Write Away with Nat & PJ
Tara Gonzalez, EMLA
P.J. Powell and Natalie “Nat” Lockett co-host Write Away with Nat and PJ, a podcast where they explore writing and books they love by interviewing authors and publishing professionals. P.J. Powell’s short fiction and essays have been published in Evening Street Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Youth Imagination, and other places. Nat Lockett is an author, essayist, and coach with nonfiction work featured in Herstry and Across the Margin. Her first novel, The Dead King, is currently haunting editor inboxes via her agent Tara Gonzalez of Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
What does mentorship mean to you, and why do you want to be a mentor?
Mentorship is such a gift--to both the mentor and mentee. It's an opportunity to learn and grow on both sides of the table. Nat mentors novels as well, but for this specific kind of mentorship, we're hoping to offer something that hasn't been offered before and maybe pave the way for broader future mentorship opportunities.
What is your mentorship style? What do you consider your strengths and weaknesses?
Mean, mostly. Just kidding! Our podcast is all about friendly conversation while getting to the heart of things. We like to think it's a little bit fearless in pursuit of positivity in publishing.
Working with us you'll get a mix of Nat's galaxy brain and fearless networking, as well as PJ's unicorn energy and resourcefulness. We balance each other's strengths and weaknesses well.
A mentee that works with us can expect a broad range of knowledge about podcasting and publishing, as well as a heaping dose of encouragement and friendship.
What makes a great mentee? Describe your ideal mentee/mentor relationship.
This is an unconventional kind of mentorship that involves working closely with our team, learning new skills, and completing tasks on deadline. An ideal mentee will be open to getting outside of their comfort zone, unafraid of asking questions, and ready to integrate into an established team. They will also be familiar and/or comfortable with tech basics--no specific software experience needed (it's a mentorship after all!)
How would you describe your normal working speed?
What kind of communication can your mentee(s) expect from you?
We will have scheduled communication, but are available across platforms for needs outside of that. We generally respond within 24 hours.
What kinds of communication are you able to accommodate?
Email, Zoom/Skype/Video, Text/Whatsapp, Social Media DMs, Phone calls
Are you able to make accommodations for mentees that request them?
We are open to accommodating, but applicants should consider whether their limitations line up with potential tasks
August 2022-Jan 2023
Check all that apply: What do you plan to offer as a mentor?
We'll be working closely together over the course of the mentorship, starting with prepping for season 4 of Write Away and concluding with helping the mentee start their own podcast if that's what they would like to do. This will include all of the development and technical stuff, as well as marketing.
How polished should your submissions be?
We are open to all kinds of podcast ideas, whether it's similar to ours or totally different. Nat particularly enjoys podcasts that involve research/science or really anything that gives her the opportunity to learn something new. P.J. has had a story featured/read on a podcast, which is another format that would be fun to work with. Overall, we're looking for someone with an idea already, or the real desire to start a podcast.
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What are some of your favorite books?
What are some books, movies, shows, games, etc. that you've recently enjoyed?
Is there anything else you want potential mentees to know?