Author Mentor Match co-founders Alexa Donne and Heather Kaczynski

Author Mentor Match was co-founded in late 2016 by long-time critique partners and friends Heather Kaczynski and Alexa Donne. They met during CP Match-Ups on Miss Snark’s First Victim’s blog in 2013 and have been inseparable ever since. Finding it invaluable to have author friends–and guidance–from those further along in the publishing process, they decided to create an author mentoring match-making program, and thus AMM was born!

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What is Author Mentor Match?


Author Mentor Match pairs unagented, aspiring writers with mentors to help them with their manuscripts and guide them through the publishing process. For the first time ever, AMM will expand to include adult genres with Round 7! More information coming soon.

AMM focuses on building lasting relationships. Mentors will help writers revise their manuscript before querying, give advice and tips on agents, and support through the process. 

Round 9 submissions will be open January 12-14 2022.


Our Community


Every one of our mentors has gone through the process of revising their manuscript, researching agents, and done time in the query trenches. Our mentors are published, debuting, on submission or in revisions with their agents.

Our mentees past and present will become your writing family. AMM is proud of our vibrant community, as well as our many successes. We are honored to have helped dozens of mentees get top tier agents and book deals over the past three years.

Check out some of our Success Stories


How It Works


Mentees can apply to up to four possible mentors, submitting general information about themselves and their book via a submission form, then emailing their query, 1-2 page synopsis, and first three chapters or first 50 pages (whichever is longer) to us. The mentors will consider all mentee submissions carefully, potentially asking for more pages, before selecting someone to work with.

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