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WWTS Update: Kirsten Bock

Kirsten Bock was the lucky winner of a mentorship with Marcie Colleen in the Writing With the Stars contest. Here are a few words from Kirsten about her experience. 

I was lucky enough to be chosen by the fabulous Marcie Colleen for this mentorship. My kids and I absolutely adore the Super Happy Party Bears – Slide to the left, step to the right, shimmy-shimmy-shake, strike a pose! So, I was super happy to work with Marcie.

Needless to say, my experience with Marcie far exceeded my expectations. She read a giant, teetering pile of my dusty old manuscripts and helped me to decide which ones would be best to pursue. Once we decided on a batch that were the most viable for the market, she helped me to polish them to a gleaming shine. And, although the process was sometimes very painful (version 101 of MILLIE still isn’t working??), it was eye-opening, educational, and extremely necessary. My manuscripts are infinitely better now and I feel confident that they are ready to go out into the world. Well, as confident as I will ever feel 🙂

I am forever in debt to Marcie’s tireless efforts and patience…infinite amounts of patience. I feel like I have not only taken a bear-sized leap forward in my writing career, but I have also gained a brilliant friend. And, of course I can never thank Tara and Becky enough for putting together this opportunity. I can’t imagine how much time and work it must have required to develop this contest, but hopefully my Super Happy Party Bear dance will show them that it was all worth it! – Slide to the left, step to the right, shimmy-shimmy-shake, strike a pose!

Marcie has a new book coming, her PB debut (that I have been waiting FOREVER for it seems) Love, Triangle due out on my birthday, October 3. Can’t wait. Thanks again, Marcie for your time and participation. 


  1. David McMullin says:

    I’m happy you had a great experience, Kirsten. I wish you much continued success! My mentorship with Marcie just stared a few weeks ago, and so far I’m loving every moment! So helpful. Tara and Becky, these opportunities are priceless.

  2. Melanie Yost says:

    An amazing contest with fabulous results -more creativity going out in the world! Lucky Kirsten, and hats off to Marcie’s mentoring and Tara & Becky’s entrepreneurship in formulating and running this contest. I will continue to watch for next year’s mentoring opportunities and for Kirsten’s debut.

  3. Brenda Maier says:

    Becky and Tara, what a wonderful opportunity you created for an aspiring writer! Kudos to you both for donating your time and organizational skills, Kirsten for winning, and Marcie for mentoring.

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