Never give up on your dream to publish. That’s what Mina always tells writers. But she also tells them that writing for children comes with an obligation: you have to give it your best shot, because our books are the ones children first encounter on their path to literacy. It’s their earliest guidance in growing up, the first steps toward compassionate as well as critical thinking.
To assist aspiring and accomplished writers, Mina offers full mentor programs and editorial services. Well versed in the Dutch and the US publishing world, she can help you navigating the next steps in your publishing career.
As she strongly believe that an editor and a mentor has to have a strong connection to the work, all requests for a mentorship or editorial services are through submission only. For more detailed submission guidelines, please fill in the form below, briefly describing your project in the comments section and whether you are interested in a mentorship or in editorial services.
Dutch writers may also contact Mina through Brave New Books.
Mina mentors aspiring writers in their pursuit of a career in fiction writing, geared towards middle grade and young adult, and she mentors accomplished writers wanting to hone their craft or branch out to different age groups. No matter how big (or small) your project is, she can:
- Help develop your technique;
- Review your manuscript and offer a detailed evaluation and plan of action;
- Analyze and discuss your work in in-person meetings;
- Help you revise, edit, and shape your manuscript from the first page to the last;
- Assist with book proposals and help you navigate the publishing landscape.
Since all writers and writing projects are different, every program is customized. Whether you are trying to find your voice as a writer, draft a book proposal, receive specific feedback, or want general guidance on your path to (further) publication, Mina can create the program that is right for you.
Based on a thorough reading of the manuscript, a Quick Scan includes a concise manuscript evaluation with a 1 to 2 page editorial memo that will give the writer general comments and some more specific comments on story structure, voice, style, and characters. If needed/requested the Quick Scan can be followed up with a brief e-mail conversation.
Based on a thorough reading of the manuscript, the Full Editorial includes a concise manuscript evaluation with a 1 to 2 page editorial memo that will give the writer general comments and more specific comments on story structure, voice, style, and character, a detailed line-by-line editorial through Word’s Track Changes, and a brief follow-up by e-mail or phone.
The rates mentioned below are indications only. All fees will be tailored to individual projects and fees are based on a variety of factors including page count, complexity, genre, etc.
Quick Scan Picture Books
Up to 1,000 words: $ 250 (€ 225)
Quick Scan Novels
Up to 40,000 words: $ 450 (€ 425)
40,000 – 55,000 words: $ 600 (€ 575)
55,000 – 80,000 words: $ 750 (€ 725)
80,000 and up: on request
Developmental Editing Picture Books
Up to 1,000 words: $ 500 (€ 475)
Developmental Editing Novels
Up to 40,000 words: $ 2,000 (€ 1,950)
40,000 – 55,000 words: $ 2,500 (€ 2,375)
55,000 – 80,000 words: $ 3,000 (€ 2,900)
80,000 and up: on request