About RAMP

In a Nutshell

RAMP, or the Romance Author Mentorship Program, connects experienced indie- and traditionally-published RWA members with mentees who are unpublished for a 16-weeks period in which they work closely together to revise a full manuscript and write a query letter, 50-word pitch, or back cover blurb. The program culminates in two events, a RAMP Pitch Showcase and an Indie Author Weekend, and mentees are encouraged to participate in both.

Made for Romance

RAMP, conceived in 2019 after initial consultation with Pitch Wars founder Brenda Drake, was designed specifically for romance authors who may not always follow a traditional publishing path. With RAMP, no matter what publishing path mentees are interested in pursuing, RAMP will help them along their journey. In the RAMP Pitch Showcase, agents and editors will review a pitch and first page of a mentee’s manuscript. Mentees will also be invited to participate in an intensive, virtual Indie Author Weekend with speakers who have made a successful career in the indie publishing space and other experts in the indie publishing field.

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! Mentors will have their own forum to share advice and resources during the mentoring process. Each mentor will receive a spotlight in the digital RWR, the RAMP logo will be printed on the RWA Annual Conference badge, and mentors will have a designated spot in the Swag Room at the RWA Annual Conference. The mentoring period culminates with an exclusive discussion with publicists and marketing experts who are excited to talk about strategies to elevate the mentor’s author careers.

How does it work? 

After traditionally-published and indie-published mentors are chosen by RWA Staff, mentee applicants will be able to view their bios and wish lists and pick six (6) to whom they wish to submit their work. Applicants will send in a short story summary, the first 3 chapters of a complete, never-before-published manuscript. Each mentor will select one or two mentees to work with on a full manuscript revision, a query letter, 50-word pitch, or a back cover blurb, as well as answer questions about the business of writing and reaching their publishing goals for the next sixteen weeks.

Once the revision period is complete, mentees can use a special RWA email address to submit their pitch and first page of their completed manuscript to participating agents and editors to review and potentially request more material from those that interest them. Mentees will be invited to participate in a virtual Indie Author weekend where they will learn about self-publishing from indie authors and other experts.

Our goal is for RAMP mentees to have information and options about different publishing paths, so all mentees 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, or PAN-Equivalent.

Mentees can be RWA General or Associate-Writer members, 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 April 13, 2022.

Mentee submissions open April 28, 2022. 

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

2022 Schedule

April 13, 2022: Mentor apps open
April  22, 2022: Mentor apps close
April 27, 2022: Mentors announced and their wish lists posted
April 28, 2022: Mentee submissions open
May 11, 2022: Mentee submissions close
June 15, 2022: Mentees announced
July 29, 2022: RAMP Mentor/Mentee Mixer at the RWA Annual Conference
October2 8, 2022: Mentor PR/Marketing Master Class
October 10, 2022 - October 14, 2022: RAMP Pitch Showcase
October 15, 2022 - October 16, 2022: RAMP Indie Master Class and Discussion