Mette Ivie’s Writing Mentorships

Stuck in the middle of a book? Trying to revise a book and it’s not working? On deadline for an agent or a publisher? Always wanted to write a book and someone told you you couldn’t? Procrastinating by doing everything but actually sitting down and writing your book? This is the place for you.

“Maybe the desire to create something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us.”

Mary Oliver

I’m a national-bestselling author and I’ve been publishing since 2002 and I’ve published 16 books, with 2 more coming out in 2021. I wrote 20 bad books before I got the first one published. I sold my first book cold to someone I’d never met, to “Dear Acquisitions Editor” at a small press. I landed my agent from there, and I’ve made almost every mistake a writer can make, which is why I can help you NOT make those mistakes. I’ve read thousands of books of every genre, which is why I can help almost everyone shape a better book.

I do this in three ways:

  1. My writing mentorship is $2500 and is a 10 session commitment on both sides, you to write a book and me to read everything you write and help guide you forward. I give mostly big picture advice, but when it’s needed, I will also dig in and do nitty-gritty editing to help you create better dialogue and scene building–all within a week or two. Go here to find out more about my 10 session writing mentorship package and what I can do to help you finish your book!
  2. As a developmental editor, if you’ve already finished a draft of a book and have tried to shop it around–or haven’t yet because you know it’s not ready but don’t know what to do to get it ready. I usually start with an hour-long video chat to help me understand you and the book, and then you send me the manuscript. I charge $.02/word for a partial or full manuscript. Within a few weeks, I’ll have it back to you with manuscript notes and we’ll set up a time for another conversation on where I think you need to go. Email me at ironmomm@gmail.com to set up a time for an initial chat and to get started on the path to get your book published.
  3. I have an incredible library of video classes, from basic skills like how to write a scene, how to write dialogue, how to write good characters (and bad ones), how to outline–even if you’re a pantser, and how to write yourself an editorial letter, as well as specialized classes in memoir, mystery, and fantasy. For only $50 to subscribe, you can get access all month to general, advanced, memoir, fantasy, and mystery writing classes, plus bonuses about the publishing world. Go here for more information:

What makes me different? I don’t just tell you what’s going wrong with your book. Almost any editor does that. I help show you what’s going right with your book, what you’re already an expert at, where you shine, and how to build on that. It can be discouraging if all you hear is the problems. It can be devastating if you feel like someone tells you you’re not good enough. I want you to succeed because I love books. I love helping them be better books. And I love helping writers level up.

I believe in you. I believe that only you can write this book. I also believe that the world needs your book. I believe the universe is calling you to write it and that I can help you birth it into this world. This is what I do. This is what I’m called to do.

If you can’t afford anything right now, I understand. Go here for freebies like my books on writing and over 100 free essays about skills and psychology of writing.

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Endorsements from clients

Holy cow, you are a mind reader!

Soon-to-be-client

How did you get inside my brain?

The things that get in the way of our writing are complex. Fear, anxiety, temperament, life-problems, emotions, confidence, practice, skills, discernment, discipline. Mette was a support for me during one of the most complicated, emotional, and fraught creative periods I have ever experienced in my entire life. Her steady input, her calm way of helping me put things into perspective, her uncanny ability to stand in solace with me during near-complete breakdown, were all absolutely integral to my ability to produce a draft of one of the best novels I have ever written. I owe a lot to Mette and recommend her support to anyone who needs just a little help to navigate their way through the creative process. 

Kerry Spencer

Better Than Advertised.

There must be millions of us who are going to ‘write a book’ someday, but someday never comes.  I had piles of notes collected from over 20 years of ‘maybe’ and hundreds of hours of talking to myself in the shower, but that was it.  Then I took a chance on Mette’s ‘Kick in the Pants’ program.  She is a proven success in all the phases: starting, slogging through the middle and finishing and getting published.  In academia, fiction writing, non-fiction writing, and Ironman.  And that is just what I know about.  Daily encouraging reminders.  Weekly chats.  Killer feedback that is honest but gentle enough.  And I am so stoked.  I followed her guidance and ended up with a first draft, as advertised.  I don’t have money lying around the house, so believe me when I say the price is right and the promised expertise was delivered.  Thanks, Mette!

Jeff Krey

Hire her, hire her, hire her! She can really help a lot.

Josh Weed

Mette’s expert advice helped me to revise my manuscript, which was key to successfully querying agents. Her editing is thoughtful and spot-on; her insights helped me to make my novel shine brighter.

Cory Anderson

Soon-to-be-client

I am running out of superlatives for how remarkable you are as a writer. But I still have to remark. You are amazing.

Michael Austin, editor, BCC Press

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