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*** Publish your novel in 2017 ***



Give yourself the gift of a lifetime and write the novel you’ve always wanted to write.


You deserve it!


One-on-one Mentoring/Coaching package

With Mel Hammond




Novel Writing Course



  • Have you always dreamed of writing a novel?
  • Have you worked hard fulfilling everyone else’s dreams, only to find yours have been on hold for too long?
  • Do you have the desire to write but aren’t sure of how to go about it?


Then this course is for you!


This is my year of living creatively and I'd like you to join me. I'm inviting ten people to join me in writing a novel. Why? Because I’ve been where you are now and I know how you feel. And that’s why I’m here.

  • Writing is lonely - I’m there for you, often a Skype call or email away
  • Writing is hard – I’m there to tell you to keep going because it gets easier
  • It’s easy to lose motivation – I’m there to remind you why your dreams matter
  • Writing takes time – I’m giving you a year of mine to help you achieve your goals


Now is the time to plan, research and write your novel with me as your cheer squad, mentor and accountability partner. I'm there to guide you through the planning, drafting, writing, editing, and production phases of making your dream novel come to life.







‘Nobody can teach anyone else to have a talent. All a teacher can do is set high goals for students – or get them to set them for themselves – and, then, try to help them reach those goals.’

Wallace Stegner, 1988, On The Teaching of Creative Writing



I've done the training and I've been helping writers for longer than I care to remember. I have academic prizes and published academic papers. More importantly, I’ve walked in your shoes. I’ve felt the fear and done it anyway.


  • I teach high school students how to be the best they can be in an ever-changing world
  • I teach creative writing through workshops and master classes
  • I mentor young writers and help them publish their novels
  • I write novels and non-fiction
  • I podcast and blog, bringing directly to you the advice and habits of published authors


And it’s now time to share what I've learned along the way. If you're serious about your writing and want someone on your side, cheering you on, guiding, nudging, encouraging, then join me in my year of living creatively.


Why? Because you deserve it!



COST:                         $1200 one off payment


                                    Monthly payments of $120


INCLUDES:             Monthly one-on-one Skype meetings

                                    A closed FB group with writers with the same dreams as you (I’ll be checking in daily most of the time to share my journey and support yours)

                                    My mentorship for one full year

                                    Full manuscript appraisal

                                    Support to see your novel through to publication


As part of the package, I will recommend cover editors and formatters. I will be with you every step of the way but I always recommend a professional edit when we're done - I do this myself and I'll be happy to recommend my own editor.


I’m a firm believer in maintaining your rights in this ever-changing world. I Indie publish – using Scrivener and Vellum – and I can help with ISBNs, uploading your newly written and produced novel to the various vendors. If you choose to Indie publish I'll be there to guide you through the maze of options.


But it's not the only way. If you choose to seek traditional publication I'll help with writing the query letters, synopsis and all that gaining the attention of a traditional publisher entails. I’ll even point you in the direction of a list of agents.



Book your FREE thirty-minute Skype call here to discuss your ideas before you commit to undertaking the full course.





This mentoring is not for everyone. It's for those of us who are serious about our writing. Why?


Because we all deserve to follow our dreams!




Melinda and Sam Hammond of Story Slingers are a most amazing mother-daughter duo. They are brilliant and I am so glad they are in our lives. I cannot thank them enough for their mentoring and the creative skills they have been cultivating in my children.   In just a few months they have supported my 10 year old daughter to write a novella - the first of a trilogy she’s already mapped out! My 8yo son (a reluctant writer) thrived in the drama and script-writing sessions they ran. I love Melinda and Sam's workshops - they completely engage the kids and get their imagination running wild, and I think the fact that they follow these up with weekly mentoring is what makes their approach really work. On top of that, they offer such valuable constructive feedback and support, and have a great online course available to guide both young writers (and adults too). If your child loves writing and would like to become a published author, I so highly recommend you get in touch with these incredible women.

Morag Gamble

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 The support and guidance that has been provided to our daughter on her writing journey has been outstanding.  The easy discussions and genuine enthusiasm for all things creative is something that Melinda excels in and the motivation that is imparted to Erin from their weekly Skype chats is evident.  This course and the support, teachings and guidance that Melinda delivers has been a game changer for Erin’s writing.  Someone believes in her and is championing her writing = happy teenage writer. Thank you.

Karin Gerhardt



Melinda has been wonderful at providing a welcoming and safe online space for my son to express his ideas and passion for writing. The accountability of the online chat each week to Melinda and the thought provoking questions she puts to the group has really helped nurture his enthusiasm. The feeling of belonging to a circle of teens with similar interests is exactly what I had hoped for.  

Lin Rosney