#WriteMentor 2019 PAIRINGS

Firstly, a request: NO SPOILERS!

No, I’m not talking about Avengers: End Game or GoT! I mean the pairings below! Or I will send those guys onto you!!!

I know you’ll be desperate to tell people and celebrate/commiserate etc. But not everyone will check at the same time and some will be waiting for the tweet slow-reveal.

So please do check the lists and but allow others involved to find the result in their own time, please. Nothing worse than hearing second hand about stuff like this. Thanks in advance!

So, onto the good stuff…

#WriteMentor Year 2. But it doesn’t get any easier.

Our mentors collectively agreed that choosing was even harder this year – more applicants (384) and a wider range of books.

We also introduced Picture Books and Chapters Books for the first time in 2019. And what an amazing addition they’ve been. Mentors in those categories were overwhelmed with applications.

We have 45 mentors, with most choosing to work with 1 mentee, but of course, several mentors insisted they MUST be allowed to work with more than 1 of you. They felt compelled to take on stories they just couldn’t let go.

I have allowed this…BUT if you are being mentored by someone with more than one mentee, it’s important to appreciate this. They’ve added a huge amount of extra work onto their already full plates for this summer, just for you, just to help. I am certain everyone of you will appreciate the opportunity but I thought it worth reminding.

For the applicants

If selected, your mentor will be in touch, via email, soon. But DO NOT email them – please respect that they may be at work/busy/asleep tonight and the biggest attribute in this industry is patience. Please show this.

Instead, go celebrate, go write, go for a lie down!

If you are not successful this time, please don’t be too disappointed.

Show your professionalism (you all want to be pro’s right? That’s why you’re here?) by supporting those who have been selected.

Go say well done.

Thank the mentors who considers your application for their time.

Think of the things you’ve gained: a bunch of new writing friends, possibly a CP, new knowledge and the hallowed Craft Guide for 2018 and 2019!

For the LEGENDS! (mentors)

I’d like to say at this point, just how much I appreciate, admire and love all of our mentors. As I always say, it is them who make this programme possible and it is them who make the difference in this world – the altruistic people who hold out a helping hand to those one step behind them on the road.

It is easy to advance, and not look back, to forget where you came from. But our mentors are giving up their time (lots of it) and efforts for nothing. They are all Jedi Knight’s of the highest order.

Their efforts are always appreciated by me, and I hope by all of you.

I just wish their was an easy list of them all on Twitter, so I could follow them…oh, wait…

So, to the main event…

The moment you’ve all been waiting for…

Sorry…not that moment!

Okay, okay – talk less…I get it Burr!

Here it is, the 2019 #WriteMentor Pairings!

PICTURE BOOKS

MENTORTITLEMENTEE NAMEAGE CATEGORYGENRE
Bonnie SwansonThe Cat Who Was a CanineHollie WolvertonPBHumor
Bonnie SwansonMagic WandaShereen T SepitkoPBHumor
Bonnie SwansonI Am Not a ThiefKailei PewPBHumor
Juli CavenyA TOWN LIKE NO OTHERKaylen WadePBFunny
Juli CavenyPAWS OFF OUR LIBRARYCatherine FriessPBCharacter Driven
Juli CavenyFIRST ANNUAL PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY
INVITATIONAL
Brenda MillerPBContemporary 
Skylaar AmannNOAHZeshan AkhterPBContemporary
Skylaar AmannTHE WOLF AND THE WHALEFrances TosdevinPBLyrical, Natural World 

CHAPTER BOOKS

MENTORTITLEMENTEE NAMEAGE CATEGORYGENRE
Carolyn Ward and Emma Finlayson-PalmerSCRUFFBALL AND
GRUMPY FACE
Danielle DaleCBFunny
Helen HarveyHESTER FIESTA PARTY
PLANNER EXTRAORDINAIRE
(AND MEENA, THAT’S ME)
Annie EdgeCBContemporary fantasy

