For the mentorship, she would like to read: PB text, CB, MG, YA, GN text, and NF. She is interested in contemporary, thriller, mystery romance, and literary fiction. She is open to paranormal stories but not heavy sci-fi or fantasy. Ameerah Holliday is a dancer and self-proclaimed poetess from San Diego, California. She received her Bachelor's degree in English Literature from San Diego State University. Holliday is a former editorial assistant intern for Poetry International, and former reader for Full Circle Literary Agency. She currently serves as an Associate Agent for Serendipity Literary Agency, digital director for the San Diego Poetry Annual, and editor for Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual. Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @SerendipityLit Ameerah is primarily interested in middle-grade, young adult fiction, Black women’s fiction, romance, paranormal, and novels in verse. She looks for writing that explores diverse experiences with elements of intersectionality. Stories that take you on a journey through growth and she loves a good friendship story. For non-fiction, she's interested in writing derived from performing arts or passion projects, niche subject matter, and discussions on mental health in minority communities. Submission guidelines can be found on the Serendipity Lit website.
The Author Mentorship is open to twenty unpublished participants to work directly with Ameerah Holliday, Agent, Serendipity Literary or Kaitlyn Sanchez, Agent, Bradford Literary.
Mentees submit a complete PB manuscript or a 1-page synopsis and the first chapter (up to ten pages) of a novel. The mentors provide one-on-one feedback during individual fifteen-minute Zoom meetings, notes on each manuscript, and typed notes on the Gold Form. Participants polish their manuscripts before submitting a revised manuscript or a second chapter for the second Zoom critique. The mentorship includes one-hour workshops with each mentor and the twenty mentees where they will answer mentee questions.
Mentorship Timeline: (All Times are Pacific Time)
Sunday, October 29, 2023, at 7 p.m.: Mentorship Registration opens online to San Diego SCBWI Premium Members
Wednesday, November 1st: Registration opens for all Premium Members
December 1: Participants upload manuscripts to the Google Folder.
January 5, 2024: Gold Forms and Notes Returned.
January 6, (Saturday), from 10 am-12:45 p.m.: 1st Round of Critiques. These virtual critiques are 15 minutes each.
March 1: Participants upload manuscripts to the Google Folder.
April 4: Gold Forms and Notes Returned.
April 6, (Saturday), from 10 am-12:45 p.m.: 2nd Round of Critiques These virtual critiques are 15 minutes each.
April 6, 2024, from 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.: 1-hour Kaitlyn Sanchez Q & A.
April 6, 2024, from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: 1-hour Ameerah Holliday Q & A.
____ $170 Member with a Season Ticket*
____$190 Member without a Season Ticket
Important Registration Information: *Season Ticket Holders: Our new website is still under construction. The new system does not allow us to have different prices for events. Nor does it allow coupon codes. Therefore, you will pay the $190 and we will refund you the $20.
IMPORTANT: REGISTRATION GUIDELINES BELOW
Due to the limited spots for the mentorship, we are limiting registration from October 29th-31st to SCBWI San Diego region members.
If you are not a San Diego SCBWI Region member you will be removed, and you then will have to register again on November 1st, if there are any openings.