I have written to all the authors now whose work stood out and have received the novels. It is an exciting task to be reading the full work, seeing how each writer has chosen to develop their story, build their characters and construct their worlds. The novels range from realistic to fantasy and the voices are wonderful. It is going to be a tough call to chose the writers who shall be mentored in 2019.
The mentorship plans too are coming together well. I have spoken with editors, publicists, marketing people and more and am excited to think about the wealth of experience and know-how that will be offered to the lucky emerging novelists.