MIDDLE GRADE

MENTORTITLEMENTEE NAMEAGE CATEGORYGENRE
A.J. SassAMONG THE COSMOSKate AndersonMGSPECULATIVE
A.J. Sass and Hannah KatesNAKIA WHO FOUGHT FEAR ITSELFZareena NazimudeenMGHORROR
Caroline MurphyJUST DANDY!Lorraine HawleyMGFantasy
Caroline MurphyTHE EGAStephen CatlingMGContemporary adventure
Carolyn WardTHE WITCH OFFLesley HershmanMGFunny
Carolyn WardTHE FABULOUS FREDDIEHelen Clark JonesMGAdventure, Funny
Emily CritchleyWEIRD, FLUKY THING Louise Roberts MGContempory
Emily Critchley THE CURSE OF THE WEIRD WOLFDale Hannah MGFantasy/Funny
Emma Finlayson-Palmer THE CHANGELINGNatasha HolmesMGFantasy, Contemporary, Magical Realism 
Emma Finlayson-Palmer PIONEERSPippa WilsonMGSpeculative
Emma Finlayson-Palmer THE TIME THAT MAGIC TOOKLucy CairdMGContemporary Fantasy
Hannah Kates THE ANCIENTS AND THE TERRIBLESNorma-Jean CorsiniMGFantasy
Helen Harvey and Emma Finlayson-PalmerBAKEATHONLouise NettletonMGMystery
Jenni SpanglerTHE STEALTH PIGEONAmanda ThomasMGMagical Realism
Jenny PearsonFAKING ITThompson McLeodMGContemporary
Juli CavenyLEGENDS OF CLAY FALLSMike HaysMGFantasy
Julie Marney LeighISAACClare BuntingMGContemporary
Kate FosterNO GEEKS NO GLORYMeaganMGAdventure, Thriller
Kathryn ClarkHENRY STARSTRONG, BOY OF TIMEVanessa OlorenshawMGSpeculative Adventure
Kereen GettenMORE THAN A HUNCHDani LeagueMGContemporary Fantasy
Maisie ChanSOFIA, SOCCER STARLori KecklerMGContemporary
Marisa NoelleORCHARD OF SORROWSDawn Michelle MancarellaMGFantasy
Victoria WoolfeNAOMI’S GARDENAmelia NolanMGAdventure


YOUNG ADULT

MENTORTITLEMENTEE NAMEAGE CATEGORYGENRE
Alexandra SheppardFINDING FOLKSHORERachel FaturotiYAFantasy
Amber R. DuellKINGDOM OF NYTEAlexandra ColemanYAFantasy Romance
Amy McCawSTOLEN BY THE SEAValley C. ShaiaYAFantasy
Amy McCawTHE SHAPE OF THE WORLDAmy BorgYAFantasy
Bonnie SwansonBLUE SHADOWS FALLLenore StutzneggerYAFantasy
Brandy Woods SnowINDOOR GIRLKrystle BrantzegYAContemporary Romance
Candace RobinsonFROM WINTER’S DAWNJennifer BromhamYAUrban Fantasy
Carla LewisDAUGHTER OF A SPIRIT EATER Samantha CookYAFantasy
Christine E WebbBURY THE LEDELaura WareckYAComtemporay
Claire E WinnMALEFICKekayo EwaYAFantasy
Claire E WinnUNCHARTED STARSAllison FriebertshauserYASci-Fi
Deborah MaroulisKISS KISS YOU’RE DEADKate RobertsonYAUrban Fantasy
Emily Critchley THE ACCIDENTAL FEMINIST Annette CaseleyYAFunny
Emily LayneTHE DEAD KINGNatalie LockettYAFantasy
Fiona LongmuirWHISPER PIERKathryn LougheedYAHorror
Gabriel DylanSPIKE ISLAND AWAKENINGSNoelle KellyYAMagic Realism
Gerardo DelgadilloEDIE, DAN AND LAURATess James-MackeyYAContemporary
Haleigh Wenger EVA & ALEXTonya PreeceYAContemporary romance
Haleigh Wenger PICTURE THISJessikah StensonYAContemporary romance
Jodi HerlickSILVER SANDSCaroline IckeYAFantasy
KC KarrTESLALaura McFaddenYAContemporary
Kereen GettenEXPENSIVE SECRETSEmma DerwentYAThriller
Laynie Bynum and M. Dalto
STARS & CHAINSJ.M. JinksYAFantasy
Lindsay GalvinIGNITERavena GuronYAFantasy
Lydia MassiahUNREALITYLoretta ChefchaouniYAThriller, Speculative
Melissa Welliver ENCRYPTIONSusan CullenYASpeculative Dystopian
Nicole WolvertonFOUNTAINS, WISHES, AND NEFARIOUS CREATURESTim CollinsYAHorror
P. M. FreestoneTHE SPEAKERSFlorianne HumphreyYAUrban Fantasy
Sabrina PrestesHUNT THE GATHERERGeorge JreijeYAFantasy
Sabrina PrestesNOTHING BUT THE TRUTHHeather PowellYAThriller/Romance
Sarah Barkoff PalmaKEEP WHAT REMAINS Carrie GuittarYAContemporary