With 7 clients published in 2012, I’ve a proven record of success as a mentor and manuscript assessor. Read on to see if I can help you achieve your writing goals with a personally tailored mentoring program that suits your project and schedule.
Have you finished your novel and are unsure how to edit it? Ready to write a novel but don’t want to waste a lot of time working out the best way to plan and draft out a manuscript? These are just some of the reasons writers come to me for help with honing their skills and using their time productively.
If you are planning, writing or editing a novel, and want continuing professional support and discussion on plot, characterisation, world-building etc you may benefit from a series of consultations. Likewise, if you are close to publication and require ongoing support and career direction on networking, approaching agents / publishers, submitting a manuscript to a publisher / agent / competition or preparation to launch a first novel, a series of mentoring consultations may suit you. You can purchase my time in 5 or 10 hour blocks to be used up within 12 months in either telephone or video Skype consultations. You can book this service by emailing me. My fees for mentoring (which are inclusive of GST) are:
5 Hours = $440 ($88 an hour), 10 Hours = $770 ($77 an hr)
I’m happy to phone mentoring clients within Australia as I have unlimited calling with my service provider. International clients, however, bear the cost of telephone consultations, and Skype would be a better option for them.
I also offer to read and comment on the first 5000 words of a novel + a 500 word synopsis at the beginning of a mentorship at no additional cost, so I can give feedback on craft issues and plotting.
If you think mentoring may benefit you, please feel free to email me and discuss whether my services might help you achieve your writing goals.
“It’s important to have a good mentor and I have the best. I’ve been associated with Louise Cusack for over six years and she has never failed to give me sound advice. Louise has set me up for success in my writing career and, because of her, I’ve never given in to writer’s block and I always believed I would be published. Louise always knows just the right advice to give and I unfailingly follow it. I would not be where I am today, a published author with Penguin’s Destiny Romance imprint, without Louise’s help. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”
Bernadette Rowley Published by Penguin Destiny
I’ve been working with Louise Cusack for the past two and a half years as my mentor. Louise helped guide me through the various stages of developing a novel from inception and plot outline through to it’s submission and eventual sale. Having her encouragement and advice, specifically during the writing process, enabled me to develop my skills and gain the confidence required to enter competitions and submit to agents and publishers. If you’re serious about developing your writing then I’d strongly encourage you to consider working with Louise. Her knowledge of writing and the publishing industry paired with her warm, friendly and professional manner have been invaluable to me and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.
Kylie Scott – published by Pan Macmillan’s ebook arm Momentum Books
Wednesday 31st March, 2010
The Mentoring Experience by Wendy Willett
My mentoring sessions with Louise Cusack were a heaven-sent opportunity to discuss my novel, Deep Water, with an experienced author and tutor.
Before the sessions Louise took on the onerous task of reading the whole manuscript and then giving a written assessment of its good and bad qualities plus suggestions as to how to improve it. By the time I’d read all eight pages I wondered why I was writing at all, for much of what she said I should have known after all the experience I have already tucked into my mind from courses, books, workshops and previous writing. Louise’s analytical spotlight had zoomed in on the weak points of my plot, structure, character development, dialogue and premise.
During the mentoring, which she handled in an empathetic manner, Louise helped in several areas. These included how to better show my main character’s growth and how to slant the story to fit either of the two genres open to it, and the effect this would have on my use of point of view. Our discussions and her suggestions and guidance gave me a fresh look at a work I’ve edited some 20-30 times, and I now see ways to remedy things that have been niggling at my brain.
This mentoring experience has left me gems of knowledge which will assist me to massage both this, my second novel, and also my first novel, Chin Up, to the point where an agent/publisher might be willing to run with them. I am so thankful for the grant that began it all.
Wendy Willett, Macleay Island Inspirational Writers Group member and participant of my ten week Macleay Island Residency (this testimonial was written for an RADF acquittal and is reproduced here with permission)
20/08/07 – by Rachael Ryan
I took on a mentorship and manuscript assessment with Louise Cusack over a twelve month period. My experience was wonderful and the benefits to my writing innumerable. Always bringing an enthusiastic attitude and attentive eye, Louise was a positive and supportive force in her role as mentor. Any writer who wishes to be challenged to think outside the box and really shake their writing up would do well to investigate the mentorship avenue. If I could keep her on retainer for the rest of my career, I would! Well worth the money. Rachael Ryan