process.

(Now, you KNOW I have my soapbox about the importance of your message so there is one thing I have to tell you:

No, not EVERY author I speak to is writing a message-driven book. A few are looking no further than “credibility” or “expertise”. There’s no passion there. And no, not someone I take on as a client!)

But these authors – without exception – have a message that is ready to move out into the world.

The other thing these authors recognized is that they’ve gone as far as they can – by themselves. There are questions unanswered (What comes next? Am I being boring? Is this the right place for this story/this teaching? How do I publish? What will it take to be a best-seller?) that they’re seeking out help to find the answers.

There’s a deep strength in realizing that you aren’t infallible. That you don’t have all the answers. That no matter how much research you do on your own, nothing is a substitute for guidance from someone who not only has walked that path with her own books (20, to be exact) but who has also guided others through the same proven system.

So how do you know if you [insert your name here] is ready for mentorship? Here are five key indicators.

1. You’re sick and tired of being stuck, frustrated, and searching for next steps.

As humans we KNOW that help is always available – once you ask for it. And we also have a stubbornness that keeps us from humbling ourselves and asking for it.

(Come on, you KNOW that’s true!)

At some point, you reach a point where you’re at the end of your rope – and you’re still 15 feet above the ground. The only options LEFT to you are A.) quit or B.) get help.

Please, please, don’t quit.

2. You’re coachable and ready to listen – and do!

No one mentor has all the answers – not me and not any other coach, mentor, or expert. But I have MORE knowledge about books and all their steps than you do. So why on Earth would you ask for help and then not be ready to listen and take actions?

(Remember what I said about being stubborn?)

It’s humbling to ask for the help and then (sometimes this HURTS) to listen and accept the advice when it’s given. You’re ready for mentorship if you can listen with an open mind, ask questions for deeper understanding, and willing to do the work.

3. The idea of facing another birthday, anniversary, New Years without having your book done is abhorrent to you.

MORE than abhorrent, you can’t stand to look at yourself with yet another broken promise. It’s harsh, it hurts, and it’s REAL.

You have that precious message inside – and you’re kidding yourself if you say that you’ve been a good steward of it. You recognize that you’ve been waiting, putting off, and letting it slip away while you’ve been doing…

What exactly?

You’re ready for mentorship if you’re really ready to DO THE THING. Now. No more waiting.

4. You’re ready to invest in yourself.

First off, writing a book is NOT something you can do in an afternoon or a weekend. (It also doesn’t need to take years!) You’re ready to invest in yourself to learn how to write – and then write. You’re ready to invest the time.

And you’re ready to invest the money. Because you really HAVE gone as far as you can with the free resources – that’s a great step. Real learning and transformation happens when you’ve got skin in the game.

When I first invested in a year-long mastermind, I dropped EIGHTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. It was the money from the sale of my home. This was my savings. And I was ALL IN. I went to every training call, did all the homework, participated in the Facebook group, and got my happy a$$ on planes to go to the in-person trainings.

Why?

Because I AM WORTH IT.

So when you see – truly and deeply see – that YOU are worth it, then you’re ready for a mentor.

(Don’t make an assumption about time OR dollars until you have a committed conversation with a mentor! Don’t take yourself out of the game before you even start.)

5. You’re going to find the RIGHT mentor – and keep looking until you do.

Just like I don’t know everything, I’m not a fit for everybody. Mentors are like that… there’s an energetic, spiritual, knowledge-based fit. And if it’s not a fit – FIND A MENTOR WHO IS.

I’ve mentored with:

Courtney Foster-Donahue
Lizzy Goddard
Ali Brown
Lisa Sasevich
Dr. Venus Opal Reese
Nicholas Kusmich
Sabine Messner
Kathryn Calhoun
Jeff Olsen
Larry Smith
Steve Orlen
Luci Tapahonso
Josip Novakovich

(Not all of these are one-on-one mentorships. But the ones that were… WOW! I made big moves!)

And my list goes on…

Some of the mentors I’ve studied with over the years were a GREAT fit – others were less-so. No matter what, I took what I could, learned the lessons they had, and kept searching to find what I needed.

You’re ready for mentorship if you commit to keep searching to find the perfect fit.

Remember, as much as you want to create your book, nothing on this list is coming from a place of desperation – that energy doesn’t serve you and you can’t create from empty.

Now here’s the question I want you to honestly and solemnly ask yourself:

Am I ready for a mentor?

If the answer is yes, then I invite you to take a look at “Write 90 with Kim Galloway: A 90-day sprint to make massive progress on your writing project” happening June 15, 2024 – September 15, 2024.

After all, we’ve been forging a relationship for a while now!

I can take just FIVE authors to work with this summer – and the coaching includes:

Coaching from me:
Support and encouragement
Sometimes having a cheerleader is really what it takes to get you BACK to your keyboard, day after day.

Outside accountability:
You’ll break a promise to yourself all day long – but you won’t break a promise to someone else, like me. Weird but true. (And then you’re not roping in a friend or family member to hold you accountable when they REALLY would rather whisk you off to the movies!)

Feedback on your efforts:
The good and the bad – so you can have clarity on what’s working and what isn’t and suggestions on where and how to improve.

Here’s how it works for our 90 days together (June 15 – September 15):

  • Onboarding call to kick us off and make sure we’re on the same page with what you want to accomplish
  • Voxer access to me for check-ins and questions
  • Weekly email check ins
  • Monthly one-on-one sessions where I’ll review up to 10 pages of your writing

A bit more details:

Onboarding call
I want to make sure you’re excited about what you’ll be working on
AND
That it’s not too much (or too little) to reasonably accomplish in a 90-day sprint

AND… get to know you a bit!

Voxer Access
You can leave me a written or voice memo (2 minutes max per memo) and I’ll get back to you within 24-hours. My availability is M-F from 9 am – 3 pm Pacific, so I’ll get back to you during that window.

YOU can message me whenever YOU think of it and I’ll respond during that 9-3 window. Don’t get stuck or frustrated! You’ve got a mentor at your fingertips.

What is Voxer? It’s an app (free) that allows you to leave me short voice memos or written messages. I can respond the same way. PLUS, it makes a cool walkie talkie noise.

Weekly email check-ins
You tell me what you’re working on for the week and we’ll circle back on the weekend to see how it went. Don’t worry – you can always change your mind mid-week. But this level of support will help you stay accountable to your ideas.

Monthly one-on-one sessions
You can email me up to 10 pages of what you’re working on and we’ll go over it on our call. Calls are recorded so you get the recording. (Yes, call. I’m not a giant fan of Zoom for these sessions.) You’ll get my hands-on feedback on whatever you’re working on.

How to get started:
I can take a MAXIMUM of five authors to work with this summer so if this is sounding like exactly what you need – don’t wait!

Since this is all about having FUN with really awesome clients, I’ve made the investment an easy yes:

3 payments of $350 OR one payment of $1000.

Enrollment ends on June 15, 2024 so don’t wait!

Have more questions? Shoot me an email at Kim[AT]NewFrontierBooks.com

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