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What Mentorship Can Offer

Writing can be a lonely process, but it doesn’t have to be. Having a mentor at your side gives you the support and guidance you need to navigate the writing process and reach your individual creative potential. Now’s the time to take your writing to the next level!

What Mentorship Can Cover:

Mentorship Options

One on One Mentorship

We will work with you to create a custom mentorship package. This may be a one time service, or if you like we can arrange to have a set number of months where we work together. Things that can be covered include:

Query Letter Critique

Ready to send your query letter out, but want some input? We’ll read your synopsis so we understand the arc of your book and then read and comment on your query letter.

Manuscript Edit

Both Joëlle and Eileen offer a full manuscript critique on a limited basis. There are two main elements to the feedback. You will receive an editorial letter outlining what’s already working in the novel and what still needs more work. We provide overview observations, as well as some specific suggestions on how and where to strengthen the book. We look at aspects such as character development, plot structure, style, pacing, continuity, and the ultimate impact of the story.

You will also get the original manuscript back, with editorial comments on the pages. This process is our “immediate” reaction to the work. These margin notes will be done using Track Changes in Word. If you prefer to have these written in a printed version of the manuscript, you would be responsible for printing out the manuscript and delivering it, or paying additional printing costs.

Please inquire for more information regarding price and availability.

Membership to the Creative Academy

The Creative Academy Membership is a subscription service where you access as much, or as little, support as you desire in a group format. With weekly tips, office hours and access to three top-notch publishing professionals this is a great resource. Learn more about it here.


Eileen Cook

I grew up in a small town in Michigan, but would go on to live in Boston and Belgium before settling in Vancouver, Canada with my husband and two very naughty dogs.

In second grade my teacher wrote on a homework assignment “I’m sure someday you will be an author” which is a tribute to the psychic abilities of elementary school teachers, as well as my penchant for making things up. My first novel was published in 2008. Since then I’ve published over fifteen books with traditional publishers including HMH, Simon & Schuster and Penguin. My books have been translated into over nine languages and some have been optioned for film and TV.

I’m a frequent speaker at conferences both in the US and Canada and have taught creative writing at the university level. I have a passion for working with other writers to help them discover their stories and push themselves to be the best writers they can be.

When not planning murder and mayhem on the computer, I enjoy reading, knitting, yelling at my dogs to stop digging holes and watching hockey (which I’m required to do as a new Canadian.)

The genres I work with include: YA, Thrillers, Historicals, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Mystery and a range of others. Reach out with your story idea and I’ll let you know if I believe I’d be a good fit.


Joëlle Anthony / J. M. Kelly

I was born in Portland, Oregon and went to school with the same kids from kindergarten through high school. I always wondered why characters in books were depressed about having to move. That sounded exciting to me, so as an adult, I packed up my husband and cats and moved all the way to a new country. I now live on a small island in BC, Canada. It was definitely an adventure to love.

I’m the author of four published novels and have taught writing at conferences, festivals, and in schools across the US and Canada. I’m also a regular contributor to The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrator's bulletin, and a member of the Canadian Writer's Union. The novel, Speed of Life is my most recent YA (writing as J. M. Kelly). It’s a 2018 White Pine nominee and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award shortlisted book. I’m also the author of the MG, A Month of Mondays, and two YAs from Penguin, Restoring Harmony and The Right & the Real. Currently, I'm working on an historical novel for adults set in 1962 Vancouver during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The genres I work with include: Middle Grade, Contemporary YA, Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, Memoir, and general Fiction. As you’ll see, there’s nothing dark here... no Horror, Thrillers, Mysteries, or Science Fiction/Fantasy. If you’re not sure if your project is a good fit, reach out to me directly.

Photo by Victor Anthony

Sign Me Up

Ready to get started? Great! Select if you would prefer to work with Joëlle or Eileen and send us an email. If you have no preference, select one and let us know you have no preference.

In your email, please include:

We will return your email within three business days, at which time we’ll let you know our schedule and how to move forward with the process. Please be aware that available editorial slots fill very quickly and we are often booked 1-3 months in advance.

You’ll be provided an invoice at the start of service, and can pay using either Paypal or Interac transfer.

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