Monday, April 29, 2013


How many of you have been a mentor? Maybe you mentored a new employee at work. Showed them the ropes. Answered questions. Helped them advance.

Since a lot of you are probably writers, have you ever mentored another writer? There are different ways to do that.

You could blog how-to posts that might help a writer with grammar, or promotion, or publishing, or plotting, for example.

You could also work one-on-one with a fellow writer. Meet with her or him in person or online or via phone or Skype.

The Sisters in Crime group that I belong to does once-a- year mentoring during the month of April, leading into  May.

This year, I was asked and agreed to be a mentor. My mentee lives in San Antonio, probably a hundred miles away from me. That won't stop us from getting together, though. We can meet halfway or I can drive to San Antonio. And, of course,  there's always phone calls, email, and Skype (if I can figure out how to use mine or even where my little Skype camera is).

If you have already been a mentor, email me with advice. I would appreciate it. (Whether it's advice on mentoring or Skyping.)

I'll let y'all know how it goes.


  1. I think you'll make a great mentor, Helen!

    On my laptop, the Skype camera is in the center of the top cover. :)

  2. Hi Elizabeth. Yeah, my laptop has one of those, too. (I use an attached monitor, though.) Even if I used the laptop camera, I still don't know how to use Skype. I think what I need to do is find out if my sister has Skype and do some test runs with her.

  3. Hi, Helen! I've given you the Super-Sweet Blogger award. Why? Because you're SO SWEET and SO SUPER!


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