|No one knows it all. Seriously. Ask for help!|
It appears that she went right home and worked on what we'd talked about. (Side note: I can't tell you how gratifying it is when someone asks for your advice -- and then follows it.)
She called to let me know that a BIG agency had responded to her query and requested the first three chapters of her manuscript. She had a few questions about proper format -- but mostly, she was just excited. And she wanted to say "thanks."
I told her how proud I was of her, and told her to let me know when she'd landed an agent and sold the book.
|Urgently needed: Fashion mentor. Stat!|
How can you tell if you need a mentor? Five sure signs:
1.) You have done your best, and have progressed as far as you are able to on your own.
2.) You have specific questions that someone else can easily answer or you lack specific skills that someone else can easily demonstrate.
3.) You are ready and willing to learn.
4.) You are ready and willing to act on what you learn.
5.) You are ready to stretch yourself, but you need someone with experience to help show you the way.
If you exhibit all five signs, you owe it to yourself to find a mentor willing to help you grow.
No one can make us follow a particular path, or use information that's been given to us. And no one can walk the path for us. But I'm always grateful when someone who's a little further up the publishing ladder is willing to give me the benefit of his or her experience. And I'm happy to help people who might be able to learn from what I know. The magic is in realizing that we're not on this trip alone.