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3 Wonderful Ways To Thank Your Writing Mentors | Writer’s Relief

January is National Mentoring Month! If you’ve been fortunate enough to have a writing mentor to guide you, instruct you, and help you navigate the ins and outs of becoming a better (and maybe published!) writer, then this is the perfect time to say thank you.

How can you best show your gratitude for the countless hours your mentor spent reviewing your work and sharing keen insights? Well, a gift card is always nice, but here at Writer’s Relief, we have a few ideas that might bring an appreciative smile to your writing mentor’s face.

How To Thank Your Writing Mentor

Book Dedication or Acknowledgment

If you’re looking for a special way to express your gratitude to your mentor, we recommend you include a much-deserved “thank you” on your book’s dedication page or in the acknowledgments. Being remembered in a book’s dedication is a very special honor. Everyone who reads the book will see this very public recognition in the first few pages.

Including your mentor in the acknowledgments section of your book is also a very nice way to let people know how much his or her help meant to you. While a book dedication should be brief, you can go into more detail on the acknowledgments page.

A Favorite Book 

Of course, you can always give your mentor a signed copy of your book with a personalized message written inside. Include specifics as to how your mentor helped your book become a reality.

If you haven’t written a book but still want to thank your mentor with a literary-themed gift, what about a favorite book, or work by a favorite author? While it’s likely your mentor probably has at least one dog-eared, well-loved copy of a favorite book, that doesn’t mean another copy wouldn’t be appreciated—especially if it has a rare cover or is a first edition.

Rave Reviews

Positive reviews help sell more books! If your mentor has written a book, you can post a nice review on Goodreads. Be sure to post a review that’s worthy of the writer your mentor has helped you to become: Use proper grammar and punctuation—and don’t give away the ending! Bonus: If people reading your review like your writing style, they may visit your Goodreads page or search you out online to learn more about you too!

And if your mentor has work published in a literary journal, or has a book signing or other appearance scheduled, be sure to talk about it on your social media (with links to the publication or event if possible).

Looking For A Mentor? 

If you’ve been staring wistfully at your screen as you read this article, wishing you had a mentor of your own, we have good news! You, too, can have a reason to fret about what gifts to buy a writing mentor. There are plenty of accomplished authors out there who are willing to assist a hardworking writer eager to tap into the considerable knowledge they’ve learned about their craft. For more information on how to find a writing mentor of your own, check out this article about finding a writing mentor.

 

Question: How will you say “thank you” to your mentor this month?

How To Become A Better Poet Without Emptying Your Wallet For An MFA | Writer’s Relief

There are many ways to improve your poetry skills. You could spend tens of thousands of dollars on an MFA in poetry. You could enroll in classes at your local community college. You could even take classes online. But at Writer’s Relief, we know there are ways to become a better poet without emptying your… Continue Reading

The Best Poetry Workshops and Festivals of 2018 | Writer’s Relief

April is National Poetry Month! While you celebrate by twisting exciting new lines of poetry out of ordinary words and by dreaming up your most inventive metaphors yet, you can also take part in new opportunities to share your poems with others or sharpen your skills. Each year there are countless workshops and festivals across… Continue Reading

Let’s Talk: Writing Conference Conversation Starters

Attending a writing conference is a great way to network and meet agents and editors. But let’s be honest: It can be hard to strike up a conversation in a room full of strangers. This is especially true for writers—the very nature of our work is solitary, and many writers are somewhat introverted. Sitting alone… Continue Reading

Attention Writers: New Rules For Twitter!

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Twitter has revamped its rules! Here’s a glimpse of some of the exciting new updates as per the Twitter blog: Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character limit. So having group conversations on Twitter will be easier—you won’t have to cut back on your message to ensure you can include every… Continue Reading



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