If you cannot find the answer you're looking for after reading the FAQs, please contact RAMP@rwa.org
Do I need to be an RWA member to apply?
Yes. Eligible mentees must be RWA General or Associate-Writer Members.
Will you accept mentees with manuscripts in XYZ subgenre?
This will depend on the mentors who are selected. It's our goal to have a variety of subgenres represented among the mentors, including YA and Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance.
Before the mentee applications open, we will post the mentors' "wish lists," which will detail what types of novels they're eager to assist with. Mentee applicants will be able to review those and submit their manuscripts to the mentors who look like they'll be the best fit.
Is there a fee to apply?
There is no fee associated with RAMP.
What should a summary include?
A summary should be a simple synopsis of your story so that mentors have an idea of what they'll be reading. It does not have to be a formal query/synopsis.
What if more than one mentor selects my manuscript?
In the event more than one mentor chooses the same mentee applicant, the committee chair will check the application to determine the order in which the mentee lists each mentor (i.e. 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice). The mentor who placed highest on the mentee’s list will mentor that mentee.
Does the first three chapters include a prologue?
You may submit your Prologue, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2, or you may submit Chapters 1-3, whatever makes the most sense for your manuscript.
If I know I will be indie publishing/traditionally publishing, can I still participate in the RAMP Pitch Showcase/Indie Author Weekend?
Yes! We encourage all mentees to take advantage of both events for the experience and knowledge they will gain about both types of publishing.
What if I can't get in touch with my mentor or am having other issues?
If I'm not selected, will I be informed?
All applicants will be informed of their selection status via email no less than 24-hours before mentees are announced.
Do I have to be an RWA member?
Yes. Eligible mentors must be RWA members who are General PAN, PAN-Eligible, or PAN-Equivalent.
Do I have to be agented or have prior mentor experience to apply?
We will consider a variety of factors when reviewing mentor applications, but being agented or having prior mentor experience are not required.
What if I am not interested in any of the mentee submissions I receive?
Can I request more information from my mentee applicants?
Yes, you will be able to request more materials or ask questions via the REI committee chair during the reading period.
What if I choose the same mentee as another mentor?
In the event mentors choose the same mentee applicant the committee chair will check the application to determine the order in which the mentee lists each mentor (i.e. 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice). The mentor who placed highest on the mentee’s list will mentor that mentee.
What if I am selected and can't complete the mentor requirements?
Contact RAMP@rwa.org immediately so we can attempt to reassign your mentee.
What if I can't get in touch with my mentee or am having other issues?
How do I know if I meet the qualifications to be "RWA-Eligible" or part of a "Qualifying Market"?
Email or call (832-717-5200 ext. 123) Leslie Scantlebury for more information on this designation.
Do I have to be attending the RWA Annual Conference to participate in RAMP?
No, any eligible editor or agent may participate.