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Recovering chocoholic seeks mentor
January 9, 2017
2:32 pm
Julia Graham
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It’s awfully quiet in here. I’m not sure if I’m just yelling into an internet abyss, but here goes…

I’m Julia, a freelance translator and copywriter looking for a mentor. I’ve been freelancing as a translator for almost four years and writing copy for the last two years. Although I’ve attended a few D&AD workshops, the D&AD Festival and Copy Cabana, I tend to suffer from imposter syndrome. Basically, what I’m looking for is some feedback on my copy to make sure I’m going in the right direction.

Payment terms: As much German chocolate as you like. I’m a Leipzig-based recovering chocoholic who is trying to go sugar-free for the new year. (Yeah, sorry, I’m one of those gits.) My chocolate stash needs a new home.

January 9, 2017
4:02 pm
Ben Lloyd
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Hi Julia,

Pleased to “meet” you.

I’m going to put a call out to see if we can find you a mentor. In the meantime, the key to overcoming imposter syndrome (in my case anyway) was the realisation that people were paying me for my work. This means that at the very worst, my work must be “good enough”.

Hope that helps until we find you a mentor proper.


January 9, 2017
4:19 pm
Leif Kendall
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Hi Julia – thanks for shouting into the abyss. 🙂

I’m also going sugar-free in January. Nine days sweet-free so far. Apart from that bite of jam toast that I had on 1 January – before I remembered what I was doing.

But more importantly, we run Mentor Club, which is group mentoring for copywriters. And while we haven’t reviewed copy yet, we certainly could. The groups so far have focused on the business side, but it would be useful to talk more about our craft.

There is a small waiting list for Mentor Club, but you can email to be added.

And it’s free. So you can keep the chocolate.

I immediately regret that comment, as I suspect that I’ll be back on the black stuff by February. So start stockpiling. 😉

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Matthew Drzymala
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How did this all turn out?

I recently completed a course and I’ve been working on jobs for a client who has given me around 6 jobs since March, and he seems happy with my work.

However, like a lot of people, especially starting out, I am never happy with my work.

I would definitely be interested in something like this, or linking with a more experienced copywriter who’d have time and be happy to look over a couple of pieces of work for me.

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