During our forty-five year history, we have been fortunate to have many editors, agents, and art directors volunteer their time to work one-on-one with the aspiring writers and artists who attend our annual conference. What makes this conference unique are the one-on-one ratio of mentor to mentee and the small intimate nature of the program, designed for professional networking and informal schmoozing. We are grateful to our publishing industry mentors for their continued support of One-on-One Plus.
We also greatly appreciate the many talented authors and illustrators who have participated as mentors over the years. Recently, the number of volunteers has exceeded the mentor slots available. In order to provide the most rewarding experience for our applicants, we have established a list of requirements for mentor eligibility.
If you are interested in being a mentor at One-on-One, please read the list below. If you believe you qualify, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your background information and list of publications.
Procedures for selecting authors and illustrator mentors
We look for authors and illustrators:
with a minimum of three children's or young adult books that have been published by an established publisher recognized by the Children's Book Council (CBC)
whose most recent book has been published within the past five years
who have professional experience critiquing manuscripts (either as a member of a writers group, as a writing instructor, or as a former or current editor)
who are knowledgeable about current trends in children's book publishing and able to answer questions their mentees might have regarding the profession.
Depending on various factors, the Council may be required to make occasional exceptions to these guidelines.
NOTE: The number of mentor volunteers varies from year to year. Available slots are limited.