Mike Malbrough


Are you ready to take your picture book adventure to new worlds?


I am looking for a few authors and/or illustrators with winter KidLit goals to embark with me on a journey to get some things done. 

Maybe you want to...

...finish a book dummy or manuscript for submission to an agent or publisher.

...improve in a specific area of your craft. (Drawing, writing dialogue, character designs, etc.)

...update your portfolio/ its presentation in preparation for workshops and conferences.

...shape up your website, or build one in the first place.

I want to help.

I've taken plenty of online classes, been to conferences and workshops, and I've always found there are so many stones left unturned. I've had follow-up questions, wanted to hear more...go deeper...get more specific. One-on-One Mentorship allows just that. A mentor expects that all the questions won't be answered in one presentation. Mentors recognize that one critique of your manuscript or portfolio isn't enough to ensure progress. Mentors are teachers, cheerleaders, fans, coaches and creative whisperers.

The mentors that I've worked with have been invaluable, and I want to help the right people benefit from my experience.

What Mentorship Looks Like.

Mentorship is a relationship. It's conversations. It's time taken. It's curated content and lessons/guidance that fit YOUR needs.

What you will be doing:

  • Working as hard as you are able.

  • Speaking up and communicating with me about want your goals and difficulties are.

  • Making sure that you are in tune with yourself and asking good questions, like...

    • ...are you feeling positive about your work/progress or not? (either is fine)

    • ...are you feeling inspired?

    • ...is your routine helping you, or hurting you?

    • …how much time can you commit right now?

    • ...what can i accomplish in that time, and am I okay with that?

What I will be doing:

  • Hosting 4 1-hour One-on-One session with you. (Skype, or in person.) One introductory session, one final session, and two in the middle.

  • Set goals for you based on our conversations.

  • Critiquing your work and answering your questions through multiple emails.

Because I want to do all of this, and I want you to do it, I am asking a financial commitment of $250 to retain me as a mentor. The time frame will vary based on the pace that you work and the schedule that we come up with.

Mentorship isn't for everyone. This is a relationship. Much like the relationships you will make with agents, editors and art directors as you advance in your career. This means that we will be growing together. You will be challenged and supported, but more importantly, you will have someone on your side.

Making books for children is important work, and the community of professionals needs an ever-growing roster of caring, creative and compassionate people to keep emerging voices and imaginations alive. If you are answering that call, I want to help you get there. If you think that I can help you, FILL OUT THE FORM below and let me know a bit about yourself, and your work. YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED AT THIS TIME.

*BONUS* If you are interested, but not certain, I’m also offering Single Sessions that involve one-hour critiques on portfolios, manuscripts and dummy books.

Single Sessions: $68/ 1 Hour Session.

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