One thing many of the most successful and admired Kindle authors have in common is that they have or have had a mentor. The internet is littered with people all claiming to have what it takes to mentor others, unfortunately, many of them fail to live up to their words. But, there are decent mentors out there that can really take your Kindle business to the next level. In this article, I'm going to break down how you can find them…
1. Visit Author Forums
Author forums are a great place to engage with authors and approach potential mentors. We recommend conversing with traditional authors and Kindle specific authors on these forums, both publicly in threads and privately via private messages.
But don’t just approach potential mentor’s cold with a request for them to mentor you straight away, instead, take the time to engage in a conversation with them where you are providing some value and insights so it’s not all one-sided. When you have warmed the person up with some conversation then carefully propose the mentoring.
Author forums we recommend starting with are; KBoards, KDPCommunity, Absolute Writer Water Cooler and Figment.
2. Ask Author Friends For Recommendations.
Another great way of finding a potential mentor to help you with your Kindle book is to reach out to friends that are authors and ask them if they know of anyone that is a talented author that would be open to mentoring someone.
There is a good chance at least someone you know in your network will know of a talented author that would be open to mentoring.
3. Social Media Outreach.
When it comes to social media outreach for securing a mentor to help you write your Kindle book then there are two primary ways you can approach it.
The first way would be to find groups and pages on Facebook, LinkedIn and/or Instagram where a large number of authors have congregated and get permission from the people/person that is in charge of the group/page to post a request for a mentor.
The second way is to take a more direct approach and to first identify select authors that you would be happy to have as a mentor and then find the profiles of these people on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and on Instagram and reach out to them via one of the platforms with a warm, engaging, interesting message introducing yourself with a view to building a relationship with them. The people that respond to you, you can continue talking to and eventually request to mentor you.
4. Reach Out To Authors Of Books You Like The Writing Of.
A really simple but effective way of identifying authors that could be potential mentors is to make a list of all the authors that you like the writing of, then go online and find their social media details and then reach out to each one of them with a personalized, warm, engaging and interesting message introducing yourself.
Of course, this method, much like the ones above, only really work if you are targeting authors that are not “worldwide bestseller” level successful and/or really busy, so you have to be realistic in your targeting.
JK Rowling is unlikely to want to mentor you, however, a successful Kindle author who had two best-selling books in your genre a few years ago and stopped writing as she had children is a much more likely mentor.