After six months of working at the SCBWI Nevada Mentorship Program, I have decided I make a terrible mentor. Here are the reasons:
One. What do I know about how other people should write their stories, or make their illustrations? All I know is how I do it. But nobody wants to be me; everybody wants to be themselves, right?
Two. My English is terrible, my words are endless, which means that anybody who is working with me will hear more words from me than he or she can actually understand.
Three. I work even in my sleep. There is not time for anything else. People who work with me in their projects have to put up with me not having time for nothing.
Four. I have a very capricious personal taste for stories and art. My opinions are tinted.
Five. I am the emotional type, I can't do anything without feeling heart pains.
Six. I can't make you published, really.
Seven. I am afraid of sleeping in that hotel in Virginia City infested with ghost--where the mentorship program and conference took place.
Eight. People know better what is best for them. If you are smart, you don't want me as a mentor.
Nine. I am vegetarian.
Ten. People invite me to be a mentor to aspiring authors and illustrators, and then I make videos about it (sight).
If you don't believe me, here is the evidence.
but I recommend you see first David After Dentist, which was our video muse.
And so, here is Art Director After Conference, filmed and produced by Jim Averbeck, Laurent Linn (art director at Simon & Schuster), and Truly Yours.
You are warned now.