About RAMP

The Quick and Dirty

RAMP, or the Romance Author Mentorship Program, connects experienced RWA members with unpublished or under-published authors for a 3-month period in which they work closely together to revise a full manuscript and write a query letter, pitch, and/or back cover blurb. The program culminates in two events, a Traditional Showcase and an Indie Master Class, and mentees are encouraged to participate in both.

Made for Romance

Modeled after the highly successful Pitch Wars and in consultation with Pitch Wars founder Brenda Drake, RAMP was designed with romance authors and the romance market in mind. No matter what publishing path mentees are interested in pursuing, RAMP will help them along their journey. In the Traditional Showcase, both agents and editors will review a pitch and first page from each mentee. Mentees will also be invited to participate in an intensive Indie Master Class at the RWA Annual Conference with an instructor who has made a successful career in the indie publishing space.

Building Community

One of our biggest aims with RAMP is to create a robust community for writers to learn from and support each other as they work to achieve their publishing dreams. Once selected, mentees will be eligible to join RWA’s The Golden Network chapter, and each mentee class will have their own forum to share advice and encouragement.

But mentees don’t get to have all the fun! The RWA Discussions forum, accessible to RWA members, will play host to related educational programming and discussions during the months the program is live. 

How does it work? 

After Mentors are chosen by RWA Staff, mentee applicants will be able to view their bios and wish lists and pick four (4) to whom they wish to submit their work. Applicants will send in a query, synopsis, and the first 3 chapters of a complete, never-before-published manuscript to their mentor picks. Each mentor will select one mentee to work with on a full manuscript revision, a query letter, and/or a back cover blurb for the next three months. 

Once the revision period is complete, mentees will post their pitch and first page for participating agents and editors to review and potentially request more material from those that interest them. Mentees will also be invited to participate in an Indie Master Class at the RWA Annual Conference where they will learn about self-publishing from an author expert.

All mentees, no matter the publishing path they're interested in, are highly encouraged to participate in both events! 

Who can participate? 

The RAMP program is only open to RWA members.

Mentors must be RWA members who are General PAN, PAN-Eligible, PAN-Equivalent, or past RITA winners. 

Mentees can be RWA General or Associate-Writer members, published or unpublished. 

Agents must meet the qualifications to be considered "RWA-Eligible." Editors must work for a publishing company or imprint that meets the qualifications to be considered a "Qualifying Market."

How do I participate?

Mentor applications open January 2, 2020.

Mentee applications open February 18, 2020. 

Agents and Editors can register to participate in the Traditional Showcase here

Follow the links on the sidebar to learn more about how to participate. 

2020 Schedule

January 2: Mentor apps open
January 16: Mentor apps close 
January 30: Mentors announced
February 12: Mentor wishlists posted
February 18: Mentee submissions open
March 3: Mentee submissions close 
April 7: Mentees announced
July 13-20: Online showcase for editors/agents
July 29-August 1: RWA2020 in San Francisco, Indie Master Class times TBA