Anna won a mentorship with author Carter Higgins via Writing with the Stars. Here are a few words from Anna on her experience.
Some months ago, I was selected by the brilliant Carter Higgins for a 2019 WWTS mentorship – just being chosen for the mentorship was like a huge happy balloon filling and bursting in my chest! Carter wrote the nicest, most enthusiastic introduction email that put me in a good mood for months. I wanted to buy you a huge bouquet of flowers Tara, or a kitten – or a car! The good this program does for its participants is hard to measure (and some people like flowers better than cars). For now, this blog post will have to do.
Carter was a great fit for me for the mentorship—she jived with my style, my personality and my goals and was very accommodating and supportive.
I am super charmed by Carter’s books and love how they are completely themselves. I am also super charmed by Carter, the sweetest, happiest, funniest, most enthusiastic mentor I could have wished for. We had marvelous fun. She helped me find a context and framing for my work within the industry by really helping to describe my work in new ways – she has been a huge confidence booster (like winning the Olympics kind of confidence boost). Everything she told me was multiplied by my admiration for her, kind of like that kid who’s been practicing guitar in his garage and all of a sudden gets a compliment from Keith Richards. I soaked up everything Carter said. It has made my work stronger and has given me the needed boost to go out and submit more.
Tara, you have hooked me up with a wonderful new friend in the industry and I am so, so grateful for that. Your work on this program enriches the work of so many budding authors and illustrators – I hope WWTS continues for many years and that I can return the favor somewhere down the road.